1. Grow in close encounters with wildlife
Get up close and personal with some friendly locals at Trowunna Wildlife Park. With free ranging kangaroos and waterfowl that can be fed by hand there will be plenty of photo opportunities and excitement for the whole family.
A fully guided tour with Low Head Penguin Tours will have you viewing the Little Blue penguins in their natural habitat as they embark on their nightly journey from the water's edge to the sanctuary of the coastal reserve.
For school holiday fun and an education outside of the classroom Seahorse World allows you to experience these creatures first hand (quite literally - you can hold one in your hand!). Once you've traversed the working farm, make it a double wildlife exploration by popping in to Platypus House next door.
Pic: Chris Crerar
2. Grow by finding yourself where no-one else will
Take comfort in being one of a few and retreat home with a suite of not just moments, but memories, following a visit to Flinders Island. With some gorgous accommodation options, cocoon yourself in the cosy but refined interiors, local produce, and adventures only an island off an isle off an isle can produce. Very soon you'll find yourself well and truly On Island Time and unashamed to admit it.
Spring brings with it warmer weather, longer days and beaches so remote that you will have the space to breathe and the sand to yourself. Look within, whilst leaving footprints on the shores of Weymouth, Lulworth, Bell Buoy Beach or Musselroe Bay, just to name a few.
Pic: Chris Crerar
3. Grow through finding the time to just be yourself
Unwind and feel the tension disappear courtesy of the warmth of a wood-fired sauna at The Floating Sauna, Lake Derby. Afterwards, take a dip to freshen up or simply take in the view, lake side. Learn some new skills at the Tamar Valley's very own cooking school experience whilst crafting and indulging in Tasmanian produce at Hinton Bay Kitchen.
Reconnect with a massage or facial pre or post wine tasting at Swinging Gate Day Spa & Vineyard. If the zen of a treatment has you feeling all kinds of yourself again, make a night of it and stay in the immersive glamping domes that are Domescapes.
4. Grow in daring & bravery whilst on an adventure
Take in a different perspective and the patchwork of Northern Tasmanian farmland below on an expedition with Hot Air Ballooning Tasmania.
A short wander through pristine natural surroundings will leave you feeling grounded and connected. With a multitude of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks on offer in the region, take on one or consider a handful within close proximity to each other to make for a day of meandering.
To really get the adrenaline pumping head to the mountain bike mecca of Blue Derby and hit the trails. Warning...you may leave on a high so natural it is euphoric!
5. Grow alongside a producer
Hunt, gather and forage amongst friends at Launceston's Community Farmer's Market, Harvest Market. Take comfort in the realisation that in food you find friendship, community and belonging. Uncover the source of your food and learn the producer's back story whilst devouring a mouth-watering food experience with Off the Table Tasmania food tours.
Go behind the scenes as a selection of farmers, growers and producers open their doors as part of this year's Farm Gate Festival.
Pic: Chris Crerar
6. Grow by treating yourself to life's luxuries
Luxe can mean different things to each of us - perhaps it's not making Sourdough in our own home and well, Bread & Butter Tasmania will have you salivating over a freshly baked loaf. It could be discovering Launceston's newest hotel, Hotel Verge, which oozes industrial luxe overlayed with the early heritage vibes of its primo location. Maybe it's as simple as taking some time out to undertake a tea ritual at Tea Studio, Storm + India. Allow their range of organic teas to detox and send you on a path to wellness whilst perusing the beautiful collection of global homewares.
Pic: Anjie Blair
7. Grow in your understanding of art & culture
Housing an impressive collection of art, natural science and culture, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery is a destination in itself. Peruse the sites at either Royal Park or Inveresk, absorbing current exhibitions and unearthing Tasmanian stories and connections. For the perfect rainy day activity head towards Star Theatre to catch the latest film noting to look up to admire the art-deco architecture of the building itself.
Pic: Rob Burnett & Tourism Tasmania
8. Grow in immersive nature-based experiences
Mole Creek Caves awaits and whether mild or wild, Wild Cave Tours will guide you through caves not usually open to the public. Take the drive to Little Blue Lake and be mesmerized by the azure colour of the mineral infused water - sitting just to the side of the road it is certainly a photo opportunity worth capturing.
Not much says nature like camping in the great outdoors but if glamping is more your style let the team at Wington's Glamping provide all the creature comforts of home, all while embracing the Tasmanian wilderness.
9. Grow in your relationships
Take a day trip to the far reaches of our region and take delight in sharing a moment with that special someone. Unearth new ingredients and flavours by splitting a meal at a local cafe or restaurant and watch the conversation flow.
Take cover in discovering somewhere new and find yourself a world away, yet so close to home. Explore the quaint villages of Evandale, Deloraine, Ross or Scottsdale and stroll hand in hand as you wander aimlessly, but with a newfound sense of purpose.
Due to ongoing changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend checking hours of operation and availability directly with providers prior to visiting.