Tasmania is a great place to visit. Tasmanians have a deep sense of connection to nature, which comes from the wilderness only being arm’s length away at all times. Being a small location, you can be on the other side by night. This allows travellers to potentially travel the whole island in one visit.
In this blog I’ve listed 8 things to do while you’re in Tasmania, including the tourist host spots and even a local “secret ” at the end.
1) MONA, Berriedale
Every Tasmanian has been to MONA, The Museum of Old and New Art. This place is the life and blood of the community. With a range of events, there’s always something on. Located in Berriedale, it’s a 25 minute drive from Hobart, however, I recommend taking the Mona Roma Ferry from Hobart to the museum.
If you get a bit peckish while at the site a few different options are available. The wine bar and cafe is a great spot for a casual meal, or there’s a high class dining area sitting above the museum.
2) Wineglass Bay, Freycinet Peninsula
Personally I love Wineglass Bay and have camped around this beautiful beach a few times. I would highly recommend the Wineglass bay tours. However, if you would prefer to see the area from above, why not do the 2 hour walk hazards to get the high ground over the bay.
3) Bay Of Fires, Northeastern coast
The Bay of Fires has been called the second best beach in the world and the hottest tourist destination in Australia! The beach showcases white beaches, sparkling water and huge pieces of orange granite littering the beach.
The beach also offers a great camping, fishing, boating, bird watching, swimming and surfing location.
4) Iron Pot Cruises
The Iron Pot cruise leaves from Hobart’s waterfront which is just near some great cafes and restaurants. You will then start a 2¹/₂ hour cruise where you experience the waterways of Hobart. You’ll tour around Battery Point, the casino, the shot tower and capture the water view of Mount Wellington. If you have a bit of luck on your side, you might even run into some seals, dolphins or whales if you’re really lucky.
Being one of the best cruises in Tas you would be foolish not to add this to the 8 things you do in Tasmania.
5) Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula
A former prison colony started in 1830 it quickly became crucial for ship building and an industrial area for Tasmania. Now, the site is a tourist attraction where you can do some ghost walks, explore the prison and learn about why Australia has strong gun laws.
6) Tahune air walk
Going on the Tahune Air Walk you will be able to see the power of nature at its fullest, you’ll be able to see the beauty in some areas but also the destruction that forest first can bring to a land. If you are feeling adventurous, you could also do the hang glider or kayak down the river if water levels permit.
Camping is also available for $10 per night if you need to spend more time at this wonderful place.
7) Pooley’s Wine, Richmond
Pooley’s Wine is a world class vineyard so if you feel like meeting some great people while tasting great wine then why not stop off at the sleepy town of Richmond. Just make sure you visit the Richmond lollie shop as this is a tassy classic afterwards.
8) Disappearing Tarn, Kunanyi / Mount Wellington
This is a local favourite, it’s close to Hobart and makes a beautiful photo shoot scene as the water is aquatic turquoise in colour. However you must act quick as the tarn will only hold water after heavy rainfall around the city. Also you should be prepared for a harsh awakening if you do decide to get in the water as it often sits around ~4 degrees.
Due to the rarity of the Tarn you should defiantly put it on your list 8 things to did in Tasmania if you get the chance.
This blog was written by Tom. Tom grew up in Hobart, Tasmania, but is currently studying a bachelors of international business on the Gold Coast.