Tasmania has something to offer everyone – and a holiday to Australia’s southernmost state is sure to be a memorable experience.
Whether you are a food lover, a shopaholic, a history buff, an outdoor enthusiast or you like to take a walk on the wild side with adventure sports and activities, you’ll find plenty to see and do here.
Before you set off on your Tasmanian getaway, you’ll want to carefully plan a trip based on your interests – you’re certain to have a brilliant time wherever you go!
Shop and dine in Tasmania’s welcoming cities.
Be it simple and good or gourmet and extraordinary you won’t be disappointed with the delicious epicurean offerings available in Tasmania.
Hobart’s Salamanca Place is a great destination if you’re looking to linger over a leisurely breakfast, while a self-guided tour of Launceston’s historic pubs could be a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon. Kick back with a view overlooking a stunning coastline, a relaxing garden, a river harbour, or a mountain vista.
Likewise, a range of fine dining options can be found at many of our regional wineries – and you may even choose to sample some locally-produced reds, whites and fine sparklings during your stay.
Shoppers will also find plenty of fascinating wares to browse during your visit – Tasmania is known for its fine wool garments, incredible works of art inspired by diverse landscapes and a wide selection of full-flavoured cheeses.
You’ll also find lovely local markets to browse in throughout the state, from the famous bustling Salamanca market in Hobart to weekly local fairs and farmers markets.
Take a walk on the wild side with outdoor adventures in Tasmania.
If you like to have a bit of adventure on your holidays, you’ll find no shortage of exciting and adrenaline-pumping activities to enjoy in Tasmania.
Whether you’re keen to experience the challenge of whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, mountain biking, diving or many other action activities, you’ll find plenty to choose from.
Tasmania’s geology sets the perfect stage for adventure – and its compact size means you have the opportunity to try more than one action-packed activity during your trip and they are not hours and hours apart.
One experience you may wish to investigate is exploring the fascinating limestone caves at Mole Creek Karst National Park and Gunns Plains – here you’ll find Marakoopa Cave, which offers the largest glow-worm display in the country.
Tasmania’s fluted cliffs and coastal stacks are for the extreme adventurer where you can climb without worrying about being in a crowd. As Australia’s most mountainous state, Tasmania has peaks to challenge everyone from beginners to experienced climbers. If you would rather look, you can take an adventure cruise from Bruny Island and Tasman Peninsula.
While Mount Ossa – the state’s highest peak at 1,617 metres – and Cradle Mountain are often the first climbing sites that spring to mind, Frenchman’s Cap in Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park or the fascinating dolerite stacks known as the Totem Pole and the Candlestick in the Tasman National Park are well worth visiting and conquering.
Get back to nature in Tasmania’s great outdoors.
You don’t need to be an extreme sports enthusiast to make the most of your time in Tasmania’s great outdoors – in fact, the tranquility of our vast wilderness areas is one of its main appeals. Silent, alone, invigorating.
An estimated 40 per cent of the island is protected as national reserves and parks and you’ll find it is one of the most unspoiled places to trek and camp in all of Australia.
Camping is a great way to get a firsthand experience of Tasmania’s incredible natural scenery and you’ll have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to finding the perfect location.
Tasmania is also a brilliant place to enjoy a day on the water. The state is home to one of the world’s last great wild fisheries and after obtaining a licence you’ll find plenty of locations to test your skill.
Whether you want to cast your line on a remote beach, try your hand at fly fishing with an experienced guide on a scenic lake or test your strength and luck with an challenging day of game fishing in the Southern Ocean, Tasmania has an experience on the water to suit anglers of all abilities.
Water also means surfing, and we have breaks in bundles – famous regatta beaches such as Clifton and Marrawah, or punishing awe inspiring waves at Shipsterns Bluff; not recommended for anyone but the most experienced practitioner.
And awe inspiring is the only word for diving or snorkeling in our clear waters. You can even see fish you won’t see anywhere else just 20 minutes from the Hobart Docks! Yes, our wilderness is also very accessible.