Affectionately called ‘The South Island,’ Tasmania is home to an abundance of wildlife, world heritage areas, and national parks. Each corner of the state provides different experiences for visitors and there is always lots to see and do. Tasmania is known for its unique Aboriginal and convict history, arts and culture, local cuisine and outdoor opportunities. Visitors are attracted to the many bushwalks on offer as well as the national parks and heritage sites. Its landscape is diverse and, for the active caver, Tasmania’s underground is rich with some of the oldest karst in Australia. The best way to tour Tassie is by a self-drive itinerary.
For more information including drive times, local tips, climate, popular sites, accommodation options, and other tourism information, please visit Discover Tasmania.
North West Tasmania
The North West of Tasmania is a relatively rugged and wild part of Tasmania. With a sparse population spread amongst old mining and logging towns it is rich in pioneering history and spoilt for stunning scenic wilderness. Some of the attractions of the North West include Cradle Mountain, The Nut, Table Cape and the Tarkine.
Other Tasmanian Attractions
For what many people regard as a small island state, Tasmania packs a lot in to it. While the distances between places may not be great expect to spend much longer travelling than expected as there are many places to stop and explore along the way.
Approximately 42% of the state is protected in reserves, national parks and the World Heritage Area. Some of the iconic wilderness areas of Tasmania include Cradle Mountain, Wineglass Bay Freycinet, Tasman Peninsula, Mount Field and the Franklin-Gordon River.
As well as some awesome caving there are many other outdoor activities to be enjoyed across Tasmania. Mountain biking is huge, Derby in the North East is at the centre of its popularity. Kayaking, rafting, sailing on the larger rivers and open ocean. Hiking, from the serious multi-day hikes such as the Overland Track, South Coast Track, Three Capes Track (etc!) to easy short and full-day hikes. Recreational fishing, ocean fishing and fresh-water fishing (licences are required for fresh water).
Convict history can be investigated across the state, Port Arthur and Macquarie Harbour representing some of the larger sites.
Tasmania’s unique culture is epitomised by MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art. It is a unique experience – do not go expecting your traditional museum or gallery experience! January is also the month of MOFO an annual summer festival of the arts organised by MONA.