Most travellers would visit the east Coast of Australia and completely overlook the treasure that Tasmania is. If you want rugged coastlines beautifully preserved beaches and truly want to experience close encounters to wildlife in Australia than Tasmania is the winner for you. Unlike mainland Australia driving distances are much closer going from snowy mountains to pristine beaches in less than 3 hours!
1. Maria Island:
An island off an island off an island Maria Island used to be an old convict island in the 1800’s and now a national park. This island has no shops, restaurants homes nor cars it has to be top of the list of places to visit in Tasmania. You could spend a few hours or an entire day just catch the ferry from Triabunna.
2. Painted Cliffs:
A must see when tides are low this extravagant rock formation due to the waves hitting the surface has left an art form on these cliffs.
3. Wineglass Bay:
There is a view-point which is approximately half hour walk from the car park but if you want a challenge, up for an adventure embark on a Grade 3 hike down to the beach 1-3km down and you won’t be disappointed.
4. Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain:
This astonishing huge landscape is one of Tasmania’s most visited sites. In the distance you’ll see the incredible snowy Mt Amos, this lake is beautifully clean, clear is incredibly well preserved.
5. Mount Field:
Camp on the footsteps of Russell Falls and you will have Pademelons and Echidnas as your neighbours. Within a short fifteen minute hike from the visitor centre you will be greeted by Russell Falls – continue with an easy three hour hike and you would continue to see incredible tall trees and more waterfalls.
6. Bay of Fires:
Drive along the east coast along St Helens and you’ll come across a series of bays with clear turquoise glistening beaches. Sunrise or sunset would be the best time to see a beautiful golden layer on the huge orange tinted rocks on this shore.
7. Bruny Island Cruise:
With daily trips to deep sea caves and unique sea stacks this award winning eco-friendly family owned business will take you down to the Southern ocean and with some luck show you an abundant coastal wildlife including seals, dolphins and migrating whales and seabirds in their natural habitat
8. Mount Wellington:
A short drive from Hobart City drive up to the top and you’re at eye level with the clouds this place is one of the best spots for photo opportunities and panoramic views of the city. Also if you’re a movie buff this was a shoot location for the film ‘Lion’.
9. Tessellated Pavement at Eaglehawk Neck:
An incredible geomorphic site with unique rock formation of rectangular blocks is within a short walk to get to from Eaglehawk Neck.
10. The Arch at Devils Kitchen:
Round the corner from the tessellated pavement here there are series of short walks you can do with a mindblowing coastline with great scenery like the arch.
11. Cataract Gorge, Launceston:
A short 15 minute walk from Launceston and you will find this Gorge worth visiting.
12: Coal Mines Historic site at Port Arthur:
Coal Mines Historic site was Tasmania’s first operational mine as well as a place of punishment for convicts in the 1800’s – once prisoners started escaping from Maria Island this place was the second settlement.
13. Hastings Cave:
Walk in the rich forests of the reserve and experience this cave thats thousands of years old with beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. This cave is the largest tourist cave in Australia which occurs in dolomite, rather than limestone.
14. Hobart City:
Hobart City the home of Modern Art Museum, Salamanca Market and a relaxed harbour front great base to start or end your Tasmania Travels.
15: The Neck Lookout:
Catch the ferry across from Hobart to Bruny Island and this is a little haven on its own this picturesque setting has boardwalks & observation platforms for viewing native wildlife & the sea
Transport/ Getting around:
Car/Campervan would be the most suitable there’s an array of companies to choose from – shop around online before arrival. If you’re looking at a camper van always call up and negotiate to get a batter rate. The company I chose and recommend from first hand experience was Tassie Motor Shacks.
Top tip: Tourist parks cost anywhere between $30 – $50 per night per vehicle. This option would be cheaper than booking accommodation in various places so it is well worth considering – PLUS : Always negotiate a slightly better price.
Suggested Itinerary for 14 days: