Tasmania is a mountainous island that may seem small due to its proportion (it is 364 km long from north to south and 306 km from east to west), located about 240 km from southern Australia and looks like a place on the edge of the planet even for the Aussies. It is the only island in Australia and is characterized by immense green valleys, jagged mountains, thick secular forests and uncontaminated beaches and little-inhabited towns. Its main urban centers are Hobart (the capital) and the cities of Glenorchy and Clarence. However, Tasmania’s great attraction is its wild and uncontaminated nature, attracting thousands of tourists every year. Indeed, 37% of its entire territory, with its 18 national parks and 2,000 km of footpaths that can only be walked on, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is because of its isolated position that Tasmania’s flora and fauna are not present in any other part of the world (such as the Tasmanian Tiger and the Devil of Tasmania).
Tasmania, the Australian island par excellence, offers so many places of interest and so many unspoiled natural beauty areas, which for us is one of the voyages to do at least once in life. To summarize in a few paragraphs your joke in Tasmania is an arduous task, but we have tried this guide trying to propose some of the best things to see in Tasmania. All the others will stand in front of your eyes, ready to be caught and observed. Let’s take a closer look at which are the best places you can visit in this incredible country to make the most of it.
You can start off right away visiting the capital of Tasmania, which is Hobart, located in the southern part of the island. The city, beautiful to visit for its vast metropolitan area, offers interesting natural and photographic tips being situated between the mouth of the Derwent River and the foot of the mountain. Of course it offers several artistic places such as galleries, museums and local markets. This is the perfect starting point for a wider exploration of Tasmania and its nearby areas.
The mountain has a height of 1,271 m and is an interesting destination for beautiful hiking, family walks, climbing and snow experiences. In winter, in fact, the summit of the mountain is often covered with snowy snow and strong are the frozen winds that sprout the peaks. Visitors should therefore be prepared in both clothing and technical equipment. The weather on the top of the mountain tends to change rapidly at any season; this phenomenon will give you breathtaking views and perfect scenery for your photographs, but will also test your athletic preparation and hardening.
Tasmanian Royal Botanical Garden
This spectacular botanical garden, built in 1818, houses many historic collection plants and a large number of trees, many of which date back to the 19th century. This garden covers an area of 14 hectares and houses native plants as well as plants typical of the Subarctic climate, whose characteristics are as much as possible reproduced in protected and controlled areas of the botanical garden itself, thus offering the possibility of seeing closely typologies of plants and trees even very different from each other. Great is the educational impact of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens which also offers educational and constructive interactions with the local community.
Cape Bruny Lighthouse
It is a beautiful lighthouse today unused and accessible, located in the south of Tasmania. It is the second oldest lighthouse on the island and boasts a long history of 158 years. The nature surrounding the lighthouse is practically uncontaminated and therefore doubly appreciated in its beauty. We recommend the long walks in nature to admire the Lighthouse and the surrounding seaside from a unique perspective.
Tasmanian Maritime Museum
To stay on a maritime theme, we recommend a visit to the Tasmanian Maritime Museum, beautiful to explore and open every day from 9am to 5pm. Since Tasmania is an island, the sea has always played a key role in the structure of society and in the lives of its citizens, hence the need for a museum that speaks to it, and also the need for us to invite you to enter the more meanders secrets of the island’s difficult and rewarding life. You will be able to admire old navigation tools, you will find stories about Tasmanian self-proclaimed inhabitants and their relationship with the sea as well as stories about the Europeans and their arrival on the Island, but you will also be able to understand the difficulties of the first sailors and what obstacles have passed to survive.
You cannot miss the market in Salamanca where you can tangible representation of the creativity and inventiveness of the inhabitants of Tasmania. Small and large handicraft items will be available on market stalls and will have priced at all pockets; we invite you to get lost into the iconographic folklore of this market that keeps the heart of the community and allows you for a moment to let you cuddle from its rhythms and breath, just as you are a real part of it. The market is open every Saturday from 8.30 to 15.00.
Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
We recommend that you visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, where you will have a lot to see, to touch with hands, to learn but to do and to accomplish, given the considerable amount of different activities put in practice within the museum. This point of interest will be the pearl of your journey and will offer you valuable insights on the culture and history of the island and its people. This is a must to full immerse into the local history and culture and to get ready to explore the seaside with a more prepared mind and knowledge, ready to appreciate even more the strong relationship between the locals, the land and the sea.
Beaches and coastal areas
The first beachfront is Wineglass Bay one of the most exciting land paradises in the world. This beach is perfect for those who like to be surrounded by untouched nature. This beach with clear and finest sand and crystal clear waters is easily reached by boat or with a stroll of about three hours.
Freycinet is, instead, the oldest coastal park in Tasmania, an enchanting scenery made of granite mountains, white beaches and crystal clear waters. There are many different activities in the area, from whale watching to the visit to the fields of black penguins and swans, up to guided walks among forests populated by marsupials and colorful birds. Following a self-guided trail through the wildflowers, you come to an unbeatable natural scenery: Wineglass Bay, one of Australia’s most beautiful views. The Freycinet coast is also famous for seafood (here the river shrimp is as big as a lobster!). If you want to spot the whales, the best time to go to Tasmania is between May and September.
Cradle Mountain National Park
The island boasts a 160,000-acre wilderness area that includes one of Australia’s most majestic mountain landscapes: the Cradle Mountain National Park. This national park with its jagged peaks and heaths is the jewel of this natural paradise. It is connected to the beautiful St. Clair Lake from Tasmania’s most famous trail, as well as a sought-after destination for every Australian, a 85 Km long track called Overland Track. Usually the complete excursion could take about 6 days so it is perfect for those spending a huge amount of extra time in Tasmania and, of course, it is the perfect experience for dynamic people who want to live the most adventurous outdoor activity. Along the Overland Track there are shelters but they are almost always occupied so it is advisable to turn to a good trekking organization that manages private shelters instead of riding the camping equipment for the hike. On the last day of trekking, after a dense forest of eucalyptus, you reach the shores of Lake St. Clair, of glacial origin, which is the most beautiful of Tasmania. Next comes a 16km cruise that adds a touch of magic to Candle Mountain’s indelible memories. Launceston is the starting and ending point for excursions. Excursions are made from November to April, every day.
This Australian island, which can be reached mainly with flights departing from Melbourne Airport, is a wild and unspoiled land that offers visitors some of the finest beaches and sea resorts in the globe and it is best known for this side. Besides the beaches, however, Tasmania has a very rich tourist offer thanks to its many natural sites that have become UNESCO World Heritage Site and its numerous and huge natural parks. Inside the main inhabited centers, however, you can stay in touch with real and popular everyday life. It is not difficult, for example, to come across one of the many farmers markets where local growers and producers offer the fruits of their work to the perfect km0 people and tourists to let them live the most authentic side of their culture and tradition.
Take these tips as a starting point to explore Tasmania in a different way! As you may have noticed at this point Tasmania has so much to offer to its visitors and it is so easy to settle and organize a trip according to your special needs and to the type of vacation you want to live: art, culture, nature and relax. In Tasmania you’ll have everything you need for a trip you won’t forget!