Tasmania is guaranteed to take your breath away. Within the stretch of a few hours on this island and you can be strolling through a pristine national park, exploring convict ruins, tasting whisky with the maker, or sitting down to a paddock-to-plate lunch.
Photo above taken by Wai Nang Poon.
The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, safeguarding ancient rainforest, alpine heathlands, stands of deciduous beech, and many a waddling wombat. (Photo credit: Tourism Tasmania and Jason Charles Hill)
Flanked by mountains and the River Derwent, Hobart is filled with contrasts. Risk-taking artists, mind-bending museums, inventive eateries, and soulful heritage bring light and shade to Australia's second oldest city. (Photo credit: Stu Gibson)
The main attraction of the Freycinet National Park lies in its isolation. You can explore by kayak, scenic flight, or simply climb over its mountains, descend through the bush and follow the curve of Wineglass Bay to complete solitude. (Photo credit: Daniel Tran)
A local haunt for foodies and lovers of rugged coastlines and fluffy wildlife, Bruny Island is jam-packed with some of the most sought after produce, from traditional cheeses to oysters. It even hides Australia's most southernmost vineyard amongst its rolling hills. (Photo credit: Julia Smith)
Mona, Museum of Old and New Art - The Museum of Old and New Art houses an extraordinary collection of art and antiquities. Built into a sandstone cliff face, with three levels of subterranean art space, make sure you allow plenty of time to explore.
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake - Embark on the Dove Lake Circuit track that hugs the lake shoreline for a pleasant, relatively flat six-kilometre walk beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. There are plenty of other walks in the area along with canyon tours, a devil sanctuary, scenic flights and an alpine spa.
Gordon River - Wild doesn’t have to mean crazy, wind-in-your-hair madness. A cruise down the Gordon River often rewards with mirror-calm reflections of World Heritage Area rainforest. You’ll journey across Macquarie Harbour (six times the size of Sydney Harbour) through Hells Gates, aptly named by convicts on their way to Sarah Island.
Salamanca Market - Salamanca Place is lined with a long row of 1830s Georgian sandstone warehouses that once stored whale oil, wool, grain, apples and imported goods from around the world. Salamanca Market is a collaboration of artisans, musicians and producers held every Saturday, something can be found in Salamanca’s alleyways every day of the week.
Port Arthur Historic Site - Step into the past at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. Take a guided tour to discover Australia’s intriguing convict history and learn of Port Arthur’s story and the hardships faced at the inescapable prison at the ‘end of the earth’. Come nightfall, grab a lantern and walk the grounds – this time in the dark.
Bay of Fires - This wandering ribbon of coastline dazzles visitors with its blindingly white sands. Amble beaches scattered with orange-lichen boulders or take the guided four-day Bay of Fires Walk if you’re keen to see the sunset with your toes in a foot spa.
Bruny Island - This island dishes up gourmet produce, white sandy beaches, wildlife and frequent foodie stops to taste cheese, oysters, whisky and wine. Even a short visit offers plenty to see and do – scenic drives, walks, historic sites, lighthouses, and a thrilling eco-cruise.
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Rug up for a three-hour wilderness cruise along the rugged south east coast of the Tasman Peninsula. Cruise inside sea caves and under some of the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere to see barking seals, dolphins that leap at the bow, and migrating whales.
Tamar Tripping - Over 170 kilometres of winding roads make up the Tamar Valley Wine Route. But it’s not just enviable cool-climate wine territory and cellar doors that you’ll come across. You’ll find hazelnuts, lush orchards, pastures and world-class sparkling.
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