Tasmania is a beautiful island located to the south east of Australia. It is often ignored by foreign visitors on their rush to visit the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback and Sydney Harbour, but it has many places worthy of a visit during your Australian adventure. Here are some of my favourite…
(photo by Sharon Gourlay)
The capital of Tasmania is full of attractions both within the city and in its surrounds. My favourite attraction is the largest private museum in Australia, MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). This amazing museum is truly one of a kind and guaranteed to entertain and confront you with many images, sounds and smells. There are also many other attractions to visit from chocolate factories, breweries, historic sites and the famous Salamanca Market on Saturday mornings. A must see attraction is a trip to the top of Mt Wellington for glorious views all over Hobart.
2. Port Arthur
Port Arthur Historic Site is the best place to go to explore Australia’s convict past. This site is home to over 30 historic buildings, ruins and gardens. Entry includes a walking tour and a boat tour and the site and guides go out of their way to show you what it would have been like for a convict who was sent to Port Arthur in the 1800s, as well as information about how the free people lived at that time.
3. Tamar Valley
The Tamar Valley is home to many attractions. This is a great region to discover fantastic Tasmanian wine on the Tamar Valley Wine Route. In addition to this, the Tamar Valley is home to the Tasmanian Zoo, Seahorse World and the pretty village of Grindelwald – a slice of Switzerland. If you want some adventure, you can go cable hang gliding or visit Hollybank Treetop Adventures where you can take a zipline tour across the tree tops or a segway tour through the forest.
Strahan is located on the west coast of Tasmania surrounded by wilderness. If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to come. Strahan is a pretty little town with some great attractions. For train buffs, a steam train ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway is a must. There are also fabulous boat tours of the Gordan River with stops at the old penal settlement of Sarah Island with guided tours that explain some of Tasmania’s convict past.
(photo by Sharon Gourlay)
5. Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast is not only home to excellent hiking opportunities but Wineglass Bay, reputed to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This beach is not only stunning, but made all the more special by the fact that it is only accessible on foot and is not developed at all.
These are just some of the amazing places to visit on a Tasmanian holiday. While you are visiting, I suggest staying at the Sullivans Cove Apartments – Hobart. These executive apartments are well located, beautiful and furnished with everything that could possibly be needed on your Tasmanian adventure.