The esteemed US newspaper’s annual list of destinations to visit is compiled by their travel editors and travel experts, and is viewed internationally as a beacon of desirable global travel spots.
Tasmania has been recognised in the list for its Indigenous culture, beautiful nature and quality dining experiences.
“Venture outside and help protect vulnerable species in Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state, with several new guided walks,” writes The New York Times contributor Nora Walsh.
“Tasmanian Walking Company, in partnership with Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, offers a three-day trek across rugged Bruny Island to map flora and collect seeds for the garden’s seed bank.
“To get a taste of the island’s Indigenous culture, join members of the local Palawa community on multi-day treks through the powder white sands of Wukalina (Mount William National Park) and orange-lichen-covered rocks of Larapuna (Bay of Fires).
“Or to get an actual taste of the island, forage for ingredients such as wattle seeds and pepperberries with guides from Palawa Kipli, a company that is Indigenous-owned and operated. The experience ends with a tasting menu that includes smoked payathanima (wallaby).
“Locavore menus are the norm throughout Tasmania, and chef Analiese Gregory, a wild-cooking expert, showcases ingredients such as hand-gathered abalone and sea urchin at her yet-to-be-named restaurant set to open early this year.”
Tourism Tasmania CEO Sarah Clark is excited the Apple Isle is recognised as a desirable global destination.
“The New York Times’ ‘Best Places to Visit’ list is one of the highest accolades for a destination,” she says.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be included with so many unique experiences represented.
“We know Tassie has been top of mind for Australian travellers for a while, and it’s great to see now it will be on bucket lists of international travellers, too.
“The island has stunning natural beauty, world-class and easily accessible wilderness, an outstanding culinary and gastronomy scene, a tight-knit community of innovators and creatives, as well as a rich and deep cultural heritage.
“It really has it all for people who are looking to venture off the beaten path of Australia.
“Tasmanian hospitality is also second to none. All in all, Tassie is an excellent travel destination and we’re very happy it’s getting the recognition it deserves.”