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    First Class has taken a deep dive into our Apple Isle, and why you should consider taking a trip across the Bass Strait.

    Tasmania is producing its own whisky

    A good whisky is made better by the water it uses and Tasmania’s pure water makes it an ideal place to open a distillery or two. Tasmania’s whisky trail takes in Australia’s best single malt whisky (Hellyers Road Distillery’s slightly peated ten year old), and the world’s best single cask single malt whisky (Sullivans Cove Distillery’s French Oak TD0217). It also includes Tasmania’s Redlands Estate Distillery in the Derwent Valley, one of the world’s few “paddock-to-bottle” single malt whisky distilleries.

    Floating sauna on Lake Derby. Image Credit Ang Blair

    Discover the Finnish Hygge with a Tassie twist

    Find that hygge feeling in Australia’s only floating wood-fired sauna, Floating Sauna Lake Derby. This traditional sauna offers a cold plunge directly off a pontoon into Lake Derby. Located near the mountain biking town of Derby and designed by Tasmanian architect Jason Licht, the sauna seats up to ten people in either public or private sessions.

    The Jansz Tasmania vineyard. Image credit Adam Gibson

    Tasmanian sparkling better than Champagne

    Forty-one degrees away from the Equator is an excellent place to grow grapes if you wish to turn them into bubbles. The region of Champagne in France sits at 41 degrees north of the equator and Tasmania sits at 41 degrees south. It has stamped its mark on sparkling wine with techniques pioneered in Champagne. There are a number of pioneer producers which include Pirie Tasmania, House of Arras and Jansz, and other long-standing labels include Josef Chromy, Clover Hill, Nocton Vineyard (Coal River Valley) and Stefano Lubiano (Derwent Valley).

    Barnbougle Lost Farm. Image Credit Scott Sporleder Matador

    Vinotherapy indulgence

    While we are on the subject of alcohol, not only can you relish the taste in Tasmania but you can also soak in it. Barnbougle in Tasmania’s north east offers a day spa which offers Vinotherapy. The spa is inspired by vinotherapy spa treatments from the Bordeaux region in France using by-products of wine. The treatment begins with a tranquil soak in an antioxidant-rich Tasmanian vinotherapy-infused bath, and is followed by a hydrating body polish and thermal face lift.

    The Southern Lights. Image Credit Dietmar Kahles

    Chasing Aurora Australis

    The Northern Lights is on many a bucket list, but just as special are the Southern Lights, also known as Aurora Australis. Tasmania is one of the few places in the world that witnesses the majestic Southern Lights – when the conditions are right. Though the lights can be spotted year-round, you’re most likely to witness the spectacle in winter, from a remote southern location with low light pollution and cloud, and with a broad, uninterrupted view south.

    Forest Bathing in Tasmania

    The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku (forest bath) is a popular wellness practice that uses the healing properties of nature to restore one’s mood, energy, vitality and rejuvenation. Find peace among the fresh air, and wilderness of Tasmania. Access your deeper green in Mount Field National Park, a short hour and a half drive from Hobart through the idyllic Derwent Valley. The park offers an array of natural wonders and incredible plant diversity that increases with altitude. Encounter some of the park’s unique alpine species. Cushion plants are interspersed with pineapple grass, sphagnum and string bogs on the wet plateau. Longer walks take in the tallest flowering trees, Tasmanian conifers, spectacular waterfalls, wilderness views and the small glacial lakes of the Tarn Shelf. During autumn, the slopes of the mountains fill with brilliant colour as the fagus (deciduous beech) turns from red to gold.

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