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Things to do in Tasmania

Things to do in  Tasmania

Welcome to Tasmania

Good food, great wine, and more than three million acres of UNESCO World Heritage–listed wilderness beckon travelers to Tasmania. While Port Arthur's 19th-century penitentiary ruins evoke an eerie sense of Tasmania's convict past, those who visit the island today have a great amount of freedom, especially when it comes to planning an itinerary—or choosing from numerous tours that expertly explore the Island of Inspiration. Want to experience the island's natural beauty? Hike up or bike down Mount Wellington, the landmark of capital Hobart; cruise past ancient rain forests on the Gordon River from Strahan; or day trip to Freycinet Peninsula National Park, home to Wineglass Bay's white-sand beaches and pristine waters. If you're feeling cultural, head to the Hobart waterfront for a taste of its up-and-coming culinary and craft-beer scenes; visit the Salamanca Place weekend market; spy cute colonial buildings along Battery Point; or admire Aboriginal artwork at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. No matter your home base, opportunities for day tours abound—bushwalk through the unspoiled wilderness of Cradle Mountain from Launceston or Devonport; head offshore to wild Bruny Island from Hobart for surf, sun, and the chance to spot wallabies, penguins, and migrating whales; or head to the Tasman Peninsula to witness the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo's namesake critters, kangaroos, and native birds.

Top 10 attractions in Tasmania

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Hobart Sandy Bay

Hobart Sandy Bay

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At the mouth of the Derwent River, the tranquil coastal neighborhood of Sandy Bay is one of Hobart’s most sought-after residential neighborhoods. Sandy beaches, boat-filled piers and a lively arts community offer a change of pace for travelers escaping the bustle of downtown. It’s also a good choice for rented accommodation outside of the central business district.More
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Tamar Valley

Tamar Valley

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The Tamar Valley, situated on Launceston’s doorstep, stretches north to the sea at George Town. This lush, fertile area of emerald hills, orchards, and, perhaps most importantly, vineyards, serves as Tasmania’s prime wine-producing region, known for its Pinor Noir, Riesling, and Chardonnay. Spectacular views abound.More
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Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

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Backed by the pink-tinged granite outcrops known as the Hazards, Freycinet National Park protects pristine white-sand beaches, sheer sea cliffs, azure bays, abundant birdlife, and a lighthouse with stellar views over the ocean. Take in one of Australia’s most photographed views from the lookout over Wineglass Bay.More
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Bruny Island

Bruny Island

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Less than an hour from the Tasmanian capital and yet a world away from the busy streets of Hobart, Bruny Island draws a steady stream of weekenders from the mainland. The two islands, joined by a long narrow isthmus, are a wildlife haven of jagged cliffs and golden beaches swirling with seabirds. Both are dotted with sleepy villages and tranquil guesthouses, and main activities are hiking, fishing, and slurping fresh-from-the-ocean oysters.More
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Richmond Village

Richmond Village

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Less than 30 minutes from Hobart, amid the lush vineyards of the Coal River Valley, historic Richmond village is among the most picturesque in Tasmania. Lined with elegant Georgian buildings and presided over by the much-photographed Richmond Bridge, it’s also an important piece of Tasmania’s colonial heritage.More
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Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi)

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Standing sentinel over Hobart, Mt. Wellington is also known as Kunanyi or simply “the Mountain.” The 4,170-foot (1,271-meter) peak offers unbeatable views over the Tasmanian capital, and the surrounding parklands serve as a popular recreational ground for city dwellers.More
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Port Arthur

Port Arthur

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A moving reminder of Australia’s harrowing history, the former convict settlement of Port Arthur was a key part of often brutal convict discipline within the colonial system. Today, the Port Arthur historic site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Tasmania’s most visited tourist attraction, with museums and memorials devoted to telling the area’s history.More
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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

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With its jagged dolerite peaks standing watch over a trio of glacial lakes, Cradle Mountain is the grand centerpiece of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Tasmania Wilderness, the natural landmark also marks the north end of the famous Overland Track.More
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Cape Bruny Lighthouse

Cape Bruny Lighthouse

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Situated on Bruny Island in Tasmania, the Cape Bruny Lighthouse is the second-oldest lighthouse tower in the country, having been first lit in 1838. The structure was commissioned by Governor George Arthur following a series of mishaps and shipwrecks just off Bruny Island and took two years to build by convict labor.Technological advances in the 1980s and 1990s led to the lighthouse being lit for the last time on Aug. 6, 1996, when it was replaced by a solar-powered light nearby. In December 2000, the lighthouse was declared part of the South Bruny National Park.Visitors should be prepared for rough roads and a steep walk to reach the lighthouse, although you’ll be well rewarded on arrival; with some fantastic views out to sea, migrating humpback and southern right whales have been spotted from this vantage point.More
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Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

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With a legacy dating back to 1824, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery, founded by English settler Peter Degraves. The historic brewery, set in Hobart at the foot of Mount Wellington, welcomes guests to its brewhouse and restaurant, and offers tours and tastings.More

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Top activities in Tasmania

Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
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Morning World Heritage Cruise on the Gordon River from Strahan
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Tasman Island Cruises and Port Arthur Historic Site Day Tour from Hobart
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Bruny Island Traveller - Gourmet Tasting and Sightseeing Day Trip from Hobart
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Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
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kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
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Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
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Tamar Valley Wine Tour with Lunch
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Full-Day Guided Bruny Island Tour from Hobart
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Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Signature Tour
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Signature Tour

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Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan
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Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
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Batman Bridge 4 Hour Luncheon Cruise including sailing into the Cataract Gorge
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Tasmanian Wine Tour
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Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tasmania

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Wonderful day trip to see Tasmania’s amazing SE Coast.
Rod_C, Apr 2022
Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
Great way to see the East Coast of Tasmania in a short time frame.
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Great experience
Gerald_T, Mar 2022
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
My Field was an easy walk , Bonorong Sanctuary was informative, and we got to see the adorable animals, and Richmond Village was charming.
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Recommended
Van_M, Jan 2022
Hobart Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
The bus brought us to all attractions within the city.
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My day up the mount
Mick_L, Jan 2022
kunanyi / Mt Wellington Explorer Bus - 2 Hour Return Tour
Well the view but I really enjoyed stopping at Ferntree, The Springs lookout etc on the way up.
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Not to miss
Elham_H, Jan 2022
Wineglass Bay & Freycinet NP Full Day Tour from Hobart via Richmond Village
Great day trip from Hobart to visit some of the most beautiful beaches of Tasmania.
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Best day of my trip to Aus so far
Simon_H, May 2022
Day Tour in Mt. Field, Mt. Wellington, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and Richmond
The forests and waterfalls at Mt Fields were stunning, Bonorong was a fascinating insight into native Aussie animals, Richmond was quaint and lovely (and had very nice pies), and the views from Mt Wellington were phenomenal.
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We had a great day.
Pauline_B, Apr 2022
Full-Day Bruny Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
The drive from Hobart to Kettering was lovely and we got to see even more of Tasmania.
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Great day to Port Arthur
Mick_L, Jan 2022
Port Arthur, Richmond & Tasman Peninsula Active Day Tour
We went to see some awesome places such as Tasmania’s Arch and the Devils Kitchen.
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A perfect day out!
Janie_B, Jun 2021
Port Arthur, Richmond & Tasman Peninsula Active Day Tour
Well-thought-out itinerary with no stop too long or too short, and a bonus opportunity to see Tasmanian devils!
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Amazing experience exploring the Tasman Pensinsula
Allison_S, May 2021
3-Hour Tasman Peninsula Wilderness Cruise from Port Arthur
We also got to see sea lions and lots of birds.
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Great beautiful...
Raimondo_Z, Apr 2021
Tasman Island Cruises Day Tour from Hobart
We had a very interesting day to visit the Tasmania actraction.
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A great way to visit Bruny
Alan_C, Feb 2021
Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
A great way to see that part of Tasmania
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It is a good package that shows you...
YuHangEric_O, Sep 2017
BIG 3 Tasmania - Hobart to Launceston 3 Day Active Adventure
The tour is nicely design with suitable amount of activities.
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super super great 5 day tour to see...
MILLIEY_L, Jan 2017
5-Day Best of Tasmania Tour from Hobart
super super great 5 day tour to see all the important sightseeing points in Tasmania.
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Excellent tour. The waterfalls and...
Anna V, Apr 2017
Russell Falls, Mt. Wellington & Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
The waterfalls and rain forest were spectacular.
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A fantastic tour, the guide Rick was...
Stephen C, Feb 2017
Bruny Island Day Tour, Includes Lunch and Exclusive Lighthouse Tour
This tour is very good value for money, you get to see and learn a lot of/about Bruny island, we thoroughly enjoyed it and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone visiting Tasmania.
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Bloody marvellous. The perfect mix...
Tony G, Nov 2014
Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan
Absolutely beautiful location and clean comfortable vessel to see it on.
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Great scenery, great food, very...
AGNES M, Dec 2012
Gordon River Cruise departing from Strahan
Great scenery, great food, very knowledgeable commentators and guides, and for the price- the best way to see this beautiful world heritage site.
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Scenery to remember for a lifetime
Hiran_T, Jul 2021
Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston
Please note some sections are bit icy in winter, but this is not a problem if you allow a bit of extra time.
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Definitely a must do tour.
Karin_W, Apr 2021
Port Arthur and Tassie Devils Active Day Tour from Hobart
On a beautiful sunny day we headed to the Tasman Peninsula, firstly to view the gorgeous coastline with its steep cliffs, then to the Unzoo to see Tasmanian devils.
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