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Way Down Under: A Road Trip through Tasmania

When AFAR contributor Serena Renner moved to Sydney, she had no clue that, after a two-hour flight south to Tasmania, she could ramble through river valleys and meet a zoo’s worth of animals in the wild. Then she paid a visit to the island’s northwest corner. Drive the same remote backcountry now and you’ll catch the Southern Hemisphere in its prime. 
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42 Main St, Hadspen TAS 7290, Australia
After arriving at Launceston airport, pick up a rental car and head to Hadspen’s Red Feather Inn, a former carriage house where the rooms have fireplaces and soaking tubs. Book a candlelit dinner in the dining room or make your meal with the...
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22 Crockers St, Railton TAS 7305, Australia
At Seven Sheds Brewery in Railton, you can enjoy the Paradise Pale ale or the mead, which is fermented with renowned honey from nearby Sheffield. 
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289 Tarleton Rd, Tarleton TAS 7310, Australia
At Spreyton Cider Co., pick up the dry vintage cider and ample supplies of beef jerky, local cheese, and “bikkies” (crackers). Then settle under the apple and cherry trees for a picnic.
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Corinna Rd, Corinna TAS 7321, Australia
Blow through Burnie to allow for more time in the woods. When the long stretch of highway turns bright white—it was built from silica rock—you’re almost to Corinna (from $180), a gold rush settlement turned ecolodge on the edge...
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330 Mayberry Rd, Mayberry TAS 7304, Australia

Mole Creek Karst National Park, along with the surrounding Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, offers subterranean streams and pools, plus at least 300 caves. At Marakoopa Cave, you’ll feel as though you’re in mother...