The best things to do in Tasmania

Tasmania is the state that is often left off a lot of Aussie itineraries. Most Australian's that we know have never even visited. It's hard to imagine why because Tassie has something for everyone and it's very different to the rest of Australia. If you love making the most of the great outdoors, wildlife watching and great food then Tasmania is one state you don't want to miss. 

Here are a few of our must do Tasmanian experiences: 

 

Maria Island

If you are looking to get off the grid for a while, then Maria Island's a good place to start. This island off the East Coast has no electricity, no cars and the only signs of civilisation are the few old convict buildings.

In fact if you don't want to camp, the old penitentiary is the only place you can actually stay on the island. At $46.50 for two people per night, we think it's one of the best value accommodation options in all of Australia!

Within a 10 minute stroll from the ferry you'll see nothing but pristine wilderness, white sand beaches, mountains and wombats.... lots and lots of wombats...

It's also the home of one of our favourite day walks - Bishop and Clerk - the views from which are world class. 

 

 

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is the big ticket item in Tassie and you'll see why as soon as you arrive. Once you've driven up the meandering road, you notice the temperature dropping and you will soon find yourself up in the clouds.

From here it all feels quite wild; with stunning trails, beautiful lakes and of course the mountains. It can get quite busy, but once you're on the longer trails you can avoid virtually all of the crowds.

You are very likely to bump into some more cute wombats and - if you're lucky - some tasmanian devils. It's home to one of our favourite day walks in Tasmania: Dove Lake, wombat pool and Marion Lookout.

 

Where we stayed in Cradle Mountain - We loved Cradle Mountain Highlanders. These cottages are nice and secluded, built in the bush and have a wood fire and kitchen to make for the perfect cosy getaway.

 

Doing one of their many amazing day walks

The cooler climate makes Tassie the perfect place for hikers. In many places you'll think you have left Australia completely, surrounded by tarns, heather, moss and lush green landscapes.

There are so many amazing hikes to do, whether it's climbing mountains, finding waterfalls or checking out the stunning lookouts.

Our favourites include Bishop and Clerk, Maria Island, Dove Lake and Marion lookout circuit, Cradle Mountain. Mount Rufus, Lake Sinclair and Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park. 

 

Staying in an old Pumphouse in the middle of a lake

Despite being relatively new, the Pumphouse has become a Tassie icon. The conversion from an old pumphouse to boutique accommodation has been done beautifully and you can't beat the location; on the end of a pier in the middle of Lake St Clair. 

There's a pantry in each room filled with fresh Tassie produce, daily sourdough deliveries, an honesty bar and if you can bring yourself to leave the room, the communal dinners are a lot of fun.

Add to this the amazing views and you get a hotel that should be a tourist attraction in it's own right. Oh, and the lake also has a platypus that can be seen from your room.....

 

 

Hiking the Walls of Jerusalem

A trip to the Walls is not for the faint hearted, visiting requires a very long day walk or camping on the plateau. It's not known for it's weather and we experienced 2c in the height of summer.  

Those who do venture here will be rewarded with stunning scenery and very few others to share it with. 

The mountain plateau offers million dollar views of this rugged landscape and on a clear day if feels like you can see for miles and it's nothing but wilderness. 

If you want to visit, check out our blog all about what to expect.

 

 

Wineglass Bay

This is the iconic beach in Tasmania. Perfect white sand and turquoise water, backed by mountains. We'd seen pictures and were expecting it to be beautiful, the real surprise was the lack of people on the beach!

Anywhere else in the world this would be heaving. If you come early morning it is likely you won't see another soul. 

Don't miss the view from the lookout over the bay. It takes around 20 minutes from the car park and it's steep but you definitely won't regret it. Look out for the cute Bennett wallabies along the track, we saw several. 
 

If you're thinking of doing more walks in this area, check out this guide.

 

 

Taking in one of the stunning white sand beaches

There's quite a few to choose from but for an easy win we love Bicheno. Unlike Wineglass bay you can actually drive right to Bicheno, so if you're feeling lazy this is for you.

With sand so white it squeaks and clear calm water you could relax here for days. If you're an early riser it's also a great sunrise spot. 

 

Camping with a view

Tasmania is blessed with so many beautiful places to camp and unbelievably many of the most stunning are absolutely free!

We couldn't believe it when we stumbled upon Swimcart beach, pictured above. You could pitch up right beside the beach itself and falls asleep to the sound of the ocean. 

 

 

Bridestowe Lavender Farm

You could be forgiven for thinking you've stumbled into the heart of Provence when you first set eyes on Bridestowe. The sheer size of the lavender fields are hard to believe and the scent is absolutely incredible.

You can take a tour or just wander the fields alone and even though it's a popular place, the size of the fields means it's not hard to escape the crowds. Check out the cafe if you've never tasted lavender before.

They have snuck it into everything; tea, scones, lattes, ice creams and more!

 

 

Liffey Falls

Liffey falls are a spectacular multi-tiered waterfall in central Tasmania. We visited when they weren't very full and they were still extremely beautiful. It's just a 1km pretty track through the forest from the nearest car park.

There are also a number of pretty cascades along the way which make for a peaceful picnic spot. 

Top Tip - Make sure you enter Liffey Falls via the Highland Lake Road and not Bogan Road (which google maps guides you down). This way you'll avoid 14km of dirt track and you'll end up at the right place for the hike (the alternative is a 1.5 hour hike up to the falls).

 

 

Taking in a Tassie sunset

(the ones which happen 20 minutes after the sun has gone down!)

This was Tassie's favourite trick: the sun would go down and all colour would disappear. We'd return inside to see that twenty minutes later the sky lit up with incredible colour!

So find a great spot and wait it out, because Tassie sunsets' blinding colour only happen a long time after the sun's dropped below the horizon. Even if it's looking like a dud, chances are you'll still get that flash of colour, even if only for a few minutes. 

 

Best time to visit Tasmania

By far the best time to visit Tasmania is during the Australian Summer (November - February). This is when Tassie is at its warmest (which is only the mid twenties celsius) and the long days mean you can get a lot done. The only downside is that everyone wants to go to Tasmania during this time, so prices go up.

The shoulder seasons are a good alternative as prices go down. But during this time you can get snow and cold snaps.



 

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This is a round up of a few of our favourite Tasmanian experiences, if you would like any more practical details about any of the places we recommend please get in touch. Have we missed any of your favourite things to do in Tassie? Let us know in the comments. 


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