The beauty of this island is that it’s actually pretty small. In fact, it’s the smallest state in Australia! You can travel the whole place in just a few days, making it the perfect spot for a short holiday, or an add-on to an all-around Aussie adventure.
For those looking to explore this incredible (and often overlooked) part of Australia, we recommend renting a campervan or motorhome if traveling with a friend. If you are riding solo, there are some fantastic tour operators that we can recommend that will look after you every step of the way.
Whilst flights are the most preferred way of getting here, some people choose to take the ferry over from Melbourne. This is ideal if you plan to stay awhile and take your own car.
Tassie’s largest and most populated city is, of course, Hobart. This quirky town is a great starting point for any round-Tasmania tour. Renowned for its rich history and culture, this city is not one to be missed. Don’t forget to take a stroll down to the harbour and enjoy a coffee from one of the many epic cafes that fringe the water.
Not far from the calm waters of Hobart is Shipsterns Bluff. This is one of the world’s biggest waves. Only the world’s most daring surfers descend upon this place to tackle this monster. Fortunately for those wanting to learn how to surf, there are many more nearby beaches that offer beginner surf lessons.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay on a budget, check out ‘The Pickled Frog’. This place can be spotted a mile away, with its renowned ‘Kermit Green’ paint job, making it a worthy photo op too.
Explore the highlands of Tassie with incredible hiking and next level views over Lake St. Clair National Park. Australia’s largest lake sits at the bottom of a valley surrounded by a mountain range. This place is the definition of picture perfect, and the ideal spot for a true explorer.
You won’t find supermarkets or fast food restaurants anywhere near, so make sure you go prepared if staying for a few days. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay nearby, choose from budget wilderness campgrounds, chalets, and hotels.
Expect tons of world-class beachside campsites overlooking the water. Get out and explore some of the mind-blowing hikes around these parts, and if you’re feeling adventurous, then take a swim in some of the freshwater waterfalls.
Home to fiery red rock, pure white sand, and crystal clear waters, this place couldn’t be any more perfect for a lazy day on the beach, paddling in rock pools, and embracing a bit of summer sun.
When cruising around The Bay Of Fires, check out St. Helens, a town close to Binalong Bay. Here you can get everything you need for a few days out exploring in nature. This place is a must see on any Tassie trip.
About 55 minutes from Hobart by car and ferry, Bruny Island is a popular day trip from the city for foodies and nature enthusiasts. The island is located across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from the seaside town of Kettering. It’s famous for its delectable gastronomic treats, such as handmade chocolates, local berries, artisan cheese, and succulent seafood, which you can sample on island tasting tours.
South Bruny National Park offers beautiful coastal scenery, with huge green sea cliffs, sheltered beaches, and challenging surf breaks.
You can explore the park on an eco-cruise or hike the many nature trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife too, as you’ll have the chance to see fur seals and fairy penguins swim offshore, while the wombats, wallabies, and echidnas will be hanging back on land.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the spectacular Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park has become a symbol of one of Australia’s most famous conservation victories. Today, the national park is the nucleus of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which also includes the rocky 1500m peak of Frenchman’s Cap. Its Aboriginal sites are evidence of a rich Indigenous heritage stretching back more than 36,000 years.
White water rafting enthusiasts come here to tackle the tumbling Franklin River and hikers enjoy the leisurely walks, many coming to take the Donaghys Lookout Walk. If you aren’t up for walking, there are river cruises on offer departing from the west coast village of Strahan.
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We think any time to visit Tasmania is the best time.
Though winter is the off season is Tassie, we think it’s the prime time to get cosy by a log fire with a glass of pinot noir, warm up on a bike ride, check out some storm-watching, or visit one of the many national parks.
During spring, you will experience warmer days and cool nights. Lots of amazing exotic flowers will come into bloom and the wildlife begins to wander again.
Summer is when the days are long, and the beach days are even longer. It is the time of year of many fun festivals and is the busiest time of year, so definitely book accommodation early.
Autumn beholds calm sunny days, cool crisp evenings, and lots of autumn colours.
Tasmania is a place you could spend your entire life. A place full of nature, beautiful scenery, great people and food to match. If you are planning a trip to Tassie we would suggest choosing one of three lengths.
If you are looking for a quick trip or long weekend then Hobart is a perfect base for 2 to 3 days. You can do great day trips out from there and explore the amazing city of Hobart and surrounds.
Most people do around a 5 to 7 day trip which would give you enough time to do a loop on the East Coast and head back through the middle. This is the most popular amount of time to spend there.
If you are planning a longer trip and wanting to take it easy and see the whole island then 2 – 3 weeks is more than enough.
It’s possible to experience a few seasons in one day here, with the temperature varying per side of the island. Tasmania = layers. Definitely bring some to keep warm when you need it.
Each season has an advantage for multi-day hikes. There can be a extraordinary display of wildflowers in spring. In autumn and spring, the days are crisp, but can still be warm, making them months that are amazing to get into the mountains. Careful planning will be needed in winter months due to snow and storm patterns.
It definitely is. Tasmania’s small size and diverse landscapes make every road trip one for the books. You can check out the Great Eastern Drive, Western Wilds, Heartlands, Southern Edge, and Northern Edge, with lots of trails covering wildlife, wine, whisky, produce, Australia’s history, and more.