10 Our 10 must do’s
LOCAL PRODUCE Although Tasmanian wines are not widely exported to Europe, they are some of the best we’ve tasted in Australia. Take a visit to the Tamar Valley, with its boutique wineries and vineyard restaurants. SPLASH OUT Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is a unique wilderness experience located at the spectacular Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. LIVE LIKE A LOCAL Hobart’s historic waterfront is a great place to meet up with the friendly locals. Enjoy a lively pub crawl at the weekends, listen to live bands in the pubs, or just sit quietly over a leisurely meal. STEP BACK IN TIME Whatever else you do in Tasmania, do not miss the chance to visit Port Arthur. This is the third oldest settlement in Australia, a notorious prison built to house the worst convicted offenders. NATURE LOVERS Although called the ‘Tasmanian Devil’ this surprisingly cute animal can be seen at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, only an hour from Hobart.
ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE The Gordon River Cruise visits one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Departing from Strahan, you’ll cruise upriver into the World Heritage-listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. WHERE TO GO FOR ADVENTURE With countless walking trails around Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain National Park, to multi-day treks to the spectacular Bay of Fires, Tasmania lends itself perfectly to being discovered on two feet. WATER PARADISE At Freycinet National Park, you can gaze down on Wineglass Bay’s perfect crescent of sand. If you’re feeling particularly active you can grab a paddle, slip into a sea kayak and glide close to the rocky shores. SHOPPING Time your visit to Hobart to include a Saturday, when the quayside comes alive with the Salamanca Markets. BEST FOR THE KIDS Spend an afternoon with Taz at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Enjoy a guided tour of the Sanctuary and get up close with Tasmanian Devils, kangaroos, quolls, wombats, echidnas and more.
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