Hobart & Around
On the quiet rim of the world, Hobart hosts some dizzyingly good arts festivals. Ten Days on the Island hits the cultural high-water mark; Dark MOFO is disquieting and brilliant. In between times, the Salamanca Pl galleries keep the arts brew bubbling.
Fine Food & Wine
Get a food-and-wine infusion from Hobart’s fab festivals, hip cafes and restaurants, atmospheric pubs and craft-beer bars. Day-trip to the nearby Coal River Valley wine region, then finish up with fish and chips at Constitution Dock.
Old Hobart Town
Salamanca Pl and tight-knit Battery Point are awash with memories of a challenging past. Huddled under kunanyi/Mt Wellington, Cascade Brewery and the Female Factory Historic Site illuminate two very different aspects of early Van Diemen's Land life.
Tasman Peninsula & Port Arthur
Experience the Tasman Peninsula's rugged coast in a sea kayak, on a surfboard, on a boat cruise, or on foot along the superscenic Three Capes Track. Camping at remote Fortescue Bay is a must.
Port Arthur & Beyond
Both melancholy and photogenic, Port Arthur is only the starting point for history buffs. Don't miss the underrated Coal Mines Historic Site and the history of the Dogline at Eaglehawk Neck.
Devils & Dolphins
Get a good look at a Tasmanian devil at the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, then eyeball some seals, dolphins and whales on a sea-salty cruise around Tasman Island.
Throw your schedule out the window and stop off at the southeast’s vineyards, cider houses and roadside fruit stalls. Across on Bruny Island, smoked seafood, fresh oysters, berry pies, beer and handmade cheeses create further delays.
Bruny Island Birdlife
Penguins and muttonbirds are the immediate stars on Bruny Island, but an in-depth birdwatching excursion will reveal a veritable gaggle of pelagic species. Visit in October for the annual Bruny Island Bird Festival.
Caves & Peaks
Explore the subterranean caverns and geothermal springs of the Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs area, then venture into a wilderness of glacial peaks and tarns in Hartz Mountains National Park.
Midlands & Central Highlands
Imagine stage coaches and bushrangers as you rattle into historic towns along the Midland Hwy. Ross' bridge is a sturdy entry point to the town, and Callington Mill stands out amid Oatlands’ fine sandstone buildings.
On a misty morning the Central Highlands' elevated waterways feel other-worldly…and the trout fishing is out of this world too! Reminisce about the one that didn’t get away at a snug lakeside pub.
Singleminded About Single Malt
Time for a dram? Historic Dysart House in Kempton, home to Old Kempton Distillery, is well worth a trip. See if Nant Distillery in Bothwell is taking tours, or detour to Tarraleah and choose from the lodge’s cache of 200 single malt whiskies.
The East Coast
Wineglass Bay and the Bay of Fires get all the press, but equally deserving are Redbill Beach, Spring Beach and Honeymoon Bay. Cool off after a bushwalk, camp behind the dunes or kayak the coast.
The fertile east coast offers up seasonal berries, oysters, chocolate, fresh seafood and wonderfully whiffy cheeses. Craft beer and excellent wines will also make it onto your beach-picnic menu.
Maria Island Locals
Maria Island National Park offers a miniselection from Dr Dolittle’s contact list: wallabies, pademelons, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, tiger snakes, Cape Barren geese and a healthy population of Tasmanian devils. Offshore are seals, dolphins and wandering whales.
Launceston & Around
Festivale is Launceston’s annual summer arts festival. The city also hosts events during the Tasmania-wide Ten Days on the Island festival. The Junction Arts Festival is edgy, while MONA FOMA looks like becoming a Launceston mainstay from 2019.
Tasmania’s second city has a compelling architectural heritage, with grand public buildings and well-preserved domestic architecture. Around the city are heritage estates: Franklin House, Woolmers Estate, Clarendon, Entally Estate…
Tamar Valley Wine Region
Tamar Valley vineyards produce world-class cool-climate wines. Our favourites include Holm Oak Vineyards in Rowella, Bay of Fires Wines at Pipers River, Leaning Church Vineyard in Lalla and Tamar Ridge in Rosevears. Who's driving?
Devonport & the Northwest
Beer, Chocolate & Whisky
You've got the three major food groups all covered here! In between sampling chocolate, single malt whisky and craft beer, make some room for local smoked salmon, cheeses and fresh berries.
Camping & Caving
Head to the Walls of Jerusalem National Park for superb bushwalking – rug up for snowy winter camping. Not far away, turn off your torch and check out the glow-worms at Mole Creek Karst National Park.
Life by the Sea
Life in the northwest is inextricably linked with the sea. Take a dip at Boat Harbour Beach, delve into maritime heritage at Stanley, and enjoy seaside cafe culture in Penguin and lighthouse tours at Table Cape.
Cradle Country & the West
Tasmania’s untamed southwest proffers endless bushwalking opportunities – up peaks, traversing tarn shelves and across moorlands. The return hike up Cradle Mountain is a robust eight hours; the Overland Track is a six- to eight-day spectacular.
Paddle onto mirror-flat Bathurst Harbour in a kayak, or set sail along the isolated Gordon and Pieman Rivers. For an adrenalin hit, a multiday white-water-rafting trip on the Franklin River will redefine your concept of wilderness.
Riding the Rails
Ride the historic West Coast Wilderness Railway through rainforest between Queenstown and Strahan. The towns' differences couldn't be more stark: Queenstown’s rugged, unabashed mining ambience versus Strahan’s cutesy (but undeniably lovely) harbourside vibes.