Tasmania is unique in being the only island state of Australia. And with it’s magnificent natural beauty, vast national parks and wilderness areas, unique history, first world economy, modern hotels and vibrant culture, Tasmania is a truly captivating and exciting travel destination, and you will have great fun planning your Tasmania travel.
Around one fifth of Tasmania is officially recognised as wilderness by UNESCO under its World Heritage Convention. If you travel to Tasmania, you will be able to understand why!
Launceston and Tamar Region
Launceston is a charming mixture of old and modern. Walk the walk on the boardwalk. From ambient waterside cafes to fine cuisine at fine restaurants, the choice is yours. Visit Boag’s brewery. Travel to the Tamar Valley for the famous wine experience and enjoy the vineyards’ welcome. Or relax with a round of golf at the world standard Barnbougle Dunes golf course. Don’t miss the nearby historic villages. Visit Cataract Gorge Reserve, where you can walk from Launceston along the Tamar river into the gorge all in just 15 minutes. Walk along the cliff face path and visit the South Esk River. Visit the Cliff Grounds, a Victorian garden. Stroll across the footbridge and gaze at the swirling water below, or try the chairlift.
The North West and King Island
The North West region is beautiful, wild nature at its best. Visit the Tarkine, Australia’s largest temperate rainforest, and enjoy the pure fresh air and marvel at the gigantic eucalypt forests. The Tarkine is 447,000 hectares (1.4m acres) of superb wilderness, giant sand dunes, rugged mountains and spectacular river gorges. Explore the caves near the coast and discover Aboriginal rock carvings. Travel to the rugged Pieman river and admire its natural splendour. Climb the Nut (a huge volcanic outcrop, pictured below) and gaze out at the vastness of Bass Strait. Visit local farms and sample the produce, travel to seaside villages, or visit Hellyers Road Distillery to find out about their single malts. Visit Narawntapu National Park to see Forester Kangaroos, wombats (and maybe even see a Tasmanian devil). Travel off shore to King Island, famous for its wildlife, beautiful beaches, gourmet food, cheese and cream. Learn about its remarkable maritime past at the Historical Society Museum. See relics from some of the countless ships wrecked in Bass Strait. Or see the amazing ancient calcified forest believed to be 7000 years old.
Go back in time and travel to the pristine wilderness and magnificent beauty of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. Marvel at the untouched splendour of this unbelievable place on earth. Walk beside the stark and beautiful coastline. Hike deep into the green mystery of a huge natural rainforest and let the greenness surround you. Enjoy the fresh and pure air, so invigorating to your soul. Go rafting on the powerful and majestic Franklin River. Remember your climbing boots and climb some of the peaks in the rugged Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park, the views are a great reward. (Picture, far left above ‘History’.) Take a cruise on Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia. Or try a ride on a wilderness railway, all the while learning about the history of this unique corner of the world. Tasmania’s west wilderness is truly one of the most remarkable, purest and untouched areas in the world, and a prized destination for the adventurous and discerning traveller. Travel Bookings and Info
For more detailed information about beautiful Tasmania and to find out more about travel, flight and hotel bookings, visit Tourism Tasmania’s website DiscoverTasmania.com .
For information about ferry services between Melbourne and Devonport (including vehicles), visit SpiritOfTasmania.com.au