Tasmania

Engage with wilderness and wildlife. Explore convict stories and rich sandstone heritage at World Heritage Convict sites. Discover places that have remained unspoilt for thousands of years. See works of art that will challenge you. Find yourself amongst landscapes that are the most stunning in the world. Lose yourself in the delights of small cities and towns. Play golf, fly-fish, walk along cloudy white beaches, relax in luxurious resort spas or relish our fine food, wines, beers and ciders renowned the world over. Discover Tasmania!

Breathe the cleanest, air you’ll ever experience, and soak up the tranquillity – from a kayak, from a mountain top, or immersed in your hot tub while gazing at the stars.

Our island’s dramatic scenery is filled with variety, so explore our unique environment your way: you’ll be surprised how easy it is to experience our wilderness – from standing atop Cradle Mountain or via a short walk to Russell Falls, from a boat off Bruny Island’s south coast or by light plane to Melaleuca, deep in the south-west World Heritage Wilderness. Take a stroll along a far-stretching east coast beach, cast a fishing line or take an unforgettable helicopter journey above the wilderness … Most experiences are less than an hour from your lodgings.

Immerse yourself in the world’s last great temperate wilderness, in the Central Highlands (where you’ll discover wildlife, scenery and vegetation unlike anywhere else on earth), in our jewel-like farmlands and our welcoming vineyards.

Hobart and Surrounds

Hobart is Australia’s most distinctive city, and Tasmania’s capital combines heritage charm and cultural diversity in a setting of exceptional beauty in Southern Tasmania.

Lonely Planet awarded Hobart one of the top ten spots (the only Australian location) in its Best in Travel 2013 guide. Whoop, whoop! That’s huge.

In a 90 minute drive from Hobart there is a feast of things to see and do – whether you are driving or choose to join a tour – from the pristine waters of Bruny Island, the mesmerising history of Port Arthur, or the attitude challenging MONA.

The MONA effect

Lose yourself at MONA- from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the world’s most infamous and thought-provoking contemporary art – it’s hedonistic, random and a must-see for any visitor. There’s also restaurants, a winery, brewery and luxury accommodation on-site.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area and home to Cradle Mountain. Cradle Mountain, the start of the 65-kilometre (40-mile) Overland Track is the northern end of the 161,000-hectare (397,840-acre) Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Tasmania’s highest mountain, 1,617-metre (5,305-foot) Mt Ossa, is in this park, just off the Overland Track, while another beautiful national park, the Walls of Jerusalem, abuts its eastern boundary.Take one of the many short walks through the ever-changing vegetation of the shores and mountainside to gain a full appreciation of the magic of this area.

Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park is a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests on the Island’s east coast. The park is famous for Wineglass Bay, just one of its white sandy beaches and the pure clear turquoise waters that are perfect for sea kayaking, swimming and scuba diving. The Hazard Range offers climbing, abseiling and mountain walking, and the coastal heathlands have wonderful day walks.

A bit of history -Port Arthur

Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is Australia’s most intact and evocative convict site. The Port Arthur Historic Site has more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the prison’s establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877. During this time about 12,500 convicts served sentences and for many it was a living hell.

Must do:

  • go hiking in Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Enjoy a picnic at Wineglass Bay
  • Enjoy a coffee under the sun-umbrellas at the famous Salamanca Market
  • Enjoy a Bruny Island Cruise
  • Be active – do the Bay of Fires or Maria Island walk