Tasmania

Australia
Constitution Dock featuring a marina, a coastal town and boating

Pristine wilderness, glacial lakes, colonial streetscapes, convict heritage, renowned modern art and native creatures compete for your focus in this island state. 

Tasmania may be Australia’s smallest state, but its attractions are many: seafood fresh from the water, heritage architecture, rugged coastlines and remnants of colonial history.

Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, features creative culture, galleries, museums and unique markets. From Mount Wellington, high above the city, enjoy panoramic views over the Derwent River and rolling hills that give Hobart its natural beauty.

Enjoy the art and food culture of Hobart’s Salamanca Markets held amid 19th-century warehouses. Ferry to MONA for an unforgettable modern art experience. Wander through sub-Antarctic plants at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Finish your day with a tour and tasting at Cascades Brewery.

Explore Port Arthur’s penal colony. A guided tour reveals the harsh lives of prisoners once incarcerated here.

Stop in at enchanting eastern coastal towns for fresh seafood and stunning sunsets. Swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Bay of Fires, surrounded by boulders bright orange with lichen. Don’t miss secluded Freycinet Peninsula. Spend the day kayaking between white-sand beaches and enjoy fresh oysters and local wines at Coles Bay.

Go north to Tasmania’s second-largest city, Launceston. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery features the state’s cultural and natural history and colonial artists’ depictions of Tasmania’s wilderness. Meet the Tasmanian Devil at the Tasmania Zoo. Walk or ride the chairlift over the Esk River and rainforest at Cataract Gorge.

Take a daytrip to the Tamar Valley to tour lavender and strawberry farms and visit vineyards. Wander through formal gardens of 19th-century colonial English manors at Clarendon and Woolmers Estates. Glide among the treetops on a cable adventure or head to Ben Lomond National Park ski fields in winter for snow sports.

In the northwest, you’ll find Tasmania’s best walk, through the breathtaking mountain scenery, button grass fields and glacial lakes of Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park. Southwest is Strahan, a small port town. From here, take a boat tour to see the World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Popular cities in Tasmania

Hobart
Hobart
Explore the rich culture of this beautiful waterfront capital where the vibrant atmosphere belies the city’s harsh origins.

Reasons to visit

  • Salamanca Place
  • Salamanca Market
  • Constitution Dock
Launceston
Launceston
One of Australia’s oldest cities is well known for its heritage architecture, breweries and colonial art, as well as its proximity to the picturesque Tamar Valley.

Reasons to visit

  • Queen Victoria Art Gallery
  • City Park
  • Brisbane Street Mall
Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain
Enjoy Tasmania’s pristine wilderness and diverse forest and mountain ecosystems while hiking around glacial lakes and to snowcapped peaks. 

Reasons to visit

  • Cradle Mountain
  • Crater Lake
  • Dove Lake
Zeehan showing a lake or waterhole and mountains
West Coast

Reasons to visit

  • Nelson Falls
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Southwest

Reasons to visit

  • Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Devonport featuring a bay or harbour and boating
Devonport
Maritime history, beaches and a pretty riverside setting make this port town a pleasant spot to linger when touring Tasmania’s northwest coast.