Small but mighty, Tasmania is the little piece of Australia we sometimes forget about, quietly tucked away behind Victoria in the country’s south. Separated by the waters of the Bass Strait, Tasmania is 240 kilometers south of the Australian mainland and covers an area of 68,041 square kilometres. Fondly known as the Apple Isle or “Tassie” by many Australians, Tasmania is an unspoilt island of reserves, national parks, a vast selection of delicious gourmet local produce and a thriving arts culture, an ideal getaway for those looking to get back in touch with Mother Nature.
Named after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman who reported sighting the island in 1642, Tasmania is home to approximately 507,626 people, almost half of which reside in the greater precinct of Tasmania’s capital city, Hobart. Situated in the pathway of the notorious “roaring forties” winds, Tasmania sometimes feels like it might blow further away from the mainland, with a cool crisp climate for most of the year. Winter generally brings with it a period of rain and snow, with spring sea breezes making it the windiest time of year. This cool climate however, makes Tasmania an ideal outdoor destination for skiing, hiking, climbing and exploring amongst some of Australia’s most picturesque landscapes, breathing in some of the world’s cleanest air.
Whether you enjoy a day’s worth of outdoor hiking or relaxing with a trip to an eco friendly day spa, Tasmania has activities to cater for all ages and all holiday types. Discover the breathtaking turquoise waters of Wineglass Bay in the pink granite mountains peninsula of Freycinet National Park and tackle the heights of the glorious Cradle Mountain, embracing the best of Tasmania’s unique natural flora and fauna. Take off on one of Tasmania’s famous food trails and enjoy a splendor of gourmet cheeses, berries, fruits and seafood, accompanied by boutique wine and beer.
A holiday not to be hurried, Tasmania’s regions may be close in proximity but diversify amongst themselves, from the lush serenity of rainforest valleys to Hobart’s pocket sized metropolitan hub. Discover the secrets this little gem of Australia has to offer and spend a few weeks kicking back, enjoying a huge selection of everything the modest Tasmania has to offer.
What to do in Tasmania
Here you will experience the best of what Tasmania has on offer, with a list of the top 15 destinations, attractions and activities every visitor should see, do and explore for themselves.