Top 10 things to do in Tasmania
There is so much to see and do in Tasmania, here is a snapshot of just some of the most popular attractions.
Often the star of glossy magazine covers, Wineglass Bay looks like it belongs in romantic movie scenes. But anyone can wander this picture-perfect setting in Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast.
Book a four-day Wineglass Bay Sail Walk journey and you can drop anchor in the bay and call it your own for the evening.
Mona - Museum of Old and New
Mona is an art museum with a difference. Located on the Berriedale Peninsula in Hobart the striking building carved into a sandstone cliff is the largest privately funded museum in Australia and houses a collection that ranges from the beautiful to confronting, fascinating or downright grotesque.
A visit to Mona is a right of passage for all visitors to Tasmania, catch the ferry, have a drink and soak in the experience.
Walk Three Capes
The Three Capes Track is a multi-day coastal walk on the Tasman Peninsula.
Your journey kicks off with a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys cruise departing from Port Arthur Historic Site. Over the next four days, you will walk 46km through pristine rainforests and coastal heathlands.
You’ll also enjoy three nights in environmentally-sensitive cabins decked out with mattresses, heating, cooking facilities and rangers ready to assist.
Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur was established in 1830 as a timber station, but was soon built into a small town to house and punish over a thousand of Tasmania's most notorious convicts.
Full of powerful stories of hardship and loss, it's one of Tasmania's most rewarding travel experiences, made even better by taking a lantern-lit walking tour at night.
Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most visited natural attractions. While there's no actual town at Cradle Mountain, visitors can find accommodation within the park in cabins, chalets and campgrounds.
Part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, the surrounding landscape is diverse and includes grassland, rainforest and ancient plants. The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.
The rugged coastline of Bruny Island is home to albatrosses, dolphins, seals and even migrating whales.
A great way to see it is Bruny Island Cruises’ Three Hour Wilderness Cruise, departing from Adventure Bay and travelling 50km along the Southern Tasmanian coastline to the Friars and back. The custom-built yellow boats take you up close to the awesome 'Breathing Rock', enter deep sea caves, and pass through the narrow gap between soaring cliffs and 'The Monument'.
Cruise the Gordon River
A cruise down the Gordon River often comes with mirror-calm reflections of World Heritage Area rainforest.
You’ll journey across Macquarie Harbour (six times the size of Sydney Harbour) through Hell’s Gates, aptly named by convicts on their way to Sarah Island. Gordon River Cruises and World Heritage Cruises can take you down this ancient waterway.
Salamanca Market, held every Saturday, is a celebration of Tasmania's unique culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers.
With the historic Georgian sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place as its backdrop, this picturesque market features nearly 300 stalls of fresh food and locally-produced art and craft.
The Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires is a Tassie favourite, featuring a ribbon of coves, rocky outcrops, and empty beaches to explore.
And for those who want a touch of luxury, take the four-day Bay of Fires Walk where you’ll be hopping across orange-lichen boulders by day, and enjoying a foot spa at the award-winning lodge come evening.
Over 170km of winding roads make up the Tamar Valley Wine Route, home to lush orchards, pastures and countless cellar doors – including Jansz Tasmania, the sparkling that put the Pipers River Valley on the world map. Stop off at Moore’s Hill Vineyard for a delicious tasting plate of local cheeses, meats and seafood.
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