The natural start of any discovery of the Apple Isle is its capital Hobart. Even here, tranquillity can be found. Nestled on either side of the Derwent River at the
base of Mount Wellington, the city has a relaxed, intimate feel while still being abuzz, with old pubs alongside new craft-beer bars, myriad cafes, museums,
festivals, ferries, fishing boats, yachts and accommodation. On one of Tassies lovely sunny afternoons, there are few more pleasant places to find yourself.
Port Arthur lies in the far southeast corner, where powerful waves break along jagged shorelines, and a visit here takes you back in time to the convict days as you wander the grounds with well informed and engaging guides. Although the history of the area is one of hardship it has a peaceful atmosphere and people speak in low voices as they wander through and around the ruins.
Freycinet National Park boasts spectacular pink granite boulders and mountains, sweeping coastal vistas and secluded beaches leading to what is arguably
Tasmania’s most famous natural feature: Wineglass Bay. The park incorporates the southern end of Freycinet Peninsula, Schouten Island and the lesser-known
but equally stunning Friendly Beaches north of Coles Bay. Named after French navigator Louis de Freycinet and proclaimed in 1916, makes it Tasmania’s oldest national park.
Cradle Mountain rises 1,545 metres above Dove Lake and is Tasmania’s most iconic scenic attraction. No journey to the ‘Apple Isle’ would be complete without viewing this remarkable rocky outcrop. Part of the World Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness, this 1262 km2 national park incorporates glacier sculpted mountains, river gorges, lakes and is home to a bounty of wildlife including wombats, wallabies and the shy platypus.
North to south, east to west, Tasmania
punches well above its weight when it comes to natural beauty, charming villages and eclectic cities, amazing wildlife, and a thriving food and wine scene that is the envy of all Australia.
Tasmania is an amazing place for a sensory experience. So much to see and its size makes each day an exciting journey of discovery travelling from mountains to hills to coastline in a hop, skip and a jump.