Top 10 Destinations in Tasmania

Australia’s southern island state is a place of wonder, adventure, and beauty. Tasmania has so much to offer for anyone looking for a relaxing and refreshing vacation. Summit mountains for incredible panoramic views, relax on white sandy beaches, and indulge in fantastic wineries and restaurants. Tasmania is small enough for a classic road trip or you can choose to camp out in one of the many gorgeous areas. Take in some of the most beautiful spots this island has to offer with my top 10 destination list.

 

#1 Bruny Island

Bruny Island is covered in eucalyptus forest with long stretches of rocky coastlines and beaches. It is a 20-minute ferry ride away from the mainland of Tasmania, but the island feels rugged and remote. It is an easy day trip from Hobart with tons to do. The entire island is a stunningly scenic drive. See penguins on the eastern side of “The Neck,” which is a thin isthmus of land that connects the northern and southern islands of Bruny Island. It is one of the most scenic points on the entire island. Go hiking in South Bruny National Park to spot whales at Adventure Bay and see the iconic Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Enjoy bird-watching as Bruny Island is home to many unique and endangered bird species.

 

#2 Hobart

Hobart is Australia’s second-oldest city and has a great local vibe. The historic neighborhoods, the famous Salamanca Market, and the popular MONA art museum have placed Hobart on the must-see destination list of Tasmania. Mount Wellington (or “The Mountain” as locals call it) is a great spot for outdoor adventures and beautiful panoramic views. Enjoy a Free Walking Tour of Hobart that will take you around the Historic Battery Point, Salamanca, and Hobart. You will listen to captivating stories of Hobart's past, get recommendations on where to eat and drink, and discover how to get to MONA.

 

#3 Mt. Fields National Park

Mt. Fields National Park is Tasmania’s first national park. This park is filled with stunning vistas, plenty of great hiking trails, abundant wildlife, and beautiful waterfalls. Russel Falls is the star attraction and even featured on Australia’s first stamp. You will walk on a short, wheel-chair accessible path through some of the world’s tallest trees to reach this stunning spot. There’s even more to be discovered including Horseshoe Falls, Lady Barron Falls, and if you’re lucky you might get to see a platypus in Lake Dobson. There is so much incredible beauty here that you won’t be able to stop taking pictures! Take a Mt. Fields National Park Photography Tour so that you can capture unique images, not just snapshots. This private tour focuses on sightseeing, wildlife spotting, and birdwatching. Even if you are not a photographer, your experienced guide will teach you how to take a great picture.

 

#4 Cradle Mountain National Park

Cradle Mountain National Park is one of the most beautiful and popular national parks in Tasmania. The park is home to ancient rainforests, lovely glacial lakes, diverse wildlife, and the dramatic Cradle Mountain. You can spend your time here taking walks around the lake, summiting the mountain, or delving into the many Aboriginal historic sites. You might even get to spot platypus and Tasmanian devils. Take a Cradle Mountain day tour to enjoy all that the park has to offer and have a perfectly planned trip.

 

#5 Leven Canyon

Leven Canyon is a refuge for Tasmanian plants, animals, and birds. There is so much to explore, so plan at least two hours for your visit. Popular sites are Cruickshanks Lookout, Forest Stairs, Edge Lookout Track, Fern Walk, and Canyon Floor Walk. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and Tasamian’s wild flora and fauna.

 

 

#6 Bay of Fires

LonelyPlanet has named the Bay of Fires the hottest travel destination in the world. The Bay of Fires stretches about 30 miles from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. You can visit for a day trip from Launceston, but it is also well worthy of a trip all on its own. Binalong Bay is world-renowned for its clear blue waters, fine white sand and the orange lichen-colored boulders on the coast. You can enjoy a scenic coastal walk, some of the world’s best game fishing, and spot wildlife like whales, seals, shearwaters, and sea eagles. There are also plenty of other hidden scenic beaches that are a great place for peace and relaxation.

 

#7 Tamar Valley

Tamar Valley is well-known for its lovely vineyards and magnificent rolling hills. Stop into one of the many wineries around the valley and you will be rewarded with superb views and a great wine-tasting experience. Other attractions in the area are the Low Head Lighthouse where you can see penguins as well as the unique Seahorse World, the world’s first commercial seahorse farm.

 

#8 Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park offers some of the best beaches and hiking trails. If you want great views of famous Wineglass Bay, then hike the rocky scramble up Mount Amos. The hike only takes about an hour each way, but you will need to clamber up steep and slippery rocks. Although it’s a challenge, it is a really fun way to experience the area and enjoy the fantastic views.

 

#9 Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

This national park offers several picnic spots, great nature walks through the stunning rainforest, and many panoramic wilderness vistas. One of the best things to do here is the Nelson Falls Nature Trail, an easy boardwalk through ancient rainforest, to a 100-foot cascading waterfall.  Also, rafting and canoeing are popular activities here in the summer. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of Tasmania, the park also contains Aboriginal and convict historic sites.

 

#10 Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Enjoy frolicking through the sprawling lilac fields at Bridestowe Lavender Estate. The ideal time to visit for peak flowering season is mid-December to mid-January. Entrance to the estate is $10, which includes a guided tour of the estate’s origins, the harvest, and the distillation process. You can even sample some lavender-infused ice cream!

 

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