Tasmania, the southern tip of Australian territory, is an island separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. It is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes and friendly, relaxed people, with a temperate climate, rich history and slow pace of life. There is no hustle and bustle here, even in the cities. Encircled by the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait, the air is clean, the water pure and the soil fertile. More than one third of Tasmania is preserved in a network of national parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The island's European heritage goes back to the early 1800s, but Aboriginals first reached it about 40,000 years ago.
A Tasmanian holiday offers a variety of activities from the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountains, which is Australia's most famous bush walk and home to some spectacular backdrops to Port Arthur, located in the far south of Tasmania, an infamous prison settlement, lies among 40 hectares of English Oaks and magnificent gardens as a memorial to Australia's convict past.
Top 10 things to do in Tasmania
- Visit the Cradle Mountains
- With its vast wilderness area, fresh clean air, mountain peaks, forests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, unspoilt bush land and abundant wildlife, the jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape.
- Take a trip to Port Arthur
- No trip to Tasmania would be complete without a visit to Port Arthur, the last penal settlement in Australia. This historic site has an impressive architecture, delightful gardens and many chilling prison facilities for tourists to explore.
- Discover the Beaches
- Unknown to most, Tasmania is home to some of the world's best beaches, Wineglass Bay beach in Freycinet National Park has a dramatic sweep of pure white sand and turquoise blue water, which is a popular attraction.
- Explore the Vineyards
- The Tamar Valley, located north of Launceston has some fantastic wineries. Here you can try some delicious sauvignon blanc, Riesling or chardonnay. There are also some beautifully located restaurants.
- Hit the Shops
- Hobart has some amazing antique shops at Battery Point that if you have time are well worth a visit. Or you can visit the Salamanca Markets, these markets are open on Saturday and have an array of specialty products.
- Take a Hike
- The Overland track is Tasmania's most famous hikes and takes you into some of the most unbelievable landscapes that you'll experience. You will also be able to witness some incredible Tasmanian wilderness.
- Relax by the Franklin River
- Spend some quite time relaxing by this mighty river, a popular picnic and photograph destination.
- Take the South Track
- This 83 kilometer track is a true wilderness experience. Enjoy the rugged southern coastline from the comfort of your car.
- Take a ride on a Steam Engine
- Go back in time and explore Tasmania's unique rail heritage. Travel some 35 kilometres from Strachan to Queenstown, along the West Coast Wilderness Railway, crossing some 40 bridges on your way.
- Visit the Evandale Markets
- These weekly country markets are a fantastic place if you are after quaint souvenirs or bric-a-brac, the odd treasure has often been found at these markets.