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Tasmania’s Essentials List – What You Must Not Miss

The nation’s smallest state has the most to offer by pairing opulence with the best of Australian wildlife.

As interstate travel is the current future of travel for Australians when borders open, this is a curated, must-see list of travelling in Tasmania.

Tasmania can be visited year round, with temperate summers and cold snowy winters. 

A necessity for travelling Tasmania is a car, as the state has limited public transport and many beautiful sights are best accessed by car.

Cars can either be driven into the state via ferry or hired at the airport. If flying, it is best to fly into one of the state’s cities Hobart or Launceston, as they have the best accessibility.

Here’s our dreamy, luxe list of where to visit in Tasmania.

Island Exploring

Bruny Island, just a short drive from Hobart, is the centre of local produce and the best place to spend  day exploring.

After driving to the island via a quick ferry ride, a mini road trip around the island will showcase some of Tasmania’s finest produce.

Cheese, oysters, honey and beer are a few of the products made on the island and ready to be tasted. 

couple sitting on steps at Bruny Island Tasmania
Bruny Island peninsula
Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Bruny Island Cheese Co.

Historic Fix

In Launceston there’s plenty to see, and is 140 minutes drive from Hobart. The Cataract Gorge has the world’s longest single span chairlift, a suspension bridge, swimming pools, panoramic views and one of the world’s first hydroelectric power stations. This is a great spot for a gorgeous picnic, there’s even regal peacocks roaming around.

Sites such as Port Arthur, Cascade Brewery and Battery Point offer insights into the colonial past of Tasmania and include convict built establishments.

cascade brewery in Hobart, Tasmania
Cascade brewery in Hobart

Art

A trip to Tasmania would not be complete without a visit to MONA. The Museum of Old and New Art (more commonly known as MONA) is one of the most interesting art galleries in the world. 

It was created by David Walsh, a controversial character who began buying art as a way to bring back the value of his gambling winnings. Soon enough, he had an incredibly impressive collection that he opened to the public in a wondrous feat of architecture. 

This gallery has art from every corner of the world, in every kind of form, from every century, and it will definitely be a surprising expereience. 

There is also world class food, so it is worth dedicating at least a whole day to this experience (shown in feature image). 

The winter festival is a plethora of food, culture, art and music; with people travelling from all over the world to take part. 

MONA
mona Tasmania art gallery interior
Discover art and food at MONA.

Natural Wonders

Tasmania has no shortage of stunning landscapes, ranging from alpine to rainforest. Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most iconic sights, boasting some of the best walks in the state.

Stay at the luxury Cradle Mountain Hotel and relax with fine dining before exploring a soft white wonderland in the winter and postcard perfect views year round.

There’s also plenty of friendly wallabies and wombats ready to get their photo taken.

Mount Amos is worth the climb, it offers sensational views of the famous white sand Wineglass Bay. After trekking to the top, a walk down to the beach offers a cool off swim in crystal clear water. 

Cradle mountain
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

The State’s Capital

Spend some time in Hobart taking in breathtaking views from Mount Wellington or perusing Salamanca’s markets and galleries, before finding a trendy bar for evening drinks.

Hobart is close to many places worth visiting, such as national parks, wineries and local produce. Spend the day at the Agrarian Kitchen for seasonal cooking classes and ‘paddock to plate’ five star food.

the agrarian kitchen in Tasmania
The agrarian kitchen

Luxe Hiking

There are multiple guided overnight walks throughout some of Tasmania’s most stunning national parks.

These walks are for everyone, with guides carrying the bulk of what is needed, before resting overnight in cabins (which are more like opulent hotel rooms) and enjoying delicious chef cooked meals from local produce.

Explore Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires, Three Capes, Wineglass Bay or Bruny Island with Tasmanian Walking Company

wineglass bay in Tasmania
Wineglass Bay
Three Capes walk cabin with a stunning view
Three Capes walk cabin with a stunning view.

Wine

Tour the state with a choice of five wine trails-just jump in the car and drive from one winery to the other. The trails can be travelled by region or by wine variety, but expect divine food, drink and views along the way.

vineyard in Tasmania

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