Beathe in the fresh air at Lake St Clair, Tasmania
Photo: Andreas Smetana, Tourism Australia
Where is Tasmania?

Welcome to Tasmania

Tasmania is affectionately known as 'Tassie' and is covered in beautiful national parks and beaches that are itching to be explored. Tasmania is home to some of the most spectacular wildlife and scenery in the world, and it is an adventure-lovers dream come true. What makes it even better is that everything is just a short distance from cities and towns.
 
And while I’ve talked about the adventures that await you, there’s plenty of culture and mouthwatering food to enjoy. This is a state that literally has it all. However, it’s known for its chilly weather so be prepared.
 

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Hobart & the South of Tasmania

Salamanca markets in Hobart Tasmania
Salamanca markets in Hobart Tasmania.
Photo: Robert Burnett

 
 
  • Hobart is compact and vibrant city, and is the capital of Tasmania. This harbour-city has everything a big city offers but without the traffic congestion and chaos. If you want to do it all – Hobart is the place. Walk on the beach and get the sand between your toes, wander city streets, hike up Mount Wellington, and then end the day with a cocktail on the waterfront.
  • Bruny Island is just a short drive from Hobart. The stunning Bruny Island combines blue sandy beaches and a national park. You can drive, cruise or walk over the island, but don’t miss indulging on the delicious food and wine made fresh by the locals. The island has a rich indigenous history, and wildlife including seals that are hard to find often in any other Australian state.
Visit Bruny Island by boat
Take a cruise to Bruny Island.
Photo: Glen Gibson, Tourism Tasmania
go hiking in Tasmania
Go trekking in Tasmania. Photo: Cradle Mountain Huts
 
 
  • Tahune Airwalk is an incredible 50 minute walk through the southern part of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area and over the Huon River. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, and it enables you to get up and close with the wildlife without challenging yourself. Other attractions at Tahune include a glider, swinging bridge, bike track and Segway tours, all of which are very fun!
  • Go camping  at Cockle Creek for some digital downtime. This area has a rich Indigenous history and plenty of walks to enjoy including:
    • treking into the South West National Park, or from Fishers Point Lighthouse to South East Cape,
    • strolling along the beach at Recherche Bay.
Distance: Cockle Creek is 2 hours drive south of Hobart.
 
Photo: Tourism Australia
 
canyoning in Tasmania
Canyoning and other extreme activities await you
in Tasmania. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Go river rafting on the Derwent River for the day. For the more serious adventurer, go river rafting on the Franklin River where tours can last up to 10 days! The Franklin River has waterfalls, green forests and plenty of native wildlife. 
  • Experience Tassie's mountains and cliffs by one of the many Rock Climbing Adventures. Whether you're a beginners or a professional, you'll be treated to spectacular views.
  • Go kayaking in Hobart. For that matter, you can kayak all over Tassie. Be sure to  visit the beautiful Wilderness World Heritage Area via sea!
 
  • Enjoy a safari where you get to explore the areas between Tasmania’s two major cities - Hobart and Launceston. On Safari you will hike, camp, and canoe your way through Tassie’s national parks. If you’re not up for spending too much time in a tent, there are day tours available.

Kayaking on the Bay of Fires. Photo: Tourism Australia

 

Launceston & the North Tasmania

 
Launceston is north of Hobart is and is renowned for its food and wine. The cool climate and rich land means it produces stunning wines, apples, strawberries and all kinds of other delicious farm fresh delights.
 
  • When you tire of eating and drinking, potter along the charming streets that reflect old English villages. This is your chance to soak up the history, or check out the wares created by local designers. Fancy spotting wildlife, visit the nearby National Parks of Narawntapu or Mt William.
Forester Kangaroo with Joey at Narawntapu National Park‚Äč
A forester kangaroo with its joey at Narawntapu National Park. Photo: Premier Travel Tasmania
 
  • Tasmania has some of the best mountain biking tracks in the country and they are found all over the state. We recommend biking in Launceston, as it covers a lot of terrain (and isn’t too remote!). Choose from multiday itineraries depending on how long you want your biking adventure to be. You don’t need to be an expert at it, there are lessons for beginners as well as the full track for the experienced riders.
Distance:  Launceston is a 2.5 hour drive North from Hobart.
sink you teeth into the delicious foods in Tasmania
Taste Tasmania. Photo: Joseph Chromy Wines
 
  • Take the Hollybank Treetop Adventure which is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. This high wire canopy course is 30 metres high and the zip lines are 400 metres long. Don’t worry, you're strapped in a safe harness. Do this at night for and more thrilling  adventure.
  • Hike the Walls of Jerusalem which is a 6 day trek. You will walk through the northern end of the Wilderness World Heritage Area and over the cliffs known as the Walls of Jerusalem. It is challenging so it isn’t suitable to those who wince at the thought of a 6-day hike! The tour covers 55 kilometres in small groups with friendly, educated tour guides.
Hike your way around Tasmania
Tasmania is a trekkers paradise.
Photo: Tourism Australia
   
 

North West Tasmania & Cradle Mountain

fur seals in Tasmania
See the fur seals while in Tasmania.
Photo: Premier Travel Tasmania
 
  • Strahan is a harbour-side village and gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. This stunning town also has a dark convict past so take a tour and hear the stories about the lives of local pioneers, and brutal conditions at the notorious convict prison.
  • Visit Ocean beach which stretches for 40km. This is the perfect spot for fishing and four-wheel driving, and is near the historic Hell’s Gates that you can see from the beach on a clear day.
Other must-do’s are:
  • taking a boat cruise on the Gordon River and into this rainforest.
  • Exploring Strahan’s long stretches of beaches, sand dunes and forests
  • Jumping aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
  • Walking to Hogarth Falls for some platypus spotting (the walk is 30 minutes each way)
  • Cycling around Strahan
Distance: Strahan is a 4.5 hour drive from Hobart or a 3 hour drive from Devonport.
Trains to Wellington, Tasmania
Board the West Coast wilderness railway.
Photo: Tourism Australia
 
Soak up the beauty of Cradle Mountain
Do the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk at Lake St Clair National Park. Photo: Cradle Mountain Huts
 
  • Tasmania's North West is home to the iconic Cradle Mountain, where you’ll find great walking adventures, stunning views, rugged mountains, rainforests, lakes and waterfalls. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is for serious hikers-only. Cradle Mountain is a world heritage site and is there for everyone to enjoy so it has a huge variety of walks to suit all levels of fitness. Particular hiking highlights are Donaghy's Lookout, the Franklin River Nature Trail and the Nelson Falls Nature Trail.
  • Other ways to experience Cradle Mountain are by taking a luxury cruise, or driving with the option of stopping off and doing short walks through rainforests and mountains.
  • Another not to be missed in this area are the food trails that put you in touch with fresh vegetables, dairy delights, wines and whiskey.
Distance: Cradle Mountain is 4 hours from Hobart or 2 hours from Launceston.
 
Cradle to Coast tasting trail, Tasmania
Sample the Cradle to Coast tasting trail.
Photo: Tourism Australia
 
 

East Coast Tasmania, Bay of Fires & Wineglass Bay


Meet the local residents. Photo: Maria Island Walk
 
  • East Coast is considered one of the top 10 regions to visit in the world. It has the trifecta of rainforests and hiking tracks, long and pristine beaches, and charming coastal towns. You will probably start off at Coles Bay which is a popular holiday town and gateway to the beautiful Freycinet National Park. You can choose walks that take a few hours or a few days – but either way you’ll be rewarded with spectacular scenery.
 
  • Not to be missed to the stunning (and short) walk to Wineglass Bay lookout.
  • Other top spots are Great Oyster Bay, and the Bay of Fires which also share pink granite mountains, white beaches, crystal clear sea, wildlife including White-bellied Sea Eagles in the mouth of the bay and spot black swans.
Bay of Fires walk. Photo: Tourism Australia
 
Shuck oysters at Coles Bay
Learn to shuck oysters at Coles Bay.
Photo: Luxury Lodges of Australia
  • In case you’re thinking this region is all about walking and exploring, there’s plenty of relaxing ways to enjoy it. Take an eco-cruise around the bay and to discover the coves, do some wine and whisky tasting, visit the nearby farms for paddock to plate goodies including orchard of fruit and berries, and beef and lamb.
Distance: about 2.5 hours drive from north from Hobart and south from Launceston.
 
   
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How to get to Tasmania

Tasmania is an island at the bottom of Australia. To get there, you need to either fly or take the ferry. When you land in Tasmania, you may want to consider hiring a car so you can explore the many fabulous towns and locations. Otherwise, book all inclusive tours that include transport so you can get off-the-beaten-track.