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The Very Best of Things to see and do in Tasmania

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If you haven’t been to Tasmania you should start planning a trip and do it. It really is one of Australia’s travel destination highlights.

The great benefit of travelling Tasmania is that everything is so close. You don’t have to drive far to reach another amazing location and therefore you can pack a lot into a short time.

With good planning you can see so much, regardless if you are flying in to Hobart or catching the Spirit of Tasmania and arriving by Ferry at Devonport.

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The North and East coasts are warmer, less windy and have a higher population concentration. The South West of Tasmania has a lot of winding mountain roads, steep inclines and slow travel. It is generally colder and more sparsely populated.

There are so many varied but fantastic places to stay and so many people travelling by different modes of transport. We saw a lot of people traveling by Motorbike around the island as well as cars, campervans and caravans.

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Tassie offers an incredible amount of unique and interesting things to see and do. You’re visit to the Apple Isle is guaranteed to be amazing. And the people are so friendly.

When planning to visit Tasmania, ensure each of these are included in your must see list. These are the Best of the Best.

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On top of Mount Wellington

The capital city of Tasmania is Hobart, located in the South East corner of the state. Hobart is protected from the regular windy conditions from the West by Mount Wellington which stands 1200m high. It snows at the top of Mount Wellington and is approx. 10 degrees cooler than at ground level. They say you take 1 degree off for each 100m you travel up the mountain. The views are endless taking in the Tasman Bridge, Derwent River, Bruny island and so much more.

The Tasman Bridge in Hobart is a vital part of their infrastructure as it links the city both sides of the Derwent river. The Bridges importance was tested in 1975 when a bulk carrier taking zinc ore up the river crashed into the bridge taking out the 18th and 19th pylons and segregating the city.

Sadly, 12 people died from this disaster.

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Drinks at Cascade brewery

When in Hobart also visit the Salamanca markets, open every Saturday and take an afternoon out to relax at the Cascade Brewery. Established in 1832, the Brewery survived a devastating fire of southern Tasmania in 1967 and with the help of locals, they were back brewing again within 3 months. Today it’s history is revealed through tours of the brewery and tasting of their fabulous range of Beers and Ciders.

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Hobart is also the home of MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. This is a fascinating look at the creative ideas and completions from artists with bursts of colour, imagination and thought provoking pieces of art. Catch the Mona Ferry from Hobart dock and cruise the Derwent River for a fantastic entrance.

Richmond Bridge is a historic bridge which is Heritage listed and just 25kms from Hobart. It is the oldest bridge still in operation in Australia. It has a very English feel and a beautiful park setting perfect for enjoying a picnic lunch. Take a walk through the old town where the buildings have so much character and the iconic pubs and local shops are fun to explore.

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If Cascade Brewery isn’t enough Cider for you, a visit to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed at Grove just outside of Hounville and just 30 minutes south of Hobart, is a perfect location. Visit the Museum and take a self guided tour through the history of Tasmania’s Apple industry through the eyes of the Smith family.

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The Narrow Neck, Bruny Island

While south of Hobart, now is the perfect time to take the 15 minute ferry from the town of Kettering to Bruny Island. The island is made up of 2 small islands linked by a narrow strip of land known as the Narrow Neck. It is here as day turns to night that Penguins come up the beach to their burrows after a day out feeding. During the day, go to the top and take in the incredible views from the lookout.

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Pennicott Adventure Cruises

Adventure Bay on Bruny Island is stunning and also where you can take the multi award winning Bruny Island Cruise with Pennicott Adventures. The Cruise takes you along the wild East coast of the island to take in caves, amazing natural sculptures of the cliffs and see big Fur Seals, wild dolphins and even Humpback Whales when in season.

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There is so much more to Bruny Island including Cape Bruny lighthouse, Bruny Cheese Co, Bruny Island Chocolate Factory, Bruny Island Berry Farm and Bruny Island Premium Wines. Spend at least a couple of nights on the island and you won’t be disappointed.

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Port Arthur

The East Coast of Tasmania is the gift that keeps on giving. Heading north from Hobart will take you to Port Arthur, a historic convict settlement site where you walk around the grounds and take tours while learning all about the convict history of Tasmania.

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Pennicott Adventures also offers a Tasman Island Cruise which is another great tour worth completing. Here you will also visit Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and Tasman Blowhole which are also ideally visited by land for another perspective.

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The Tassellated Pavement

Tassellated Pavement is a geological phenomenon you need to see before you enter Port Arthur. These are tiled rocks formed over millions of years of ocean and wind movement leaving indelible markings on the rocks resembling pavements.

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Friendly Beach (top) and Coles Bay in Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park is north of Port Arthur and no trip to Tasmania is complete without visiting this truly beautiful region with gorgeous beaches and fantastic walking tracks that will provide views that will leave you speechless. Friendly Beach is the first you will discover and it’s definitely worth seeing. Next is Coles Bay, a seaside holiday village offering stunning views over the mountains of the national park, crystal clear waters and a great base to explore the region.

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Wineglass Bay (top) and at Cape Tourville

Wineglass Bay is the pinnacle. A 30 minute hike up the mountain brings you to the lookout with breathtaking views of this gorgeous sheltered bay, a perfect boating haven. A further half hour walk will take you to the beach to absorb all its beauty. Of course, this means you have a 1 hour return trip back to the carpark or you can take a Wineglass Bay Cruise and visit in style.

A short drive from Wineglass Bay will take you to the Cape Tourville Lighthouse. From here you can witness the most incredible ocean views and look out over rolling mountains. You may see Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Birds in a feeding frenzy or ships as they pass on by.

Between Wineglass Bay and Cape Tourville is Sleepy Bay. Take the track for a short walk along the rugged coastline with views overlooking the Bay until you reach Sleepy Bay beach. Here you find big hollowed rocks to climb in, red algae covered rocks and clear ocean waters from the beach.

There’s so much to see and love about Freycinet National Park

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Ice Creams at the Pondering Frog

Just 400m from the turnoff to Freycinet National Park is The Pondering Frog, a fantastic little shop with the most amazing ice cream I’ve ever tasted. I had the Berry mix and it is to die for. Do yourself a favour and stop for a treat.

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Fishing at Spring Beach

Further north will bring you to the small town of Orford. Turn right and follow the beach just a further 5 minutes back south to our favourite beach in Tasmania, Spring Beach. The beach has the clearest water I’ve ever seen, you can see directly through the waves like they aren’t even there. With Maria Island as a backdrop and fantastic Salmon fishing from the beach, Spring Beach was easily our pick for the best beach.

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Bay of Fires

The top North East of the island offers the Bay of Fires, a series of spectacular beaches. Base yourself at Swimcart Beach and explore these magnificent beaches where red rocks make an amazing location to sit and absorb the views. The sunrises from Bay of Fires are truly exquisite. Drive north and discover some of Australia’s most stunning beaches.

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Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park

Heading West of Hobart brings you to the Mt Field National Park. There’s a range of walking trails however the most popular one is past the fallen trees and flowing waters to Russell Falls. These falls are a tiered drop from the streams above cascading down the hillside. Take the steps up and find Horseshoe Falls and a view of Russell Falls from above.

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The Wall in the Wilderness

Derwent Bridge is where The Wall in the Wilderness is located. Local Artist, Greg Duncan, features carved timber walls commemorating Tasmania and those who have played important roles within its history. This isn’t like anything you have seen before and photos inside the building are forbidden. You will have to go there and take a look for yourself.

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Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair is just 6kms from Derwent Bridge and is the southern end of Cradle Mountain. It is the deepest lake in Australia and the end of the infamous Overland Track, a 6-7 day trek starting at Cradle Mountain and challenging walkers to a week of a cold, mountainous path to a magnificent scenic lake.

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Travelling further west to the other side of the island is the small town of Strahan, mostly famous in recent history for the political battle fought over the Gordon River and the planned damming of the river. From Strahan the Gordon River Cruise takes you through the region to witness its beauty. The tour also takes you to Hells Gate, a rough and treacherous ocean entrance which has captured many boats and Sarah Island, where life was made unbearable for convicts when sent to the island for their transgressions.

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Launceston is located in the Central North of the island and is home of Boags Brewery, a perfect location for lunch and a beer. James Boag and his son, also named James, formed J. BOAGS AND CO in 1883. Boags provide tours of their brewery or you can have a walk through the museum for free. Boags Beer are well known for their creative marketing and intriguing commercials.

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Cataract Gorge, Launceston

Cataract Gorge is the highlight of Launceston. Walk the Gorge to find all it has to offer. We even came across a Seal sunning himself and scratching his back on a rock. The short walk into the Gorge brings you to a swing bridge, swimming pool, chair lift and cafes, all worth seeing and part of the fun.

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Penguins at night, Burnie

In Burnie ensure you go to the Penguin Observatory, a great opportunity to have guides give you lots of information about Penguins and help you to see them in their natural habitat. Arrive just before sunset and they will provide a talk about Penguins providing information about the different seasons and habits of the Fairy Penguin.

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Main street in Stanley

Stanley is in the North West and is a truly gorgeous little town where in 2014 the Hollywood movie The Light Between Oceans was filmed. Stanley is also best known for The Nut, a Volcanic Plug 143m high. You can walk to the top or take the chairlift for stunning 360 degree views.

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Tasmazia, The Village of Lower Crackpot

Heading to the centre of Tassie find the small township called Tasmazia and The Village of Lower Crackpot. A series of 8 mazes provides unique fun for children and adults. There are small villages and all sorts of quirky and funny things to see and read. The café also does the best pancakes you could ever hope to devour.

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Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek

Trowunna Wildlife Park is located at Mole Creek and is the best place to see Tasmanian Devils and learn all about them. Each day there’s shows featuring these cute and interesting endangered little animals and you can watch them being fed which is an experience in itself. But don’t miss Waddle the Wombat, the very friendly kangaroos, Echidna and the Wedge Tailed Eagles who sadly are no longer able to soar.

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Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain as a backdrop

In the Central Highlands sits Cradle Mountain, the start of the Overland Track and primary tourist location of Tasmania. Snow is often found on the tops of the mountain which sits at 1,545m high. A walk around the stunning Dove Lake provides various spectacular views with Cradle Mountain as its backdrop.

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Catching your own seafood in Tasmania is easier and better than anywhere else in Australia. Beach fishing provides great catches of Salmon, Mullet, Flathead and Whiting. From many jetty’s and piers a great feed of Squid can easily be caught and Oysters and Mussels are easily found on rocks around Tasmania. Even Crayfish can be easily caught close to the beach, check your compliance requirements before heading off to catch your dinner.

Have you been to Tassie?

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