Twenty Incredible Places To Visit in Tasmania
There are some incredible places to visit in Tasmania. More and more people are now giving solid evidence that the hype about this Australian state is real. It really is a wonderful place. The island state has its own unique qualities and can be considered as one of the best places to visit in Australia.
Tasmania’s reputation as a simple and quiet province has now been left altered for good, and those who visit Tasmania can only confirm that. It may be the smallest state in Australia, but Tasmania attractions boast white sand beaches and beautiful turquoise waters, which I am curious to compare to those of Sardinia.
Some Reasons To Visit Tasmania
Tasmania attractions include breathtaking mountain ranges and newly-opened hiking trails. This is good news to an avid hiker like myself. I wonder if the trails are well marked or crazy difficult like the ones of Jordan.
To find out more about my hiking experience in Jordan, read my post “Why I hiked the Jordan Trail.”
To add to the incredible places to visit in Tasmania, there’s an incredibly rich (and well protected) wildlife. I am all about responsible tourism and avoiding the use of animals in tourist attractions, so I am impressed by this. There’s a good reason if Tasmanian Wilderness is listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
To find out more about the use of animals in tourist attractions, read my post “Don’t Ride That Elephant.”
But there’s more: those who visit Tasmania also find mouth-watering food and wine (check out these fabulous food and wine tasting tours!) and an abundance of remarkable arts and traditions. The list goes on and on and it is easy to see why so many want to visit Tasmania and why it is quickly being added to travelers’ bucket lists.
Finally, I had no idea about it, but the little state of Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world. This is officially documented by the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station, which regularly monitors the Southern Hemispheric air. The air is so clean that rainwater is being collected and bottled – it can actually be drunk! Now tell me if this is not one more reason to visit Tasmania – I certainly do enjoy breathing clean air!
This is already enough to make me want to book a flight to Tasmania now. Add to this the fact that my friend Tim lives here and keeps telling me wonders about it, and you can see why I want to visit Tasmania now and not wait another day.
But I am a good girl, I like checking places online before I go. And I like to have an idea of what awaits me once there (including whether or not I need to apply for a visa online, and in case I do, I can use iVisa online application which makes it fast and easy). So I have checked out what the places to visit in Tasmania are, and here’s what I found out.
Twenty Incredible Places To Visit In Tasmania
Hobart is the cultured capital of Tasmania, so definitely, this is bound to be anybody’s first great stop in Tasmania. This place is simply gorgeous, and there’s a lot of things to do in Hobart. Exploring all corners of Hobart is the best way to enjoy the city.
One of the best ways to explore Hobart is to hire a car, and drive down the lively streets of the city and simply appreciate what it has to offer.
Among the coolest things to do in Hobart, there’s visiting the many art galleries, like the phenomenal MONA. There’s even guided tours of Hobart that include a visit to MONA. Other fabulous things to do in Hobart include trying all the coffee blends and brew from the finest coffee shops. And of course, feast on delicious food by the harbor. Have I ever mentioned that I am a coffee addict? I can totally see myself sitting at a coffee shop all day, pretending to work or read a book while sipping some quality coffee!
With its superb port facilities, Hobart has famously become the gateway to the Antarctic. From here, the southernmost region of the Earth is just 1,390 nautical miles. There are various agencies that could help in setting an expedition to Antarctic, and leaving for one is one of the most amazing things to do in Hobart.
It can be costly though, so if those who do not have the budget for it can do a tour of Hobart’s deep connection to Antarctic – one of the most interesting things to do in Hobart. Begin with a visit to the Mawson’s Huts Replica Museum, to see how the people during the first expedition lived during their two year stay in the region. It is also possible to visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery where they house a permanent exhibit of Antarctic’s natural history and scientific findings.
Where to stay in Hobart
As one of the best places to visit in Tasmania, Hobart has a fabulous selection of places to stay. I have done a bit of research and it looks like Lindisfarne Waterfront would be a great pick. Alternatively, a good option may be a holiday rental or an apartment such as Central City.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is the second oldest botanical gardens in Australia and has been a popular recreation area for tourists and Hobart’s locals. Visiting is one of the coolest things to do in Hobart. This 14 hectares of land holds a fascinating collection of trees and plants, some of which are historic and one of a kind, like the Kings Lomatia plant. This is a critically endangered plant and all of the living samples are genetically identical.
In the garden’s sub-Antarctic Plant House, it is easy to be amazed with the samples of exotic plants taken from the Antarctic region. There’s no doubt that the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are among the most interesting places to visit in Tasmania.
Beaches around Hobart
Among the most incredible places to visit in Tasmania, there are the beaches around Hobart. What makes them so special is that they sparkle at night, thanks to the bioluminescent phytoplankton. It is quite a show, and I don’t want to miss on that.
Richmond is a small town that can be easily visited on a day trip from Hobart, and one of the nicest places to visit in Tasmania. It is home to Australia’s oldest bridge, which was built in 1825, and Australia’s oldest Roman Catholic Church.
Port Arthur is a former prison, whose remains can now be visited. It surely is one of the coolest and creepiest places to visit in Tasmania: it is possible to go there on a guided tour, and there’s even night tours, to haunt ghosts!
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
Wineglass Bay, in Freycinet National Park, is meant to be one of the world’s finest white sand beaches – and I am an expert on that, being from Sardinia! It is a postcard-perfect view, which gets even better if one climbs to the top of Mt. Amos. There’s tours of Wineglass Bay from Hobart, and there’s even scenic flights over Wineglass Bay to catch breathtaking views. It’s easy to see why Wineglass Bay is one of the top places to visit in Tasmania.
Speaking of beaches, among the best places to visit in Tasmania there’s the stunning Binalong Bay, one of the most amazing beaches on the island, minus the crowd. It’s just a few minutes’ drive along the coast, so it’s very accessible for every traveler. But to be fair, even if it wasn’t I’d make the effort to go.
Natural Rock Arch at Bruny Island
After seeing Playas de las Catedrales in Galicia, one of the most amazing places to visit in the North of Spain, I am curious to walk under the Natural Rock Arch at Bruny Island, allegedly one of the coolest places to visit in Tasmania. There are full day tours of Bruny Island that leave from Hobart.
Inside Freycinet National Park, the Hazards are one of the top places to visit in Tasmania. The best time to go is right before sunset, when the light gives it a special aura. If you ask me, I’d spend days there! But there’s more! There’s also the gorgeous Hazards beach, which is so remote and simply breathtaking.
Wildlife Sanctuaries at Bonorong
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the places to visit in Tasmania. Taking a tour of the Wildlife Sanctuaries allows visitors to discover animals that are native to Australia, such as the popular Tasmanian devil, the wombats, emus, kangaroos, koalas, Eastern quoll, Tasmanian bettong and more.
I am strongly focused on responsible tourism, so it is good to know that the sanctuary promotes conservation of these animals and strives to educate visitors on how to help the wildlife of Australia. Definitely one more reason to visit Tasmania.
If there is one thing I truly enjoy, that is white-water rafting. I have done it in Argentina, in Colombia, and more recently during a trip to Nepal. Franklin River is one of the coolest places to visit in Tasmania because it offers some white-water rafting adventures. Professional guides take rafters down the fizzing Franklin River surrounded by thick Huon pine forests. As if I didn’t have enough reasons for wanting to visit Tasmania.
Lavender Fields at Bridestowe Estate
As soon as I saw pictures of the Lavander Fields at Bridestowe Estate, I made a mental know to visit. It must be one of the coolest places to visit in Tasmania. The best time to go is at the beginning of February, when lavander is in full bloom and the contrasts of colors between the sky and the field even more striking. Make sure to check the website to find out if the lavander is actually blooming!
Tamar Valley Wine Region
As soon as I find out that a country is producing wine, I make it a point to visit its wine region. There’s no way I would visit Tasmania without making a stop to Tamar Valley Wine Region. Apparently, there’s an incredible number of award winning wineries where I can sip a glass of sauvignon blanc just admiring the view. I am in!
West Coast Wilderness Railway
I have a confession to make: I have never read a Harry Potter book, or seen a Harry Potter movie. But I have seen plenty of pictures of the Hogwarts Express in Scotland. What I didn’t know is that those who visit Tasmania can enjoy a similar experience by riding the West Coast Wilderness Train. I won’t miss on that.
I am a hiking-enthusiast, and I seriously think that Cradle Mountain is waiting for me. Most people say it’s easy to hike here, and there is a great variety of hiking trails that range from 20 minutes to 9 hours. There are guided hikes of Cradle Mountain and there even is a 6 days trail. Either way, I am ready to go. With views that are so spectacular, any good hiker won’t feel any fatigue and pain on his legs. It’s not hard to see why Cradle Mountain is among the top Tasmania attractions.
Three Capes Track
I am all for a good hike, even more so if it offers coastal views. We have plenty of those in Sardinia. Apparently the Three Capes Track has quickly become one of the top Tasmania Attractions, crowded with Australians as well as foreigners. Looking at the pictures, it’s easy to see the appeal!
Located in the Western Arthur Range, this part of Tasmania is less visited by tourist and apparently packed with incredible hiking trails. I am keen to go when I visit Tasmania!
Southern Aurora Australis
One of my biggest dreams is to see the Northern lights. I often thought of going to Iceland or Finland just for that. What I didn’t know, is that those who visit Tasmania can enjoy them too, though there they are called Southern Aurora Australis. Frankly, who cares about the name, if the show is amazing?
It’s about time that I learn how to take long exposure shots – there’s no way I would go to Tasmania and miss on one of the most amazing places to visit in Tasmania, the gorgeous Russel Falls. They aren’t among the most famous waterfalls in the State, but I am keen to go anyways and there’s even daily tours of Russel Falls from Hobart.
One of the coolest places to visit in Tasmania is Horseshoe Bend, on the Gordon River. The problem (if we can call it that!) is that to better admire it, a flight is required. Or else, it is possible to go on a river cruise.
Looking at all the amazing places to visit in Tasmania, by now I have made the decision to visit this marvelous place very soon. I don’t think I can wait another day, I want to visit Tasmania now! I guess no one’s going to blame me for feeling that way.
Have you ever visited Tasmania? What would you add to the list of the top places to visit in Tasmania?