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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, 1 Lake St Clair Rd, Lake St Clair TAS 7140, Australia

You’ll feel as though you’ve traveled to the ends of the earth upon arrival at Pumphouse Point, a wilderness resort set in a 1940s hydroelectric plant along the banks of Lake St. Clair, an under-the-radar UNESCO World Heritage Site...

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25 Hunter St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
Australia’s first dedicated art hotel is also a hotbed of history. Set within Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses, which served as a jam factory from the 1890s to the 1970s and helped pull the seedy Sullivan’s Cove district out...
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655 Main Rd, Berriedale TAS 7011, Australia

This unusual contemporary art museum is located in a series of dimly lit caverns and tunnels built into the side of a cliff in Berriedale, a Hobart suburb. Inside, mind-bending installations include a stinky model of the human digestive...

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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...