Where foraging for ingredients is part of the local flavor : Venture outside and help protect vulnerable species in Tasmania, Australia's southernmost state, with several new guided walks.

Tasmanian Walking Company, in partnership with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, offers a three-day trek across rugged Bruny Island to map flora and collect seeds for the garden's seed bank.

To get a taste of the island's Indigenous culture, join members of the local Palawa community on multiday treks through the powder white sands of Wukalina [ Mount William National Park ] and orange-lichen-covered rocks of Larapuna [Bay of Fires].

Or to get an actual taste of the island, forage for ingredients like wattle seeds and pepperberries with guides from Palwa Kipli, a company that is Indigenous-owned and operated - the experience ends with a tasting menu that includes smoked payathanima [wallaby]. {Nora Walsh}


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