Our reps share their Tasmanian highlights
It's their job to travel, but what are the Tasmanian standouts for Jasons' sales reps?We asked two of our Australian reps to give us some highlights of their travels around Australia’s only island State. As they were out on the road, exploring the inner reaches and outer beaches of Tasmania, finding new places for you to stay and rekindling associations with Jasons’ accommodation and activities providers, Lisa and Lincoln noted down some top spots that tickled their fancy.
Lisa's Tasmanian standouts:
- Port Arthur Historical Site - Day Tours and Ghost Tour
- Salamanca Markets – Hobart
- Drive to the top of Mount Wellington 1270 metres above sea level - Hobart Convict Trail
- Beaches along the East Coast are AMAZING (white sand, aqua water)
- Tasman Island Cruises
- Penguin Tours (Bicheno)
- Personal one on one Lion Cub Experience at Richmond Zoo – ZooDoo (only until September)
- Bay of Fires winery (I think they do a food and wine festival)
- Freycinet National Park (Wineglass Bay - has been listed as one of the worlds' top 10 beaches)
Lincoln's Tasmanian highlights:
I think that the biggest thing is that there is so much free stuff to do and places to see, there are lots of walks and tracks and beaches and lakes, it's definitely a self-drive kind of holiday, there is a thriving wine industry here, lots of wine trails and lots of food festivals and events including a Hobart festival in May. Heaps of heritage buildings and heritage sites. I guess the best thing to say is to book a rental car & take your Jasons Tasmania Travel Guide and get on the road!
MONA is a private museum of ancient & modern art collection in Hobart, that is also a vineyard and restaurant, his own private museum collection of priceless artefacts, Apparently people come from all over just to see his collections.
Lisa chimes in: I almost forgot MONA - now this is definitely worth a mention. It's a museum near Hobart and it is mind blowing!! (This is coming from someone who doesn't do museums!) It's a three level museum, but rather than being built up its been built down into the ground. The architecture itself is incredible. It is owned by one man, I believe it has cost him $80 million dollars to build! Rumour has it, he was a card counter at casinos which is how he got his money. It's his own personal collection of artefacts and apparently what you see is only about quarter of his collection. I’m led to believe he has two full-time buyers travelling the world and purchasing for him. If you are Tasmanian the entry is free, however if you are not, then it's $20.
The wall in the wilderness is a 10-year wood-carving project in the West coast of Tasmania, it is a must see, this guy carves wooden scenes of pioneer lumberjacks from Tasmania in the 1800s, the wall is about 25 metres long at this stage & is about 10 metres tall, they have built a special building to house it, it is the most amazing thing I've seen in years.
I twice visited the Mt Wellington lookout over Hobart; the most magnificent vantage point 1280 metres above sea level.
I’ve been to three National parks so far, and all are very scenic with well-maintained professional tourist facilities.
In Hobart, Salamanca place and the Salamanca markets are a must, along with Battery point and Arthurs Circus, its an area in Hobart of French provincial and old English colonial style houses & cottages, very quaint and popular with tourists.
I am currently booked in with one of my customers; Hamilton Heritage Holiday Homes where Roger and Kim have several heritage cottages in the Hamilton/Derwent Valley region, I am staying in McCaulies cottage, an old stone cottage built in the 1830s. When I arrived they had just baked me a fresh loaf of bread, they had put a dozen local free range eggs in the cottage along with my breakfasts and soya milk especially for me. John prepared my log fire for the night and escorted me around. I have my own orchard, vege garden stocked with carrots, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, courgettes, silver beet and much more. I have five strawberry gardens, raspberry grove, apple trees, rhubarb. They have rice and pasta in the pantry for me with loads of other stuff for me to use to cook with, basically I can use anything on the property eat anything I like, this is standard service for any guest – just another example of the Tasmanian hospitality. It is so amazing that people here go to these lengths to make people feel at home going that extra mile.
I love this place, the Tassie people are so nice and kind and very hospitable, it is a pleasure to be working here.
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