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Tasmania

Tasmania

Australia’s island state of Tasmania is best known for its native wildlife, intriguing history and natural beauty, but the incredible local produce is another highlight. From wine to strawberries, cheese and seafood, you’ll find artisan producers around every corner and farmers’ markets in many towns.

Tasmania is easily accessible. Airports at Hobart and Launceston connect to the mainland, or you can take the overnight Spirit of Tasmania passenger and car ferry from Melbourne to Devonport.

At about half the size of the North Island of New Zealand, Tasmania is an ideal selfdrive destination. We recommend you allow at least one week to take in all those towering forests, deserted beaches, historic sites, beautiful mountains and meet the Tasmanian wildlife – perhaps even the iconic Tasmanian devil.

Kayaking, white water rafting and hiking are all popular ways to get out and experience the landscape up close, plus the cities are small enough that you can easily explore them on foot, and historic sites like Port Arthur are made for walking tours. There are plenty of other options for the less energetic too: take a ride on a scenic railway through a spectacular rainforest gorge, join a cruise on a mirror-calm river, soar over mountains and beaches in a helicopter or go off-road on a guided 4WD tour.

Tasmania has also made it onto the international art scene with the addition of Mona, the world-class art museum in Hobart which is a must-see.


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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN TASMANIA




Hobart
Hobart

Hobart is flanked by wild mountains and expansive rivers with a historic waterfront and exceptional eateries tucked amongst its thoroughfares. Hobart is also a region where some well-known food brands emerged. There’s Cadbury, operating in Hobart since 1922, Moorilla, one of Tasmania’s pioneering wineries, and Lark Distillery which makes the most of Tasmania’s barley, rich peat and pure water to make fine, award-winning, single malt whisky.

Launceston
Launceston

Launceston is Tasmania's second major city and a vibrant hub for food and wine with an emerging culture of designers and artists. Head to the Tamar Valley for excellent food and wine or hit the mountain bike trails around Derby and find out why Tasmania is the world’s latest mountain biking mecca. Take a cruise along the Tamar River or drive north towards Beauty Point and visit Seahorse World, Platypus House and the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.

East-Coast
East Coast

The Great Eastern Drive will take you to cellar doors and oyster farms and the Freycinet National Park, where Wineglass Bay offers an enticing reason to stretch your legs, with world renowned views at the end of your climb. Further along the coast, The Bay of Fires welcomes you with a ribbon of white sandy beaches, secluded coves, and rocky outcrops. Join a cruise of the bay or a Penguin Tour at nearby Bicheno.

Cataract Gorge
Straham

In the west is Strahan, a historic fishing village nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour. It’s also the gateway to Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. Journey down the Gordon River through pristine temperate rainforests deep into the Tasmanian wilderness. Take a cruise onboard a luxury catamaran which will take you into the Gordon River World Heritage area.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN TASMANIA




Salamanca Market SALAMANCA PLACE AND BATTERY POINT

Salamanca Place, famous for its markets every Saturday and Battery Point with its Georgian cottages, art and craft shops and restaurants.

MONA MONA

The Museum of Old and New Art. Filled with antiques, modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection. Just 15 minutes from Hobart on the shore of the River Derwent.

Food and Wine FOOD AND WINE
 

Tasmania is a great place to learn about and try fresh produce. Head to the farmers’ markets and local eateries to experience Tasmania’s fine produce. Tasmania’s cool climate, mild summers and long autumn days, make perfect conditions for wine making. Take on a wine route and find out why we love their wines so much.

Nature and wildlife - Tasmanian Devil NATURE AND WILDLIFE
 

A treasure trove of natural wonders, beautiful landscapes, unique plants and wildlife. From alpine ranges, wetlands and rainforests. Look out for Australian fur seals, bottle nosed dolphins and little penguins, which are seen all year round. Depending on the time of year you are visiting, you will also see platypus, Tasmanian devils, southern right whale and the humpback whale.

Outdoor and Adventure OUTDOOR AND ADVENTURE
 
Over one third of Tasmania is national park, reserve or World Heritage protected wilderness, so you will have plenty to see and do. Go mountain biking, fishing or play golf at two of the top 100 golf courses in the world.
Walking WALKING
 

Tasmania is a walker’s paradise, known for its world-famous walks like the Overland Track, Wineglass Bay and the South Coast Track.

West Coast Wilderness Railway WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY

Journey through rugged terrain and step back in time and relive history on this majestic steam train. Depart from both Queenstown Station and the Regatta Point Station in Strahan for a unique Tasmanian Heritage and Wilderness Experience.
Hollybank Treetop Adventure HOLLYBANK TREETOP ADVENTURE

Why walk when you can fly on a three hour Treetop Adventure Tour with two highly-trained guides along six cables with spans from 15-400m long. Each span has a slight downward angle, so you can take in the magnificent old and new growth forests around Hollybank.
Straham WORLD HERITAGE CRUISES

Depart from Strahan for a cruise on the Gordon River. Stop at Sarah Island to see some of Australia’s oldest convict ruins with a fascinating tale of human triumph over adversity and cruise past rugged mountain ranges in the World Heritage Listed national park.
Port Arthur PORT ARTHUR HISTORIC SITE

Walk in the footsteps of the early convicts, soldiers and settlers. This World Heritage Listed site is among the most important convict era sites in the world. Get access to more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, gardens, guided walking tour, harbour cruise and cemetery or prison tour.



TASMANIA ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in Tasmania.
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Discovery Holiday Parks
Devonport
DISCOVERY PARKS
★★★

Discovery Parks offer a range of quality selfcontained cabins, all of which boast functional amenities and comforts to make your stay enjoyable. The five Tasmanian parks are located across Tasmania, and each location provides a range of recreation experiences within a relaxed holiday setting.
Tas Villas
Tasmania
TASVILLAS GROUP
★★★half star

TasVillas Group is one of Tasmania’s largest statewide accommodation groups, offering a wide variety of accommodation options in convenient locations. Guests can mix and match to suit their style and budget including self-contained apartments, hotels and motel style.
Innkeepers
Tasmania
INNKEEPERS DISCOVERY INNS
★★★half star
When you stay in a motel style Discovery Inn, Tasmania’s wilderness, heritage and vibrant cities are right on your doorstep. Convenient statewide locations allow you to experience all the best Tasmania has to offer at a price that will not break the budget. Discovery Inns welcome you with comfort, value and easy access to Tasmania’s best experiences.
Choice Hotels
Launceston
CHOICE HOTELS AUSTRALASIA
★★★half star

Choice has a hotel to suit every travel need. The range of Comfort, Quality and Clarion Hotels in Tasmania have it covered wherever the adventure takes you. Expect to feel right at home with clean, comfortable and dependable accommodation from city to town and mountains to coast.





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