7 Must visit places in Tasmania

7 Must visit places in Tasmania

Tasmania, the “Island of Inspiration” and commonly known as the “Apple Isle” is a destination of dramatic coastlines, quaint villages, convict-built heritage and magnificent food and wine.
Whether it’s your first time visiting Tasmania or your fifth, here are our 7 must visit places in Tasmania not to be missed.

1. Hobart

Hobart, the capital of Tasmania and Australia’s second oldest city marks the start and end point of many Tasmanian tours. Nestled on either side of the Derwent River at the base of Mount Wellington, Hobart has plenty of appeal for all.

One major drawcard is the popular Salamanca Markets, held every Saturday at Salamanca Place. With over 300 stallholders, take the time to peruse the street stalls which sell everything from bespoke jewellery, organic produce, ceramics and leather goods, handcrafted cheeses, breads, wines and spirits.

A great way to learn more about the city and see the key attractions is via a Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour or for history buffs you might prefer a Historic Hobart Walking Tour. For art lovers, a visit to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) should be at the top of your list, whilst for something further afield, enjoy a cruise around Bruny Island and look out for wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds. 

Don’t forget to walk along the Constitution Dock area and enjoy a drink or light meal at a local café or bar.
Salamanca Markets, Hobart, Tasmania

2. Port Arthur

Situated in the far south-east corner of Tasmania is the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site, just 90 minutes from Hobart.

This historic site is the best preserved convict site in Australia and was first established as a penal settlement in 1830, housing up to 12,500 convicts. 

Visitors can learn more about convict life on a walking tour with a local guide to visit the buildings and ruins.

There is also the opportunity to take a cruise around the harbour to see the Isle of the Dead, the final resting place of over 1,000 convicts, military officers, women and children.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

3. Freycinet National Park

Tasmania is well known for its breathtaking natural landscapes and one place which will simply take your breath away is Freycinet National Park.

Boasting spectacular pink granite boulders and mountains, sweeping coastal vistas and secluded beaches, there are plenty of walking tracks for the avid walker to enjoy.

One of our favourite walks is the boardwalk track at Cape Tourville, where you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the coastline and out over beautiful Wineglass Bay.
Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

4. Launceston

If you are a foodie and wine lover then Launceston is certainly not to be missed on your next tour of Tasmania. Located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley, be sure to visit the numerous vineyards for a spot of wine tasting and sample the delicious range of locally made sauces, jams and conserves at the Tasmanian Gourmet Sauce Company. 

Whilst in Launceston, a visit to the famous Cataract Gorge Reserve is not to be missed. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful gardens and along one of the many hiking trails, ride the world’s longest single span chairlift, keep an eye out for peacocks and admire the spectacular views from the panoramic lookouts.
Launceston, Tasmania

5. Cradle Mountain

Rising 1,545 metres above Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most well-known reserves and boasts some fantastic alpine scenery. Enjoy the views of Dove and Crater lakes from the top of Cradle Mountain, keep an eye open for the local wildlife including the elusive platypus and watch the night skies for some truly spectacular stargazing. And, if you’re lucky, you might even be treated to a spectacular night performance of the Southern Lights, most commonly seen during May to September.

For serious walkers, Cradle Mountain is the starting point for the famous Overland Track, a six day walk that will take you through ancient and beautiful landscapes. For casual walkers, and those with limited time, then there are many easier and shorter walks to enjoy including the Cradle Valley Boardwalk and Dove Canyon Circuit.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

6. Gordon River Cruise, Strahan

For those who love beautiful natural landscapes and stunning scenery, be sure to take a cruise along the Gordon River through the World Heritage-listed western wilderness of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. 

Starting in Strahan, a historic harbour side village with a convict past, you can cruise the breathtaking Macquarie Harbour to the narrow entrance of Hells Gate where the river opens to the Southern Ocean. Enjoy a walk through the temperate rainforest and listen to stories of the convicts.
Gordon River Cruise, Strahan, Tasmania

7. The Nut, Stanley

A visit to Tasmania wouldn’t be complete without visiting The Nut, close to the historic village of Stanley in the northwest region of Tasmania.

The Nut is the remains of an old volcanic plug which was discovered by explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798.

Rising 137 metres, visitors can either hike up to the summit or take the more leisurely chairlift ride for some amazing photo opportunities.
The Nut, Stanley, Tasmania