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At the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, we recognise that each visitor to Tasmania has different interests and requirements. We take pride in helping you to make the right choices, so that your Tasmanian holiday is tailored to you. Our personalised service is one reason why we have been awarded the Best Visitor Information Centre in Tasmania.
Contact us with your travel dates, where you’ll be visiting and what you’re interested in, and we’ll send you our recommendations. We’ve also put together a few suggestions of what to do when you’re travelling around Tasmania.
A great way to get an introduction to Hobart city is to join a tour. There are several options available including bus tours, river cruises, walking tours, cycling tours, and scenic flights. You can browse what tours are available on the “What To Do” page.
A lovely 35–40 minute drive from Hobart will take you to the top of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, one of Tasmania’s most well known landmarks. On a clear day you can enjoy the breathtaking view over Hobart and southern Tasmania.
Another popular “must do” in Hobart is the famous Salamanca Market, a popular open-air market with Tasmania’s largest single showcase of Tasmanian hand-crafted and artisan products. The Salamanca Market is on every Saturday from 8.30 am – 3p m at Salamanca Place, on Hobart’s waterfront. Find out more here.
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The Convict Trail
The famous Port Arthur Historic Site is located only 1.5 hours direct drive from Hobart, and is well worth a visit. You can tour the historic site, enjoy lunch at the cafe, or if you’re feeling brave, take part in a night-time ghost tour.
While travelling to Port Arthur, be sure to check out some of the great stops located on the way! Richmond is 25 minutes from Hobart and is known for having Australia’s Oldest Catholic Church, Australia’s Oldest Gaol and Australia’s Oldest Convict Built Bridge. This area boasts many other attractions and historic sites and is also home to significant wineries.
Eaglehawk Neck is another great stop. There are a number of short walks departing from the look-out car park that offer spectacular coastal views of Tasmania’s East Coast.
Travelling south from Hobart to the Huon region makes a great day trip. There are numerous attractions to visit along the way, including museums, wineries, cheeseries, fishing spots, beautiful restaurants, gardens, walking tracks, hang gliding, cruises, and jet boat rides.
Stop at Willie Smiths Apple Shed, a ciderhouse, providore and apple museum in Grove 35 minutes south of Huonville for lunch and a taste of Tasmania’s only organic alcoholic cider. Just 1.5 hours drive from Hobart will bring you to the well known Tahune Airwalk, where you can view the majesty of Tasmania’s native forests, and further south you will find the popular Hasting Caves and Thermal Springs Pool.
Mount Field National Park
Mount Field National Park is located 1.5 hours drive from Hobart. Here you can enjoy walks throughout the national park. Our favourite is the walk to the spectacular Russell Falls.
Once again there are plenty of stops to be made along the way including the Salmon Ponds, museums, mills, whisky distilleries, old homesteads and more, all the while taking in the beautiful scenery.
Tasmania’s East Coast
Only 1.5 hours drive from Hobart will bring you to the township of Triabunna. Here you can take the passenger ferry across to Maria Island. Maria Island is a National Park, where you can enjoy spectaculars walks or even enjoy a stunning cruise around the island.
Further up the coast you will find Swansea, a lovely seaside township offering many attractions including a bark mill and museums. North of Swansea is the beautiful town of Bicheno, famous for its Penguin Tours departing nightly. There are also spectacular beaches and walks in National Parks close to this area.
Turning off the main road between Bicheno and Swansea you will find the world famous Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Wineglass Bay has been voted as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the World, and if you get a chance to see it from the Wineglass Bay lookout, you’ll see why.
There are many other things to see and do along the East Coast including scenic cruises, 4WD tours, kayaking, scenic flights, oyster farm tours, wine tastings and numerous walks throughout the National Park and surrounding areas.
Heading north out of Hobart towards Launceston, you could take a day trip up into the Heritage Highway region. Here you will discover a multitude of historical villages offering beautiful attractions including historic homesteads and buildings, convict built bridges, National Trust properties, wool centres, heritage museums, colonial sandstone buildings, antique shops and more.
If you are a keen golfer, the town of Bothwell might pique your interest. Bothwell is home to the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere. Here grazing sheep keep the fairways short, and fences protect the sacred greens. Close to the golf course you will also find the Australasian Golf Museum, which tells the story of how golf evolved from a crude game played by a handful of villages in Scotland, to an international game and Australia’s most popular participation sport.
Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania, and the largest in Tasmania’s north.
The riverside city is located at the head of the famous Tamar Valley, and is surrounded by natural attractions, such as the Cataract Gorge Reserve and beautiful parks and gardens.
Check out the Queen Victoria museum, take a chairlift over the Cataract Gorge, or visit one of the many great restaurants popping up in Launceston. The Tamar Valley is also home to many great food producers and wineries, including the award winning Josef Chromy wines.
North West Tasmania
Tasmania’s North West is home to beautiful scenery, World Heritage listed wilderness, and Devonport and Burnie, our second and third largest cities.
While in North West Tasmania, make sure to visit the stunning Cradle Mountain. One of Tasmania’s most iconic landmarks, there is much to do in the Cradle Mountain area. Throw yourself down canyons, go on a night-time Tasmanian devil feeding tour, or trek the famous Overland Track.
If you’re a foodie, eat your way through North West Tasmania with the Cradle Coast Tasting Trail. The trail has a website and app, designed to help travellers find where to eat and drink during their journey. Find out more here.
If you have time, try to make it to the tip of Tasmania to the township of Stanley. An old fishing village, Stanley is home to great, fresh seafood such as the southern rock lobster (more commonly known as crayfish) and The Nut, an extinct volcanic plug. You can walk to the top of The Nut, or take the chairlift for the scenic route. The view from the top is amazing.
Tasmania’s West Coast
The West Coast, home to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, offers unique scenery, fascinating history and great seafood.
Strahan, a picturesque fishing village on the West Coast is popular with tourists and locals alike. You can take a cruise up the Gordon River into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, stopping off at Sarah Island, which holds the ruins of an old convict settlement. If you’re interested in theatre check out Australia’s longest running play, “The Ship That Never Was”, a humorous tale of an escape from the Sarah Island convict settlement. Other attractions include great walks, the Henty Dunes, historical attractions, and a working fishing port.
In the old mining town of Queenstown you can investigate the history of Tasmania’s mining past, visit the Queenstown Galley Museum, go rafting on the King River, or hop on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
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