Tasmania has developed an international reputation for being a romantic getaway destination. Shaped like a heart and packed with breathtaking scenery, top-notch wineries, one-in-a-lifetime day trips, adorable seaside towns and fantastic food, it's easy to see why.
Want to spoil your loved one? Then head to Tasmania and:
Or… keep it simple and satisfy your foodie desires with lunch or dinner in one of these amazing Tasmanian restaurants. And since they are all partners of the Good Food Gift Card, you could buy your partner a gift card to let them in on your plan to whisk them away to the apple isle.
135 Paterson Street, Launceston
With its blend of classic interiors and modern charm, Cataract on Paterson is an exciting and unique dining experience. Meals are presented on a 400°C volcanic stone, allowing you to watch your meal cook from your very own table. This unique method of cooking sears in all the natural juices and nutrients, enhancing the full flavours and tenderness of your meal. The restaurant proudly supports Tasmanian farmers, and the meat you savour comes from the rich pastures of the North, Northwest and Southern Midlands. As well as beef and lamb, Cataract specialises in oysters and fresh seafood from the East Coast, and free range chicken from the farms around Launceston.
46a Hampden Road, Battery Point
Set in historic Battery Point, Monsoon Thai Fusion is a unique and funky gem. Attention to detail and service makes diners feel relaxed and comfortable, while the food sets taste buds alight. For vegetarians and vegans, Monsoon is a must-try, with a number of "mock meat" dishes to deliberately tempt your appetite.
Despite being Thai-influenced, Monsoon is proudly Tasmanian. As such it sources its ingredients from local farms and waters, resulting in fresh, crisp and free range magic.
13 Park Street, Launceston
Established in 1996, Hallam's Waterfront Seafood Restaurant is an award-winning locals favourite complete with an oyster bar. Situated on Launceston's iconic Tamar yacht basin, Hallam's offers refined casual dining and a truly magnificent vintage wine list. The restaurant sources the freshest seafood from the pristine waters of Tasmania, from blue eye trevalla and Spring Bay mussels to Pacific Oysters, scallops, and southern rock lobster. The menus change seasonally, and flavours are kept clean, fresh and simple to capture what Tasmanian cuisine is all about. Their signature seafood chowder is a must try.
75 Richmond Road, Cambridge
Nate's Gourmet Pizza Pasta & Grill is a family-owned and operated restaurant located inside the Barilla Holiday Park on the road to the historical Richmond Village. One of Tasmania's most popular destinations and nestled in the heart of the Coal River Valley, it was an important military staging post and convict station. After exploring the elegant Georgian architecture, beautiful heritage buildings, craft boutiques and museums, you can share a gourmet pizza or something from the grill. Little one's are well catered for should you have the tiny tots in tow.
22 Tamar Street, Launceston
Set in the Heritage Listed 4.5 star Clarion Hotel City Park Grand and offering a modern European menu, Larceny Restaurant is one of Launceston's leading boutique dining establishments. Impeccable service and a grand setting compliments the ever-changing menu, which features dishes such as roasted mushroom with twice-baked gruyere souffle, chargrilled spiced quail, and Larceny creme brulee. The wine cellar is well stocked with Tasmanian and international favourites, and should you enjoy too much you can always stay in one of the luxurious hotel spa suites.
Romantic weekends are a time to banish the calorie counter and truly indulge, and when it comes to indulging, no one does it better than Tasmania. From wild abalone and world-class farmed salmon, to leatherwood honey and black truffles, Tasmania is home to some very special ingredients. Saffron is grown extensively, and boutique producers of extra virgin olive oil are plentiful, and even fresh wasabi is grown in Tassie. Being the 'Green State', Tasmania has a strong focus on organic foods and there's astonishing variety when it comes to vegetables, salads, fruit, herbs, milk, yoghurt, cream, eggs, honey, beef, lamb, chicken, olives, beans, seeds and wines. As for cheese, Tasmanians regularly win top awards – King Island anyone?
If food is a big part of your life and your partner is just as special, celebrate both with these Tasmanian restaurants.