Travel The Cider Trail On The Apple Isle
Tasmania is also known as The Apple Isle for a good reason. Since the first apple tree was planted by Captain Bligh in the 1800s, Tasmania’s temperate climate has produced highly celebrated varieties of this fruit. There is now a new way to appreciate this Tasmanian treasure. Welcome to Tasmania’s Cider Trail.
Main image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne
There is no better way to explore Tasmania than to organise a tour through the sublime countryside to visit the various cideries. Each cider is unique due to the fact that every brewery has its own secret recipe using a variety of apples and sometimes pears or cherries. Many brewers use heritage seeds, thus developing highly authentic versions of this ancient tipple.
The ciders are all lovingly crafted and hand-made. There is no mass production – just serious artisans experimenting with techniques that are thousands of years old.
Heading From Hobart
If you are trapped in the city, you still have the chance to sample great cider. A mere stroll from the centre of Hobart, Lost Pippin can be found at the Brooke Street pier. Brewed in the Coal River Valley, this cellar door is the only place to find this delicious offering.
Some of the most famous cideries can be found south of Hobart in the Huon Valley. There is no better place to start Tasmania’s Cider Trail than at the iconic Bruny Island Pub, famously known as Australia’s southern-most drinking establishment. Here you will be able to sample the boutique Bruny Island Cider after a pleasant day of strolling around stunning Bruny Island.
Back on the mainland, brewers such as Red Sails, Pagan Cider, Frank’s Cider and Willie Smith’s offer the chance for you to watch the process and enjoy the samples. Here in the heart of the action, you will be able to appreciate how ancient techniques and modern science combine to produce this liquid magic.
If you happen to be heading north of Hobart, Two Metre Tall Farmhouse at Hayes allows you to enjoy their barbeque facilities along with their hand-pumped, whole fruit ciders.
Heading From Launceston
If your holiday has brought you north to Launceston, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy fine ciders along the trail. You can start your exploration at Launceston’s Harvest Market which happens every Saturday morning in Cimitiere Street. Here you will find most of Tasmania’s finest ciders on sale, including the renowned Brady’s Lookout Cider from the Tamar Valley. Named after a bushranger, Mathew Brady, it is sometimes just as difficult to find as it often sells out!
Another great place to sample cider in the city is at The Ciderhouse. This tiny bar offers local food along with great company and even better ciders. These enthusiasts actually brew their own cider in the Launceston suburbs, so they know their tipple intimately.
Enjoy a day out in the stunning Tamar Valley north of Launceston. The Holm Oak vineyard serves delightful food along with Small Players cider which has become a successful sideline for the winery.
Not to be forgotten, Devonport has two must-dos on the Cider Trail. On your way to Cradle Mountain, you can visit the Spreyton Cider Company which has cider brews and fresh fruit for sale. Also on the way to Cradle Mountain, Seven Sheds Brewery is situated near amazing walking trails and the quaint town of Sheffield with its famous murals.
As you can imagine, crafting cider is a seasonal occupation. Ask the staff at your accommodation to help you plan ahead so you have the best experience along Tasmania’s Cider Trail. Cheers!
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