5 Reasons Not to Miss Tasmania and the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

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The Inside Scoop with Kaci Cronkhite

#1 THE FESTIVAL Sail up the River Derwent on a replica of HMS Endeavor or a fishing-inspired Couta boat; cruise in a wood-pellet steamboat; row a Piner’s Punt; or, paddle an Aboriginal reed boat— into the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

#2 WORLD HERITAGE SITES Walk where the spectacular, native wooden boat woods grow like huon pine, king billy, celery top, ironbark, and sassafras. Watch for wombats, Tasmanian devils, wattlebirds (one of 262 bird species), wallabies, quoll…in the wild.

#3 ART Visit MONA (Museum of Old & New Art)—one of the top contemporary, avant-garde museums in the world. Plus, see The Wall in the Wilderness. Breathtaking.

#4 PEOPLE Swap salty tales and make lasting friendships with the unforgettable Aussies and expats who call Tasmania home.

#5 EATS Soak up the Southern Ocean sun with your choice of delectable organic, wild-caught food, and world-class wines, cider, and whiskey.

This heart-shaped island has much, much more to see and do. It’s been my fav winter getaway—every other February—for more than a decade. Hope to see you there!


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