You can drive across this little island in a matter of hours, but if you're a foodie like us, you'll want to pack your bags and move here permanently. Tasmania is home to some of the most unique gourmet experiences from produce driven fine dining and cafes to sustainable cooking schools. Here's our favourite ten.
Located in the Coal River Valley, Frogmore is renowned for its cool climate wines while the restaurant, which overlooks 10 hectares of vines, offers a menu boasting with fresh local produce sourced from small growers and artisan providores. The Cellar Door offers comprehensive all day food options, so you can enjoy a glass of wine with oysters or Spring Bay mussels, a cheese board, sashimi or be tempted by the Frogmore Creek Patisserie.
With a charcoal black décor and fashionable food to share, Garagistes is one of Hobart's most exciting wine bars and restaurants. It's walk-in only at this popular eatery, but once you do snag a table, you'll be spoilt with a five-course set menu of the season's best, paired with biodynamic and organic wines.
The Josef Chromy Cellar Door and Cafe in Relbia, Northern Tasmania, is an idyllic spot to revel in the majesty of the natural realm, as you enjoy local produce suitably matched with estate grown wines. Housed in an original 1880's homestead with an open log fire, the venue exudes a sense of pure comfort and tranquillity.
Situated in the picturesque Huon Valley, Home Hill Winery Restaurant is renowned for its locally sourced ingredients and breathtaking views over Mount Wellington. Surrounded by lush, sweeping hills, the restaurant's floor to ceiling windows gives diners the perfect vantage spot to dine with a view.
The Source Restaurant in Berriedale is filled with breathtaking elements - a vineyard setting, the stunning Museum of Old and New Art, Moo Brew beers, a stellar wine list and Philippe Lebain's contemporary French-inspired cuisine. The best way to experience The Source is to choose a five, seven or nine course degustation menu and let the kitchen work its magic.
Tasmania's heritage Hawley House is the original homestead of the 150 hectare property which sustains a substantial vineyard and an extensive and comprehensive wildlife reserve. Guests can stay at the property with candlelit dinners and pre-dinner drinks served in the drawing room by the grand piano.
Stillwater is one of Tasmania's most awarded restaurants, set in a beautifully restored 1830s flour mill beside the picturesque Tamar River in Launceston. The food is exceptional, and has a strong focus on fresh Tasmanian produce. Stillwater also offers semi private dining in their bluestone wine cellar for 4 to 18 people.
Tasmanians are staunchly proud of their local produce and it really isn't a wonder why. Red Feather owner Lydia Nettlefold shares her knowledge with a range of classes including ‘sushi explained', ‘perfect pasta' and ‘to market to market'.
“Local, honest and fresh”, this is not only the philosophy engrained at Ethos Eat Drink but a fair description of what diners should expect. The restored restaurant is located in an old stable in the centre of a city block, which has been blocked off for the last 100 years. The progressive menu features six to eight courses that focus on seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
The Agrarian Kitchen is a sustainable cooking school that offers paddock-to-plate gourmet experiences. Just 45 minutes from Hobart in Tasmania's Derwent Valley, the five-acre property is home to a working farm, vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden, all grown using organic principles. Established by Rodney Dunn, former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine, and his wife Séverine, this is a must-visit for all.
The Bruny Island Smoke House is nestled in the greenery of North Bruny yet only three kilometres from the ferry terminal and sparkling waters of Sykes Cove and Barnes Bay. At Bish, you'll find a range of house smoked produce and home made conserves, available for purchase or to spread on bread in the café right away. There's some great local ales and wines to try with your meal as well.