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Wednesday 26 August 2015

Exploring Tasmania in considerable style

There are tours and there are tours. 

If your previous experience of a visit to Tasmania has been being crammed into a mini bus to visit several famous sites as quickly as possible then be warned that Kim Dudson does things rather differently. 

Dudson is the owner and operator of Bespoke Tasmania, which conducts tailor-made tours for small groups who are prepared to pay for exclusivity and access to attractions that are off the regular tourist track. 

The charming and knowledgeable Dudson knows Tasmania well, and can introduce visitors to leading fine food producers, artisan brewers, distillers and vignerons, artists, owners of heritage properties and more. 

Bespoke Tasmania is the official tour provider for guests at MONA Pavilions and the Henry Jones Art Hotel, two of Tasmania's most prestigious addresses, and Dudson is keen to curate tours that centre on special interests; particularly destinations not usually open to the general public.

My wife and I joined her for a Bespoke Gin Workshop at William McHenry & Sons Distillery at Port Arthur recently (you can read about this in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Traveller section soon). It is highly recommended.

But Dudson also puts together premium small-scale tours to destinations including Hobart and surrounds, the Derwent Valley and the Tasman Peninsula, as well as putting together tours based on interests like wine and cider, or Tasmanian art history.

A Derwent Valley tour can look at the region's hops history (it is where Australia's hops-growing and beer-brewing industries started), as well as featuring lunch using stone-ground flour in a convict-built bakery on an 1830s estate, along with a whisky distillery tour and a visit to a trout hatchery.

"Basically, whatever people want to do I can put it together for them," Dudson says. "They can just sit back and enjoy themselves while I take care of everything." 

Bespoke Tasmania: For bookings and enquiries ring 0429 636 348 or visit 

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic. I have been looking for an upmarket tour for tourist friends/family. Look forward to reading about your journey in more detail.