Discover Tasmania

From Hobart, Tasmania can be discovered, in a loop-like fashion, skirting by and stopping off at a number of wow-worthy settings.

Start and finish your Tasmanian adventure in the state capital, Hobart. Home to standout attractions like Salamanca Place and the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Hobart is regarded as one of Australia’s top cultural hotspots. 

Lined with 19th-century waterfront warehouses, Salamanca Place is the city's social gathering place, brimming with galleries, theatres, boutiques and restaurants, and hosting one of the country’s liveliest markets. Nearby in Rosetta, MONA enjoys a world-famous reputation for its radical, unconventional and challenging approach to art curation, showcasing everything from ancient Egyptian mummies to risqué contemporary pieces.  

From Hobart, Tasmania can be discovered, in a loop-like fashion, skirting by and stopping off at a number of wow-worthy settings. 

Tasmania's official top tourist attraction, Port Arthur is situated just under an hour and half drive southeast of the city. Best known for its well-preserved penal colony buildings, the quaint village is a World Heritage Listed historic site. 

Three hours’ drive north, Freycinet National Park showcases one of the world’s most stunning natural park lands, home to the breathtaking pink granite peaks of the Hazards Range and the pristine white-sand inlet of Wineglass Bayrenowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. 

Following the east coast, a little under two hours’ drive north, the township of Bingalong Bay marks the southern gateway to the dramatic Bay of Fires region (pictured)a protected coastal stretch where sapphire seas lap at pure white-sand beaches, fringed by bright orange boulders and rich green forest.

Moving two and a half hours inland, Australia’s third oldest city, Launceston offers a myriad of historical drawcards, comprising a vibrant Georgian streetscape, the James Boag Historic Brewery, and a haunted reputation highlighted by famous ghost tours. 

Southwest of Launceston, the stunning Cradle Mountain National Park draws visitors from all over the world, with an ancient and World Heritage Listed environment encompasing majestic alpine peaks and beautiful lakes.

As the road bears south, back towards Hobart, travellers can walk among some of the tallest trees in the world in Mount Field National Park, meet the famous Tassie Devils of Bonorong Wildlife Park, and stand atop Mt Wellington to enjoy panoramic views of southern Tasmania.

For those not quite ready to go home, further south again, lovely Bruny Island waits, comprising some of Tasmania's most beautifully-preserved natural environments, abundant wildlife and stunning escarpments. 

Plan Your Tasmanian Holiday 

Words by Alice Nash - Published 3 February 2014
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 247,000
Area 1,357 km2
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 – 240v 50Hz
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