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Things to do in Tasmania

Things to do in  Tasmania

Welcome to Tasmania

Good food, great wine, and more than three million acres of UNESCO World Heritage–listed wilderness beckon travelers to Tasmania. While Port Arthur's 19th-century penitentiary ruins evoke an eerie sense of Tasmania's convict past, those who visit the island today have a great amount of freedom, especially when it comes to planning an itinerary—or choosing from numerous tours that expertly explore the Island of Inspiration. Want to experience the island's natural beauty? Hike up or bike down Mount Wellington, the landmark of capital Hobart; cruise past ancient rain forests on the Gordon River from Strahan; or day trip to Freycinet Peninsula National Park, home to Wineglass Bay's white-sand beaches and pristine waters. If you're feeling cultural, head to the Hobart waterfront for a taste of its up-and-coming culinary and craft-beer scenes; visit the Salamanca Place weekend market; spy cute colonial buildings along Battery Point; or admire Aboriginal artwork at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. No matter your home base, opportunities for day tours abound—bushwalk through the unspoiled wilderness of Cradle Mountain from Launceston or Devonport; head offshore to wild Bruny Island from Hobart for surf, sun, and the chance to spot wallabies, penguins, and migrating whales; or head to the Tasman Peninsula to witness the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo's namesake critters, kangaroos, and native birds.

Top 15 attractions in Tasmania

Bruny Island

Less than an hour from the Tasmanian capital and yet a world away from the busy streets of Hobart, Bruny Island draws a steady stream of weekenders from the mainland. The two islands, joined by a long narrow isthmus, are a wildlife haven of jagged cliffs and golden beaches swirling with seabirds. Both are dotted with sleepy villages and tranquil guesthouses, and main activities are hiking, fishing, and slurping fresh-from-the-ocean oysters.More

Port Arthur

A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.More

Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley, situated on Launceston’s doorstep, stretches north to the sea at George Town. This lush, fertile area of emerald hills, orchards, and, perhaps most importantly, vineyards, serves as Tasmania’s prime wine-producing region, known for its Pinor Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Spectacular views abound.More

Freycinet National Park

Backed by the pink-tinged granite outcrops known as the Hazards, Freycinet National Park protects pristine white-sand beaches, sheer sea cliffs, azure bays, abundant birdlife, and a lighthouse with stellar views over the ocean. Take in one of Australia’s most photographed views from the lookout over Wineglass Bay.More

Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

Standing sentinel over Hobart, Mt. Wellington is also known as Kunanyi or simply “the Mountain.” The 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak offers unbeatable views over the Tasmanian capital, and the surrounding parklands serve as a popular recreational ground for city dwellers.More
Hobart Sandy Bay

Hobart Sandy Bay

At the mouth of the Derwent River, the tranquil coastal neighborhood of Sandy Bay is one of Hobart’s most sought-after residential neighborhoods. Sandy beaches, boat-filled piers and a lively arts community offer a change of pace for travelers escaping the bustle of downtown. It’s also a good choice for rented accommodation outside of the central business district.More

Richmond Village

Less than 30 minutes from Hobart, amid the lush vineyards of the Coal River Valley, historic Richmond village is among the most picturesque in Tasmania. Lined with elegant Georgian buildings and presided over by the much-photographed Richmond Bridge, it’s also an important piece of Tasmania’s colonial heritage.More

Cradle Mountain

With its jagged dolerite peaks standing watch over a trio of glacial lakes, Cradle Mountain is the grand centerpiece of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tasmania Wilderness, the natural landmark also marks the north end of the famous Overland Track.More

Sarah Island

Established in 1821 during Australia’s period of colonization, Sarah Island was used as a penal settlement where convicts were sent and forced to do the harsh labor of felling Huon pine used for shipbuilding. Surrounded by the Southern Ocean, the island is Australia’s oldest penal colony and the most isolated.More

Cataract Gorge Reserve

The magnificent Cataract Gorge, a river gorge on the South Esk River right at the edge of Launceston, offers a wealth of outdoor recreation that feels a world away from the city. The reserve is home to the First Basin outdoor swimming pool, the world’s longest single-span chairlift, and a Victorian-era landscaped garden.More

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Amid the hilly suburbs of Queens Domain, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer an idyllic stretch of greenery, dotted with tree-lined walkways, lily ponds, and flower-filled conservatories. Dating back to 1818 and stretching over 35 acres (14 hectares; it’s one of Australia’s oldest botanical gardens.More

Gordon River

This remote stretch of waterway is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and boasts approximately 117 miles (188 kilometers of the unobstructed river completely devoid of inhabitants and civilizations. Cruise along the Gordon River for a peaceful glimpse of the banks of one of the last temperate rainforests in the world.More

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Some of Australia’s most beloved animals—including kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils—call the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary home. As one of Tasmania’s most important sanctuaries, Bonorong’s aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, and preserve some of the island’s rarest and most endangered creatures.More

Hobart Salamanca Market

What was once a rundown warehouse and storage unit on the waterfront of Hobart has since become one of the most-visited destinations in the city. More than 600,000 people visit Salamanca Market for its fresh fruit, organic produce, and handmade craft stalls each year. Its trendy bars, quiet cafes and inventive restaurants attract food-lovers from around the area, making it a uniquely Tanzania experience. Salamanca’s popularity has caused it to grow rapidly from 12 vendors in 1972 to more than 300 in 2010. As a result, there’s something for everyone at this once-a-week market that brings the best of Hobart together.More

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Situated on Bruny Island in Tasmania, the Cape Bruny Lighthouse is the second-oldest lighthouse tower in the country, having been first lit in 1838. The structure was commissioned by Governor George Arthur following a series of mishaps and shipwrecks just off Bruny Island and took two years to build by convict labor.Technological advances in the 1980s and 1990s led to the lighthouse being lit for the last time on Aug. 6, 1996, when it was replaced by a solar-powered light nearby. In December 2000, the lighthouse was declared part of the South Bruny National Park.Visitors should be prepared for rough roads and a steep walk to reach the lighthouse, although you’ll be well rewarded on arrival; with some fantastic views out to sea, migrating humpback and southern right whales have been spotted from this vantage point.More

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Top activities in Tasmania

Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Produce Sightseeing and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
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Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
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Morning World Heritage Cruise on the Gordon River from Strahan
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Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
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Tamar Valley Wine Tour with Lunch
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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
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Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan
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kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
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Maria Island Cruise and Guided Walk Day Tour with Lunch and Drinks
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Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
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Wineglass Bay Cruise from Coles Bay

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Port Arthur Shuttle and Tasman Sights Tour
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Tasmanian Seafood Gourmet Full-Day Cruise Including Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tasmania

Tasmania at its best
Peter_F, Mar. 2023
Tamar Valley Food and Wine Boutique Tours
Winter Brook Winery produces a very good variety of wines from the Bubbly to a Chardonnay.
Fantastic way to see Tasmania!!
Karen_L, Mar. 2023
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
I’d highly recommend this tour as a great way to see Tasmania, especially if you’re short on time.
Amazing boat experience...
Kirsty_S, Mar. 2023
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
Amazing boat experience enjoying the Tasmanian coast line, we lucky enough to see pods of dolphins, seals and Albatros before heading to the historical site of Port Arthur.
Must do!
ToniW, Mar. 2023
Cradle Mountain 2023 Hobart to Cradle Active Day Trip
To see this much of Tasmania in one day was spectacular.
Beautiful hike
Ken_M, Feb. 2023
Shore Excursion - Cradle Mountain day tour from Burnie
Guides were great and got to see the Tasmanian countryside during our short one-day cruise boat stop.
Julie_T, Feb. 2023
Morning World Heritage Cruise on the Gordon River from Strahan
Glad that I took my wet weather gear, but I forgot my winter gear.
Leaf(t) me speechless.
Joshua_T, Feb. 2023
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
An extremely pleasant experience to see multiple aspects of Tasmania, would recommend to friends!
Great tour - highly recommend
Kim_B, Oct. 2022
Bruny Island Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing Day Trip from Hobart
This tour is a must to see a huge variety on Bruny Island in one day
Interesting, educational, great Gin, great food and great company.
Rebecca_G, Oct. 2022
Boutique Gin Tour
What a wonderful day, lots to see of see and learn about local distilleries.
Travel to the remote Southwestern Tasmania
DrAlexanderJ_S, Oct. 2022
Southwest Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Fly Cruise and Walk Including Lunch
It was an opportunity to see just how remote parts of Tasmania remain today.
Great day!
Kevin_S, Mar. 2023
Port Arthur and Lavender Active Day Tour
We enjoyed the spectacular cliffs along Waterfall Bay track.
Best way to experience Tassie!
Lynn_J, Mar. 2023
5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart
We had a ball over the 5 days stopping at beaches, overlooks, waterfalls, farms, parks and waterfronts.
Amazing Tour with Stunning Views
Akanksha_S, Mar. 2023
Tasman Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
Got to see the Tasman Devils and feed the Kangaroos.
Amazing Experience
Melissa_H, Mar. 2023
SHORE EXCURSION - Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
We were very appreciative of his knowledge about the best places to visit.
Kangaroos galore!
Selina_L, Feb. 2023
Bonorong Wildlife Park and Richmond Afternoon Tour from Hobart
It was also cool to see and learn about the Tasmanian Devils and echnidnas at the sanctuary.
An Extraordinary Day out at Southwest National Park
Selina_L, Feb. 2023
Southwest Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Fly Cruise and Walk Including Lunch
Everything was well organized and it was great to see the Southwest National Park through the eyes of a local - Callum's passion and enthusiasm for Tasmania was infectious.
Tasman Island Cruise the highlight of the trip
David_G, Feb. 2023
Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
This latter part is too long and it would be better to have included a quick trip to see the Tasmanian Devils.
What a wonderful small group trip.
Karen_H, Jan. 2023
Shore Excursion-Hobart Wanderer
At the base of it was tall forests and ferns and waterfalls and by the time we got to the top it was everything was extremely short to deal with the higher altitude.
Best tour with great staff!
Courtney_I, Jan. 2023
Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
The boat tour was the best we’ve seen, able to get up close to see the seals and dolphins and get some good photos.
Great small bus tour of Hobart
Gae_C, Dec. 2022
Shore Excursion-Hobart Wanderer
Ran out of time as we were then off to visit the delightful little village of Richmond where Paul pointed out where to purchase new season cherries as well as the bakery for coffee & snacks.
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What is Tasmania known for?

The island of Tasmania is known for its early and troubling convict history. It’s also famous for its rich natural heritage of ancient rainforests, highland mountains, and empty beaches—plus its abundant wildlife including Tasmanian devils, wombats, and pademelons.

What is the number one tourist attraction in Tasmania?

MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, in Hobart is likely the most visited tourist attraction in Tasmania with 1.35 million visitors recorded in 2019. Salamanca Market is another top destination.

What is the prettiest place in Tasmania?

While it’s tempting to say that the whole island is the prettiest place in Tasmania, attractions such as the Bridestowe Lavender Estate, Bay of Fires, Dove Lake, and Russell Falls are definitely front-runners for that illustrious title.

How many days do you need to see Tasmania?

You need at least five days in Tasmania to get a real sense of the state and see more than one destination like Hobart or Cradle Mountain. Longer visits are worthwhile, as more time will allow you to see the island’s different sides.

What is the best time of year to visit Tasmania?

The best time of year to visit Tasmania is on either side of summer—October, November, March, and April. These months offer ideal weather for outdoor activities, and they allow you to avoid the heat and crowds of summer—and avoid winter’s chilly temperatures and restricted highland access.

How long would it take to drive around Tasmania?

It takes at least one week to drive around Tasmania in a loop, although many travelers choose to take longer—often a month or more—to explore the island state in more depth.


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