The enchanting island of Tasmania, a captivating island state located off the southern coast of Australia, has a rich history that dates back thousands of years. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Palawa people, it was later came upon by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642. When the British settled the island in the early 19th century, its name, Tasmania, was adopted.
With its pristine wilderness, world-class culinary scene, and intriguing history, Tasmania provides the ultimate destination for travellers seeking adventure, indulgence, and cultural immersion.
Where to stay
Saffire Freycinet Saffire Freycinet is a luxury coastal sanctuary in the heart of the Freycinet National Park. This stunning retreat offers unparalleled views of the Hazards Mountains and Wineglass Bay, and guests can indulge in a range of unique experiences, including wildlife encounters and private winery tours.
Nestled within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Pumphouse Point is an eco-friendly retreat boasting picturesque views of Lake St. Clair. The property offers an array of stylish accommodations, from the historic Pumphouse to the modern Shorehouse, ensuring every guest finds their perfect sanctuary.
For a taste of Tasmania’s rich history, stay at the MACq 01 Hotel in Hobart. This luxury waterfront hotel blends contemporary design with fascinating storytelling, offering guests an immersive experience that showcases Tasmania’s unique character.
What to do
St Clair National Park is home to iconic Cradle Mountain, ancient rainforests, and the breathtaking Dove Lake. Take a guided hike through the park or embark on the world-famous Overland Track for a true wilderness adventure. Arthur Historic Site provides a haunting glimpse into Tasmania’s convict past. The well-preserved ruins of this former penal colony serve as a poignant reminder of Australia’s early history. Join a guided tour to learn about the harrowing stories of those who lived and died here. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a must-visit for any art enthusiast. This privately owned museum showcases an eclectic collection of contemporary and ancient art housed within a unique architectural marvel on the banks of the River Derwent.
Food & drink
Feast on Fresh Seafood at Mures Mures in Hobart’s Constitution Dock offers an authentic taste of Tasmania’s ocean bounty. From freshly caught fish and chips to succulent oysters, Mures is the perfect spot to indulge in some of the island’s finest seafood. The Agrarian Kitchen is a paddock-to-plate cooking school and eatery set within a historic asylum in New Norfolk. Offering a range of hands-on cooking classes and a seasonally inspired menu, visitors can learn about and savour the incredible local produce that Tasmania has to offer. The Tamar Valley is one of Australia’s premier wine regions, with over 30 wineries to explore. Sample award-winning wines, including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding vineyards and countryside. Find out more.
How to get around
Hiring a car is the best way to explore Tasmania at your own pace, allowing you to stop and admire the stunning scenery whenever you please. Major car rentals companies, such as Hertz and Avis, operate in Tasmania, with pick-up points at Hobart and Launceston airports. Tasmania’s public transport network, operated by Metro Tasmania, provides bus services connecting major towns and cities. While less comprehensive than a private vehicle, public transport is affordable and environmentally friendly for getting around the island.
For those who prefer to sit back and relax, numerous tour operators offer guided experiences throughout Tasmania. From wildlife adventures to winery tours, there’s something to suit every interest. Par Avion even provides scenic flights for a bird’s-eye view of the island’s breathtaking landscapes.
When to visit
Summer is the most popular time to visit Tasmania, with warm temperatures and long daylight hours, ideal for outdoor activities. This season also brings a variety of festivals and events, including Taste of Tasmania and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Autumn in Tasmania is a stunning sight, with vibrant foliage transforming the landscape. The cooler weather provides comfortable conditions for hiking and exploring while the Tamar Valley Wine Festival showcases the region’s best wines.
Winter may be chilly, but it’s an enchanting time to visit Tasmania, with snow-capped mountains and roaring fires in cosy pubs. Cradle Mountain is a popular destination for winter sports, while the Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart celebrates the winter solstice.
Spring is a time of renewal in Tasmania, with wildflowers blooming and wildlife emerging from winter slumber. The milder temperatures and fewer crowds make it an ideal time for hiking and exploring the island’s natural beauty.
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Main image: Launceston in Tasmania by Kevin, Adobe Stock