Experience Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness, great food and wine, compact cities and clean air. Hobart is gateway to historic Port Arthur, the wildlife of Bruny Island and Maria Island, and breathtaking Wineglass Bay in Freycinet. From Launceston or Devonport, discover Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Liffey Falls and Flinders Island in Bass Strait. Discover Tasmania's wild west coast via Strahan.
What you can see in Tasmania
Explore the wilderness of 17 National Parks, pristine coastlines of the East Coast, and welcoming regional towns. Visit Hobart, coastal islands and convict sites.
Uncover Hobart's food, wine, and eclectic creativity at the galleries, bars and restaurants of MONA. Relax, eat and visit the weekend markets at the convict-built harbour and sandstone Salamanca Place. Visit Hobart's oldest suburb of Battery Point, climb Mount Wellington, and join celebrations for the Taste Tasmania festival and Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Hobart offers access to Richmond, Kettering, Bruny Island, Wineglass Bay and Tasmania's national parks.
Wineglass Bay, on Tasmania's Freycinet Peninsula, is considered one of the top ten beaches in the world. This flawless crescent of dazzling white sand and sapphire-coloured sea set against pink and grey granite peaks is one of Australia's most beautiful natural environments. It's the perfect location for fishing, sailing, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock-climbing, or simply soaking up the spectacular coastal scenery. Wineglass Bay has become a favourite honeymoon destination for couples to escape and relax away from the rest of the world. With secluded sandy beaches, luxurious eco-lodges, and fine Tasmanian cuisine, Freycinet Peninsula is an adventure of pure indulgence.
Tasmania’s Winter Secrets
The air may be crisp, but in Tasmania, winter definitely doesn't put a freeze on activities. Celebrate the solstice in Hobart or ski in Ben Lomond National Park. Trek the snow-coated highlands of Cradle Mountain or snuggle fireside in a lodge in Wineglass Bay. Whatever you do, don't miss this special window on Tasmania's rugged natural beauty.
Experience the beauty of Freycinet Peninsula, a paradise of pink granite mountains, white beaches and turquoise sea on Tasmania's east coast. Hike over the Hazard Ranges for breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay. Go surfing, sea kayak with dolphins, 4WD to a historic lighthouse and enjoy freshly-shucked oysters overlooking Great Oyster Bay. Wind here from Hobart on the East Coast Escape.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
You'll feel a million miles from modern life when you glimpse the jagged dolerite peaks of Cradle Mountain across the mirrored waters of Dove Lake. It's a wilderness vision that draws travelers to World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park time and time again.
Launceston, Devonport and Burnie
The compact, picturesque Tasmanian cities of Launceston, Devonport and Burnie have lots to delight travellers. Discover restaurants, galleries, parklands and historic streetscapes, meet the friendly locals and explore the surrounding attractions. In Tasmania's north lies Launceston, home to a thriving cultural scene and the wilderness of Cataract Gorge. Along the island's rugged north-west coast you can explore the pretty port of Devonport and the lively seaside city of Burnie.
If Prison Break was set in mid-19th century Australia, Tasmania's Port Arthur historic site on the Tasman Peninsula would surely be the location. Separated from Tasmania by a narrow neck of land surrounded by shark-infested waters, Port Arthur was sold as the ‘inescapable prison'. But unlike today's camera surveillance, guards and half-starved hounds guarded the only way out.
Step into the ancient beauty of Tasmania's World Heritage wilderness and national parks. From Hobart, discover Bruny Island's wildlife and walking trails and drive the East Coast Escape to Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Launceston is your base for the Overland Track through Cradle-Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and the untamed rivers and rapids of the west coast.
When in Hobart, make sure you visit Salamanca Place in Sullivans Cove, the city's bustling, waterfront heart. Life here in the 1830s was all about industry, but today this picturesque cobblestone square is a destination for food, art, shopping and music. Wander the galleries and relax under the sun umbrellas. Shop for fine Tasmanian craft in the Salamanca Markets and dance outdoors in the courtyard of the Salamanca Arts Centre. Here Hobart's cultural life meets its rich history.
Tasmania's Wild West Coast
On the west coast of Tasmania, unlimited adventure is the natural way to vacation. Base yourself in the scenic, edge-of-the-world fishing town of Strahan. Then white-water raft the pristine and untamed Franklin River rapids or cruise or kayak down the tranquil Gordon River. Hike past thousand-year-old Huon pines in one of the world's last temperate rainforests. Soar over the wilderness in a helicopter, take an historic train from Queenstown or sail across Macquarie Harbour. This area also has a rich, layered human story - of convicts, pioneers, loggers, miners and more recently, environmental activists.
Tasmania's blooming gardens
Visit Tasmania from September to November, when blooming gardens provide a backdrop to breathtaking scenery and historic attractions. Embrace dozens of cultures and hundreds of tulips at Hobart's Spring Tulip Festival and wander the grand gardens in Huonville and Richmond. See elms and oaks planted by convicts in Port Arthur. Do the daffodil walk in Launceston's Cataract Gorge and skip between the gorgeous gardens of Tasmania's north-east. Join the tulip festivities in Wynyard and bushwalk past tulips on Table Cape.
Invigorate your soul on wild Bruny Island, which sits in the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, a short drive and ferry ride from Hobart. Go walking to discover the rocky coastline, quiet beaches, tall forests, roaring surf and gentle green hills. Spot abundant wildlife, from wombats and wallabies to little penguins, on a tour or eco-cruise. Hunt down history, stock up on gourmet produce and stay in boutique accommodation amongst the wilderness.
Tasmania's Tranquil Liffey Falls
Prepare for total tranquillity at Liffey Falls, which sit nestled in Tasmania's Great Western Tiers about an hour's drive from Launceston and 90 minutes from Devonport. There are few settings more peaceful than here, in this World Heritage-listed rainforest, where you listen to bird song and watch water cascade over sandstone. Follow the enchanting nature trail to Liffey Falls or spend a relaxing afternoon in the fern-fringed picnic area. Just nearby, you can explore the quaint craft-loving village of Deloraine and the limestone caves of Mole Creek Karst National Park.
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