Compact and unspoiled, Tasmania is often overlooked by travelers but offers stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife and some of Australia’s finest trekking.
A little bit about Tasmania
The main city, Hobart, is a sleepy place, rich in convict settler history and Victorian architecture, but bursts into life for the December yacht race from Sydney. From here it's easy to reach superb national parks including Freycinet, Cradle Mountain, the Bay of Fires and Maria Island, with terrain ranging from glaciated mountains to dense forest teeming with wallabies, echidnas, Tasmanian Devils and quolls, while seals and dolphins frolic offshore.
Small settler towns are ideal hubs to explore the natural world, with heritage cruises or four- and eight-day guided walks.
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Our Tasmania highlights
Meet the Tasmanian Devil on Cradle Mountain
These are shy creatures in the wild but a visit to the Devils@Cradle conservation project at Cradle Mountain will give you the opportunity to see the devils up close.
Try the wine in the Tamar Wine Region
The Northern Tasmanian wineries produce premium wines that are little known outside of Australia, so visiting these boutique cellar doors is a must for anyone who enjoys their wines.
Walk around Maria Island
Whether as a day trip or taking on the four-day walk, enjoy the stunning scenery and abundant wildlife of Maria Island.
Wander around Hobart's Saturday market
Held every Saturday morning, the Salamanca Markets are a great opportunity to buy local handicrafts and delicacies while enjoying the atmosphere of Hobart.
Take a step back in time in Port Arthur
Port Arthur will transport you back in time to the arrival of the first convict ships in Australia with some of the best preserved ruins of any of the penal settlements.
Cruise the Freycinet Peninsula
Unusual geology and beautiful beaches, this cruise takes you around the peninsula and past Schouten Island but the real highlights here are the playful dolphins.
Discover the World Heritage Area of Southwest Tasmania
This largely untouched and unspoiled World Heritage Area and is best seen by scenic a flight to get a real feel for the scale and beauty of the area.
Learn about convict history along Gordon River
Cruising the Gordon River combines wildlife and convict history and is a highlight along Tasmania's west coast.