My Ultimate List of the Best Places to Visit in Tasmania

My Ultimate List of the Best Places to Visit in Tasmania

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 in Tasmania. Eventually, I will see it all!

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

Tasmania is diverse and seductive, with many points of interest of different kinds. Whether you like history, food, wildlife or nature, 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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…

Hobart is a Tasmania tourist spot and has some mixed architecture
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. Enjoy a stroll on historic Battery Point and some seafood on the waterfront! 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

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If you are keen to get your bearings around 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: MONA

The Museum of Old and New or MONA is probably the most intriguing experience you can have in Hobart and even Tasmania. A contemporary art museum, MONA holds the $110M art collection of David Walsh, a poker multi-millionaire and a proud Tasmanian. The busy 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 onsite anyway.

The MONA building from the Derwent River is a place of interest 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 a must-do in Hobart and one of the most intriguing places of interest in Tasmania. 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 accommodation, a restaurant, bars, the Moorilla winery and the Moo Brewery, so you can get a break from the experience.

You can combine a city tour of Hobart with the ticket to MONA, including the ferry. Check out additional details and get current tour prices.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: Bruny Island

Located at the South East tip of the Apple Isle, on the edge of the Southern Ocean, Bruny Island is one of the best places to visit in Tasmania. It’s a big island, and a lot of people visit for a day trip but to really experience it, I think you need at least four days.

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. I spent four day in Bruny Island and it was one of my best Tasmania highlights!

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

The North and the South are quite different but the experiences you can enjoy include: take an adventure cruise 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: Port Arthur

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 is part of this list and a most interesting visit. Only 90 minutes from Hobart, Port Arthur 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, Port Arthur is one the best places to see 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. 

Check out additional information and current entry prices.

Port Arthur is one of the best places to visit 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 cafes and bistro. 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!

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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 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 is again one of the best places of interest in Tasmania.

Maria Island should be on your list of beautiful places to see 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. 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

There is basic accommodation on the island and free campsites if you want to stay overnight. However, I took a day trip there and thought it was enough to see most places.

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…

I also recommend the Painted Cliffs at Hopground Beach.

With its painted cliffs, Maria Island is one of the places to see in Tasmania
Painted Cliffs at Maria Island

You can also visit Maria Island as a day trip 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: Winery Tour

Thanks to its cooler climate, Tasmanian wines are distinctively different than the ones on the main land. Tasmania has some beautiful pinots and sparkling wines, and you should definitely visit a winery or two in your wanderings. The main areas are the Tamar Valley and East Coast Tasmania.

A winery tour is one of the great things to do in Tasmania
Springvale Vineyard

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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 popular Tasmania tourist spots and one of the best things to do on East Coast Tasmania. There are short walks across the park for various levels of ability, which means you are guaranteed some great views.

Wineglass Bay is one of the best places to visit on the East Coast of Tasmania
Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay Lookout 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 Hazzards and Wineglass Bay is one of Tasmania’s most photographed views.

Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay should be on every Tasmania bucket list. You can take a day trip out of Hobart 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: Bicheno & Denison Beach

A quaint seaside town, Bicheno 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. There is a penguin colony however Bicheno’s main attraction is a blowhole… It’s worth a photo or two if the blowhole is performing…

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

Further to the north of Bicheno 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.

Denison Beach on East Coast Tasmania is a stunning stretch of coast
Denison Beach

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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 travelling around Tasmania
Ansons Bay

The drive 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. The beach is stunning 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 a great place to visit in Tasmania
Eddystone Point

Places to Visit in Tasmania: Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Brisdestowe Lavender Estate 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 must be on your list of things to see in Tasmania
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 teddy 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 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…

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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. Don’t miss the Cataract Gorge and its scenic chairlift.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: Sheffield

Sheffield 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.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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.

Check out additional information and current rates for the Dove Lake walk.

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

The Overland Track, a world-famous 6-day trek, 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…

If you are using Launceston as a starting or finishing point when travelling around Tasmania, you can visit Cradle Mountain as a day trip. You’ll get to see more than Dove Lake with an experienced guide. Check out additional information and current tour prices.

Places to Visit in Tasmania: 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. I highly recommend stopping at the Vale of Belvoir lookout for beautiful views all the way to Mount Roland.

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

My list of the best places to visit in Tasmania is still in the making… I can’t wait to go back and add some more tips… Do you have any you can share?

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.

If you are looking for more travel ideas for Australia, don’t forget to check out my other posts:

Have you visited any of the spots in my ultimate list of places to visit in Tasmania? Tell me about your experience!

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25 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 šŸ˜†

    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

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  13. 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!

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