Top Attractions in Tasmania
Collected by Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
Australia’s most remote state is arguably its most rewarding. Tasmania (“Tassie” to locals) features wild and rugged scenery, a thriving artisan food and drink scene, and one of the most talked-about art museums in the world.
Salamanca Pl, Hobart TAS 7001, Australia
Hobart’s most famous cobblestoned square was once known for whalers and sailors. Today, it’s inhabited by artists and food purveyors, who mix and mingle every Saturday at the Salamanca Market—the largest outdoor market in ...
655 Main Rd, Berriedale TAS 7011, Australia
The cold-weather spinoff of the renowned MONA FOMA (MoFo) festival, put on by Hobart’s boundary-pushing Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), is not for the faint of heart: Over the course of a week, there’s eye-opening music and art,...
Saddle-shaped Cradle Mountain is the state’s most popular peak and the starting point for the 40-mile, six-day Overland Track. For day-trippers, there are quicker walks, including the Dove Lake loop, which traverses temperate rain forest on...
Maria Island TAS 7190, Australia
Maria Island combines amazing scenery and history with unfazed forester kangaroos, Bennett's wallabies, wombats, and if you’re lucky, Tasmanian devils. The four-day Maria Island Walk has won many awards for its wilderness experience, which...
Coles Bay Rd, Coles Bay TAS 7215, Australia
One of the most stunning natural sites in Tasmania, the Freycinet Peninsula is most famous for a short but steep hike to the perfect white-and-turquoise horseshoe beach known as Wineglass Bay. It’s hard to believe the name comes from a...
Corinna TAS 7321, Australia
Home to one of the largest remaining swaths of temperate rain forest in the world, dating to the supercontinent Gondwana, the Tarkine Wilderness is a stronghold for rare species including black cockatoos, wedge-tailed eagles, and spotted-tailed...
330 Mayberry Rd, Mayberry TAS 7304, Australia
Mole Creek Karst National Park, along with the surrounding Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, offers subterranean streams and pools, plus at least 300 caves. At Marakoopa Cave, you’ll feel as though you’re in mother...
20 Lighthouse Rd, Lunawanna TAS 7150, Australia
Famous for food, wine, and wilderness, this pair of islands south of Hobart makes for a diverse day trip. Once you drive The Neck, an impossibly beautiful isthmus with postcard views in every direction, you’ll reach the more forested South...
593 Briggs Rd, Brighton TAS 7030, Australia
At Tasmania’s only 24-hour animal rescue service, guests can interact with recovering wombats, Tasmanian devils, quolls, koalas, echidnas, snakes, and emus. The entrance fee includes a 45-minute tour that combines Tasmanian devil feeding...
Mount Wellington, Wellington Park TAS 7054, Australia
Many great cities have a great mountain watching over them. For Hobart, that’s Mount Wellington. A 30-minute drive takes you to the Pinnacle, which affords 180-degree vistas over Hobart and the islands rising between the Tasman Sea and the...
7 Waldhorn Dr, Grindelwald TAS 7277, Australia
The drive from Launceston through the Tamar River Valley meanders for 37 miles past orchards, lavender farms, and more than 30 vineyards. For good vibes alongside your cool-climate wines, head to Goaty Hill, which occupies a beautiful perch in...
60 Rowbottoms Rd, Granton TAS 7030, Australia
Two of Tasmania’s most abundant wine regions ripen within a 20-minute drive from Hobart. With a similar latitude to the famous wine regions of France and Germany, the Derwent and Cole valleys produce wines more like those of Europe than...
66 Lake Dobson Rd, National Park TAS 7140, Australia
Located along the eastern border of the four-million-acre Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the island’s first national park mixes swamp gums, stringybarks, and massive tree ferns with snow gums and deciduous beech trees at higher...
2 Bass Hwy, Burnie TAS 7320, Australia
To purchase locally made paper items, whiskeys, wines, and cheeses, look no further than the Makers’ Workshop in Burnie. This history museum–cum–art center won a Tasmanian Architecture Award in 2010 for its iridescent glass...
Lyell Hwy, Franklin- Gordon TAS 7001, Australia
A region of dramatic mountain peaks, ancient rain forest, deep river valleys, and spectacular gorges, this park is most famous for the pristine rivers that twist their way through the wilderness. The Franklin River itself has become synonymous...
Parsonage Point, Parklands TAS 7320, Australia
From September to March, every evening around dusk, little (fairy) penguins noisily waddle around Parsonage Point on the western end of West Beach in Burnie to nest in their igloolike burrows. And each evening during the season, volunteers...
257 Richmond Rd, Cambridge TAS 7170, Australia
In 1992, Bill Lark opened the first new Australian distillery in 150 years, pioneering a now thriving Tasmanian industry that boasts more than 10 producers of single-malt whiskey islandwide. Most are concentrated in the south, and Tasmanian Whisky...