The Best Places to Visit on a Tasmania Road Trip

The Best Places to Visit on a Tasmania Road Trip

This post contains affiliate links. We may receive compensation, at no extra cost to you, when you click on or make a purchase using these links.

Tasmania is one of these places in Australia I keep going back to. Since I discovered it on my mini-moon ten years ago, I keep adding to my list of places to visit on a Tasmania road trip. Eventually, I will see it all!

Cray fishing is one of Tasmania's tourist attractions
Cray Fishing Baskets

I find my Tasmania holidays always relaxing and exciting. Whether you like history, food, wildlife or nature, so many activities in Tasmania will take your breath away and have you asking for more.

Whether you take a quick Tasmania getaway or a longer itinerary, you can use this list as a guide to help you make a selection of places to visit.

The Best Places to Visit on a Tasmania Road Trip

There are many things to see in Tasmania and this guide is what I have seen so far, I will be adding more on my next trip. I hope you enjoy my Tasmania photos!

Where to Stay in Tasmania

I have made some recommendations for places to stay in Tasmania, in each paragraph. Some of the best hotels in Tasmania are in spectacular locations so read on…

Hobart

Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and a likely starting point when travelling around Tasmania. At the foothills of Mount Wellington and on the banks of the Derwent River, Hobart is an interesting mix of heritage buildings and more recent and less-attractive ones…

Start your Tasmania road trip in Hobart
Hobart – Photo Thierry Mignon

Established in 1803 as a penal colony, Hobart has a number of historic landmarks, such as the Cascade Female Factory, the Cascade Brewery and Mawson’s Hut Replica.

The Hobart Harbour is where you are likely to start your tour of the best places to visit in Tasmania
Hobart – Photo Thierry Mignon

There is also a decent food scene in Hobart, bars and restaurants to enjoy in Salamanca, and if you are there on a Saturday, a lively market, which you should include in your Hobart sightseeing.

Enjoying a stroll on historic Battery Point and some seafood on the waterfront is one of the top things to do in Hobart. If you can block out the unfortunate 1960s architecture, Hobart has a nice historic feel and is worth a day or two.

The bars and restaurants of Hobart are places of interest in Tasmania
Hobart – Photo Thierry Mignon

If you need some guidance on what to do in Hobart or to save some time, I recommend taking a city tour, it will take you to all the main places of interest. Check out additional details and get current tour prices.

Hobart Accommodation

There are plenty of places to stay in Hobart, for all budgets. In my opinion, some of the best hotels in Hobart are close to the waterfront.

On a previous trip, I stayed at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, one of the oldest boutique hotels in Hobart. The prices are quite good and you get to experience the historic charm. Errol Flynn used to stay there!

A cheaper option is Customs House Hotel Hobart. Also a historic building in a great location, on the harbour and close to the Hobart information centre. Breakfast is included in the rate.

Hobart Apartments

The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel is a renovated warehouse, close to the wharf and restaurants. The prices are mid to high range. Parking is available.

The Salamanca Wharf Hotel has spacious apartments and is in a great location, right next to the Salamanca bars and nightspots.

Hobart Backpackers

The Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse is a few streets away from Salamanca. Accommodation is in dorm rooms, including ladies only.

MONA

The Museum of Old and New or MONA is probably one of the most intriguing attractions of Tasmania. A contemporary art museum, MONA holds the $110M art collection of David Walsh, a poker multi-millionaire and a proud Tasmanian.

The exhibition program will keep you busy for an entire day so take your time to absorb the experience. You can access MONA by ferry from Brooke Street in Hobart. It’s a nice way to see the Derwent River and the views over Hobart, and there is very little parking on-site anyway.

The MONA building from the Derwent River is an interesting attraction in Tasmania
MONA from the Derwent River

The building has no windows, an eerie staircase descends into the ground and you then use a series of tunnels and stairs to view the different exhibits. There is a sense of the outrageous, the art installations are thought-provoking and puzzling. Whether you are into contemporary art or not, MONA is on my list of places to visit in Hobart. In my view, it’s a sensory experience as well as an art exhibition. Be prepared to be dazzled, overwhelmed, surprised and mystified!

The art work at MONA makes one of the most intriguing places to visit in Tasmania
MONA

The MONA complex also has luxury accommodation, a restaurant, bars, the Moorilla winery and the Moo Brewery.

The Mona Pavilions have fabulous views, parking, original artwork on the walls and include breakfast!

You can combine a city tour of Hobart with the ticket to MONA, including the ferry, which departs from the wharf, close to the Hobart tourist information centre. Check out additional details and get current tour prices.

Bruny Island

To discover the South East tip of the Apple Isle, on the edge of the Southern Ocean, a Bruny Island day trip is a minimum. There are many great things to do on Bruny Island so don’t hesitate to stay longer.

The drive from Hobart to Bruny Island is only 45 mins and the ferry to Bruny Island is only 15 mins.

Named after the French explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux, Bruny Island is really two islands connected by an isthmus, North Bruny and South Bruny. Bruny is a rich and diverse experience and one of my favourite places to go in Tasmania. 

This view of the Neck at Bruny Island is one of the best in Tasmania
The Neck at Bruny Island

The North and the South are quite different but the experiences you can enjoy include: take one of the Bruny Island cruises on the edge of Southern Ocean, visit a lighthouse, discover some pristine beaches, spy on unique and plentiful wildlife, do some bushwalking and enjoy some great local food and seafood…

Cape Bruny is quite remote yet definitely a place to see in Tasmania
Cape Bruny

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Cape Bruny Lighthouse and I recommend you take a tour. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Bruny Island Accommodation

Free Spirit Pods and 43 Degrees Bruny Island are ideal places to enjoy an eco-lodge experience, surrounded by wilderness and wildlife.

If you’re not sure about how to get to Bruny Island but still want a great experience in a day, Bruny Island tours run daily from Hobart. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Port Arthur, Tasmania

If you are interested in Australia’s convict history, Tasmania has five of the eleven World Heritage Convict Sites. Alongside the Fremantle Prison, Port Arthur in Tasmania is part of this list and a most interesting visit.

The drive from Port Arthur to Hobart is only 90 mins and this is where the most hardened criminals and repeat offenders were held, at the time when Tasmania was known as Van Diemen’s Land. Port Arthur was a place of brutal punishment, including for boys as young as eight.

To understand Australian convict history, visit Port Arthur in Tasmania
Port Arthur

Yet, it’s a place where you learn about the past history of Tasmania, as well as extraordinary stories of its residents. Port Arthur is worth at least a day, and I recommend taking the 40-minute introductory tour, in order to get your bearings. You can wander freely about the grounds and even take a 20-minute cruise past the dockyard, Point Puer (the boys’ prison) and the Isle of the Dead. 

Port Arthur tickets are valid for two days as there is quite a lot to see. the 40-minute introductory tour and cruise are included in the Port Arthur entree fee. Check out additional information and current entry prices.

Visit Port Arthur in Tasmania to understand Australia's convict history
Penitentiary at Port Arthur

There are some 30 historic buildings to see and you can refresh at the two Port Arthur restaurants. Port Arthur is a fairly sad place, and some of the stories might give you a bit of a shiver but it is one of the most important places of interest in Tasmania. I went to Port Arthur twice and learned more each time!

For more Port Arthur tours, there is a day tour from Hobart and the Port Arthur Historic Site Ghost tour.

Port Arthur opening hours are from 9 am to dusk, the houses and buildings close at 5 pm.

Port Arthur Hotels

There is accommodation available near Port Arthur. The best one I could find is Stewarts Bay Lodge, within walking distance of the historic site and the Three Capes Walk.

There are other Port Arthur apartments and Port Arthur Motels but they seemed less comfortable.

Maria Island

Off the East Coast Tasmania, about 2-3 hours drive from Hobart, Maria Island is a beautiful island. A haven of pristine nature and wildlife, it’s perfect for a day trip of exploring. The Encounter Maria Island Ferry leaves from Triabunna, Tasmania and takes 30 minutes to Maria Island. There are no motor vehicles, no shops, so you need to be self-sufficient for the day.

Maria Island should be on your list of beautiful places in Tasmania
Commissariat Store of the Darlington Probation Station

The Darlington Probation Station is a World Heritage Convict Site and has 14 buildings you can visit. 

Bushwalking and cycling are great ways to visit Maria Island National Park. You would need a couple of days to walk from the township of Darlington to the other end of the island at Haunted Bay, and back again. So hiring bicycles is a good idea. Maria Island is also a good place to dive and snorkel.

Expect many beautiful coastal views on your list of places to visit in Tasmania
Coastal View in Maria Island

Maria Island accommodation is very basic and there are free campsites if you want to stay overnight. However, I took a day trip there and thought it was enough to see most places.

We stayed in Orford, Tasmania. Orford’s Sanda House B&B only has 4 rooms and includes breakfast. It’s a historical house with personalised hospitality.

Some Tasmania tourist attractions like Maria Island come with friendly wombats
Wombat at Maria Island

Another major reason to visit Maria Island is to view the wildlife. Numerous birds, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, tasmanian devils, possums and echidnas roam the island freely. Curious wombats even hang around the Darlington Probation Station hoping for a handout but it’s best to leave them be…

Don’t miss the Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach on your Maria Island walk.

With its painted cliffs, Maria Island should be on Tasmania bucket list
Painted Cliffs at Maria Island

There are Maria Island tours from Hobart. It’s a long day (9,5 hours) but Maria Island is a unique combination of wilderness, wildlife and convict history so it’s worth considering. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Winery Tour

Thanks to its cooler climate, Tasmania wine regions produce wines that are distinctively different from the ones on the mainland. Tasmanian pinot noir is famous around the world and I really enjoy Tasmanian sparkling wines, and you should definitely visit a winery or two in your wanderings.

Visit a cellar door on Tasmania's East Coast
Springvale Vineyard

The best wineries in Tasmania are in the Tamar Valley and on the east coast. There are also some wineries near Hobart.

Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park

With its dramatic pink granite peaks, secluded bay and white sandy beaches, Freycinet National Park is definitely one of the best things to do when travelling around Tasmania. The iconic Wineglass Bay, with its perfect sandy cove is one of the most beautiful beaches in Tasmania. There are short walks across the park for various levels of ability, which means you are guaranteed some great views.

Don't miss Wineglass Bay on your Tasmania Road Trip
Wineglass Bay

The Wineglass Bay Lookout walk is a bit of a scramble and very busy with tourists, but the views are worth it, especially on a sunny day. Considering the place gets so busy at times, it is well worth trying to get away from the crowds on some of the bush trails.

The jagged granite peaks are called the Hazards and Wineglass Bay is one of Tasmania’s most photographed views.

You can walk to Wineglass Bay in about 90 mins. For a complete Wineglass Bay walk, you should allocate 4 to 5 hours.

Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay should be on every Tasmania tours. You can take a day trip from Hobart to Wineglass Bay if you are not motorised. It’s a long day (11 hours) but you won’t regret it. The tour also takes you to a place where you can enjoy incredibly fresh seafood! Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Freycinet National Park Accommodation

Wineglass Bay accommodation can be expensive but quite luxurious. Freycinet Lodge Tasmania is in the national park. Breakfast is included and the views over Wineglass Bay are exceptional.

We stayed in Piermont Retreat in Swansea, Tasmania on several occasions, including our mini-moon. The stone cottages are in a secluded place and there is a good restaurant.

Coles Bay accommodation is cheaper but also a bit more standard.

Bicheno & Denison Beach

A quaint seaside town, Bicheno, Tasmania is very reminiscent of days gone past. It feels a little old-fashioned but the fishing industry is still very active so it’s worth indulging in a seafood lunch in one of the Bicheno restaurants. There is a penguin colony however Bicheno’s main attraction is a blowhole… Not too high on my list of Tasmania tourist attractions but it’s worth a photo or two if the blowhole is performing…

Bicheno blowhole is something to see on East Coast Tasmania
Bicheno Blowhole

I didn’t find many things to do in Bicheno but further to the north lies beautiful Denison Beach: a peaceful and deserted stretch of East Coast Tasmania. Denison Beach is hidden behind the dunes and was completely deserted when I went there.

Enjoy a Tasmania holidays vibe at Denison Beach
Denison Beach

Accommodation in Bicheno, Tasmania

Bicheno accommodation is fairly standard however it’s a good place to break up your journey on East Coast Tasmania. Bicheno’s Ocean View Retreat is comfortable with great views. A cheaper option is Bicheno Cabin Park for clean and tidy bungalows.

St Helens & the Peron Dunes

St Helens is the gateway to the Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay. It’s the last major centre with shops and petrol before heading north to one of the most extraordinary places to visit in Tasmania: the Bay of Fires. But before you head out, take the opportunity to the Peron Dunes. Just off the St Helens Point Conservation Area and close to the beach, Peron Dunes offer a lunar and pristine landscape.

The lesser known Peron Dunes should feature on your list of places to go in Tasmania
Peron Dunes

If you have the right vehicle and the right experience, it may possible to visit the dunes and beach by 4WD but I was happy just walking around.

Accommodation in St Helens, Tasmania

As is true with most of this area, St Helens accommodation is fairly standard but it’s a good area to stay for a few days or overnight.

Big4 St Helens Holiday Park has clean, self-contained cabins, very close to the beach. For water views, the Sweetwater Villas have spacious units and balconies.

Binalong Bay

Binalong Bay is at the southern end of the Bay of Fires. Initially a fishing hamlet, with white sands and perfect blue waters, Binalong Bay is a very picturesque and charming little township. It’s a good place to stay if you are visiting the Bay of Fires.

Binalong Bay is a charming fishing village and a good place to stay when travelling around Tasmania
Binalong Bay

There is no Bay of Fires accommodation north of Binalong Bay, unless you want a very luxurious villa.

Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires stretches 50 kms from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point and is one of the most extraordinary places to see in Tasmania. Crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches contrast with the orange lichen covering the granite boulders.

The Bay of Fires is one of the most extraordinary places to visit in Tasmania
Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires was named after the fires lit on the coast by local Aboriginal people, and not by the orange on the boulders. Whilst being an extremely popular destination due to the fantastic photo opportunities it presents, the Bay of Fires feels remote and peaceful. Beyond the photos, it is worth wandering around the Gardens and spending some time swimming in those pristine waters.

Ansons Bay & Eddystone Lighthouse

Most people visiting the Bay of Fires stop at a location called the Gardens and don’t make it any further. That’s what I did on my first visit. However, it is worth driving further up the coast to Eddystone Point. You will need to drive through the forest and pastoral land, and cross to the coast again. Most of the road is unsealed but present no issues for a normal vehicle.

Ansons Bay is a peaceful cove you can see when driving around Tasmania
Ansons Bay

The drive past Ansons Bay, Tasmania will take you to Eddystone Lighthouse. The coast has some beautiful granite with different colours, including the trademark orange. I also recommend driving to Picnic Rocks on Deep Creek Road.

The road is unsealed but again very manageable for a car. This has to be one of the best beaches in Tasmania and there are several places where you can stop. After a reasonably long drive, I was surprised to find beach shacks and even a campsite.

The pristine beach at Eddystone Point is one of the most beautiful in Tasmania
Eddystone Point

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Brisdestowe Lavender Estate is a lavender farm that has been in operation for a long time and was started with genuine French lavender plants. Today, it’s lavender fields rival those of Provence…

The purple blooms of Bridestowe Lavender for your Tasmania holidays
Bridestowe Lavender Estate

The perfectly aligned rows of tiny purple blooms line towards the horizon and the essence floats in a haze in the evening light… If you are looking for romantic photos or just an Instagram snap, Bridestowe is probably on your list of places to visit in Tasmania.

For a $10 fee, you may wander in the fields and even take a guided tour. There is a cafe, a lavender ice-cream truck and a very well-well-stocked gift shop, where you can buy lavender based cosmetics and iconic lavender bear.

Having a lavender ice-cream is a popular Tasmania tourist attraction
Lavender ice-cream

Lavender flowers are at their best in December-January and Bridestowe is certainly a very pretty location. However, you need to be prepared for the crowds… The shop and the fields get really overrun and it can be a little difficult to get a people-free photo…

I enjoyed my visit at Bridestowe lavender farm but it’s a lot of work for a few pretty photos… Still, lavender fields deserve a mention in the best places in Tasmania! And the ice-cream was nice…

Tamar Valley

Few places embody the “dairy country” label more than the Tamar Valley… The green rolling hills, the farms and paddock… It’s almost as if dairy products come out of the land… Not really, but you get the idea. The Tamar Valley is a great self-drive itinerary between Launceston and the Bay of Fires, for example.

If you are travelling around Tasmania, don't forget to include a self-drive itinerary through the Tamar Valley
Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley is one of many great places in Tasmania and can include a winery tour. Don’t miss Derby, a little township steeped in history, with a funny fish painted on a rock…

You may come across this fish painted on rock in Derby when travelling around Tasmania
Painted fish in Derby

Launceston

Another likely gateway for visitors, Launceston is the second-largest city in Tasmania, although it is a regional airport, unlike Hobart. Launceston has a fairly quiet feel, sitting on the Tamar River estuary, and plenty of charming mansions on its hillsides. The Cataract Gorge and its scenic chairlift are among Launceston attractions.

Launceston Accommodation

There are several historic buildings in the centre of Launceston where you can stay. For Launceston hotels, I would suggest Waratah on York. Spacious rooms with breakfast included in a heritage-listed building.

Art Hotel on York has some very reasonable prices and is in a central location. Peppers Seaport Hotel is modern, with river views. There are some nice restaurants on the marina below and it’s close to Cataract Gorge.

For Launceston apartments, the very reasonably priced Ashcroft Apartments is a good option.

Sheffield

Sheffield, Tasmania is known as the “City of Murals”. The small, seemingly sleepy town has a lively art and craft community thanks to the murals painted all over town. The initiative was designed by the local community in order to save the town from oblivion and it now attracts some 200,000 tourists every year.

Sheffield is a place of interest in Tasmania thanks to its many murals
Photo Thierry Mignon – Sheffield

Sheffield is a pleasant little town and the gateway to Mount Roland and Cradle Mountain. You can stay at Acacia B&B, an old house surrounded by gardens. Breakfast is included.

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Visiting this pristine nature area is certainly a highlight of travelling around Tasmania. You can experience Cradle Mountain in a day, by taking a 2-hour walk around Dove Lake, however, there are many more options, from climbing all the way to Cradle Mountain, or digging deeper into the old-growth rainforest.

Things to do in Cradle Mountain are mostly to do with hiking and outdoor activities.

Cradle Mountain is one of the best Tasmania tourist spots
Photo Thierry Mignon – Dove Lake

The Overland Track, a world-famous 6-day trek and one of the best walks in Tasmania, also starts at Cradle Mountain. For nature lovers, Cradle Mountain is home to Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus and echidna as well as countless bird species. In spring and early summer, wildflowers are in bloom: waratahs, orchids, banksias, hakeas, leatherwoods…

You can visit as a day trip from Launceston to Cradle Mountain. You’ll get to see more than Dove Lake with an experienced guide. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Cradle Mountain Accommodation

Accommodation in Cradle Mountain can be expensive and the luxury tag isn’t always deserved, but there isn’t a lot of choice around. Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village has self-contained eco-cabins in beautiful surroundings.

The Cradle Mountain Hotel is a cheaper option in equally beautiful surroundings. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge has cabins with spas.

Tasmania Wilderness

Tasmania has significant parts of its territory listed as wilderness: untouched and protected. Admittedly, going into the wilderness can involve some travel into the depths of Tasmania. However, if you drive from Cradle Mountain to Derwent River, the road crosses through the wilderness and you can experience the stillness of undisturbed nature, the soft flow of the wind across the plain.

The wilderness around Cradle Mountain is one of my favourite places to visit in Tasmania
Tasmania Wilderness

There is a good road from Cradle Mountain to Hobart running through the wilderness. I highly recommend stopping at the Vale of Belvoir lookout for beautiful views all the way to Mount Roland.

How to Combine Tasmania with the rest of Australia?

Travelling to Tasmania is often combined with visiting Victoria, which has some really beautiful scenery. I had a great time at the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians. A less known but equally great trip is goldfields town of Sovereign Hill.

I know there are many more Tasmania highlights. Do you have other suggestions on what to see in Tasmania? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!

Tasmania is one of these places in Australia I keep going back to. Since I discovered it on my mini-moon almost ten years ago, I keep adding to my list of places to visit on a Tasmania road trip.
#lesterlost #travel #tasmania #travelblog

46 Comments

  1. Amanda

    February 16, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    What a lovely post! I’ve been to Australia once, but I never made it to Tasmania. I’m thinking about going back on a WH-visa, and that time I’ll definitely go to Tasmania – your pictures are beautiful!

    1. Delphine

      February 16, 2019 at 5:40 pm

      Tasmania is absolutely worth a road trip, at least a couple of weeks… I’ve broken down my visits on different trips over the years, and my last trip was two weeks driving around, it was the best! If you make it to Australia again, I highly recommend you make a priority of Tasmania, you won’t regret it!

  2. Margarita

    February 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I have only seen a tiny bit of Tasmania and ever since, wanted to go back to explore the island properly. I’ve spent a couple of days at the Cradle Mountain, and while I was cooped up at a conference for most of it, I managed to see quite a bit of wildlife, and thankfully the Cradle Mountain itself from the Dove lake :).

    I am thrilled to learn that there are lavender fields on the island too! And MONA, of course, can’t wait to check it out!

    1. Delphine

      February 16, 2019 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Margarita, there is plenty of wildlife in Tasmania. With 45% of land listed as wilderness or national park, it’s very green and all sorts of wildlife are pretty happy there!

  3. Abbey

    February 16, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Would love to do a tour of all of this. Wineglass bay is lovely but i missed out on the lavender fields…next time for sure.

    1. Delphine

      February 16, 2019 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Abbey, the lavender fields are nice but very touristy and you need to pick the right season for the flowers to be in bloom… Having said that, I’m very happy with the photos I took there so it was worth it!

  4. Pashmina Binwani

    February 16, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    As someone who loves offbeat places I really enjoyed reading your experience! The places I visited in Oz were often the usual cities like Melbourne and Sydney so the stillness and nature of Tasmania really appeals to me. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Delphine

      February 17, 2019 at 7:34 am

      Hi Pashmina, most visitors to Australia start with large cities like Sydney and Melbourne, however the natural environment in Australia is what really stands out to me. I hope you get a chance to explore this beautiful island on your next trip to Australia.

  5. Rachel

    February 16, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    In my two years in Australia, I just never quite made it to Tassy – it looks amazing though, I am definitely going next time! Great tips and lovely photos.

    1. Delphine

      February 17, 2019 at 7:32 am

      Hi Rachel, I hope you get the chance to come back to Australia and visit Tasmania, it is an enchanting destination!

  6. Alma

    February 16, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Beautiful photos! Would love to visit Tasmania one day.

    1. Delphine

      February 17, 2019 at 7:31 am

      Hi Alma, Tasmania is such a beautiful destination, well worth travelling from afar to visit it.

  7. Shantelle

    February 17, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Wow I have to add this place to my list! Great post

    1. Delphine

      February 17, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Hi Shantelle, thank you for visiting, I’m sure you would love Tasmania!

  8. Amy Alton

    February 17, 2019 at 10:45 am

    We did 8 days in Tasmania last year and loved it! Unfortunately, we didn’t do enough as my husband got sick. But we did do the Penicott cruise, and it was AMAZING!

    1. Delphine

      February 17, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Hi Amy, 8 days in Tasmania is a pretty good start. I agree with you, the Penicott cruise in Bruny Island is the best thing. I did last year and loved it! I will be writing more about Bruny Island very soon!

  9. Mona

    February 17, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    These photos are beautiful and those purple blooms are everything! I think I just added a new destination to my bucket list 😆

    1. Delphine

      February 17, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Mona, I’m very pleased that my post has inspired you to visit Tasmania. The lavender fields are very pretty, you just need to pick the right season!

  10. Dylan

    February 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

    A bit embarrassed to say I’ve never thought about visiting Tasmania before, but some of these spots look so nice– Maria Island (that wombat!) and the dunes especially. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

    1. Delphine

      February 20, 2019 at 11:03 am

      Hi Dylan, Tasmania is well tucked away down under, near the Great Southern Ocean so it’s understandable you missed it! But if you are in Australia, make some time for it, you won’t regret it!

  11. Julie

    March 3, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Wow! Tasmania looks incredible! And you take beautiful photos. I’ve never been to Tasmania. But from your post, I’m inspired to go.

    1. Delphine

      March 4, 2019 at 4:43 am

      Thanks Julie, I hope you get a chance to visit Australia and that you can make time for Tasmania

  12. Ryan K Biddulph

    June 8, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    What a gorgeous place Delphine. I love that wombat!

    1. Delphine

      June 9, 2019 at 9:24 am

      Thanks Ryan. The wombat at Maria Island is a very popular photography subject. And he’s pretty tame too!

  13. Chrissy

    November 1, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Wow, your photos of Tasmania are stunning! You definitely made me put this high on my radar to visit!

    1. Delphine

      November 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Chrissy, thank you, I’m pleased you enjoyed my post. I really enjoy taking beautiful photos when I travel and Tasmania has so many beautiful sights! The only problem is that the sky is often cloudy due to the island being so far south. I’ll have to go back to some places on a sunny day!

  14. Samantha Karen

    November 3, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Everything looks so beautiful! I would love to visit those Painted Cliffs at Maria Island they look like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Plus that lavender ice cream looks amazing!

    1. Delphine

      November 4, 2019 at 7:40 am

      Maria Island is really nice, we only had a day there but I think we saw most of it. I would love to go back though and spend more time with the wildlife!

  15. Carol Colborn

    November 5, 2019 at 12:04 am

    I’ve seen everything Victoria has to offer. My daughter lives in Melbourne. I guess my next best thing to do is to explore beautiful Tasmania! Port Arthur and Hobart at least.

    1. Delphine

      November 5, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Hi Carol, if you visit Victoria on a regular basis, Tasmania is not that far, and there is so much to see and do!

  16. Lara Dunning

    November 5, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    Tasmania is one place I really want to go and while it would be tempting to combine it with a trip to Australia and New Zealand, I would just want to focus on exploring this beautiful country and learn about its history. As a fan of Errol Flynn, I totally want to stay in the hotel he stayed at too.

    1. Delphine

      November 5, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Lara, Hadley’s Hotel was nice and quaint. It felt a little strange to be in an old building but the rooms were nicely appointed and we had a lovely time in Hobart.

  17. Cindy

    November 6, 2019 at 3:20 am

    The more I learn about Tasmania, the more I want to go there. I would not be able to miss the more touristy areas like the lavender farm and Wineglass Bay, but I’d also want to visit some of the other areas on your list like the Bay of Fire, Cradle Mountain and Maria Island. I’ve never seen a wombat!

    1. Delphine

      November 6, 2019 at 8:36 am

      Hi Cindy, wombats are pretty cute and the one I saw on Maria Island was very tame. I’m always in two minds about approaching wildlife… Apart from the fact they can actually harm you, I’m not sure that human contact is the best thing for them… But sometimes they are just too cute!

  18. Emma Riggs

    November 6, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    This is fantastic. Tasmania is definitely right up there on our bucket list. We’ll take the Spirit of Tasmania over there with the caravan onboard and plan to stay for about 4 months. I don’t want to miss a thing! I’ll have to bookmark your post for when our Tasmania planning comes to fruition. There are things here that I didn’t know about and need to remember (like the Sheffield Murals and Lavender farm ice cream).

    1. Delphine

      November 7, 2019 at 7:04 am

      Hi Emma, 4 months in Tasmania is a great chunk of time, you’ll be able to see everything and really enjoy the place. I always feel I don’t spend enough time there… My friends who toured Australia with their trailer spent 5 weeks there and had a great time!

  19. Tania Muthusamy

    November 6, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    A very comprehensive list of places to see in Tasmania. I have had a few short trips to Tasmania over the years and I always love it and am happy to go back again anytime too. I haven’t seen Bridestowe and the lavender fields, so that is on my list. Also, Freycinet National Park I would like to visit. Port Arthur is another spot I should see too, but I have avoided it, because it seems a bit eerie. I haven’t heard of the Bay of Fires, but this sounds interesting, so I will add it to my list. Thank you.

    1. Delphine

      November 7, 2019 at 7:06 am

      Hi Tania, I love going to Tasmania, even for a short trip. I would love to stay longer and do a grand tour again. Bridestowe is nice but very touristy so I recommend you go first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds…

  20. Renee

    November 8, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Before this post I didn’t know anything about this destination and I wonder why. It is obviously very beautiful and has plenty of attractions that I love – from the wineries to the lavender fields to the rocky coastline, and on and on. Even the prison looks like a great backdrop for photographers. If only it was closer to Canada! I would love to see it one day.

    1. Delphine

      November 8, 2019 at 10:32 am

      Hi Renee, Tasmania is very photogenic, that’s for sure! The only challenge is that because it’s so far south, the sky is often cloudy, which is not great for photos. We had some sunny days and other days that were a bit grey but overall, it was a great trip!

  21. Wendy

    November 8, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Tasmania looks like a beautiful place to visit. You had me hooked a winery and lavender fields. I would also love to explore Penitentiary at Port Arthur and I love snorkeling. Thanks for all the great tips.

    1. Delphine

      November 8, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Tasmania is actually quite diverse, with mountains, wilderness areas, but also beaches, pretty gardens and wineries… That’s why it’s such a fabulous destination for a road trip!

  22. Stephanie

    November 8, 2019 at 10:40 am

    I am a lavender FANATIC! This part absolutely hooked me and sold me! The ice cream looks delicious, I am always on the hunt for great lavender ice cream. I notice there is a lot of opportunity to see wildlife, which sounds awesome!

    1. Delphine

      November 8, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Stephanie, when I tried the lavender ice-cream, I expected a stronger lavender taste but it’s more like vanilla… But the colour is certainly purple, which is fun!

  23. Sage Scott

    November 9, 2019 at 2:54 am

    Tasmania seems like such an exotic and unique place. I immediately think of Tasmanian devils and would love to encounter some of them, but then I read about the winery tour. I’d put that on the top of my wish list for a trip to Tasmania!

    1. Delphine

      November 9, 2019 at 8:53 am

      Hi Sage, it’s very easy to see Tasmanian devils in specialised parks but you don’t want to get to close, they have a very nasty bite! The species was threatened for years by an ugly facial cancer so they were captured and treated. I think the disease is now on the decline and the devils are being released in the wild, although they will be much harder to spot!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.