Famous towns, wilderness areas listed as World Heritage areas, immaculate beaches, jagged coastline, stunning mountains, hiking, wildlife and a remarkable food and wine industry that will make your taste buds burst.
We went off on an adventure in Tasmania, riding on the Spirit of Tasmania car ferry and drove around the island for a month. Doing a road trip is the best way to explore the island. Simply fly over and get a rental car if you don’t take your own car with you.
You also come over for a weekend escapade and just visit Hobart or Launceston. But then again, you will miss out on the best parts of Tasmania. So we recommend to give Tassie a short staycation for about a week or three to get to know as many of the places below as possible.
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One of Australia’s oldest cities, Hobart is delightful, appealing, walkable, with lots to do in and around the area. We spent 6 days here. The 19th Century sandstone warehouses now serve as commercial spots like cafes, restaurants and artists’ studios. Quaint cottages and colonial mansions are all over the small city.
On top of that, there is the backdrop of Mount Wellington rising above the city and the River Derwent race through its heart. Get a dash of history by exploring around the historic harbor, Battery Point, and Salamanca. And of course, there is the incredible MONA museum. Compared to 2017, in 2018 the value of property in Hobart rose by a whopping 12 percent, so this city is doing something right. If you are considering investing here, you can talk to an investment property advisor. Being a relaxed city, Hobart is an excellent place to escape the noise of other Australian cities or even retire. Seek property investment advice if you happen to fall in love with this beautiful city.
Another historical town in Tassie within easy reach of Hobart (25km north east) is Richmond. In this town you will need to spend a few hours wandering around the famous sites. We took a leisurely walk along the river before tasting the local cuisine at the Richmond Arms Hotel, followed by coffee and cake at the famous bakery.
Australia’s oldest bridge (built in 1825) and Australia’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, St John’s are both found in Richmond. Just take a stroll around town looking at the numerous heritage-listed buildings or you can also check out the Richmond Gaol.
Port Arthur is where you’ll find it in spades if you are looking for history, drama, beauty and sadness. As a penal colony for some of Australia’s hardened convicts, Port Arthur has a violent and troubled history. If you’re based in Hobart, visiting Port Arthur is one of the best things to do in Tassie and it’s accessible via a day trip. Make sure not to miss the Doo-Lishus food truck for some yummy food on the go at nearby Eaglehawk Neck for the best fish and chips in Tasmania, plus homemade scallop, rabbit, and venison pies.
Beautifully rocky with towering sea cliffs and deep sea caves, this island is home to fur seals, fairy penguins, an profusion of bird life. If you’re visiting in the right season, the chance to see traveling whales. Spectacular and endless views of the red and pink granite peaks known as The Hazards can be seen from Coles Bay.
Coles Bay is mostly known as the gateway to Freycinet National Park (our favourite place in Tasmania). Not far away is the Honeymoon Bay, which is known to be brilliant and a great place to enjoy kayaking. We recommend staying over for a week to explore Freycinet and all its walks.
Freycinet, one of our top three in our list of 25 National Parks in Australia to set foot in, is stunning. This peninsular is made up of pure white beaches, pink granite mountains, coastal dues and dry eucalyptus forest. Freycinet is home to some fantastic luxury resorts if you want to stay for an extended period of time. Be sure to check yourself into a day spa for the ultimate relaxation experience.
This is where the famous Wineglass Bay can be found. It is a beach consistently rated as one of the world’s best. The Hazard mountains, with its three pink granite peaks rise dramatically, protecting the bay from the infiltration of humanity.
You can find the Bay of Fires on the north-east coast of Tasmania. It is a region of sparkling blue water, immaculate white beaches, and amazing rock formations (orange-hued granite) in which the color is produced by a lichen. It is considered as one of the most stunning places in Tasmania. And we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.
Bay of Fires is two and a half hours drive from Launceston, or you can start off from St Helens or Binalong Bay.
Binalong Bay is a small coastal town located at the southern end of the Bay of Fires.
Be sure to hit up the Binalong Bay Cafe after taking pictures of the Bay of Fires and playing on the beach at Binalong for great coffee and delicious desserts, complete with an awesome view of the beach.
We only stopped for lunch in Bicheno and regretted that we did not stay for the night. The beach is a enjoyable surprise, just beautiful, as is the coastal walk around to the jagged headland overlooking the bay.
Tourists and retirees flock in this popular fishing port for its gentle climate and sunny weather. It is also home to a fairy penguin colony.
A decent half to full day of driving is needed to get to Strahan on the west coast of Tassie (depending on where you’re coming from) but it’s definitely worth the trouble.
Strahan is a small port town with one of the magnificent sunsets we have ever seen anywhere. We started our cruise from there down the famous World Heritage Gordon River, one of the highlights of our month in Tassie.