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Meet the New Tasmania

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All the appeal of Tasmania—stunning scenery, empty beaches, weird wildlife—still applies. But now there’s even more to lure you way down under. “When it comes to food, Tasmania really punches above its weight,” Professor Maggie Mackellar maintains. Internationally recognized restaurants, sustainable farms, and small-batch distilleries dot the island. Equally impressive is the thrumming art scene, which includes the world-renowned MONA. Here are Maggie’s favorites. —Lisa Abend
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1784 Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia
Since Giles and Julia Fisher bought the Freycinet Marine Farm in Coles Bay, they’ve managed to increase their production from 50,000 oysters annually to 4 million, and have opened an outdoor café that serves fresh seafood to happy diners (and one...
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Brooke Street Pier, Franklin Wharf, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
There’s no better place in Hobart for a sundowner than this bar and restaurant, situated on the pier where the ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art departs. Its menu is filled with Asian-inflected dishes such as Korean fried chicken and pork...
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Kates Berry Farm, 12 Addison St, Swansea TAS 7190, Australia
On 10 acres not far from Freycinet National Park, travelers can pick up homemade treats for every variety of sweet tooth, from freshly picked organic raspberries and chocolate-dipped walnuts to lavender ice cream and French crepes.
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Cygnet Butchery, 16 Mary St, Cygnet TAS 7112, Australia
The dining room is tiny and the menu is short at Port Cygnet Diner, but every dish—the savory organic beef burgers, the crisp and buttery fish sandwiches, and the milk shakes in flavors such as blueberry and cardamom—is beautifully prepared.
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Bothwell TAS 7030, Australia
Tasmania’s highlands, like Scotland’s, produce fine whiskey. Nant Distillery offers tours and tastings of its prizewinning single malt, and its restaurant is the perfect stop for lunch.
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30/28 Argyle St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
At this airy restaurant, built into the former newsroom of a local paper, chef David Moyle treats his pristine ingredients—delicate abalone, opalescent kingfish—with the lightest of hands, cooking most of them in his kitchen’s wood-fire oven.
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Pumphouse Point, Pumphouse Point Rd, Lake St Clair TAS 7140, Australia
Sandwiched between Lake St. Clair proper and St. Clair Lagoon, Pumphouse Point is a chic but rustic wilderness resort with 18 rooms spread across two buildings: the Shorehouse, on the banks of the lake, and the Pumphouse, located out in the...
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Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
The ideal complement to a visit to MONA, this harbor-side hotel, which was once a jam factory, is close to the museum’s ferry launch and packed—in both its convivial public areas and its 56 industrial-chic rooms—with contemporary works of art.—...
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655 Main Rd, Berriedale TAS 7011, Australia
It’s not an exaggeration to say that this museum, a 30-minute ferry ride from Hobart, put Tasmania on the international art map. Founded by millionaire native son and bad boy David Walsh, it is at once provocative and pleasurable. (Its nickname,...
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77 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point TAS 7004, Australia
The sprawling complex of galleries, shops, and theaters also holds one of Maggie’s favorite cafés—Tricycle—and on Saturdays is home to an outdoor market that brings hundreds of local farmers, artisans, and craftspeople to sell their wares.
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Coles Bay Rd, Tasmania 7215, Australia
One of the star attractions of the savagely beautiful Freycinet Peninsula is this horseshoe-shaped beach with electric-blue waters. A hike (don’t be fooled by the Australian proclivity to refer to such excursions as “walks”) down to the sand...