Wildlife, wine and history.
Tasmania is still a wild place. More than a fifth of the island is beautiful wilderness — celebrated as a World Heritage site and protected by the national park service. Tassie was settled by a rough assortment of convicts, miners and whalers who’ve left traces of their history at scenic sites around the island. To this day, locals insist that the place is it’s own and is actually a separate country. Today though, they do so while eating fine foods and sipping fantastic local wines.
Visitors can explore the forests, cliffs, mountains and white-sand bays. You can stay up late to track the Tasmanian devil by night in the wild. Head east to Freycinet National Park to Wineglass Bay where you can kayak, swim or scuba right off the sandy shore. Hike from one comfortable lodge to the next in Cradle Mountain — Lake St. Clair National Park. Or take a cruise along the stunning forest-clad cliffs of Bruny Island.
Staying in Hobart? Check out the vibrant market scene Saturdays in Salamanca Square. Stop at a cafe for a glass of terrific local cool-climate wine. Or run off to Port Arthur — a historic site from the colony’s rough and tumble origins.
Tasmania – Top Activities
Getting far off the beaten track to spot the Tasmanian devil in the wild
Taste cool climate wines
Learn the rich rough history of the area’s early colonies
Map of Australia
Courtesy of Tourism Australia. Click to view full-size map.