See below for all journeys to Tasmania
Tasmania has five distinct regions, each with its own unique appeal – the North West, Launceston and the North, the East Coast, Hobart and the South and the West Coast. With pristine wilderness, world heritage areas, quaint cities and an abundance of animals and plants – some of which are found nowhere else on earth, Tasmania is Australia’s unspoiled beauty.
This is the gateway to some of Tasmania’s most stunning natural wonders. From coastal drives and national parks and nature reserves to art galleries and artisan stores and marketplaces, the North West has some of Tasmania’s finest producers.
Home to Cradle Mountain, one of the states most visited natural attractions with picturesque walking tracks and a rich habitat for wildlife. It is also home to Tarkine, Australia’s greatest expanse of cool temperate rainforest and the second largest in the world.
Launceston and The North
Situated on the banks of the Tamar River Launceston is the second largest city in the state, with Cataract Gorge (a unique natural formation with the world’s longest single span chairlift) only just a few minutes walk from town. Being a gateway to the Tamar Valley (The Tamar Valley Wine Route is a destination in its own right!), you will find vineyards, strawberry farms and orchards as well as World Heritage listed estates in nearby Longford.
The East Coast
Stunning natural beauty, jaw dropping landscapes and beautiful beaches, a drive along this spectacular 220 kilometre coastal drive is a must-do experience and one of the best scenic coastal drives in Australia. It is home to five national parks, one of which is the breathtaking Freycinet National Park with its pink granite mountains, white beaches and azure bays. You will also find here Bicheno, one of the east coast’s best-loved holiday destinations (love those Little Penguins!) and St Helens, the doorstep to the iconic Bay of Fires and some of the most pristine coastal areas in Tasmania.
Hobart and The South
Tasmania’s capital city Hobart is a mecca for art, food and natural attractions. Both home to Tasmania’s most visited attraction, the iconic Salamanca Markets and Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), Australia’s largest private museum of modern art and antiquities.
South of Hobart is Bruny Island which provides the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience. Here you can explore the island on one of the many spectacular bushwalks, coastal tracks or beach walks. Travelling east are the wineries of the Coal River Valley (part of the Southern Wine Route), home to smaller wine producers. Heading west you will find the breathtaking Derwent Valley and Derwent Bridge, the gateway to the southern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair.
A trip to the region is not complete without a visit to the World Heritage listed site of Port Arthur. Set on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula this well-preserved former penal colony’s dark history is in contrast with its stunning natural beauty.
The largest coastal town here is Strahan, situated near Macquarie Harbour and nearby Sarah Island, a harsh penal settlement visitable today by wilderness cruises that operate out of here. Strahan is also the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, with its rugged mountains and ancient rainforests, much of which has been shaped by ancient glaciers and where you will find centuries old Huon Pines which can grow to over 3000 years old. Rich mining history can be found in Queenstown and the smaller towns situated inland, all within close distance to beautiful rainforests, lakes, rivers and historic sites.
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