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Luke Burgess and Adrien Butler share their local knowledge and love of south east Tasmania on this unique journey revealing the food, wine, culinary stars and natural beauty of this stunning region.

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Tasmania is an island oasis that is unique and treasured in so many ways. Its UNESCO Wilderness World Heritage area covers almost 20% of the State and offers the most pristine example of temperate rainforest found in Australia, one of only three remaining temperate wilderness areas in the southern hemisphere.

It is not only our appreciation for nature and the extraordinary wilderness areas that draws us across Bass Strait but also the thriving food and wine industry. ​It is a haven for young, bright, innovative individuals who have escaped the big mainland cities to start new lives in a much more environmentally compatible location. Visitors travel to Tasmania to enjoy the exciting restaurant scene in Hobart and beyond, where the emphasis is on local, seasonal produce of immense freshness and quality. The wine industry is exceptional, with some of the best pinot noir in the country and a significant presence of natural wines.

Hosted by celebrated chef and photographer Luke Burgess, together with one of our most loved guides and local wilderness expert Adrien Butler, this unique journey reveals the culinary highlights and natural beauty of this stunning region. As locals Luke and Adrien are uniquely equipped to share their knowledge with this small group on an intimate and discerning journey offering access to some of the culinary artisans of the area along with a selection of relaxed walks of no longer than two hours.

During our five night stay in Hobart we dine in a number of outstanding restaurants including Fico and Dier Makr and have the exclusive pleasure of a long lunch prepared by Luke and his friend Analiese Gregory, previously head chef at Franklin in Hobart,  at a country location close to Glen Huon. Our private farewell dinner at The Port Cygnet Cannery is a highlight. Under Luke’s stewardship all these dinners will be matched with local wines.

The nature walks led by Adrien will be in renowned National Parks such as Mt Field, which is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area and home to some of the world’s tallest eucalypt forests, as well as a unique array of alpine vegetation. Mount Field is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks and is also one of its most diverse. Spectacular glaciated landscapes compete for attention with cascading waterfalls, including the breathtaking, three-tiered Russell Falls, arguably one of the most impressive waterfalls in Tasmania.

Hartz Mountains National Park situated at the southern end of the Huon Valley is also on our list. Shaped by ancient glaciers it offers visitors a window into Tasmania’s remote and rugged south-west wilderness. The extensive natural and cultural values of the landscape have earned the park an important place in Tasmania’s World Heritage Area and we enjoy a stunning walk to Lake Esperance, one the magnificent glacial lakes.

There is also the opportunity for walks in Mt Wellington Park close to Hobart with Adrien.

Our accommodation is at the stunning MACq 01 hotel nestled in the heart of Hobart’s historic waterfront on Macquarie Wharf, and our rooms with private balconies offer stunning views – a huge arc of river, waterfront and mountain.

Each tour will be for a maximum of 8 guests to ensure personal space and comfort. If you share a love for fabulous local produce, supporting small-scale producers and restaurateurs and gently exploring magnificent landscapes, then do join us on this unique journey.


How itUnfolds


On arrival at Hobart Airport, make your way to the historic Hobart waterfront and the MACq 01 hotel, your home for the next 5 nights.

Highlights today include a short drive to Neika, located at the foothills of the Mt Wellington. Here we'll enjoy afternoon tea at Provenance Growers with a native edibles expert and learn about the unusual array of local produce. We'll take a picturesque route back into town, before dinner at the delightful Fico.


After breakfast our first destination is Mt Field National Park, a picturesque drive of around 90 minutes and one of the world’s most breathtaking UNESCO listed World Heritage sites.

Today, Adrien will lead us on a beautiful short journey to Russell Falls. Following our walk, we'll enjoy our first lunch together - a private lunch with matched wines at the Agrarian Kitchen Eatery.

Returning to Hobart in the late afternoon, there is time to relax before our dinner together at Tom McHugo’s Hobart Hotel.


This morning after breakfast we head south along the stunning Huon Highway to the Hartz
Mountains National Park, part of Tasmania’s important Wilderness World Heritage precinct. Our 2-hour return walk up to the glacial Lake Esperance is mostly on a boardwalk and has quite a gentle grade, so we can take in the breathtaking views across the Huon River Valley as we go.

We return as far as Geeveston where we stop for lunch, and return to Hobart for a free afternoon.

Dinner tonight is at Dier Makr, where chef Kobi Ruzicka composes a daily degustation menu of thoughtful and unique snack style dishes.


Enjoy a morning at leisure. Perhaps a late breakfast and some time exploring the waterfront, venture further afield to MONA or if you prefer a walk, Adrien will join you in exploring one of the local paths.

At midday we take the short drive to Glen Huon, the perfect rural setting for a Long Table lunch prepared by our very own host Luke Burgess alongside Analiese Gregory.

Enjoy an evening at leisure. There are several great dinner options close by and we are very happy to make some suggestions.


After breakfast today we make our way to Snug Falls for a late morning walk of around 1 hour.

From here we continue on to Birch’s Bay and a visit to the exclusive d’meure wines vineyard for a picnic lunch overlooking the rugged d’Entrecasteaux Channel.

Our next stop is the quaint seaside town of Cygnet, via some of the beautiful bays of the region. Port Cygnet Cannery is a delightful restaurant, bar, event space and home of the Sailor Seeks Horse cellar door. We have the opportunity to try some of their world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

We share a farewell dinner together at The Cannery.


Our tour concludes after a relaxed breakfast.

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Luke Burgess – Tasmania

After finishing his apprenticeship at Tetsuya’s in Sydney, Luke travelled to Europe before returning to Australia to embark on a career…

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Adrien Butler – Australia & United Kingdom

Adrien has been a lead guide with Epicurious travel for many seasons on the Larapinta trail and has been involved…

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