I recently spent two weeks exploring Tasmania and these are some of the places I highly recommend you visit. Two weeks was nowhere near enough time to explore this beautiful part of Australia and there are definitely some places which I have missed on this list.
I plan on visiting Tasmania again in the future and travelling at a slower pace, so hopefully can add to this list at a later date! For now, these are my recommendations.
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How to get to Tasmania?
As Tasmania is located off the coast of mainland Australia, there are only two ways you can get there; boat or flying. On any of your trips, always remember to get travel insurance! I always go with Covermore Insurance as they have the best cover and range of policies.
This is the quickest and easiest way to reach Tasmania. Most international visitors to Australia will fly into Sydney or Melbourne, before catching a connecting flight to Hobart or Launceston. These flights usually operate daily.
The following airlines fly to Tasmania.
- Link airways
- Virgin Airlines
The second way to get to Tasmania is via ferry. The Spirit of Tasmania operates daily between Melbourne and Devonport. This trip takes anywhere between 9-11hrs. There are restaurants, bars, activities for kids and a cinema onboard. This is the best option if you are completing the Big Lap of Australia or want to take your car with you.
6 Incredible Places you must visit in Tasmania
1. Tasman Peninsula
The Tasman Peninsula is known for its historic sights and dramatic nature scenery. Here you can do activities such as hiking, boat cruises, visit historic sights and more. Only a short drive away from Hobart, the Tasman Peninsula is worth exploring!
- Hike Cape Hauy
- Hike Cape Raoul
- Visit the historic sights in Port Arthur
2. Freycinet National Park
This national park has some of the most beautiful beaches and camping sites! The Freycinet National Park is the perfect place for hiking, boating, and beach hopping. You can find this national park roughly 3hrs from Hobart.
- Hike Mt Amos
- Hike to Wineglass Bay
- Take a helicopter or scenic flight.
- Spend a few nights camping in the national park.
3. Cradle Mountain National Park
Undoubtably if you are coming to Tasmania, Cradle Mountain National Park will already be on your bucket list! This national park is definitely worth the hype and has some of the most beautiful hikes and scenery in Tasmania. I recommend spending at least 2-3 days here to fully explore the area.
- Hike the Cradle Mountain summit
- Hike to Hansons Peak
- Visit Dove lake and the Boat shed
- Look for wombats at Ronny Creek
4. Mt Field National Park
I only spend 1 full day in this national park, and I wish I had more time (and a suitable car). My Field National Park is located roughly 1 hour from Hobart and is one of the oldest national parks in Tasmania. This has incredible waterfalls, mountains, hiking and more.
- Three falls circuit
- Hike the highest mountain in Mt Field
- Look out for the glow worms.
You would have seen this place all over social media, it makes for a great little day trip from Launceston. The lavender gardens are in bloom from December through to early February. I visited in late December, and they were just blooming, so visiting in January would be the best time. Here you can walk freely around the lavender, indulge in lavender treats (the ice cream is incredible) and purchase lavender-based products. There is a small fee to enter the estate.
6. Bay of Fires
I wish the weather was favourable when I visited here because the beaches are insane! Bay of Fires is a conservation are which stretches along the east coast of Tasmania. There are plenty of beaches and bays to explore, it is also a great place to camp for a few nights. The Bay of Fires is known for its white beaches, blue waters, and vibrant orange rocks.
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