Wine, waves, twists and turns in Tasmania

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Just over 16,000km away from Porsche HQ is Tasmania, Australia’s largest island and one of the many fabulous places we’ve visited with Porsche Travel Experience in 25 years. Discover a unique and wonderfully down-to-earth destination
A taste of perfectionWe’re standing up to our knees in turquoise-blue water at a white, impeccably-set table in the middle of an oyster farm. It’s just one of many picture book views you get in Tasmania. The native Riesling, zinging with a cool freshness that’s typical of this endlessly intriguing island, forms an excellent culinary combination with the fresh Pacific oysters on our plates. Our glance repeatedly switches from the oysters in front of us to the horizon, to ancient granite hills, to the rare bird life soaring above us. To simply go into the water and enjoy oysters directly on the farm is so wonderfully down-to-earth yet so uniquely Tasmanian. And this is just one of the highlights of our trip.
We’re at the heart of the Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast. The renowned Wineglass Bay is only a stone’s throw away. We cross by boat to the crescent-shaped beach of icing sugar-white sand. It claims to be one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. Nature’s beauty is impossible to overlook. If it weren’t for the shadowy distant hills drawing us in, reminding us that it’s now time to do some driving, you could easily become lost in your thoughts and forget the world around you.
Crossing by boat to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches
Dream routes in the exotic wildernessWe drive north towards Elephant Pass. Here, the challenging mountain road winds its way to the high ground, snaking impressively over seven kilometres. This legendary route has been part of the classic Targa Tasmania rally for the past 30 years. It’s the climax of the challenging ten original stages on the famous asphalt track – always an unforgettable driving experience. It’s a route that allows you to really explore the precision and dynamics of a Porsche. On the way up to the pass, we’re presented with fantastic views of the surrounding forests and the Tasmanian Sea beyond.
Elephant Pass: one of the most challenging stretches of road on the Targa Tasmania rally
A place of rare flora and unique faunaThrough ancient rain forests with tall eucalyptus trees and exotic ferns – the type of vegetation you encounter changes rapidly here on Tasmania – we set off to discover a rare species. The Tasmanian Devil is black and similar to a marten. Its name comes from its ears, which become red when it’s angry. Don’t let its cute looks fool you – its biting power is comparable with a Bengal tiger. Like the tiger, this black marsupial predator is also threatened by extinction and hides itself until dusk in the trees of this unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Site. We were lucky enough to catch sight of one. A fitting end to this very special experience on the other side of the world.
The spectacular view of Coles Bay from the Saffire Freycinet Hotel

This story is part of the 25 Years of Porsche Travel Experience anniversary series. We take you on a virtual world tour around the globe – with a new, fascinating episode each week. Click here to read all stories.

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