Maria Island National Park
Captivating Maria Island (pronounced 'Ma-rye-ah'), with its jagged peaks, rises up like a fairy-tale castle across Mercury Passage, which separates it from the mainland. It’s a carefree, car-free haven – a top spot for walking, wildlife watching, cycling, camping and reading a book on the beach.
Mt Field National Park
Mt Field, 80km northwest of Hobart (and 7km beyond Westerway), was declared a national park in 1916 and is famed for its alpine moorlands, lakes, rainforest, waterfalls, walks, skiing and rampant wildlife. It’s an accessible day trip from Hobart, or you can bunk down overnight with the kids.