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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 10 attractions in Tasmania

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Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

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One of Tasmania’s most popular coastal holiday spots, Freycinet National Park is backed by the pink-tinged granite outcrops known as the Hazards.Low-lying coastal heathland frames views of blue sea and sand throughout the park, with the Hazards looming large in the distance. Bushwalkers head here to follow coastal trails along the peninsula’s secluded coves, and the park is a popular holiday camping spot for families.The park’s white-sand beaches are beautiful but top marks always go to perfectly formed Wineglass Bay, which often appears in travel top 10s as one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. It really does have a circular wineglass shape, fringed by white sand and untouched bushland.Birdwatchers come to Freycinet to spot seabirds, and you might see cockatoos, wattlebirds and wallabies on the two-hour return walk to the lofty lookout over Wineglass Bay. It’s an often steep incline with steps, or you can follow the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk at Cape Tourville for less-exhausting but still stunning views of the bay.Boating and fishing are other popular activities, along with rock climbing, sea-kayaking, swimming at the Friendly Beaches and snorkeling at Sleepy Bay and Honeymoon Bay.More
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Tamar Valley

Tamar Valley

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The Tamar Valley is right on Launceston’s doorstep, stretching north to the sea at George Town. It’s a lush, fertile area of orchards, pasture, B&Bs and, importantly, vineyards.If you’re driving or taking a tour from Launceston, follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route winding through the valley to visit notable wineries like Pipers Brook, Clover Hill, Delamere, Bass and Ninth Island. The area is particularly renowned for its Pinot Noir wines.The route heads north from Launceston, running along the western side of the valley through Exeter, Rosevears and Beaconsfield. The valley is crossed by the strikingly cable-trussed Batman Bridge at Deviot, then runs north to George Town on the valley’s eastern bank. Returning to Launceston, the route loops south through Lilydale and Rocherlea.Wines to sample along the route include Riesling, Chardonnay and, most notably, Pinot Noir. Cellar door restaurants are another highlight, and you’ll also pass the Tamar Island Wetlands, mining history at Beaconsfield, and the Georgian-era sailing port of George Town.Other towns to visit include riverside Rosevears, Beauty Point, where you’ll find Seahorse World, and Low Head with its maritime history museum and pilot station, lighthouse and penguin tours near George Town.More
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Devils at Cradle Wildlife Park

Devils at Cradle Wildlife Park

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Devils @ Cradle is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the preservation of Tasmanian devils (though they also have a large number of quolls and other local creatures). See Tasmanian devils up close and personal, and learn about these mysterious marsupials and the current threats to their survival with ranger-led talks and tours.More
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Bruny Island

Bruny Island

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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
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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

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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
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Port Arthur

Port Arthur

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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
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Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

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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
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Sarah Island

Sarah Island

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Modern Australia was famously founded by boatloads of British convicts, and Sarah Island off of western Tasmania was once reserved for the worst offenders. Isolated, wet and completely surrounded by the tempestuous Southern Ocean, not only is it Australia’s oldest penal colony, but the remote outpost was such a fearsome place to be sent that the mouth of the harbor leading out toward the island was simply known as “Hell’s Gate.” The penal colony was short-lived, however, only lasting from 1822 to 1833. During that time, convicts were enlisted for the backbreaking work of felling the surrounding pine trees, and there was a brief time when Sarah Island was the largest ship-building site in Australia.Conditions on the island were horrendously bad, and prisoners were said to have favored execution over continued life here. Many tried to escape, and though most failed and met a miserable fate, a famous few were able to flee and live a life on the run. Today, all that remains of the penal colony are the ruins of the former quarters, and touring the island is one of the most popular activities for visitors staying in Strahan. Hear stories of scurvy, torture and the misery of solitary confinement, while also gaining insight into the formative years of the pioneering settlers of Tasmania. Oftentimes a visit to Sarah Island is combined with a Gordon River cruise, which provides a scenic and stark contrast of comforts compared to the historic island.More
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Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

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With a legacy dating back to 1824, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery, founded by English settler Peter Degraves. The historic brewery, set in Hobart at the foot of Mount Wellington, welcomes guests to its brewhouse and restaurant, and offers tours and tastings.More
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Gunns Plains Caves

Gunns Plains Caves

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You can thank a possum for introducing humans to Gunns Plains Caves, which were discovered by a local Tasmanian hunter when he chased the possum into a hole and instead emerged in a cave. While we’ll never know if he actually found the shrewd, cave-dwelling possum, what we do know is that in only 12 years it went from being an unknown cave to a popular Tasmania State Reserve, established in 1918. When you first descend down into the cave, the subterranean , water-carved beauty is instantly seen in the calcite shawls and large, shimmering flowstones. The sound of water trickling across limestone can still be heard in the cave, and crayfish, eels, and even platypus still splash in the underground river. During daily tours of Gunns Plains Caves, guides will point out the different formations that have slowly formed over time—from the Wedding Cake and Golden Fleece to others with comical, spot-on names that closely fit their appearance. Learn this history of how these caves were gradually formed over time, and marvel at how this wonderland is so magically different—almost surreal—when compared to life above ground.More

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Top activities in Tasmania

Tamar Valley Wine Tour with Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tasmania

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Wonderful!
Ashleigh_P, Jul 2021
Mt Wellington Tour and MONA Admission
Our tour guide Mark had so much knowledge about Tasmania and it’s history and attractions.
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A perfect day out!
Janie_B, Jun 2021
Historic Port Arthur Day Trip from Hobart Including Cliff-Top Walk to Waterfall Bay
Well-thought-out itinerary with no stop too long or too short, and a bonus opportunity to see Tasmanian devils!
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Amazing experience exploring the Tasman Pensinsula
Allison_S, May 2021
3-Hour Tasman Peninsula Wilderness Cruise from Port Arthur
We also got to see sea lions and lots of birds.
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Great beautiful...
Raimondo_Z, Apr 2021
Tasman Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
We had a very interesting day to visit the Tasmania actraction.
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A great way to visit Bruny
Alan_C, Feb 2021
Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
A great way to see that part of Tasmania
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Scenery to remember for a lifetime
Hiran_T, Jul 2021
Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston
Please note some sections are bit icy in winter, but this is not a problem if you allow a bit of extra time.
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Definitely a must do tour.
Karin_W, Apr 2021
Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
On a beautiful sunny day we headed to the Tasman Peninsula, firstly to view the gorgeous coastline with its steep cliffs, then to the Unzoo to see Tasmanian devils.
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3 out of THREE
de-EMDI, Apr 2021
3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour
The historic place of Port Arthur, to see and experience the wildlife from the unzoo, amazing views and walks of Wineglass Bay & Cradle Mountain and extra little stops at some places every morning & afternoon to try locals snacks, this tour is for sure worth for money, worth for visit and worth it all.
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Mount Wellington Challenge
Ken_B, Feb 2020
Mt. Wellington, Richmond, and Bonorong Day Trip with Roundtrip Port Transfer
Perfect opportunity to see kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils!
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Great day
B6242SRlaurad, Jan 2020
Small group Day Tour from Hobart: Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula and Richmond.
Had a lovely day & saw many fantastic attractions.
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It is a good package that shows you...
Eric, Sep 2017
3-Day Tasmania Combo: Hobart to Launceston Active Tour
The tour is nicely design with suitable amount of activities.
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Marta was a wonderful tour guide and...
Kate, Feb 2017
Cradle Mountain Tour from Burnie with Roundtrip Port Transfer
Cradle Mountain was exceptionally beautiful and we were lucky because we were able to see it on a clear day.
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Excellent tour. The waterfalls and...
Anna V, Apr 2017
Mt Field National Park Active Day-Trip Including Bonorong and Mt Wellington
The waterfalls and rain forest were spectacular.
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A fantastic tour, the guide Rick was...
Stephen C, Feb 2017
Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
This tour is very good value for money, you get to see and learn a lot of/about Bruny island, we thoroughly enjoyed it and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone visiting Tasmania.
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This was a wonderful experience. The...
Craig A, Jul 2016
Derwent River Valley and Coal River Valley Small-group Tour from Hobart
The weather didn't cooperate with us so we didn't get to go to Russell Falls because of flooding, but our tour guide made a customized tour for just us.
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super super great 5 day tour to see...
MILLIE L, Jan 2017
5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart
super super great 5 day tour to see all the important sightseeing points in Tasmania.
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The views from Mt Welllington was...
Norizan S, Apr 2015
Mount Wellington Ultimate Experience Tour from Hobart
Thank you to the Driver Guide for arranging the additional trip to see the Tasmanian Devils and the city tour.
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Bloody marvellous. The perfect mix...
Tony G, Nov 2014
Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan
Absolutely beautiful location and clean comfortable vessel to see it on.
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Enjoyed meeting the wombats...
Suzanne E, Feb 2015
Bonorong Wildlife Park and Richmond Afternoon Tour from Hobart
Only negative point was that there just wasnt enough time to see everything!
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Great scenery, great food, very...
AGNES M, Dec 2012
Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan
Great scenery, great food, very knowledgeable commentators and guides, and for the price- the best way to see this beautiful world heritage site.
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