Tasmania Travel Information

Tasmania travel is popular for a good reason.

Our little “Apple Island”, Tasmania is easy to overlook when travelling in mainland Australia. On my first trip around the continent, I did.


Then I realised that my favourite cider, Mercury, comes from Tassie, and I’ve since discovered that the island is a very interesting place to visit. A lot of people come here to bushwalk in the famous national parks of Tasmania. Australia's only island state has some large temperate rainforests, and almost half of the island is covered by national parks. But what if you are not a bushwalker?
Tasman Bridge, Montagu Bay, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Tasmanian Convicts and Aboriginal History

Tasmania has got some very interesting convict history, and a long Aboriginal history – when Aboriginal people first came here, what is now Tasmania was still connected to the mainland Australia.

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It has got some unique animals found nowhere else - Tasmanian Devils. It has got the largest lavender farm in the world, and lots of other clever businesses - you can visit local wineries, honey companies, dairy, tulip, mushroom, berry, salmon and walnut farms, and cheese and chocolate factories.
Tasmanian Devil, Sarcophilus Harrisii, in Captivity, Australia, Pacific
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Wildlife experiences - where to see Tasmanian Devils:

BORONONG WILDLIFE TOUR FROM HOBART

Other Tasmania Travel Combos:

HOBART RIVER CRUISE, CADBURY CHOCLOATE FACTORY AND BONORONG WILDLIFE PARK 





Hobart Travel Information - Tasmania Travel Information
Hobart, the state capital, is a lovely little town on the foot of the beautiful Mount Wellington. East from Hobart's city centre around the Elisabeth Street Mall is the Elisabeth St Pier and King’s Pier Marina.


South is the historical Battery Point, and Salamanca Square with some charming Georgian buildings housing galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants. It’s here the famous Salamanca Markets are held in Saturday mornings. North of the city is the recreation area called King’s Domain with Hobart's Botanical Gardens, and south is the Cascade Brewery where you can sample the famous Cascade beer and Australia's best cider, Mercury.
Waterfront with Mt. Wellington Behind, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
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Things to do in Hobart
:

HOBART HALF DAY TRAM SIGHTSEEING TOUR

HOBART HISTORIC AFTERNOON TOUR

CADBURY CHOLCOLATE FACTORY

MOUNT WELLINGTON TOUR

MOUNT WELLINGTON BY BIKE

Southern Tasmania National Parks - Tasmania Travel Information
Eleven kilometres south of Hobart is Kingston Beach. The historic town Richmond, 24km northeast, makes another nice day trip, and the Mt Field National Park, 80km northwest of Hobart, has some good bushwalking, beautiful scenery and many lovely waterfalls.

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More bushwalking can be done on Bruny Island off the southern coast of Tasmania, and in the Hartz Mountains National Park. Here is also the famous Tahune Forest Airwalk where you can walk through the canopy of some tall rainforest 45m above the ground.
Rainforest, Mt. Field National Park, Tasmania, Australia
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Things to do around Hobart
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MOUNT FIELD NATIONAL PARK FROM HOBART




Port Arthur Tasmania - Tasmania Travel Information
East from here is the Tasman peninsula with Port Arthur - the island's number-one tourist attraction. It was here as the Tasmanian convict colony started, but it wasn’t like any convict colony - it was the prison for the worst of the convicts, who after having been sent to Australia continued committing crimes. They lived a hard life, building a prison for themselves and pushing railway carriages along the 7km (Australia’s first) railway. It’s not to wonder the restless souls left the place pretty haunted. Port Arthur Historic Site contains about 30 buildings and ruins of the prison town. There are some interesting tours such as the Port Arthur Tour, and the Grand Historical Walking Tour, both departing from Hobart.
Infamous Penal Colony of Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula
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Visit Port Arthur:

PORT ARTHUR TOUR FROM HOBART

GRAND HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR IN PORT ARTHUR, DEPARTING FROM HOBART










Tasman Peninsula - Tasmania Travel Information
On the way from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck are some dramatic rock formations like the Tessellated Pavement, the Blowhole, Devils Kitchen, Tasmans Arch and Waterfall Cave. Here are also the Tasman Peninsula National Park and the Tasmanian Devil Park, which contains, as the name says, Tasmanian Devils, but also other Australian animals.
Tasman Island from Cape Pillar in Tasman National Park, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia
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Things to do in southern Tasmania:

HUON VALLEY AND TAHUNE FOREST AIRWALK

BRUNY ISLAND TOUR FROM HOBART









 

Freycinet NP and Maria Island - Tasmania Travel Information
North from here is the beautiful Maria Island, Swansea, and the stunning Coles Bay with Freycinet National Park. Further north is Bicheno with a penguin rookery, the historic whaling town St Helens and the magnificent Bay of Fires. Inland from here is Launceston - north Tasmania’s commercial centre that has some museums and a nice brewery, and Beaconsfield - the town that became famous in April 2006 when three miners were trapped one kilometre underground after an earthquake caused a rockfall. One of them was killed in the rockfall, but two survived and were still alive when rescue workers reached them by drilling two weeks later. It was an exciting day for the whole Australia when they were finally rescued.
Rainbow Dipping into Coles Bay During Stormy Weather, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania, Australia
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Things to do in eastern Tasmania:

LAUNCESTON SIGHTSEEING

LAUNCESTON AFTERNOON TOUR + WINE TASTING

TASMANIA CYCLING AND WALKING TOUR FROM LAUNCESTON

TRIPS TO FREYCINET FROM LAUNCESTON

CRADLE MOUNTAIN FROM LAUNCESTON

Western Tasmania National Parks - Tasmania Travel Information
And then, there is the wilderness in the west. Except some coastal towns in the north and small inland townships that mostly serve as gateways to the national parks, the western half of the island is taken up by some great wilderness in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and the South West National Park. The Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park is the most famous of them and contains one of Australia’s best bushwalks – the Overland Track; the island’s highest peak Mt Ossa, and Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. You don’t have to be a keen bushwalker to enjoy visiting Tasmania, but you’ll love it more if you are.
Dove Lake on 'Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park', Tasmania, Australia
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Things to do in western Tasmania:

WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY

FRANKLIN GORDON WILD RIVERS CRUISE











Tasmania Travel Information: Flinders Island and King Island Australia

Between Tasmania and the mainland Australia are Flinders Island with lots of wildlife, seafood and wineries; and King Island - known for its cheeses, which you can taste at the King Island Dairy.
Rainforest Waterfall Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Tasmania, Australia
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