How to Plan Your Travel Time to Visit the Best Tasmania Destinations
To help you decide on the itinerary for your trip, I have broken the Island up into six different Tasmania Destinations. > Hotels in Hobart
If you are arriving on the Spirit of Tasmania, you will arrive into and depart from Devonport. Devonport is in the north of the State, about three hours drive from Hobart and one hours drive from Launceston. > Hotels in Launceston
If you are flying into Tasmania, most flights will come into either Hobart or Launceston. Regional flights into Devonport and Wynyard (Burnie) leave from Melbourne.
Hobart & South
Launceston & Tamar
- The scenic Tamar Valley
- Boutique vineyards and fruit farms
- Stanley and the far Northwest
- Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair NP
West & Southwest
- Gordon River Wilderness Cruise
- Fly to the Southwest Wilderness
- The REAL story behind the Convicts
- Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site
- Wineglass Bay and the Hazards
- Freycinet National Park
Time, Distance and Getting Around the Tasmania Destinations
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 square kilometres (25,000 square miles), Tasmania is the same size as Ireland, West Virginia or two thirds the size of Korea.
I have listed the main destinations and suggest these as environments offering different features that show the diversity of the State.
Visit a destination, and use it as a base to “hub” out and visit interesting points and locations nearby.
Tasmania Destinations – Hobart, Bruny Island,
Derwent Valley and Mt Wellington
Hobart and Battery Point.
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. > Hotels in Hobart > Hotels in Battery Point
Drive to the top of Mount Wellington for views out over the whole of southern Tasmania and away to the Southwest Tasmanian Wilderness. > Hobart Tours & Activities
Just a short drive and a ferry ride from Hobart (you can do it in about 1 1/2 hours), Bruny Island has amazing scenery, and a peaceful look at rural Tasmania. > Bruny Island Tours & Activities
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. > Hotels in Bruny Island
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.
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. > Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls from Hobart
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. > Hotels in New Norfolk
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.
When you visit Mt. 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. > Mount Wellington Tour from Hobart
There are some wonderful scenic walks from the car parks.
Tasmania Destinations – Port Arthur, Eaglehawk Neck
and the Tasman Peninsula
The most dramatic expression of the Australian Convict System is to be found at the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. > Hotels in Port Arthur
Allow at least a day to fully explore this amazing Tasmanian destination.
> Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart
History, coastlines, wildlife, nature – it is all on the Tasman Peninsula.
Tasmania Destinations – Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
Freycinet National Park.
A leisurely, scenic two hour drive up the coast from Hobart or the Tasman Peninsula.
Two hours from Launceston brings you to the pink granite mountains and clear blue waters of The Hazards, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. > 4-Day Tasmania East Coast Tour from Launceston: Bay of Fires, Port Arthur and Hobart
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. > Hotels in Freycinet Peninsula
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.
Tasmania Destinations – Launceston and the Tamar Valley
The City of Launceston.
Tasmania’s second largest city, Launceston sits about 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the ocean, at the head of the Tamar Valley Estuary. > Hotels in Launceston
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. > Hotels in Tamar Valley > Launceston Afternoon Highlights Tour
It is quite possible to while away several very pleasant days in the Tamar Valley.
Tasmania Destinations – Cradle Mountain and Northwest Tasmania
Cradle Mountain is the most iconic wilderness area in Tasmania. Be prepared for crowds, even in bad weather. > Hotels in Cradle Mountain
You can visit Cradle Mountain as a day trip from Launceston, or stay overnight in the area at one of the Cradle Mountain Hotels. > Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston
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. > Hotels in Stanley
Want to appreciate how far from civilisation you can get? Step back in time and visit Stanley and the Northwest.
Tasmania Destinations – West and Southwest Wilderness Tasmania
Strahan and the West Coast – The Gordon River Wilderness Cruise.
Strahan is steeped in history. First were iron men in wooden ships who came first to a wild coast, then it is the story of miners and woodcutters who fought the elements to carve out the village of Strahan. > Gordon River Cruise from Strahan
Experience the horrific conditions of the worst of the convict prisons,Sarah Island. > Hotels in Strahan
The Convict Station Ruins and Sarah Island are visited by the Gordon River Cruise as it heads up Macquarie Harbour back to Strahan. The Gordon River Wilderness Cruise leaves from Strahan daily.
Southwest Wilderness Tasmania.
Stretching south from Strahan, the Southwest National Park is one of the great cool temperate wilderness areas of the World. > Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Southwest National Park by Air with Bush Walk and Harbor Cruise
You can hike it hard, or visit by air from Hobart or Strahan.
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More Information on Tasmania: > Climate of Tasmania – Wikipedia