Tasmania’s Island Heritage National Landscape is a pristinely beautiful yet accessible wilderness of dramatic coastlines, thick forests and snow-capped mountains. Separated from the Australian mainland during the last Ice Age, for nearly 10,000 years the island has evolved in splendid isolation, creating a living museum of some of the world’s oldest and rarest plants and animals. The untamed beauty of Tasmania’s Island Heritage is so precious it meets more World Heritage criteria than anywhere else on the planet. Here, you can find countless world-class nature and adventure experiences and be captivated by the Aboriginal heritage and Australia’s early convict and settler history.
Five reasons you'll love Tasmania's Island Heritage
The 1.4 million hectares that make up the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area cover one-fifth of the island. The Southwest National Park is larger than many small countries! Other areas rich in historic and natural heritage include the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, The Tarkine in the north-west and the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, home to ancient forests and Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. Head to the top of Mount Wellington for magnificent views over the Tasman Peninsula or swim in the sapphire-blue waters of Wineglass Bay, one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
Learn about Australia’s early convict history at the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Hear the stories of the oldest convict settlement on Sarah Island or ride the spectacular West Coast Wilderness Railway for a glimpse of Australia’s mining heritage. Many fine museums showcase Australia’s convict and maritime history. Learn about Tasmania’s rich Aboriginal heritage and the longest isolated human group in history at north west Rocky Cape National Park. Wander along cobblestone streets and past the 19th century old warehouses around Sullivan’s Cove and Salamanca Place in Hobart, visiting the colourful markets that come alive every weekend.
Strap on a backpack and discover some of Australia’s best walking tracks. The Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair and Bay of Fires Walk along the north east coastline are two of Australia’s best. The Freycinet Experience Walk, a four-day guided hike, covers the length of the Freycinet Peninsula. Follow a guide on the Maria Island Walk or explore it at your leisure. Marvel at the Huon Pine, one of the oldest living organisms on earth on the Tahune Forest walking trail. Learn about the extinct Tasmanian Tiger and come face-to-face with an endangered Tasmanian Devil or elusive platypus. Spot the orange-bellied parrot, one of the world’s rarest birds.
Enjoy the serenity of a cruise or kayak on the silent Gordon River or challenge yourself white-water rafting the rapids of the Franklin River. Ski, walk or rock-climb the rugged summits of Ben Lomond National Park. Visit the remote islands off Tasmania including Bruny Island, King Island and Flinders Island. Meet the lighthouse keeper on remote Bonnet Island and watch Little Penguins as they come in from their day’s frolic at sea. Explore the historic township of Stanley, climb or take a chairlift to the top of ‘The Nut’, pan for sapphires near the tin mining town of Derby or take a scenic flight for sweeping views of the vast wilderness.
Enjoy fresh gourmet produce and internationally acclaimed cool-climate wines from the wine growing regions of the Coal River, Derwent and Huon valleys. Eat and drink your way through the cool-climate wineries on the Tamar Valley Touring Route. Browse antique galleries, craft shops and markets in the Georgian village of Evandale. Sample Australia's leading boutique beers and whiskies, and savour rich organic fare such as mouth-watering berries, crisp apples, grass-fed beef and fresh seafood picked from the pure waters of the Southern Ocean. Make sure to leave room for heavenly handmade chocolates, delicious cheeses and homemade ice creams straight from rich dairy pastures.