5 Essential Food stops on your Tasmania Road Trip
Feb 05, 2020 10:47 AM EST | By Staff Reporter
If you are about to embark on a road trip around Tasmania, you are in for a treat. Not just in terms of the scenery that will provide a spectacular backdrop to your drive, but the wonderful array of food that's on offer.
This island is heaven for food lovers and you'll soon see why. In fact, stopping to eat will quickly become one of the best parts of your day.
Once you have looked into renting a car in Tasmania, you'll need to start planning your route. If you want to taste the very best the island has to offer, here are a few places you must stop.
Franklin Bar & Restaurant in Hobart
You are spoilt for choice in Tasmania's capital city but one place that you won't want to miss is Franklin. This trendy eatery is often listed as one of the top restaurants not just on the island but in the country and has won a number of awards since it opened in 2014. Situated in what used to be the Hobart Mercury newspaper printing room, the decor is industrial while the dishes showcase the best of the islands produce. Among its accolades, it has won Wine List of the Year in the 2019 Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards. So, make sure you order a glass of red or white to wash down your dinner.
Tasmanian Seafood Seduction near Hobart
Seafood lovers will want to park up their hire car in Hobart and join this full-day cruise down the Derwent River into the D'Entrecasteaux Channel. You'll stop at Get Shucked oyster farm at Bruny Island, snorkel with your guide for sea urchins and abalone and visit a salmon farm. Then, once you are back on the boat, you'll enjoy what you have caught that morning alongside Rock Lobster - the seafood couldn't be much fresher.
The Ice Creamery in Coles Bay
Head to the foot of the Hazards Mountains at Freycinet National Park and you can taste this delicious local ice cream against the most spectacular backdrop. There are more than 24 flavours to choose from. Fancy a main before your dessert? Then order the fresh fish and chips with aioli first.
Taste Walk Talk in Launceston
Tasmania's second city was once overlooked but now foodies in particular are flocking to see the impressive food culture it has finally been recognised for. If you are only here for a short amount of time and want to see as much as possible, then join the Taste Walk Talk tour. If you are passing through on the weekend then join the 'Saturday Harvest Market and more tour' or the 'Sunday Brunch tour.' Alternatively, you can go on 'The best of Launceston tour' or the 'Launceston snapshot tour.' If you know where you would like to go, then there is also the option to take a 'bespoke tour.'
Drift in Devonport
Just west of Launceston, on the coastline, you'll find this restaurant that boasts views of the golden sand and turquoise ocean from the floor to ceiling windows. The menus are seasonal with ingredients sourced from the North West. Once you have eaten, head down to Bluff Beach to walk it off along the water's edge.
Your mouth is no doubt watering already so plan a few stops and you'll be tasting the island's produce for yourself before you know it.