Whether you’re a foodie, an adventurer or a history lover, there is something for everyone in Tasmania. What this tiny island may lack in size, it makes up for an unforgettable travel experience. Head to Tassie and you can explore the wilderness, learn about convict heritage and see some of the nation’s most beautiful national parks. Here are the top things to do in Tasmania.
Tasmania’s Museum of Old & New Art is located in Hobart and is the biggest privately owned museum in the whole of Australia - the collection is worth about $110 million. It is known for its thought-provoking, eccentric and exciting art, often making international headlines and responsible for bringing hundreds of thousands of tourists to Tasmania every year. Described by the owner David Walsh as a ‘subversive adult Disneyland, if you want a new and different cultural experience then this is one of the must-sees.
Take A Cruise
One of the best ways to explore all Tasmania has to offer is by ship. As an island, taking a cruise is one way to see all different aspects of the island from the Salamanca Markets in Hobart to the lavender farms of Port Arthur and the rugged west coast region. This means your trip doesn’t have to be all about hikes and adventure, or all arts and culture, you can have variety in your activities and maximise what you can see.
Explore Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park is home to some of the most beautiful walks not just in Tasmania but in Australia. Encompassing Wineglass Bay and The Hazards, it is a breathtaking peninsula made up of pink-hazed mountains, white-sand beaches, and eucalyptus forests all framed by beautiful turquoise water. The Instagram opportunities are endless. There are plenty of bushwalking trails, snorkeling opportunities and native wildlife to see. For jaw-dropping views, hike to the top of Mt. Amos where you’ll have panoramic views of the area.
Try Some Tasmanian Wine
Tasmania is home to some of Australia’s best wine. The mild climate, of long autumn days and cooler winters, makes it the perfect wine-making region. One of the best areas for wine-tasting and exploring is the Tamar Valley, near Launceston. Here you can go on a self-guided tour of some of Tasmania’s best wineries, try beautiful vintages, eat fresh local produce and breathe in some of the world’s cleanest air.
Learn About History At The Port Arthur Historic Site
This convict site is one of Australia’s most important UNESCO-listed destinations. Established as a penal station in 1830, the Port Arthur prison system included many buildings that are still intact today. You can visit old prisons, the asylums, guards’ quarters and some of the colonial houses lived in by the military and their families. There is a guided walking tour included in your ticket which gives you the chance to learn more in-depth information about the often tragic history of the place.
Spot A Tasmanian Devil
If you’re an animal lover, then seeing a Tasmanian Devil is probably something you want to tick off your bucket list. Though these little furry creatures may seem cute, the hint is in the name. Their bite is apparently as vicious as a hyena’s. They are nocturnal, so spotting them isn’t always easy. Tours like Devils in the Dark take place at night so you can see the Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat. The tours aim to promote the awareness about the species and seeks to find ways to prevent them from becoming more endangered.
Chase the Aurora
From Tasmania, you can catch a glimpse of the stunning Southern Aurora Australis. While it can be seen from all over Australia, the most unobstructed views would be South Arm Peninsula or Dodge’s Ferry, both about 40 km out of Hobart or Cockle Creek on the southern tip of the island. These areas have the least light pollution which means you have more chance of seeing the colours of aurora.
These are just a few of the activities you can do while visiting Tasmania but there are so many more. Once you have a taste of Tasmania, you’ll just want more.