Travelers looking for a breath of fresh air and a new corner of the world to explore should place Tasmania at the top of their list of must-visit destinations.
Along with being well known for having some of the cleanest air in the world, the relatively small island nation off the southeastern coast of Australia offers countless ways for travelers to make unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
Tasmania is a place that has something for every kind of explorer with its remarkable array of experiences, vibrant coastal cities, and absolutely breathtaking landscapes.
To make the most of time spent there, book a few guided Tasmania tours and read on to discover which attractions should find a place on any comprehensive Tasmania itinerary.
For seasoned travelers already familiar with all the iconic destinations mainland Australia has to offer, the island of Tasmania provides a similar sunny climate with completely distinct sites and attractions to explore and delight in.
Explore the Streets of Hobart
For fans of beautiful cultural cities, an extended stop at Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, is a must. This Tasmanian icon boasts a unique and charming blend of stunning natural beauty, culture and history.
Visitors to the city should make a plan to take a leisurely stroll through the many streets of Hobart to soak up the area’s fascinating colonial architecture and heritage.
Book a stay at a quaint boutique hotel and take time to stumble upon the many galleries, cafes and shops that line the streets of the endearing city.
While visiting, fans of art should set aside an afternoon to explore the Museum of Old and New Art, which is a world-class art museum always showcasing visually striking contemporary art exhibitions and displays.
Shop at the Award-Winning Salamanca Market
Tourists lucky enough to find themselves in Hobart on a Saturday will surely regret missing out if they fail to visit the iconic Salamanca Market.
This vibrant historical outdoor market is one of the island’s most popular attractions and draw visitors from all over the world with its trove of local crafts, souvenirs and fresh seasonal produce.
The largest outdoor market in all of Australia gives explorers countless opportunities to sample local cuisine and sample the island’s abundance of wine.
Spend the day soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of the market while stopping to chat with friendly locals and experiencing spontaneous live musical performances.
Visit Cataract Gorge
After a stay at Hobart, it’s recommended that travelers rent a vehicle and venture out into the wide open spaces of the island.
Fans of nature, hiking and the great outdoors should add Cataract Gorge to their list of must visit places as the location is a true natural wonder that shouldn’t be missed.
The Gorge is situated a short distance away from the city of Launceston and offers breathtaking views from every direction.
Consider taking a leisurely walk along any of the trails that snake and wind through the gorge, or choose to take a remarkable ride up the world’s longest single-span chairlift for unforgettable views.
Uncover the History of Port Arthur
If visiting historical sites is the name of the game, consider stepping back in time to uncover the hauntingly beautiful past of Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage site that was once a settlement for convicts.
Find an expert tour guide and embark on a journey of discovery learning all about the lives and stories of the convicts who once lived there.
The historic settlement once had a grim reputation for being a harsh prison where cruel and unusual punishments were often handed to criminals unlucky enough to be shipped there.
Today, tourists can experience chilling nightly ghost tours while exploring the well-preserved buildings of the area.
Soak up the Island’s Natural Beauty at Freycinet National Park
Fans of nature and areas largely untouched by modern society, a visit to Freycinet National Park will offer up countless visual delights. Located along the eastern coast of the island, this location features views of stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters.
There are many paths to hike through the area and catch panoramic views of Wineglass Bay, which is considered by many to be one of the most visually striking beaches in the whole world.
Anyone interested in catching glimpses of the island’s unique wildlife will also enjoy a visit to the park as travelers are likely to see a great variety of birdlife as well as wallabies and wombats.
Take a Drive Through Tamar Valley
Food and wine enthusiasts should make a plan to stay close to Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, which has been named one of the world’s top ten wine routes.
While driving along the well-maintained roads that cross the picturesque countryside, explorers will pass a range of vineyards, farms and charming towns all offering opportunities to sample the cuisine and wine of the region.
Choose a designated driver before making a few stops at the cellar doors of the valley to get a taste of a few award-winning cool-climate wines. Pair the beverages with plates of delicious foods and don’t forget to admire the stunning, sweeping views of the Tamar Valley river during the visit.