The Best Views in Tasmania

The views and outlooks over Tasmania’s dramatic coastlines and gentle forests will take your breath away.

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Aerial view of Trousers Point Beach
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Aurora Australis over Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake.
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The Best Views in Tasmania

Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Tasmania, AustraliaNo matter which part of Tasmania you visit, you’ll find spectacular lookouts and views that show off this gorgeous island. Turning most corners around the state you’ll find spectacular and changing views – from the rolling hills of the northwest Coast to the crazy-beautiful waters of the east coast we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this island state.

Whether you’re showing off your holiday to family and friends, or snapping an Instagram picture to show your followers where you’ve been, you’ll find hundreds of lookouts and views in Tasmania to take the perfect photo as a memento of your visit.

Read on to find some of the most popular spots to soak in the view and take a moment to appreciate this special island called Tasmania.

Wineglass Bay – Freycinet National Park

Perhaps the most popular view in Tasmania is looking out over the azure waters of Wineglass Bay on the east coast of Tasmania within Freycinet National Park. From the lookout you’ll get a fantastic view of this special part of Tasmania and the sweeping curve of the white sandy beach. If you venture down to the beach from the lookout, you’ll likely be greeted by the small wallabies that call this beach home. A true iconic destination, Wineglass Bay should be on everyone’s bucket list.
From Hobart, Freycinet National Park is located just over 3 hours to the northeast and from Launceston it is just under 2 hours’ drive to the southeast.

Bay of Fires – East Coast

Bay of Fires , Tasmania, AustraliaThe Bay of Fires can be found on the east coast of Tasmania and is truly Instagram worthy. Clear blue water and squeaky white sand will greet you in this beautiful location. The area between Eddystone Point and Binalong Bay has amazing orange coloured lichen growing over its granite rocks, which make for gorgeous views while you wander along these beaches. The colours are simply outstanding, and the beaches are pristine spaces where you’re not fighting the crowds to find a spot.

A 2.5 hour drive from Launceston will have you on the doorstep of this spectacular area. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett.

Cradle Mountain – Dove Lake

Snow on Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, AustraliaOne of the most iconic views in Tasmania is that of Cradle Mountain viewed from Dove Lake. On clear days this iconic mountain is reflected in the crystal-clear waters of Dove Lake and the clean mountain air will remind you why so many people love Tasmania.

To walk the circuit around Dove Lake it will take you just over an hour and will draw you close to the base of Cradle Mountain where you will see stunning waterfalls and rainforest. There are also many other walks around this part of Tasmania, including the famous Overland Track that will take you to incredible views of our diverse landscapes.
2 hours from Launceston and 1 hour 20 minutes from Devonport, Cradle Mountain should be at the top of your list for destinations to visit in Tasmania. Image thanks to Pierre Destribats.

The Neck – Bruny Island

Neck Beach, Adventure Bay (left), Simpsons Bay (right), Tasmania, AustraliaThe Neck at Bruny Island is a particularly picturesque isthmus which connects the north and south parts of Bruny Island. Complete with a fantastic viewing platform on top of the small hill, you’ll find the short climb to the top definitely worthwhile when you see the views. The Neck is a great place to stop and soak in the natural scenery as well as a great place to travel to at sunset to see Fairy Penguins returning to their burrows.

Bruny Island can be accessed by ferry from the small township of Kettering, approximately 30 minutes south of Hobart. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett.

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington

A favourite with visitors to Hobart, the summit of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington has amazing views looking across the city and down to Bruny Island and beyond. Easily accessible boardwalks take you to viewing platforms that make you feel as if you’re in a completely different world to that of the city below. For the days when the wind is particularly strong there is an observation shelter at the Pinnacle where you can take in the views without being buffeted by the cold winds.

There are a number of great walks on the mountain and in winter you’ll often find the mountain snow capped. A wonderful place to see either the sunrise or sunset, you’ll love the views of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington.

Located in the south of Tasmania, a quick 30-minute drive from the centre of Hobart will have you at the pinnacle of Kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Image thanks to Paul Fleming.

Tessellated Pavement

Tessellated Pavement, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Tessellated Pavement is a gorgeous landmark that looks just as if tiles were laid over a rocky platform at the northern end of beautiful Pirates Bay. Located on the Tasman Peninsula, approximately an hour to the southeast of Hobart, the Tessellated Pavement is found along with many other amazing views and rock formations such as the Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen and the Port Arthur Historic Site.

The Tessellated Pavement has been a favourite of visitors to Tasmania and photographers, the best time to view this gorgeous site is at low tide. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Andrew McIntosh.

Gordon River Dam

The Gordon River Dam is a view that will definitely take your breath away, even if you’re not scared of heights! The dam wall is 140 metres high and is a spectacular sight, particularly if there are daredevils abseiling down the face of the wall. The Gordon Dam holds water from the large lakes of Lake Gordon and Lake Pedder and creates 13% of the power used within Tasmania.

The Gordon River Dam is found 2.5 hours to the west of Hobart. Visitors will need to travel northwest through the small town of New Norfolk before turning onto the B61 at Bushy Park to get to this amazing and picturesque spot.

The Totem Pole – Three Capes Walk

Cape Hauy (part of the Three Capes Track) , Tasmania, AustraliaThe Three Capes Walk will give you some of the best views of sea cliffs in the country, but there is one amazing view that draws visitors and rock climbers from far and wide – the Totem Pole. This sheer rock face juts out from the cliffs and whether you are getting a view of the climbers scaling this incredible formation or you yourself are making your way to the top, you’ll have amazing views to remember.

The Totem Pole is located within the Tasman National Park on the Tasman Peninsula. Accessed by bushwalking from Fortescue Bay, a 1 hour 40-minute drive southeast of Hobart. Image thanks to Pierre Destribats.

Tahune Airwalk

Tahune Airwalk, Tasmania, AustraliaThe Tahune Airwalk was developed to provide a bird’s eye view of the Huon River. The platform rises 30 metres above the forest floor where you walk amongst the tree tops of ancient trees and take on a new perspective of the forest in this beautiful part of Tasmania.

Travelling to the Tahune Airwalk from Hobart is a 1 hour 30-minute drive to the south, travelling through the gorgeous Huon Valley. Image thanks to Supplied Courtesy of Forestry Tasmania.

Gordon River

The Gordon River is well known for its amazing mirror-like reflections and its peaceful location. The best way to see it is on a cruise from Strahan where you’ll be able to soak in the beauty of this World Heritage area with 360-degree views from the water.

Strahan is located on the West Coast of Tasmania and is a 4.5  hour drive from Hobart via the Lyell Highway, or a 2-hour 50-minute drive from Devonport via the Murchison Highway. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania & Ron Brown Photographics.

Jacob’s Ladder - Ben Lomond

Jacobs Ladder, Tasmania, AustraliaIn the north of the state is the mountain of Ben Lomond, Tasmania’s main ski field. The ascent to the top of Ben Lomond takes visitors up Jacob’s Ladder, a winding hairpin filled road that curves its way to the top. The beautiful roadway gives amazing views over the area and features in many iconic photos of the mountain.
You’ll find Ben Lomond 1 hour 10 minutes to the southeast of Launceston. Image thanks to Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett.

The Nut – Stanley

The Nut, Tasmania, AustraliaThe quaint town of Stanley is located in the beautiful northwest Coast of Tasmania. The Nut is a rock formation which dominates the local landscape. A lava plug, the Nut sits as a bluff overlooking the small town and visitors can either walk a small path up the 100-metre-high landmark or take the chairlift for amazing views. Image thanks to Wai Nang Poon.

Once atop the Nut you can walk around the flat plain at the top which will give you wonderful outlooks over the local landscape and to the sea below. For an alternative but equally amazing view, head up to the land around Highfield House and take in the view of the beach and the Nut itself – seriously amazing sight.

Stanley is located 1 hour 40 minutes to the west of Devonport, or a 2 hour and 45 minute drive from Launceston.

Frenchman’s Cap

Frenchmans Cap, Tasmania, AustraliaOne of the best walks in Australia, Frenchman’s Cap is a challenging 3 to 5-day hike into the Gordon-Franklin Wild Rivers National Park. From the top you’ll get views across Tasmania’s World Heritage Area, see Tasmania’s highest Mountain, Mount Ossa and the hard to access Macquarie Harbour in the South West Wilderness. It is a truly amazing walk that will show you some of the best parts of Tasmania that most visitors never see.

To get to the start of the track you’ll need to travel into the Wild Rivers National Park approximately 200 kilometres from Hobart. Please contact Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania for further information on this walk.

What to do

The Best Views in Tasmania

Wineglass Bay Day Tour

Our Wineglass Bay tour departs from Hobart, heading east then following the Great Eastern Drive north. We’ll travel through the seaside towns of Orford, Triabunna and Swansea as we make our way along the East Coast of Tasmania towards the Freycinet National Park.  We’ll stop briefly along the way to take in some of the local highlights such as Raspins Beach (Orford), Spiky Bridge and The Bark Mill (Swansea).

Lunch will be had at Coles Bay, where you can enjoy your fresh oysters and/or abalone from the Freycinet Marine Farm, or choose from the wide selection of seafood available at the Freycinet Fish and Chip Shop. If seafood isn’t your thing, the Freycinet Bakery Cafe has plenty to offer, or you can visit the Iluka Tavern or simply grab something simple from the Supermarket. Whatever you treat yourself with, be sure to also grab some drinking water because after lunch we go for our walk.

The walk to Wineglass Bay Lookout is one of the Great Short Walks of Tasmania and usually takes us around 45mins to get to the top. The 1.4 km walk is uphill on a rocky but well constructed path with stone steps. As a group, we walk to the Wineglass Bay Lookout where we help each other out to ensure we get the magic shots of Tasmania’s most famous photographed views.  We enjoy the excitement and emotions of the moment and take in the rewarding and world famous view.

 

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3 Day - North East Tasmania - Bay of Fires and Freycinet Peninsula

A 3-day tour exploring the wonders of Tasmania's stunning North East coast including Bay of Fires and Freycinet peninsula. Lots of time to walk world class beaches and at the end of the day relax by the fire in exclusive camp sites

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Dove Canyon

Dove Canyon

Wilderness + adrenalin + adventure = the Dove Canyon. This trip involves a thrilling combination of jumps, slides and abseils buried in a 50 metre deep quartzite canyon.

AU$195

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Bruny Island Cruises Full Day Tour from Hobart

Hobart - Bruny Island

Take a Full Day Tour and spend a day on Bruny Island, including return guided bus tour, morning tea, lunch and our award-winning 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise.

AU$225

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Tasman Nature Tour

Tasman Peninsula Day Tour

This tour is for cruise ship visitors wanted to explore more than just Port Arthur. The Tasman Peninsula boasts stunning coastlines, beaches, caves and stunning rock formations. Grab some local fish and chips and join us for our nature tour

AU$60

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Gordon River Cruises

Gordon River Cruises

Gordon River cruises will take you deep within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area it winds its way through the rainforest to arrive at the wide expanse of Macquarie Harbour, then through the narrow entrance of Hells Gates into the Southern Ocean.

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Three Capes 3 day walk

Join us for a Life's an Adventure's 3 Capes Escape walking experience. Explore the natural beauty of the Tasman Peninsula in the far south-east corner of Tasmania. This region is famous for the highest vertical seas cliffs in Australia.

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Wineglass Bay and Three Capes Tour

Hobart - Wineglass Bay

Experience the spectacular scenery of the East Coast of Tasmania from the air, ground and sea, on this full day tour including landing at a boat cruise to Wineglass Bay

AU$495

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Tahune Air Walk

Hobart Accommodation Pick Up - Sandy Bay - Taroona - Huon Valley - Geeveston -Tahune Air walk - Willie Smiths Apple Shed - Hobart Accommodation Drop Off

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Ben Lomond Descent

Ben Lomond National Park

A spectacular tour starting at the top of Ben Lomond and descending all the way to the Blessington Hall on a combination of gravel road, fire trail and purpose built single track.

AU$250

Mountain Bike Descent

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Frenchman's Cap Guided Walk

Frenchman's Cap

Your destination, the magnificent white quartzite dome of Frenchman's Cap rises 1443 metres over the Franklin – Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and is approximately 200km north west of Hobart.

AU$1795

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Franklin River Rafting & Frenchman's Cap 11-day Expedition

Launceston - Franklin River

A true wilderness experience with the pioneers of the best river journey in the world as voted by Outside Magazine plus a climb of Frenchman's Cap

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Where to Stay

The Best Views in Tasmania

Saffire Freycinet

Coles Bay - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the bay, this luxury hotel is 4.2 km from Freycinet National Park and within 10 km of Freycinet Marine Farm and Wineglass Bay. Coles Bay is 7.6 km away.
This smoke-free hotel features a full-service spa, a restaurant, and a health club. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free valet parking are also provided. Other amenities include a bar/lounge, a conference center, and massage/treatment rooms.
All 20 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. Guests can enjoy deep soaking tubs, and other standard amenities include furnished balconies, living rooms, and LCD TVs.

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Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet - Freycinet Peninsula

Situated near the bay, this hotel is 2.8 km from Freycinet National Park and within 15 km of Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Marine Farm.

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain - North West

This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle is 0.9 km away.

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