The Ultimate Tassie Travel Guide featuring 62 of the absolute best things to do in Tasmania! Explore some of the most iconic Tasmanian attractions as well as some epic hidden gems.
Tasmania (Lutruwita) is Australia’s island state and one of the richest, wildest and most unique destinations on earth. It’s home to several world heritage sites, including some of the rawest wilderness areas on earth. It’s truly an adventurers playground, and a great place to visit for those who love everything history, outdoors, and of course, adventure!
After spending many months exploring this incredible island, I’ve compiled the most comprehensive list of things to do in Tasmania that you’ll find online. Here, you’ll find some of the most iconic Tasmania attractions, as well as some epic, off-the-beaten path adventures to get you psyched for your next trip.
At the bottom, you’ll also find a detailed Tasmania travel guide which lists everything you need to know– from where to stay, to what you’ll want to bring.
Tasmania Map (With All Highlights & Things to See)
Before we get into this epic list of things you need to do and see in Tasmania, Australia, here’s a quick map to orientate yourself.
I’ve pinned all of the best activities and attractions featured in this Tasmania travel guide.
Tip: click the map to load all the activities and highlights on your Google Maps app. You can also bookmark this page to use it as your Tasmania Travel guide when travelling around this incredible island.
62 Best Things to do in Tasmania
So, planning your travels to Tasmania? Let me help you with this epic travel guide to the 62 Top Things to do in Tasmania!
This comprehensive list comes from many months exploring Tasmania and documenting my own adventures. I’ve also written comprehensively on many of the attractions featured on this list, which you’ll find links to throughout.
However, if you’d prefer detailed Tasmanian travel guides to each destination, check out my other articles below. Otherwise, let’s rip in!
- Hobart Guide
- Guide to Launceston
- Guide to Strahan and the West Coast
- Freycinet Peninsula Guide
- Guide to Maria Island
- Bay of Fires Guide
- Guide to Bruny Island
- Guide to the Tarkine (The Tarkine Drive)
1. Visit Cradle Mountain National Park
Cradle Mountain is one of the most iconic National Parks in Tasmania and perhaps in all of Australia! This unique alpine region is incredibly scenic and offers a plethora of awesome day walks and multi-day hikes.
Some of the best hikes include the famous Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain Summit and the multi-day Overland Track. Cradle Mountain also offers great opportunities for wildlife spotting, with plenty of wombats, wallabies and even Tasmanian Devils calling this region home.
Getting here is a little bit tricky if you don’t have your own car, but very doable by booking organised transport. Below you’ll find a detailed guide covering all your options.
Read: How to Get to Cradle Mountain (multiple options)
2. Jump On Board a World Heritage Cruise on the Gordon River
Before I visited, I was constantly told that one of the absolute best things to do in Tasmania was to jump on a Gordon River Cruise.
These trips depart from Strahan, on the northern tip of Macquarie Harbour and serves as a terminus for the Gordon River. There are several different cruise options but by far, the best-rated and most cost-effective one is run by World Heritage Cruises. These are the iconic red boats sailing into the Gordon River, one of the wildest places in Tasmania!
Book the best price online: Gordon River Cruise World Heritage Cruises
Alternative: Gordon River Sunset Dinner Cruise
3. Climb Mount Amos For Sunrise
Are you looking for the most incredible sunset viewpoint in Tasmania? Mount Amos is the answer!
Mount Amos is a granite peak on the Hazards Mountain Range overlooking the Freycinet Peninsula and the iconic Wineglass Bay. The climb up is a little steep. However, let me tell you that the views are absolutely worth it! Actually, I’d say that a sunrise hike up to Mount Amos was my favourite thing to do in Tasmania!
Read More: Mount Amos Hike – Freycinet National Park
4. Marvel at the Bay of Fires Beaches
The Bay of Fires in Tasmania hit the global travel stage in 2015 when it was mentioned in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Places to Visit in the World. However, Tasmanians have long recognised the Bay of Fires as being one of the most beautiful spots to visit in the country.
Honestly, a trip to Tasmania is incomplete without visiting the Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay! In this region, you’ll find rich, deep-orange boulders scattering the coastline on the banks of fluorescent, turquoise waters. These truly are some of the most beautiful beaches in Australia!
Sweeping white-sand beaches carve the coast as far as the eye can see and weathered, wind-swept bushland hangs onto the edge of its shores– it’s a photographer’s playground!
I’d consider checking out the Bay of Fires as a Tasmania must do for anyone!
There are lots of things to do and see in Tasmania’s Bay of Fires. Below I’ve linked to a comprehensive guide featuring some of the must-do attractions and highlights.
Read More: Bay of Fires – Everything You Need to Know
5. See Some of Australia’s Best Waterfalls
I think the theme is getting pretty clear now in this Tasmania travel guide. Many of the attractions and highlights are found in nature! And, for waterfall lovers, there is more than plenty to discover. In fact, I visited over 26 different waterfalls on my recent trip and still, there were some I missed!
Below are some of my favourites that I consider must-visits.
Read More: 26 Incredible Waterfalls in Tas
6. Explore Hobart
Okay, I think it’s time to get out of nature and into the city (only for a moment). Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania and consequently the largest in the state. In saying that, it’s much smaller than a typical Australian city.
Hobart is often the first destination that people visit in Tasmania and as you might expect, there are plenty of things to do! Some of the main attractions include:
- Mount Wellington
- Salamanca Market
- Live Music at one of the old bars in the harbour
- The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
- Cascade Brewery
- East Street
The city rests on the banks of the River Derwent and on the slopes of Kunanyi (Mount Wellington). There’s plenty of rich culture and history to discover, as well a few attractions worthy of your Tasmania trip.
I’ve also written a separate Tasmania travel guide to Hobart which covers a few more highlights (below).
Read More: Where to Stay in Hobart
Read More: Visitor’s Guide to Hobart
7. Climb Kunanyi (Mount Wellington)
Kunanyi, or Mount Wellington is the resident mountain above Hobart. Its power and influence over the region have been recognised long before colonial settlement. It controls the weather, soaking up clouds and trickling fresh drinking water down to the city.
As you might expect, there are plenty of opportunities for adventure here! There are loads of waterfalls and walks to check out but none as popular as Mount Wellington summit! You can either walk here from The Springs, or catch a ride on the Wellington Explorer.
Book a Full-day Bus Pass: Mount Wellington Explorer Hop-On/Off ($35)
Read More: Mount Wellington Hike to kunanyi Summit
8. Visit Bruny Island
Bruny Island is often recommended as a must-visit destination for travellers arriving to Tasmania. The truth is, this 362-square kilometre island encapsulates a lot of what Tasmania is all about. Here, you’ll find abundant wildlife, sweeping vistas, awesome trails and of course, world-renowned produce.
Some stand-out activities and attractions on this iconic Tasmanian island include the Fluted Cape walk, the Mars Bluff archway, the Neck Lookout, the world-renowned Bruny Island cruise and the rare chance to spot an albino wallaby!
Book a trip: Bruny Island Sightseeing Tour From Hobart (top-rated in Tas)
Read More: Bruny Island Complete Guide
9. Climb “The Nut” in Stanley
Stanley is a historic town situated at the base of “The Nut”, the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. Climbing this strange geological phenomenon is one of the most unique things to do in Tasmania and a great reason to make a trip out to Stanley!
For those not too keen on taking the steep steps, jump on The Nut Chairlift, which only operates in the warmer months.
Read More: Climbing “The Nut” in Stanley
10. Explore the Tarkine Drive
The Tarkine, or Takanya, is Australia’s largest temperate rainforest. It’s a global treasure with abundant wildlife and rich biodiversity. If you’ve got the time on your next trip to Tasmania, then I highly recommend taking the scenic Tarkine Drive.
I’ve written a Tasmania travel guide to the drive, which covers all of the highlights on the road with some hidden gems not to miss! This region is wild, resulting in fewer tourists and very little tourism infrastructure. Tread lightly, respect the rainforest and enjoy this magical place!
Read More: The Tarkine Drive – A Complete Guide
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11. Visit Launceston
Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and is commonly rated as one of the most liveable cities in Australia. Lonnie, as Taswegians call it, is a hub of history, culture, food and nature.
As with most of the quaint little cities of Tasmania, there are a lot of things to do, see and explore. This city also serves as a great hub for travellers looking to explore the regions. Plenty of guided tours operate out of Lonnie and there are also many great, heritage-listed accommodation options.
Read More: Complete Guide to Visiting Launceston
12. Go Hiking
As you would have undoubtedly noticed by now, one of the must do things in Tasmania is to hit the trails! Truthfully, there are just so many epic hikes that it would be almost impossible to name them all! Furthermore, the variety you’ll get from trail to trail is just astounding. One moment, you might be wandering through dense rainforests and the next trekking up alpine peaks!
I’ve dedicated a huge blog post (linked below) to my favourite hikes in Tassie. But, here are a few I’d say should belong in any decent Tasmania travel guide!
- Dove Lake Circuit
- Mount Amos
- Bishop and Clerk
- Freycinet Peninsula Circuit
- Maria Island Circuit
- Hartz Peak
- Cape Raoul
Read More: 35 Must-Do Hikes in Tassie
Easily one of the strangest things to do in Tasmania is a visit to MONA. This is Hobart’s Museum of Old and New, but is far unlike any museum I’ve ever seen before.
This quirky mix of ancient, modern and contemporary art is the largest privately-funded museum in the southern hemisphere. If you’re up for a one-of-a-kind experience in Tasmania that you’re bound to remember, consider checking out MONA on the banks of the Derwent River.
While you’ll find MONA listed in most Tasmania travel guides, I wouldn’t say that it’s a must do. However, if you’re up for one of the weirdest attractions on the island, go check it out!
14. See abundant Wildlife on Maria ISland
Maria Island has been referred to “Noah’s Ark in Australia”. It truly is one of the best places in the country to see abundant native wildlife.
As soon as you hop off the ferry, you’ll undoubtedly be greeted by a wallaby or wombat, often both. Other common sights include kangaroos, geese, ringtail possums, pademelons, potoroos as well as a wide range of snakes, lizard and frogs.
The island is also rich in history and offers visitors an opportunity to learn about its dark convict past.
Book: Maria Island Active Tour
Read More: Maria Island Guide
15. Spot Tasmanian Devils
Australia, being a remote island in the Pacific, is home to some of the most unique animals in the world. You’d expect then that a remote island off an island would be home to even stranger creatures. And, you’re right!
The Tasmanian Devil is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial and is found only in Tasmania. These little guys really live up to their name and are one of the feistiest creatures I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, the Tasmanian Devil is endangered, with populations plummeting nearly 80% in the past 20 years due to the very serious Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
Unfortunately, I didn’t spot one in the wild after months of hiking in and exploring Tasmania. With that said, you could get lucky. Apparently, some of the best places to spot them are on Maria Island and the Tarkine Rainforest.
Otherwise, check out Devils@Cradle (below), to see a Devil on your visit to Cradle Mountain. This is a sanctuary protecting Devils where you can learn about the conservation efforts helping to protect them.
16. Derby’s Floating Sauna
Derby’s Floating Sauna is a luxury experience borrowing a page from our Scandinavian friends.
Situated on the calm waters of Lake Derby, this sauna in the heart of a former mining town is the perfect experience on a quick stopover on the way to the East Coast. The floating sauna has taken off on Instagram as one of the best things to do in Tasmania during the colder months. Warm up in the sauna then take a cold plunge in the fresh waters, if you’re game!
There are also loads of mountain bike trails in this region, another reason why Derby is worth a visit!
17. Explore the Tasman Peninsula
The Tasman Peninsula is just a short 70-minute drive from Hobart and is well known for dramatic coastal landscapes and a rich convict history.
I’ve recommended the Tasman Peninsula in this Tasmanian travel guide as there are just so many activities and things to do in this part of the state.
Whether it be one of Tasmania’s best multi-day hikes, a visit to Port Arthur’s Historic Site or a Tasman Island Boat Cruise, you simply won’t regret visiting this incredible region. In my opinion, witnessing the Tasman Peninsula is one of the best things to see in Tasmania (especially from above).
18. Visit The Port Arthur Historic Site (UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE)
The Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Tasmania’s five UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites. Located on the Tasman Peninsula, this convict site is one of the earliest and most intact in the country.
This huge, 100-acre site has over 30 historic buildings and ruins to explore and to learn about the lives of many of Australia’s ancestors.
This is a paid activity in Tasmania which means you’ll need to book an entry ticket. However, I’d say that it’s definitely worth it as with entry, you’ll also get a guided walking tour, a harbour cruise and access to the Port Arthur Gallery, house museums and gardens. The money also goes to the upkeep of the site.
Skip the line: Port Arthur Historic Site Entry Ticket (Cheap online)
Book a trip: Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart
19. Jump Aboard The Tasmanian Wilderness Railway
Back over to the West Coast, the West Coast Wilderness railway is a Tasmanian attraction that is well-regarded as one of Tassie’s icons.
This historic rail line journeys through deep Tasmanian wilderness and allows visitors to experience the rugged, yet undeniably beautiful terrain on board a historic steam train.
There are several options to take, undeniably one of the best is the “Rack and Gorge” line departing from Queenstown and running through to the incredible King River Gorge and the isolated station in Dubbil Barril.
This is one of the most scenic trips and takes roughly 4 hours.
20. Cruise at Wineglass Bay
Undeniably, one of the most iconic activities and experiences in Freycinet National Park is the incredible Wineglass Bay cruise by Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. This trip is one of the classiest ways to experience the tranquil waters of Wineglass Bay and runs for approximately 4 hours.
Trips depart from Coles Bay and you’ll even get a ploughman’s-style lunch included. A bay cruise offers one of the best opportunities to spot abundant wildlife including sea birds, dolphins, seals and even penguins and whales.
Book: Wineglass Bay Cruise
21. Marvel at the Little Blue Lake
Little Blue Lake is quickly becoming a popular pit stop among those on a Tassie road trip. That’s because Little Blue Lake is easily accessed on the road towards the East Coast of Tasmania Mount William National Park.
Little Blue Lake is a scenic pit-stop for photos and to admire the aquatic remnants of Tasmania’s alluvial tin mining past. The water colour here is quite mind-blowingly blue, which makes for some pretty great photos.
Read More: Little Blue Lake
22. Hike the Three Capes Track
Besides the Overland Track, The Three Capes Track is perhaps Tasmania’s most popular multi-day hike. If you’re looking for a Tasmania activity in the great outdoors, then the Three Capes is a great option, especially for those who aren’t too used to multi-day hiking. That’s because it’s a great entry-level hike without too much elevation.
The track features gentle coves, scenic heathlands, lush forests and of course, spanning views of the most remarkable coastal vistas in the country. If you’re a fan of the outdoors, then this is definitely one of my most recommended Tasmania must do activities you’ll want to add to your own list!
Usually, walkers need to register and pay for this hike as the normal route requires a boat transfer and hut accommodation. However, if you’re like me and prefer to do things independently, then check out my guide below on how to do it with just a regular National Parks Pass.
Read More: Three Capes Track For Free
23. Witness the Aurora Australis
Did you know that Tasmania is one of the best places in Australia to witness the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis?
This phenomenon occurs in Tasmanis due to its low latitude, offering a chance to see charged solar wind particles bombard the atmosphere. Admittedly, the Aurora Australis isn’t as magnificent as the famed “Northern Lights” like you might see in Norway or Iceland. However, I’d say that if you’re making a trip to Tasmania in the Autumn or Winter months, then I’d definitely recommend adding it to your list of things to do.
The Southern Lights are a little unpredictable. With that said, this Facebook Group is awesome and will definitely help your mission.
24. Browse the Famous Salamanca Markets
Back to Hobart now and the next featured activity in this Tasmanian travel guide is the world-famous Salamanca Markets.
These markets are held every Saturday morning at Salamanca Place near Hobart harbour. It brings together artists, craftsmen, food stalls, farmers and many Tasmanian small business owners to sell their unique wares and famous street foods.
If you happen to find yourself in Hobart on a weekend, make sure to save time for the Salamanca Markets, one of the best things to do in Tasmania for visitors looking to pick up a meaningful souvenir.
25. Walk Above the Canopy At Tahune Adventures
The Tahune Airwalk is one of Tasmania’s most popular adventure and tourist attractions. Located in the Tahune Forest alongside the Huon River in the South, this adventure park offers a few worthwhile attractions including the famous Tahune Forest Airwalk and cantilever, walking trails with long swinging suspension bridges, hang gliding and rafting.
Unfortunately, the destructive fires of 2018-2019 devastated the Tahune Forest. However, it’s great to see that it is slowly recovering with the help of the team at The Tahune Airwalk team!
Book: Hastings Caves & Tahune Airwalk From Hobart – $5 OFF with code OLLY5
Read More: Is the Tahune Airwalk Worth it?
26. Explore The Hartz Mountains
Standing at 1253 metres, Hartz Peak is the tallest point on the Hartz Mountain range in southern Tasmania. However, this range is one of the most accessible 1000 metre+ ranges in Tasmania due to the well-maintained road in from Geeveston.
A visit to the Hartz Mountains National Park is a must-do for those checking out the South, especially if you want a glimpse of alpine Tasmania without much effort.
Read More: Hiking Guide to Hartz Peak
27. Walk Through the Cataract Gorge
The standout highlight in Launceston is its famed Cataract Gorge. If you’re planning a visit to Tasmania’s second largest city, then make sure you add this one on your list of things to do and see.
This beautiful river and gorge is the number one attraction in Launceston and features hiking trails, the world’s longest single-span chairlift and a riverside swimming pool.
There are also daily cruises operating down the gorge which is great if you’re short on time!
28. Spot a Rare Tassie Quoll
Here’s one you might not have seen in a Tasmania travel guide before. Due to its isolated nature, Tasmania is a hotspot for rare creatures found nowhere else in the world.
One of the many elusive marsupials is the Eastern Spotted Quoll. Unfortunately, these little guys have become very rare in mainland Australia and Tasmania is now one of their final places of refuge.
Spotting a quoll is a fairly difficult task as they are nocturnal. We were lucky enough to spot the sleepy bugger below on the way out to Dip Falls but they are said to roam in most forests and National Parks in Tasmania.
29. Walk the Three Falls Circuit
Just an hour and a half from Hobart, travellers will find the incredible Mount Field National Park. This park is one of the most scenic in the state and the highlight is the Three Falls Circuit and Tall Trees walk.
This easy, 2-hour loop includes stops at some of Tasmania’s best waterfalls; Russell Falls, Horseshoe Falls and Lady Barron Falls. Additionally, a short segment of the track offers opportunities to see some of Tasmania’s tallest trees.
Book a day trip: Mt Field Trip From Hobart
30. Discover Some of the World’s Tallest Trees
For a little island, Tasmania does things BIG. Tassie is home to Australia’s tallest trees and if you’re planning to hit some of the many hiking trails, you’re bound to stumble upon a few sleeping giants.
The best places to see large trees in Tasmania are:
- The Styx Tall Trees Reserve
- Dip Falls Reserve
- Evercreech State Reserve
- The Tarkine
31. Venture to the Styx Tall Trees Reserve
If seeing Australia’s tallest trees is on your list of fun things to do in Tasmania, then one of the best places to do so is the Styx Tall Trees Reserve. You’ll find this small protected pocket isolated in a large logging region.
The road is a little tricky but manageable by most cars in good weather. Due to the Styx’s close proximity to Mount Field National Park, it’s a great idea to head here on a quick return detour.
Read More: Styx Tall Trees Walk
32. Drive the 99 Bends Road to Queenstown
It’s no secret that Tasmania has some of Australia’s most scenic roads, from epic mountain passes to unmatched coastal routes.
However, there is one particular spot on the West Coast that might just take the cake as Tassie’s most mind-blowingly beautiful road. It’s known as the 99 Bends, a curvy, winding road of perfect tarmac that snakes its way over the mountains above Queenstown.
If you’re heading out to the Far West, check out my guide to finding the 99 Bends, or watch my video below for some inspiration.
33. Explore Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Staying on the West Coast, for now, make sure you venture through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park! You can get here via the scenic road between Lake St Clair National Park and Queenstown.
Highlights in this wild National Park include:
- Nelson Falls
- Lake Burbury
- Frenchman’s Cap
- Donaghy’s Hill
34. Visit the Tasmanian Central PLATEAU
Looking for travel inspiration and ideas to get off the beaten path in Tasmania? Consider adding a road trip through the Central Plateau to your list of things to see and do in Tasmania.
The Central Plateau is a remote conservation area that is the largest space of alpine land in Tasmania. There’s a lot to do and see here, but don’t expect any decent phone reception or even to see many people– perfect if you’re looking to go off-grid for a while. One of my favourite camping spots in the Central Plateau is Brady’s Lake, a quaint little spot only really known for fishing.
Also, here’s a link to a good map with some highlights for this often overlooked region of Tasmania if you’re planning a road trip.
35. Hike Around Maria Island
Maria Island has already been featured in this travel guide to the best things to see and do in Tasmania. However, I think the Maria Island Circuit deserves a mention of its own.
This 2-3 day circuit loop encompasses the best highlights of the island and is in my opinion, the absolute best way to take in this world-class destination. Alternatively, you can also rent a bike and ride around the island.
If you’re not too keen on walking the whole island, there are plenty of short walks around the main town of Darlington too!
Read More: The Maria Island Walk
Alternative: 1 Day Active Tour on Maria
36. the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit in Freycinet National Park
If I had to pick one multi-day coastal hike in Tasmania it’d have to be the incredible Freycinet Peninsula Circuit.
Hiking the Freycinet Peninsula Circuit is by far the best way to experience the mind-bending beauty of Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park. From stints across white, sandy beaches to steep climbs up rocky mountain summits, consider dedicating a bit of time to exploring this unique Tasmanian icon properly!
Read More: Freycinet Peninsula Circuit
37. Visit the Wild Southwest
If it’s wilderness you seek, you won’t find a wilder National Park in Australia than the notorious Southwest National Park. Exploring Southwest National Park was one of my favourite things to do in Tasmania, and one I think should be in every Tasmania travel guide.
This region has been spared by much of the early logging onslaught for just that reason– it was simply too wet and difficult to work in this park. Therefore, much of the park remains untouched wilderness.
Easy day walks are far and few between here. Instead, hikers only venture out here for challenging missions like Federation Peak, Mt Anne and the fabled Eastern Arthurs and Western Arthurs Traverses.
If you’re not prepared for any serious hiking, Adamsons Falls offers a great taste of the raw nature of the Southwest while still being manageable in a few hours. That being said, even this one is fairly remote and overgrown!
38. Get Off the Beaten Path in the Western Wilds
After spending so much time travelling over the past few years, I’ve realised that sometimes, one of the best things to do, especially in Tasmania, is just to rent a car and drive– get off the beaten path.
One of the best regions to do this is in the Western Wilds. Head to the mining town of Tullah, explore the Tarkine and find yourself a secluded spot by Lake Rosebury. If you find some great spots for yourself, let others know in the comments below or share links to your social photos!
39. Experience Boat Harbour
If you’re after beautiful, white-sand beaches and beautiful, calm turquoise waters but would rather skip on the crowds, then check out Boat Harbour in the northern part of Tasmania.
Boat Harbour is one of my favourite beaches in Tassie and I consider this beautiful coastal spot one of the best hidden gems in the state!
Read More: Boat Harbour, a Must-Visit Tassie Gem
40. Stop By the Edge of the World
The Edge of the World is a lookout spot with a Herculean name, found on the far-reaching end of Tasmania’s west coast.
The Edge of the World is a fitting name for the rugged region of Tasmania’s desolate northwest. Here, visitors will find nothing but a small plaque separating them from the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean.
This spot is worth adding to your own list of things to do in Tasmania, especially if you’re already planning a road trip to the Tarkine or the West Coast.
Read More: Guide to Visiting the Edge of the World
41. Explore the Tamar Valley Wine Region
The Tamar Valley is one of the richest wine regions of Tasmania, a state already known for incredible local produce and gastronomic delights.
The best way to experience the Tamar Valley Wine Region is to jump on a wine-tasting tour from Launceston. These trips are private, small-group activities stopping by four wineries for tasting and lunch (included).
Book: Tamar Valley Wine Tour
42. Explore Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs
On a visit to the deep South, make sure to add the Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs to your list of things to do in Tasmania. This is probably the primary attraction in the region and also one of Tassie’s largest cave systems.
You’ll need to book a tour to enter the cave but I’d highly recommend it! The tour also gives visitors access to the natural thermal springs which was a big deal breaker for us during the cold Tassie Winter visit! If you’re looking an adventure off the beaten path, then consider checking out the Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs!
Read More: Visiting Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs
43. Discover the Iron Blow Lookout
The Iron Blow lookout is a cantilevered lookout that stretches roughly 10 metres over a large open mining cut known as the Iron Blow, near Gormanston in Tasmania’s west.
Below, you’ll find a deep, metal-rich pool of water in a surrounding, otherworldly landscape. You can get here by driving the epic 99 bends road out of Queenstown in the Western Wilds. This is another lookout attraction that doesn’t often make the rounds in any Tasmania travel guide I’ve read, but a spot that I thought was really underrated!
Read More: Iron Blow Lookout Near Gormanston
44. Admire the View at Leven Canyon
Are you looking for one of the most bang-for-time lookout hikes in Tasmania? The Leven Canyon lookout is a short circuit loop in the Northern End of the state.
The metal viewpoint overlooks the Leven Canyon, a jurassic landscape with a horseshoe bend that is great for photos.
Read More: Leven Canyon Lookout
45. Camp at Lake Mcintosh
After spending close to four months driving around Tasmania in our self-converted van, I’d say we have a pretty good idea about the epic camping spots on offer!
One of the standout highlights is a free camping spot beside Lake McIntosh, near the Tarkine township of Tullah. There are multiple spots to pull up, enjoy a campfire and admire the views of the surrounding granite peaks. Best of all, there’s almost always never anyone else around!
Read More: Van Journal Week 14: The Western Wilds
46. Check out Evercreech State Reserve
There have been plenty of hidden gems in this Tasmanian Travel Guide so far. If these are the sort of tips you’re looking for in a list of things to do in Tasmania, then I’ve got another one for you.
Located in the far North East is the remote forest reserve known as Evercreech State Reserve. This is another great free camping spot adjacent to a beautiful temperate rainforest creek, complete with a waterfall and a short circuit loop beneath the world’s tallest White Gums.
Read More: Evercreech Falls, White Knights Walk
47. See the Remarkable Cave
Stretching all the way back over to the Tasman Peninsula now, next in on the list of things to do in Tasmania is the newly-reconstructed viewpoint for the Remarkable Cave.
This pristine sea cave is one of the best sandstone sea caves in Tasmania. The cliff has been hollowed over millions of years of heavy sea pounding and on a day with a big surge, expect to get wet!
You’ll find this one conveniently close by to other attractions including the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Cape Raoul Track and the Mount Brown track.
Read More: Remarkable Cave (Tasman Peninsula)
48. Stay a Night on Picnic Island
Picnic Island is a small private isle just off Coles Bay near Freycinet National Park. If you’ve been following my travels for a while, you’ll know that I’m not usually the type to go for luxury accommodation. However, when the owner invited us for a night’s stay on this incredible off-grid island paradise, I couldn’t refuse!
Staying on Picnic Island was one of the most magical experiences we’ve had in Tasmania. I’ve written a complete guide on what to expect if you’re planning on staying here, so go check it out for more photos!
Book: Picnic Island
Read More: What It’s Like Staying on Picnic Island
49. Visit Apsley Gorge National Park
An often overlooked National Park, Apsley Gorge is a beautiful spot, conveniently located next to Bicheno.
While you won’t find a tonne of hiking trails in this park, the Apsley Gorge and River circuit is definitely one to add ot the list. There are scenic gorge lookouts and even a big swimming hole to cool down in. This is considered an off-the-beaten path location that isn’t found on many travel guides, which is why it’s often missed by first-timers looking to travel in Tasmania.
Read More: Apsley Gorge River & Waterhole Circuit
50. Give a Helping Hand to Bob Brown
Tasmania’s history is unequivocally unique in that it is rifled with a dark and definitive divide between activists and industry. Tassie’s unique location and resources have meant that its economy has relied on logging and mining for centuries.
Unfortunately, this has led to undeniably tragic environmental loss and contamination over the years. The Bob Brown Foundation is a leading organisation attempting to restore the natural balance and protect world treasures like the Tarkine Rainforest from further permanent loss.
If you’re visiting Tasmania and you’re looking for something to do that contributes to the cause, reach out to the foundation. Many efforts have long passed the stage of petitions and lobbying and require boots-on-the-ground action.
There are many ways to help out, check out their website to find out how.
51. Experience One of the World’s Most Scenic Coastal Flights
Tasmania’s East Coast easily takes the cake in my opinion, as the most dramatic coastline in Australia, or perhaps even in the world! Could you think of a better way to witness the marvel of the Freycinet Peninsula, Maria Island or the Tasman Peninsula than from the seat of a scenic flight plane?
If it’s on your bucket list and you find yourself in Hobart, definitely don’t look past this once-in-a-lifetime Tasmania travel activity.
Book for best price online: East Coast Scenic Flight
52. Walk on the Tessellated Pavement
While you will find some iconic 19th-century cobblestone streets in Hobart, the Tessellated Pavement actually refers to a natural, geological phenomenon found on the Tasman Peninsula near Eaglehawk Neck.
This geometric pattern pictured below is found in only a few places on earth. It’s caused by rare conditions that caused the rocks to fracture and then erode by sea waves to form a tile-like pattern.
This Tasmania attraction is worth a visit as it’s only a quick stop-over and short walk from the carpark.
Tip: visit at low tide!
53. Explore the Huon Valley
The Huon Valley is Tasmania’s prized produce region beginning just 30 minutes from Hobart and extending to the southernmost tip in Australia. The region is rich in history and culinary delights. Taste local honey and famous Tasmanian Pinot Noir at the many markets and farm-to-table restaurants.
Stay in the Huon Valley: Find the Best Places to Stay
54. Visit Shipstern Bluff
The Shipstern Bluff is a world-famous big-wave surf break found on the southern coast of the Tasman Peninsula. While my photo below certainly doesn’t do it justice, this break is actually considered one of the heaviest waves in the world.
Every year, when conditions are just right, dozens of the world’s best big-wave surfers fly to Tasmania to compete in the Red Bull Cape Fear competition. If you’re in Tasmania between March and July, keep an ear out, as the competition is often called within a week’s notice!
Read More: Cape Raoul Lookout & Shipstern Bluff
55. Learn About Raptors at the Raptor Refuge
This inspiring refuge is dedicated to caring and protecting Tasmania’s large birds of prey. There’s an education centre here with informative tours to learn about Tassie’s raptors and what the refuge is doing to protect them.
56. Go Glamping
Have you ever tried glamping? New accommodations are always being explored and this one is a fresh new accommodation movement that appeals to a hybrid of outdoor/luxury travel.
One of the best glamping setups in the country can be found at Huon Valley Glamping. If you’re looking for a unique and fun thing to do in Tasmania, definitely check them out!
57. Stay at Old Macs Farm
Another unique attraction and place to stay in Tasmania is Old Macs, located just a few minutes’ drive out of Launceston. This one is more suited to those travelling Tasmania in a caravan or camper, as they offer excellent sites on their huge farm!
Old Macs have a variety of activities that are great for families, including animal petting, restaurants and a scenic lake to walk around.
58. Go on a Cascade Brewery Tour
Did you know that Hobart is home to Australia’s oldest brewery? The Cascade Brewery has been producing beer since 1832. It was first established by Peter Degraves, when Hobart had 55 licensed pubs for a population of just 10,000!
It’s pretty clear that they were successful, and still continue to attract thousands of visitors to their working brewery every year.
Book: Hobart Hop-on-hop-off bus to Cascade Brewery
59. Visit Gordon Dam
Visitors will find Gordon Dam, also known as the Gordon River Dam, found deep in South West Tasmania. The road out here is one of the most scenic in the country, and an excellent region to explore for hiking and generally just getting off-grid.
The Gordon Dam is an undeniably impressive curved arch dam with a controlled spillway across the Gordon River. It’s quite impressive, and makes for great photos if you’re willing to take the scenic drive out!
Stay Near Strathgordon: Pedder Wilderness Lodge
60. Go Whitewater Rafting on the King River
As you’d expect from one of Australia’s adventure capitals, there’s an abundance of epic white water rafting activities on offer for travellers in Tasmania.
One of the best-rated trips runs on the Grade-4 King River on Tassie’s West Coast. If you’re looking to book things to do in Tasmania, check out the particular trip below combining a white water rafting trip down the King River Gorge with the spectacular steam train journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
This is one of the most cost-effective ways to combine two of the West-Coasts highlights in a single day of adventure!
61. Spot a Wild Platypus
The final wildlife related attraction in this Tasmania travel guide is the unique platypus, native to the island.
I’ve grown up in Australia, spending a lot of time in the outdoors and I’ve never seen as many platypuses as I did during my time travelling in Tasmania. The ones you’ll find here are also a lot larger and fluffier than those in the rest of Australia due to the cold conditions.
Some of the best places to spot these furry, duck-billed, egg-laying marsupials is at Duckhole Lake, Lake Chrisholm and the local park in Geeveston.
62. Go on a Ghost Tour
Even when visiting during daylight hours, there’s an undeniably eerie feeling within the walls of the Port Arthur Historic Site. Learning about its dark past and the intimate stories of personal convict experiences is remarkably interesting yet unsettling.
For believers of the paranormal, one of the spookiest things to do in Tasmania is to join in on an evening ghost tour of the premises. This is a guided tour of the premises at night, offering visitors a unique experience to say the least!
Book a place to stay in Port Arthur: Port Arthur Booking
Tasmania Travel Guide: Essential Resources & Things to Know
So, that wraps up my long list of all the awesome things to do in Tasmania! But, keep reading. This Tasmania travel guide continues with a few tips, resources and suggestions that I’m sure will prove helpful for planning your travels in Tassie.
The Best Tasmanian Travel tours and Activities
If I had to pick five of the best bookable Tassie activities and tours, it’d be the five below. I’ve linked to the best prices you’ll find below for each to save you the time looking!
- Gordon River World Heritage Cruise
- Bruny Island Wilderness Cruise
- Port Arthur Historic Site
- Hobart: Mount Wellington Full-Day Bus
- Scenic Flight Over Freycinet Peninsula
The best part is, you can book these online in advance. This ensures you get the best price and will save you from missing out if they sell out on the day.
How to Get to Tasmania
Before you get out and explore all the Tasmania attractions and highlights, you might be interested to know how to actually get here!
There are two options for getting to Tasmania, book a flight, or take the Spirit of Tasmania Ferry from Melbourne Harbour.
Spirit of Tasmania
This is Tasmania’s very own car-ferry transport crossing the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Devonport, twice daily. The trip takes roughly 9-11 hours and there are options for booking morning (day sails) and evening (overnight) trips. One thing that I noticed is that seats and car-spots fill up very quickly and it’s a good idea to book at least a few weeks in advance. Unfortunately, this option often ends up more expensive than just flying in. However, the ability to take your own car across is appealing since car rentals in Tasmania is notoriously expensive.
Fly to Tasmania
There are several airports to fly into domestically from within Australia. Launceston and Hobart are the two largest airports. Consequently, if you’re planning to tour around Tasmania, definitely check prices for both airports as Launceston is often cheaper. If flying internationally, your only option will be Hobart Airport but the international routes to Hobart are quite limited.
Getting Around in Tasmania
By far, the best way to get around in Tasmania to fully explore all the epic things to do on the Apple Isle is to do so in a car or campervan. That’s because there are limited public transport options operating between major cities and remote attractions. Usually, visitors without a vehicle will base themselves in either Hobart, Launceston, Burnie or the Huon Valley and book organised trips to see the different Tasmania highlights and attractions.
Rent a Car
Unfortunately, car rental prices in Tasmania are some of the most expensive I’ve seen in Australia. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good deal. Below are the best resources available to help you avoid paying an arm and a leg.
- RentalCars.com – a rental car comparison site similar to Skyscanner. Great way to compare rates and availability across companies.
- Car Next Door – sharing economy car rental app. I usually use this if I need to rent a car anywhere as it always ends up cheaper. Use my link for $15 off your first booking.
If it’s a campervan you’re after, consider these options:
- Spaceships Vans: Budget, backpacker-style campers. There’s a depot in Hobart – the cheapest option.
- Jucy Vans – Another budget/backpacker option with a bit more variety to choose from. Also has cheap cars. You’ll have to pickup and drop off in Melbourne.
- DriveNow – A campervan comparison website to find deals across the more expensive rentals like Maui, Apollo and Britz. Use the widget below!
Where to Stay – Must See Places in Tasmania
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that Tasmania is a small island! We travelled around Tassie for over 4 months and we still feel like we just scratched the surface! There are just so many amazing places in Tasmania to see, and you’ll be doing yourself a favour if you pick accommodation in at least one or two regions.
In fact, there are so many places explore in Tassie that I have written a separate independent accommodation guide covering all the best areas and places to stay. This is another long guide that will be really helpful for planning your own Tassie trip.
Otherwise, there’s an accommodation and area summary of that article below or use the map to search for deals for yourself.
The capital city and largest in Tasmania. Look for places near Salamanca Place or Battery Point to be close to the famous Tasmanian attractions and things to do like the markets, sculpture trail and docks.
Read the full guide: Where to Stay in Hobart
Cradle Mountain is Tasmania’s most popular alpine region to visit. There are loads of hikes here but only a few places to stay.
Bruny Island is a wildlife, nature and culinary experience. This beautiful slice of Tassie is accessible via a short car-ferry ride just south of Hobart. The best places to stay are around Adventure Bay.
The Huon Valley
The Huon Valley is a beautiful region of farmland beginning just 30 minutes from Hobart and extending to the southern-most point of Australia. The region is named after the Huon River, the fifth-longest in the state and an essential water source for the historic farming developments in the area. There are plenty of places to stay here, offering a quiet option in pristine farmland.
The Tasman Peninsula (Port Arthur)
The Tasman Peninsula is an often overlooked area to stay in Tasmania as many people opt to take day trips from Hobart. However, I’d say it’s worth checking out for at least 3 days to see the highlights.
Tasmania’s second largest city is well worth a visit and serves as an excellent base for day trips to the central region and the East Coast.
Northwest Tasmania has wild, rugged coastlines and is home to Australia’s largest stretch of temperate rainforest; the Tarkine. There’s lots to explore in this region and the best areas to stay are in Stanley, Boat Harbour and Penguin.
Stay in Penguin
A quaint coastal town with a unique name.
Stay in Boat Harbour
One of the most beautiful and underrated beach towns in Tasmania. A must visit!
Stay in Stanley
Famous for the iconic nut but offers great seaside accomodations.
Strahan & the West Coast
The West Coast of Tasmania is aptly named the “Western Wilds”. This area is a mix of wild, unforgiving wilderness and quaint mining towns. The best towns to stay in to explore all of the epic things to do in this wild part of Tasmania include Strahan and Queenstown.
Devonport is the third largest city in Tasmania and serves as the gateway for those entering the island state via the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. Compared to Hobart and Launceston, Devonport is much quieter. However, Devonport is known to have both calmer and warmer weather.
The East Coast
- Picnic Island – Freycinet
- Freycinet Lodge – Freycinet
- Eagle Peaks – Freycinet
- Driftwood – Bay of Fires
- The Cove – Bay of Fires
- Bush Retreat – Bay of Fires
About Tasmanian National Parks – A Quick Travel Guide
Undeniably, Tasmania is most famous for its beautiful nature and wildlife and therefore you’d expect that the best things to do and see are found in the protected National Parks.
An important thing to note is that National Parks in Tasmania require a permit to enter. Therefore, you’ll need to purchase a parks pass online or at the many visitor centres. These passes are valid for entry to all of Tasmania’s parks and the receipt must be displayed in your vehicle when parking.
If you are spending a fair bit of time in Tassie, the annual pass or the Holiday Passes offer the best value.
National Parks Pass Cost:
- 24-hours: $40 per vehicle/$20 per person
- Holiday Passes – up to 2 months: $80 per vehicle/$40 per person
- Annual Pass all parks: $90 per vehicle (up to eight people)
How Much Does it Cost to Travel Tasmania?
One of the most important thing when planning a trip is your budget. Therefore I’ve included this short Tasmania travel guide to my recommended/estimated costs for varying budgets.
Like most places in Australia, travel in Tasmania is relatively expensive but can also be done cheaply. Below are a few figures to help you understand what you’re in for.
- Average Mid-Range Hotel: $90-100
- Average Backpacker dorm: $25-$40
- Cost of a Meal in a Mid-range Restaurant: $16-$30
- Cost of Rental Car: $70-$200 per day
In saying this, if you’ve read my blog before, then you probably know that we like to travel fairly cheaply. Living in a van in Tasmania and sticking mostly to free, outdoor activities with the occasional splurge on adrenaline tours and experience was actually quite cheap. We budgeted around $120 a week on groceries, $60 on fuel, $80 on camp-site fees (there are actually a lot of free sites) and about $140 a week on miscellaneous activities.
This $400 was for two of us living frugally but enjoyably and shows that budget travel in Tasmania can be done! In fact, some weeks we spent less than $200 when hiking and freedom camping!
Best Time to Travel Tasmania
Defining the best time to visit Tasmania will highly depend on what kind of things you want to do.
However, the general consensus in most official and unofficial Tasmania travel guides is that the summer months between December and February are the best time to visit. This season brings less rain and overall much more enjoyable weather. Expect 25-30 degree summer days as a norm for much of the state.
Conversely, for hiking, I’d say that late Spring or early Autumn is actually a better time as the mountains will often be powdered with snow, producing more dramatic landscapes and tolerable conditions.
Winter in Tasmania is quite brutal (by Aussie standards) but undeniably beautiful. Temperatures drop far below zero in many parts of the state and rain and heavy wind is prevalent. Keep in mind that Tassie Winter tends to kick in later than the rest of Australia. Taswegians have told me that the coldest months usually fall in August and September, which is technically early spring!
Tasmania Travel Packing List: Some Essentials
Wrapping up this Tasmania travel guide, before you get off and tick off all the must do activities, here are a few recommendations for things to bring.
- Camera or GoPro – Read my recommended Camera Gear List
- A Good Hardshell (waterproof jacket)
- Warm under layers
- Travel towel
- Waterproof shoes or hiking boots
- Compact Tripod (for the Southern Lights)
- Merino wool socks
- Head torch
- Waterproof phone pouch
- Packing Cubes (for organisation)
- A Good Day Bag
More Tasmania Travel Guides and Adventure Inspiration
That concludes my Tasmania Travel Guide featuring 62 best things to do!
It’s been an absolute blast exploring and documenting my adventures in Tassie and I sincerely hope that I have in some way inspired you to go out and enjoy this incredible part of Australia. If you feel like I’ve missed out on something during my adventures and you feel it deserves a spot on the list, please leave a comment or reach out to me directly!
Otherwise, while you’re here, make sure to check out some of my other useful travel guides to Tasmania and other parts of Australia for more highlights, attractions and inspiration for things to do!
Story: Planning a Tassie Trip