Tasmania can be chilly but is warmly welcoming, cosy and easily explored from a vegan perspective. All you need to do is book in a few days, or a longer cheap holiday package, to reap the rewards that the Apple Isle can unveil.
What is enticing about Tasmania is its natural, unadulterated landscape, pristine waterways, ancient forests and wilderness. Organic produce (apples, especially), historic breweries and convict history give vegan travellers much to do and much to discover when holidaying here.
Witness the Breath-taking Wilderness in Tasmania
The ruggedness, clean air and sparkling waterways are common in Tasmania. Everywhere travellers travel will be smitten by Tasmania’s natural beauty and there are countless spots to experience the wilder side that Tasmania has to offer. Tahune Airwalk is an easy wilderness walk, including a walk among the canopy and treetops. Add the Huon Pine Track to the journey to experience Tasmania’s native Huon pines. For a multi-day hiking trip, the Three Capes Track is a four-day, easy to moderate graded walk through ‘three capes’. Starting at the historic convict site of Port Arthur, travellers walk through untouched wilderness from Cape Raoul to Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar.
Meet the Local Wildlife at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
Take a lazy drive through Hobart’s suburbs for about 30 minutes to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Many native animals who find themselves injured, orphaned or living in endangered habitats (even the endangered marsupial Tasmanian Devil) arrive at Bonorong. Owner and manager Greg Irons’ passion for animals and conservation started when he visited the sanctuary on his seventh birthday when he declared that he would “own this place one day”. Travellers can take a guided tour of the grounds to meet the animals who call this place home, or are being rehabilitated to be released back into the wild. Wombats, koalas, kangaroos, native birds, quolls, and reptiles are found here and tour fees go back into running Bonorong. A small onsite tuckshop sells snacks with vegan options and hot and cold drinks including coffees with soy milk.
593 Briggs Road, Brighton Tasmania 7030.
Sample the Amazing Vegan Food in Tasmania’s Capital
The vegan food scene in Hobart is a burgeoning one, with new places opening or established businesses adding vegan options to menus regularly. Even a trip to Salamanca Market on a Saturday is where travellers find vegan options or vegan stalls such as Spice Lotus or the Our Little Vegan Kitchen food van. This vegan caterer operates their mobile food van and travels to markets around southern Tasmania. HeartFood, Straight Up and Thai Veggie Hut are all on Liverpool Street, are all vegetarian but welcome vegans with vegan menu options. Hobart’s newest plant-based establishment is Veg Bar on Elizabeth Street that’s feeding vegan travellers with its fusion food menu. City Organics on Criterion Street is a go-to for vegan food supplies.
Wash it all down with Tasmania’s Local Vegan Beers
Cascade Brewery brews its beers on the edge of the world and is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery, located in South Hobart. In 2013, Cascade decided to modernise its beer-making processes (using animal-based processing aids) to produce beers that are now all-vegan. Brewery and heritage tours including tastings run each day, seven days a week.
140 Cascade Road, South Hobart Tasmania 7004.
Another brewery that’s vegan-friendly is James Boag, 1881, on the banks of the Esk River in Launceston. This is an easy road-trip from Hobart, only two and a half hours one way. James Boag beers are known for using Tasmania’s pure waters and natural ingredients, and travellers can take a fully-guided tour here, too.
39 William Street Lane, Launceston Tasmania 7250.
So, have you ever travelled to Tasmania as a vegan yourself? What holiday tips would you share to other readers? I’d love to hear about your Tasmanian holiday tips, too!