Vana Belle, A Luxury Collection Resort, Koh Samui
My Kitchen Rules’ favourite Tassie team, brother and sister Henry & Anna, have dominated the kitchen. But what moves us most is their passion for their home state and the way they show off homegrown ingredients in their smashing dishes. We had a chance to chat with Henry & Anna to discuss what they love most about life in Tassie and, of course, Tasmania’s best food offerings.
7travel: Can you describe what you love most about living – or spending time – in Tasmania?
Henry & Anna: For so many reasons we love Tasmania, so this is a hard one to do justice on paper! We grew up in a small farming community and have met so many incredible people here over the years. There is something special about the culture where we live in Deloraine (and all over Tasmania) and we feel lucky to be a part of that every day. The larger cities of Hobart and Launceston are absolutely bustling with activity (don’t get us started on the food) and yet getting away for a bushwalk or a surf on a pristine beach is just a 10 minute drive. It has everything!
7travel: What meal shouts ‘Tasmania’?
Henry & Anna: Kangaroo fillet with a native pepperberry sauce served on a bed of mashed potato would be our ultimate Tassie feed.
7travel: What excites you most about the accessibility of such beautiful, fresh produce, meats, etc?
Henry & Anna: The quality is second to none. The produce here is grown in the most pristine environment in the world. So many Tasmanian farmers have developed their own techniques to create products that are unique to them, which makes our produce so varied and exciting.
7travel: For a visitor’s first time to Tasmania, what’s the best way to see the sights?
Henry & Anna: We would recommend the flexibility of a car. There are so many little roads less travelled that should be seen.
7travel: Could you map out a perfect 7 day trip for a visitor?
Henry & Anna:
Day 1: Hobart
Recommend: If you’re there on a Saturday, stop by the Salamanca Markets. You can spend hours visiting all of the artisans. No matter what day you start this tour, Mona is a must-visit. Then, take a ride out to historic Port Arthur.
Hidden gems: Start the day at Smolt restaurant for incredible food and great coffee. In the evening, visit The Den. It’s a great bar with a huge selection of Tassie beer and the food is also fantastic.
Day 2: Bruny Island
Recommend: Bushwalking, surfing, jet boating... you can do it all here. But make sure you get your fill of cheese and wine.
Day 3: East Coast (Wineglass Bay)
Recommend: Kayaking, snorkelling/diving, fishing are all available here and it's beautiful.
Day 4: East Coast (Bay of Fires)
Recommend: Spend a night in the Bay of Fires camping under the stars. In the morning, make sure to go surfing or swimming.
Day 5: Launceston and surrounds
Recommend: Take a drive to Deloraine (our hometown) and come for a truffle hunt with us! For the wine lovers, explore the Tamar Valley wine region. If you'd rather explore more of nature's best, the Mole Creek Caves are a must-do.
Hidden gems: Cataract on Paterson – this is a must do! They have an incredible dinner menu. And for the morning, visit Inside Café and order their beautiful eggs benedict and great coffee.
Day 6: Cradle Mountain
Recommend: Take in the views with a hike! It really is the best way to get to the best viewpoints and get to know the land.
Day 7: Strahan
Recommend: For the more adventurous, off-roading is incredible on the West Coast. For anyone who wants to sit back and relax while taking in views of the beautiful West Coast, take a train ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway or stay on the River for a Gordon River cruise.
7travel: What do you miss most about Tasmania when you’re away from home?
Henry & Anna: We miss the friendliness of people and the sense of community you have knowing everyone. There is also something special about fresh Tassie air and we always miss it whenever we are away.
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