If you’re planning a trip to Tasmania, you won’t be disappointed! The World Heritage-class island, perched off the south coast of Australia, has something for everyone. From the capital Hobart, you can venture out into the stunning wilderness of its national parks – enjoying fresh air, fine food and locally produced wines along the way. There are loads you can pack into a visit, long or short, but here are five must-sees.
Hobart is a small city, boasting an amazing mix of the old and the new. You’ll find colonial architecture, sitting alongside a vibrant arts scene, and if you’re into your creative hobbies, take a ferry to the Museum of Old and New Art – MONA.
When you’re hungry or thirsty, there’s no shortage of places to tuck into some great fresh fare. Good spots include Salamanca Place and Elizabeth Street.
If you want to enjoy some stunning views of Hobart, then head for Mount Wellington. It’s about a 10-minute drive to reach the bottom of it.
There’s a 1300 metre summit awaiting you. You can reach it by choosing from a short walk, a long trek or you can even take a bike.
Whichever way you chose, you’ll get some awesome views across Tasmania’s capital and Derwent Valley.
The ‘inescapable’ prison
Head to World Heritage-listed Port Arthur, around 100 kilometres southeast of Hobart, and step back in time.
It’s a village that’s become well known because of its penal past. Port Arthur was once home to one of Australia’s most infamous jails, which became known as the ‘inescapable prison.’
Criminals coming to this part of the world were separated from Tasmania by a narrow neck of land – and punished. Don’t worry, they’ve all now gone – along with the security guards – meaning you can take a look around at ease. The remains of over 30 buildings await you.
While you’re here, why not pick up a souvenir or two? Look out for specially crafted metal gifts, produced by Master Cast. Pick up something memorable and locally made for your friends and family, and most importantly, for yourself.
Port Arthur is reachable by car from Hobart in about 90 minutes, there are also coach services connecting the two up.
Maria Island National Park
If you’re looking for some more natural beauty, then head off to Maria Island. It’s around 75 kilometres east of Hobart. You’ll uncover rugged, fascinating cliffs, great beaches – and plentiful wildlife, including Tasmanian devils! If you love walking, there are lots of trails – and they’re good for bikes too.
To truly appreciate Tasmania’s spectacular coastline, why not take to the water? There are more than 300 islands would you believe!
You can take a kayak tour, with half and full day options on offer. But if you have a hunger for more, there are trips lasting up to seven days.
If kayaking sounds too much like hard work, then a boat cruise might be the better option. Check out local services while you’re out and about – you never know you might catch sight of a dolphin or two!