Tasmania – The Island State of Australia
Tasmania or Tassie (in Australian slang) is an island state located off the southern coast of Australia. With something to offer to everyone, Tasmania is an extremely popular tourist destination. Tasmania offers various self driving routes to experience the island.
How to get to Tasmania – Flying or Sailing
Flying – There are direct flight from all major cities in Australia to either Hobart or Launceston in Tasmania. Flying time from Melbourne to Hobart is 1hour 15 minutes and Sydney to Hobart is about 2 hours.
Useful tip: When booking domestic flights in Australia, do compare different airlines and save on ticket costs by making use of the price beat guarantee that airlines offer.
Sailing – The Spirit of Tasmania is a fast RoPax ferry which sails on the route – Melbourne(Victoria) – Devonport (Tasmania) and Devonport – Melbourne. Many prefer to sail as you can take your car along on The Spirit of Tasmania for a fee about AUD $83. Adult tickets cost about AUD$258 onwards for cabins and about $126 for recliners. Other facilities on board include restaurants and bars, an on board cinema, kids playroom etc.
Places to visit in Hobart, Tasmania
Salamanca Market – Located in Salamanca Place, Hobart, this market is held every Saturday from 8.30 AM – 3PM. Located close to the Hobart waterfront, the Salamanca market is a great place to spend your Saturday morning. There are stalls selling fresh local fresh produce, famous Tasmanian honey, hand -made Tasmanian crafts, woodwork and garments. The market has a great atmosphere, with plenty of cafes and restaurants nearby.
Russell Falls – Located in the Mt.Field National Park, located about 70Kms north-west of Hobart, Russell Falls is a beautiful three tiered waterfall with a backdrop of lush green ferns and trees. It is easily accessible as there is a walking track from the car park till the lookout which is a nice walk through the forests with some of the tallest trees and ferns. From Russell Falls a further walking trail, which is a slightly steeper climb, leads to the Horseshoe Falls. It is worth the walk and you are sure to return with some amazing pictures to take home.
Mount Wellington – Mount Wellington offers the best views of the city of Hobart, Derwent River and Southern Tasmania. About 30 minutes drive from Hobart city center via Pinnacle Road to the summit. There are various walking & biking trails that Mount Wellington offers as well. There is an enclosed observation shelter on the summit and also open viewing platforms. Do carry warm clothes as it can get quite cold and windy.
Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) – For those of you who appreciate art, MONA displays a private collection of modern art and antiquities. MONA is accessible by road or by a 30 minute ferry ride. It is definitely a tourist attraction in Hobart, but I would not recommend it unless you really like modern and contemporary art.
Places to visit near Launceston, Tasmania
Bay of Fires – A bay on the northeast coast of Tasmania extends from Binalong Bay in the south to Eddystone Point in the north. Famous for its white sandy beaches and orange hued granite rocks. The beaches on the bay are perfect for swimming and watching birds and just taking a walk on the white sand.
Freycinet National Park – Located on the Northeast coast, the Freycinet National Park is about 125Kms from Hobart and about 130Kms from Launceston. This area offers a lot of activities and there are many accommodation options in Freycinet & the Coles Bay. Activities range from kayaking, cruises, walks and treks of various grades and of course, spectacular views. The walk to Wineglass Bay lookout and back is about 3Kms which is on a slightly steep track.
Cataract Gorge – Located just 1.5 Kms away from the city center of Launceston, Cataract Gorge Reserve is a great place to visit. Experience the views of the gorge from Kings Bridge and other lookouts. Also take a ride on chairlift, enjoy the open air swimming pool or relax in the cafe or the restaurant. Then there is the beautiful Cliff Grounds with local wildlife including peacocks and wallabies all around. The entrance to the reserve is free.
These are suggestions of some of the things to see and do when in Tasmania but Tasmania definitely has a lot more to offer. Happy Travels.