Destinations and Places to go
Wondering where to go in Tasmania?
Tasmania has so many wonderful hidden nooks and crannies to explore and there is always something interesting just over the next hill. Whether you are looking for artistic enlightenment or a truly amazing experience in World Heritage Wilderness you will find it in Tasmania.
Hobart and Southern Tasmania
Hobart and Southern Tasmania offers plenty of things to see and do if you are looking for a weekend or longer away. You can find everything here from fantastic food and wine to some stunning scenery.
Hobart plays host to a variety of festivals and cultural gatherings as well as being home to MONA. There is always something on and you will never be short of things to do.
Head south down the Derwent River and you will find yourself exploring the amazing Bruny Island which has some of the best food and wine in the country.
Head inland and you will find the Huon Valley, wine and cider country. If you keep going you can explore some amazing spots including Hastings Caves and the enigmatic deep south.
To the East is the amazing Tasman Peninsula home to Port Arthur and it's engrossing but often horrible history. Head towards the sea cliffs though and you will be rewarded with stunning views.
Head north and you can start exploring the small historic towns of the Derwent Valley and get lost amongst the tall trees and alpine plains at Mt Field National Park.
Take the Great Eastern Drive along Tasmania's stunning eastern coastline and you will be amazed what you will find. From some of the beast remote beaches in Australia to stunning National Parks there is always something beautiful hiding around the next corner.
At the southern end of the Great Eastern Drive you will find Orford and Triabunna and are great spots for a weekend away or getting out of Hobart for a swim in the afternoon or evening during summer.
From Triabunna jump on a ferry over to Maria Island and explore the National Park and convict ruins. Keep an eye out for Wombats as well!
Keep heading north and you come to Swansea which overlooks the Freycinet Peninsula National Park. Keep heading north and make sure to stop in at Coles Bay / Freycinet and check out the stunning white sand beach at Wineglass Bay.
Keep driving and you will get to the sleepy holiday town of Bicheno, this is a perfect spot to spend a weekend during the summer months with plenty of great places to swim and some great diving as well.
Finally at the north end of the Great Eastern Drive you find the towns of Scamander and St Helens and the stunning Bay of Fires with it's red lichen covered rocks. Enjoy a swim or check out some of the fresh seafood straight off the boat.
Launceston and North
Launceston and the northern end of Tasmania has become an incredibly popular destination in recent years with both wine lovers and mountain bikers converging to make use of the lush soil and countryside for their own enjoyment.
Launceston City itself has heaps to do, explore the city park and the Boags Brewery or head down to Cataract Gorge and go for a swim or take the chair lift up to the gardens. Keep an eye out for the Peacocks too!
Head further to the north east and you can explore the beautiful Tamar Valley wine region home to famous wineries such as Jansz and Josef Chromy.
Head into the hills around Scottsdale and Derby and you will find some of the best Mountain Bike Trails in the world. The area is home to the Blue Derby network of trails which are set to host a stage of the Enduro World Series in 2017.
On the North East Coast at Bridport you will find the world famous Bobby the Bear and the Bridestowe Lavender farm, in summer walk through the rows of Lavender and breath in the fresh air.
South of Launceston are the historic towns of Evandale, Campbell Town and Ross. Make sure to stop by and check out the historic buildings or just take a break from driving and grab a slice of cake at one of the many bakeries and cafes.
North West Coast
Tasmania's North West Coast is forged on edge of the rough and powerful and Bass Strait. Don't let the rough edges fool you this part of Tasmania has some stunning scenery and plenty of amazing places to explore.
Starting at Devonport if you arrive on the Spirit of Tasmania or driving through you can enjoy amazing views of the coast from Mersey Bluff and also check out the Maritime museum to get an glimpse into our past.
Heading along the coast you come to the towns of Wynyard, Burnie, Penguin and Ulverstone. Make sure to stop by in the spring to check out the Tullips and the Bloomin Tullips Festival.
On the tip of the North West Coast you will find Stanley and Smithton, two towns with a rich history and some stunning landscapes to explore. Make sure to walk or catch the chair lift to the top of the nut and enjoy the views.
Heading inland you will find the Tarkine region, the largest temperate rainforest area in Australia. Head into the forest to see native wildlife such as Devils and Quolls.
Lastly head back inland towards Cradle Mountain and make sure to check out the caves at Mole Creek and the historic town of Deloraine with it's carefully crafted murals and street art.
No trip to Tasmania or the North West is complete without visiting the iconic Cradle Mountain. If you are a walker then don't forget to add the 5 day Overland Track to your bucket list as well.
The West Coast is home to some of Tasmania's most stunning scenery, from the beautiful reflections on the Gordon River to the stunning views out over the South West from the top of Frenchman's Cap.
Queenstown used to be the epicentre of the mining industry in Tasmania, today it's recovering from it's loss. The town is home to a fantastic history museum as well as The Uncomformity Festival over during the winter months.
Jump on the West Coast Wilderness Railway or follow the highway to Strahan and find yourself on the edge of Lake Macquarie and a town steeped in the history of the pinners who used to make a living logging the mighty Huon Pine. From Strahan make sure to take a cruise up the Gordon River into the stunning World Heritage Area.
If you are after a truly epic rafting adventure then the Franklin River is an absolute must do. The Franklin takes around 7 to 10 days to traverse with a stunning boat ride back to Strahan from Sir John Falls.
Head north towards the Tarkine and the North West and you will find the sleepy mining towns of Tullah, Rosebery and Zeehan. Explore the massive sand dunes on the coast or explore the forest and stop in at Montezuma Falls while you are there.