For me, Tasmania is all about nature. Sure, it’s a bit barren compared to lush Queensland, but the nature is dramatic and impressive. Expect to see some pretty darn high trees, deep valleys and beautiful beaches.
If you’re going over a holiday, make sure you plan and book your trip in advance. I know this from experience. We were heading there over Christmas last year and only after three days of intense emailing and calling did we find a couple of sad-looking cars to take us around the island. We even had to change our flights to suit the dates the cars were available. And you really should hire a car. One of upsides of Tassie is that everything is fairly close and you’ll quite easily get around to see several different things.
You all know Hobart right? This town is both quaint and cute and perfect for a laid-back weekend.
This is the place to be. I read somewhere that about 92% of all tourists head on over here, and I’m not surprised why. It’s a Hobart institution that is required by every and all visitors to the town. Make your way down there on a Saturday morning, wander the stalls, have a bite and get a better feel for Hobart.
|41 Salamanca Pl, Hobart, TAS 7001
Saturdays 8am – 3pm
Museum of Old and New Art (Mona)
I like art, I do, but I rarely go to art museums. I don’t know why though, because whenever I do, I like it. Anyway, every single person I talked to before my first Tasmania trip said that I had to go to Mona. Words like amazing kept being used and I got a bit excited, although I never thought an art museum would blow me away like everyone said. Well I was wrong. You have to go here, even if you’re not an art museum person. It’s like a museum you’ve never been before, and is filled with interesting, engaging, weird and odd pieces. Like this car above, which was driven into this spot when the museum opened.
|655 Main Road, Berriedale, Hobart, Tasmania 7011
(03) 6277 9900
Wed-Mon / 10am – 6pm
Tue / Closed
As Tasmania is all about nature, hiking is a must. Again, if you’re heading here over a holiday, make sure you book your camping a long time in advance, as they tend to get full. And if you happen to be in Tasmania and a camping already is full, check if you can park in front and pay to use their facilities. It might not be that amazing to sleep in the car, but at least you’ll get a shower in the morning.
It’s not hard to understand why this place is very popular amongst hikers on Tasmania as it’s where the alpine nature meets the rainforest. Come on, that sounds cool right? You’ll feel like you’re part of a magnificent painting. Beware of swimming though, as the glacial lakes should hint how cold it is. Cradle Mountain is also the start of the Overland Track which, according to Sandra, a must.
Lake St Clair
Lake St Clair is not that far from Cradle Mountain and is the deepest lake in Australia. Yep, deepest! It took several glaciers over the last two million years to carve it out, so it really is a wonder of nature. This lake is also the end point of the Overland Track.
It’s an incredibly pretty lake where you can take a swim and pretend you’re a seal. If you’re not that keen on swimming, there are plenty of walks around the lake, from shorter ones to overnight bushwalks.
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet national park is a place I want to go back to and spend way longer time in. This is where you’ll find the infamous Wineglass Bay. The hike to there (about an hour either way) is all downhill through a lush forest. Once up there is a lookout. This is where all those Instagram posts from Wineglass Bay comes from. It’s beautiful but maybe a bit crowded. Continue onwards. The track is uneven, but there will be significantly fewer people here than on the track to the lookout. It’s worth it because once at the bottom you’ll get to walk in the white sand of the bay and maybe even have a dip in that turquoise water. Although be warned – it’s not that warm.
Wineglass Bay isn’t all there is to Freycinet. There are plenty longer walks for a more experienced hiker, as well as other beaches to hang out on. We recommend heading to Friendly Beaches, near Wineglass Bay, which is great for some beach hangout, without the crowds of Wineglass.
Mt Field Park
This is the national park closest to Hobart. Only an hour or so in the car away, this little park will be perfect for all you people who is only on Tasmania for a short amount of time. The nature is varied and be prepared to walk through swamp gum forests to massive (massive!) tree ferns as well as some of the tallest and most impressive trees I have ever seen.
There are two sections in this park. The first one is perfect for non-experienced hikers where you can slowly stroll on nicely prepared paths to the famous Russell Falls, as seen above. This is where I sent my parents on their Tassie trip, because it’s such a great introduction to Tasmanian nature, without being overly hard to hike. The second section is further up the mountain, around Lake Dobson. They even have skiing areas up there! I can’t say much for that though, I stay as far away from snow as I possibly can.