Located off Australia’s south coast, Tasmania, or Tas and Tassie as it is affectionately called, is known for its host of natural attractions, like national parks, reserves and World Heritage sites.
Here are three things to do in Tasmania.
1. Go sightseeing
Made up of a cluster of granite mountains, Freycinet National Park is a World Heritage site. It is where you can visit the popular Wineglass Bay, where stunning blue waters and white sand await. Catch gorgeous views from its lookout.
A 20-minute walk away from the lookout brings you to the Hazards, where three pink granite structures jut out from the sea. Hiking trails are found throughout the park, or you can opt to go for a scenic drive.
Or make a trip to Bruny Island, which is less than an hour away from Hobart. You can drive there or take the ferry. At South Bruny National Park, you can hike, and admire stunning coastal sights like sea cliffs and beaches.
At coastal town Stanley, be awed by the beauty of the Tarkine wilderness. Climb up a steep path to get to the top of an extinct, flat-topped volcano called The Nut. From there, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of the surroundings.
If you prefer, take The Nut Chairlift to the very top, and admire the stunning views. The Rocky Cape National Park and Savage River National Park are about an hour’s drive away.
2. See nature up close
At Freycinet National Park, whether you choose to visit Coles Bay or spend three days hiking up the Freycinet Peninsula, you will be greeted with kookaburras and sea birds.
Bruny Island is not only where you can explore the wilderness by going on a bushwalk, but also where you can keep an eye out for teeming wildlife like echidnas and wallabies. Join an eco-cruise to explore the gorgeous coast. Look out for wild birds, fairy penguins and fur seals.
Or see the world-famous Tasmanian devil up close in various wildlife parks. These include the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna, or Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Brighton.
3. Go shopping and eating
Need some retail therapy? Hobart’s Salamanca Place offers a fine selection of cafes, restaurants, art galleries and shops. These outlets are housed in sandstone buildings which used to be warehouses.
You can also visit exhibitions and watch various live performances at Salamanca Arts Centre. On Saturday, a visit to the Salamanca Market is an absolute must. Here, you will find more than 300 vendors selling fresh produce, handicrafts, art, knick-knacks, and more.