Top 10 must do experiences in Tasmania

Top 10 Must Do Experiences in Tasmania

Whether you’re a walker, foodie or art lover, Tasmania will whet any traveller’s appetite. From the stunning scenery of Wineglass Bay, to the fascination of Hobart’s Salamanca Markets and Port Arthur’s convict history, here are our top 10 must do experiences in Tasmania.

1. Go for a hike

If you love to walk then you’ve come to the right place. Tasmania is home to over 2,800km of managed walking tracks to suit all walking abilities. Enjoy one of the many picturesque walks in Freycinet National Park such as the 3km Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk. Starting with a steep 250-metre climb, you will be rewarded with incredible views over iconic Wineglass Bay. For a classic Freycinet day walk, try the 11km Hazards Beach – Wineglass Bay Circuit, taking in eucalypt forests, the rugged rocks of the Hazards and views of Coles Bay and Great Oyster Bay. However, for serious walkers, then the 80km Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair over six days is a must.
Admire the breathtaking views across Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park

2. Sample the local food and wine

Tasmania is renowned for its incredible food and dining scene and was once called the “Apple Isle” as one of the world’s largest apple growers and exporters. Start your foodie adventure in Hobart, home to some of Australia’s best restaurants as well as the popular Salamanca Markets held every Saturday. Here you can sample cured Tasmanian salmon, freshly shucked oysters and meat pies. Other worthy food experiences not to miss include the award winning cheeses from Pyengana Dairy Company, reputed to produce Australia’s finest cheddar, picking your own berries and stone fruit when in season and trying local game meats including wallaby, kangaroo and quail for your evening’s dinner, washed down by a crisp Chardonnay from the Tamar Valley.
Sample the delicious food in Tasmania

3. Visit a market

Time your visit to Hobart for a Saturday to explore the famous weekly Salamanca Markets, one of Australia’s most vibrant and loved outdoor markets. Held along Salamanca Place between 8:30am and 3pm, browse the 300 stalls selling everything from handmade jewellery, fashion and woodwork to glassware, ceramics and artwork. Of course, you can enjoy the free tastings of local honey, spices and seasonings and breathe in the heavenly aromas of freshly baked bread.
Visit the weekly Salamanca Markets when in Hobart, Tasmania

4. Take in the art scene

When it comes to art, Tasmania is home to one of the world’s most controversial and famous art collections. MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart is the must-see attraction for art lovers, showcasing the $110 million private collection of art and antiquities from David Walsh. With regular exhibitions, clever installations and daring, contemporary pieces, all housed in a unique building carved into the sandstone rock, it’s easy to while away a whole morning here. Visit MONA by a leisurely 25 minute ferry ride up the River Derwent.
Admire the artwork at MONA, Hobart, Tasmania

5. Step back in time

Delve into Tasmania’s convict past with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Port Arthur, 90 minutes from Hobart. One of the best preserved convict sites in Australia, Port Arthur was once a penal settlement and timber station before turning its attention to ship building. Enjoy a guided tour of the 30 historic buildings and ruins for a fascinating insight into the lives of the convicts and free settlers. You can also cruise to the eerie Isle of the Dead, where more than 1000 convicts, military officers, women and children are buried.
Discover Port Arthur's convict history in Tasmania

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6. Take in the views

There’s no shortage of photo-worthy views in Tasmania which will have you grabbing for your camera for that ultimate photo moment. For spectacular coastal views of sparkling azure waters and rugged rocky outcrops, head to Freycinet National Park for views across the famous Wineglass Bay. Further up north, the historic town of Stanley offers picturesque vistas of the dazzling ocean, across Bass Strait and the below beaches. Climb the winding path to the top of the Stanley Nut, the remains of an ancient volcanic plug, for panoramic views. Alternatively, rest your legs and enjoy the scenery as you ride the Nut Chairlift. Of course, one of the best views in Tasmania is setting your eyes on the iconic Cradle Mountain, admired from Dove Lake in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. On a clear day you can see the crisp reflection of the mountain in the calm waters of the lake, whilst you walk the easy Dove Lake Circuit, taking in waterfalls and lush rainforest along the way.
Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

7. Visit Tasmania's oldest national park

Explore Tasmania’s first national park, Mt. Field National Park, regarded as one of the most diverse parks in Tasmania. Known for its huge fern forests and some of the world’s tallest trees, walk through the lush rainforest along one of the many trails, whilst keeping an eye out for wildlife including the eastern quoll and eastern barred bandicoot. One of the highlights of the park is the three-tiered Russell Falls, perhaps one of the most photographed and prettiest waterfalls in Tasmania. Enjoy an easy 20-minute return walk to the falls along the good track and boardwalk, whilst admiring the towering swamp gums and breathing in the calming aromas of myrtle along the way.
Walk through Mt Field National Park, Tasmania

8. Cruise the World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the picturesque Gordon River and soak up the peacefulness of this natural wilderness. Listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park features dramatic mountain peaks, wild rushing rivers and deep cut gorges. Cruise from Macquarie Harbour to the narrow entrance of Hells Gate, where the harbour meets the ocean. Along the way, visit Heritage Landing and the windswept and barren Sarah Island, once a harsh penal settlement for convicts.
Cruise the Gordon River, Tasmania

9. Meet a Tasmanian Devil

Endemic to Tasmania, the Tasmanian Devil, the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial is easily identified for its black or brown fur, with a white band running across its chest. Often preferring forests and coastal scrubland, keep an eye out for these mammals as your journey across Tasmania. Alternatively, pay a visit to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to view the local wildlife up close. Besides Tasmanian Devils, you can also meet kangaroos, wombats, koalas, sugar gliders, bettongs and an echidna.
Spot the Tasmanian Devil whilst visiting Tasmania

10. Ride on the world’s longest single-span chairlift in Launceston

Spanning the picturesque Cataract Gorge, enjoy a scenic ride above the beautiful Cliff Grounds and First Basin on the world’s longest single-span chairlift. Observe the ancient rock gorge surrounding the fast flowing River Esk and soak in the tranquillity as you glide through the air. Afterwards, walk through the beautiful Victorian garden of the Cliff Grounds, enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool and dine at The Gorge Restaurant before strolling along the Cataract Walk back towards Launceston.
Ride on the world's longest single-span chairlift in Launceston

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