Destinations in Tasmania
How to Plan Your Time to Visit the Best Destinations in Tasmania
Tasmania looks very small on the world map - it is tucked right down underneath the Globe, and looks as though you could drive around it in a few hours. Size can be deceptive, however. At about 65,000 Sq Kms (25,000 Sq Mi), Tasmania is the same size as Ireland, West Virginia or two thirds the size of Korea. We have listed the main destinations and suggest these as environments offering different features that show the diversity of the State. By visiting a destination, it is possible to use it as a base to "hub" out and visit interesting points and locations nearby.
The capital city of Tasmania, this is often the first point of entry. A very scenic city, it is the gateway to Port Arthur, The Derwent Valley, Bruny Island and the Southwest Wilderness. It is well worth taking the time to drive to the top of Mount Wellington for views out over the whole of southern Tasmania and away to the Southwest Tasmanian Wilderness.
Find Out More About Hobart and Mount Wellington: >>> Hobart Tasmania
Located just a short drive and a ferry ride (you can do it in about 1 1/2 hours), Bruny Island offers some amazing scenery, and a peaceful look at rural Tasmania. Visit the Bligh Museum at Adventure Bay (yes, the Captain Bligh of "Mutiny on the Bounty" fame - he called into Adventure Bay and planted some apple trees, the descendents of which can still be seen today). Drive to Cape Bruny on the wild southern tip of Bruny Island. Nothing between you and Antarctica except a lot of water and a few desolate islands..
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The Derwent Valley and Russell Falls
Hobart sits at the mouth of the Derwent River Estuary, and is a major port city. The valley of the Derwent stretches several hours drive inland and offers a chance to visit some interesting rainforests, waterfalls and country towns. You can make a very interesting day driving from Hobart to New Norfolk and then on to Russell Falls and the Mt Field National Park. Stay on the left bank of the Derwent River past New Norfolk to visit the Salmon Ponds for a dose of the history of Trout and Salmon fishing in Tasmania.
Find Out More About The Derwent Valley: >>> The Derwent Valley and Russell Falls
When you visit Mount Wellington , the dramatic backdrop to the city of Hobart, you are in good company. Charles Darwin climbed the Mountain before there were roads or tracks when his ship visited Hobart in 1836. There are some wonderful scenic walks from the parking lots - we will give you full directions.
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The most dramatic expression of the Australian Convict System is to be found at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. Allow several days to fully explore this amazing Tasmanian destination. History, coastlines, wildlife, nature - it is all on the Tasman Peninsula.
Find Out More About Port Arthur: >>> Port Arthur Tasmania
Eaglehawk Neck and Tasman Island Adventure Cruise
See it all from sea level - while it is amazing from the clifftops, nothing beats getting up close on the water. A truly world class experience.
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Freycinet National Park
A leisurely, scenic two hour drive up the coast from Hobart or the Tasman Peninsula, or south and east from Launceston brings you to the pink granite mountains and clear blue waters of The Hazards, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. The East Coast of Tasmania has far less rainfall than the wilder, West Coast.
Wineglass Bay can only be accessed by boat or on foot. One of the best scenic walks in Tasmania is the climb to The Saddle overlooking Wineglass Bay. A reasonable level of fitness is required for the one hour ascent to The Saddle, but the payoff in views is worth it. The walking track is beautifully constructed and maintained.
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The City of Launceston
Tasmania's second largest city, Launceston sits about 30 Kms (20 Mi) from the ocean, at the head of the Tamar Valley Estuary. Cataract Gorge is well worth a visit - it is a dramatic ravine just minutes easy walk from the city centre.
The Tamar Valley
The fertile and scenic Tamar Valley is where Tasmania's wine industry got its start, and also features the Platypus House, the Hillwood Strawberry Farm and the Nabowla Lavender Farm. It is quite possible to while away several very pleasant days in the Tamar Valley.
Find Out More About Launceston and the Tamar Valley: >>> Launceston and the Tamar Valley
Cradle Mountain is the most iconic wilderness area in Tasmania. Be prepared for crowds, even in bad weather. You can visit Cradle Mountain as a day trip from Launceston, or stay overnight in the area at one of the Cradle Mountain Hotels.
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Stanley and Northwest Tasmania
From Cradle Mountain it is about a one and a half hour drive to the far Northwest tip of Tasmania and the interesting old whaling town of Stanley. Want to appreciate how far from civilisation you can get? Step back in time and visit Stanley and the Northwest.
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Strahan and the West Coast
Strahan is steeped in history - the tales of the iron men in wooden ships who came first to a wild coast, then the story of miners and woodcutters who fought the elements to carve out the village of Strahan, to the horrific conditions of the worst of the convict prisons, Sarah Island.
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Southwest Wilderness Tasmania
Stretching south from Strahan, the Southwest National Park is one of the great cool temperate wilderness areas of the World. You can hike it hard, or visit by air from Hobart or Strahan.
Find Out More About Southwest Wilderness Tasmania: >>> Southwest Wilderness Tasmania