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Tasmania Holidays Guide

There’s no doubt about it that you will be absolutely blown away by Tasmania and all its unique beauty. Tasmania is an island off the south coast of Australia and is Australia’s smallest state. What it lacks in size, it makes up for with some of the most diverse and amazing landscapes you’ve ever seen. From clear blue waters and white sandy beaches, dramatic mountain landscapes and lush national parks, to some of the most unique and luxurious accommodations, these are the most beautiful places in Tasmania, its highlights and your ultimate Tasmania Holiday guide to add to your bucket list.

 


 

Luxury Accommodation Tasmania

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It is no secret that Tasmania is full of incredible locations. A land of natural beauty and extreme contrasts, there is something for everyone. Whether you prefer a luxurious oceanside escape, a digital detox in the mountains or an ultimate retreat, there really is no shortage of luxury Tasmania accommodations.

 

From the more popular stays of Saffire Freycinet lodge to the less known and best kept secrets of the state like Kittawa Lodge, there are plenty on offer. So, if you’re looking for inspiration to plan your next trip, look no further than our collection of handcrafted top 10 picks for the best luxury accommodations throughout Tassie here.

 

 

Wineries Tasmania

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One of Tasmania’s biggest draw cards is the endless options of wineries and wine culture that it stands proud for. Tasmania is famed for its international reputation as a leading producer of some of Australia's premium wine. With a moderately cool climate that are perfect for vineyards, you will be spoilt for choice of award-winning wineries with inviting cellar doors. Whether you're planning a quick romantic weekend getaway or a week-long Tasmania road trip, a visit to the best wineries near Launceston or Hobart is a must-do on any Tasmania travelers bucket list.

 

These are four wine trails that make the perfect fit for an independent self-drive road trip or choose the easy route and hop on an organised tour.

 

Tamar Valley Wine Route

Home to some of the best wineries in Tasmania and makes for a great day trip from Launceston with some wineries only being 30 minutes’ drive away! A scenic drive through the premier cool-climate vineyards and cellar doors along the Tamar Ridge to Pipers River winding past orchards, lavender farms and forests. Home to the state’s oldest wine growing region about 30 wineries and cellar doors to visit boasting from rustic family-run vineyards to sophisticated architecturally designed cellar door and estate. The region holds a global reputation for its sparkling wine. You should spend at least two nights based in Launceston to make the most of your seemingly endless options. Here are our top picks on the Tamar Valley Wine Route: Josef Chromy, Velo Wines, Tamar Ridge Cellar Door and Bay of Fires Winery.

 

Southern Wine Trail

Spanning the Derwent Valley, Coral River and Huon Valley, the South boasts some world-class wineries and are all within an easy drive from Hobart. It combines the state’s finest wilderness and wine. The Home Hill Winery has a striking rammed-earth cellar door showcasing sweeping views of Mount Wellington complete with alpacas and cows in lush paddocks. Stefano Lubiana Wine is an idyllic Tuscan-style farmhouse where biodynamic principle guides its winemaking. The Panorama Vineyard truly lives up to its name with their accolades including multi award winning trophies for Panorama Pinots, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. Their picnics with BBQ facilities overlooking the serene Huon Valley adds to an enjoyable experience with your tasting.

 

East Coast Wine Trail

You'll also find excellent wines produced along Tasmania's east coast between Swansea and Bicheno. A trail known for its spectacular coastal scene, great seafood and wine to match! Pair a journey along the east Coast Wine Trail with one of the nation’s great coastal drives- The Great Eastern Drive. Devils Corner and Cellar Door offer sweeping views of the Freycinet Peninsula while sipping on award winning wines. Craigie Knowie is a family owned and operated vineyard with tastings, tours, platters, cheeseboards and chocolate matched with wine. Milton Vineyard are for the aromatic whites and Pinot Noir lovers while Freycinet Vineyard boasts 5-star award winning wines that are 100% grown, produced and bottled on the Estate.

 

Cradle Coast Wine Trail

An easy distance of Devonport known for its high abundant quality produce and growing collection of cellar doors, distilleries and craft brewers. Pair a trip along the Cradle Coast Wine Trail with pit stops along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail while filling up a hamper along the way. Definitely one for the food lovers, here you’ll meet winemakers, bee keepers, fisherman, farmers, distillers and the like. La Villa Wines, Leven Valley Vineyard and Ghost Rock Vineyard are few of our favourites.

 

 

Mount Wellington Tasmania

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Admire the city from up above! Mount Wellington is a perfect location for it. Mount Wellington is located in Hobart and one of the top sights in Tasmania and the best part is how easy it is to get there! Just 20 minutes' drive from downtown Hobart. You don’t need to hike up; instead, you can drive up the winding roads and park at the top then enjoy the boardwalk and panoramic views over the Tasman Peninsula and beyond. Mount Wellington is another one of the amazing spots in Hobart where sunrise and sunset views from up there showcases its scenic vistas in all its glory. It will really knock the breath out of you.

 

However, if you are after adventure there are several historic walks through cool forested gullies, traverse Wellington Range in the saddle on a horse, climb leaning dolerite towers, mountain bike its trails or simply set a picnic amongst the scene.

 

The pinnacle observation shelter at the summit of Mount Wellington is open to the public seasonally, however you can enjoy the open-air lookout at the summit which are accessible at any time.

 

 

Overland Track Tasmania

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This is by far the most famous multi-day trek in Tasmania and it comes at no surprise! The Overland Track is located within Cradle Mountain National Park, one of the must visit locations for first time visitors to Tasmania. Located in the heart of the state, this area experiences extreme winters, often with snow storms and below freezing temperatures. As such, we’d recommend hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania’s warmer months. As for logistics, you can either choose to go alone and stay at camping grounds along the way, which also host a number of huts if you prefer to stay indoors. Or if you like your luxuries, there’s a 6-day trek on offer through the Tasmanian Wilderness complete with expert guides and inclusive meals.

 

For more travel guides of the Overland Track and other inspirational hikes nearby read our Best Hikes in Cradle Mountain

 

 

Tasmania Walks and Hikes

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It is no secret that Tasmania is an adventure lover’s dream. What it lacks in size makes up for its sheer beauty. And the best way to explore its fascinating flora and fauna is on foot! No matter where you choose, expect sightings of some of the islands most intriguing creatures. Among the popular are platypus, echidnas, wombats, wallabies, quolls and of course the elusively endangered Tasmanian devil. You’ll be spoilt with endless nature day hikes, multi-day treks, guided pack-free treks and unique walking experiences.

 

Short Walks

Some of Tasmania’s best short walks include the Dove Lake Circuit at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (2-3 hours), Wineglass Bay Lookout at Freycinet National Park (60-90 minutes), Hartz Peak in Hartz Mountains National Park (3-5 hours) and Cape Queen Elizabetth Track Bruny Island (3 hours). Tracks range from short and gentle to challenging full-day walks.

 

Multi Day Walks

The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is home to the renowned 65km Overland Track along with other famed trails of 85km South Coast Track, 46km Frenchmans Cap and routes in Walls of Jerusalem National Park. The east coast boasts 30km Freycinet Peninsula Circuit and Maria Island Tracks. Walk independently or opt for a guided experience.

 

New Walks

The 48-kilometre Three Capes Track traces Australia's highest sea cliffs in Tasman National Park. It features environmentally sensitive cabins to rest in comfort each night complete with guides and showcases some, if not, most impressive views in Tasmania’s south-east. The Wukalina Walk is a four-day Aboriginal-owned and operated guided walk in the Larapuna (Bay of Fires) and Wukalina (Mount William) areas. This immersive cultural experience gives insight into Palawa (Tasmanian Aboriginal) culture and history, and is the first major indigenous experience of its type in Tasmania.

 

 

Wineglass Bay Tasmania

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This is one of the best spots in Tasmania, and it’s easy to see why. The renowned Wineglass Bay is situated within Freycinet National Park. It is a nature lover’s paradise with some of the best beaches Tasmania has to offer. Plus, the mountainous peninsula is perfect for hiking and swimming.

 

Freycinet is one of the most beautiful places in Tasmania. A luxury cruise or a scenic flight over the peninsula will surely take your breath away. A unique perspective over the National Park to take in the views of the stunning Wineglass Bay, Freycinet and Mount Amos.

 

For more of the best views in Tasmania, hike to Mount Amos for epic panoramic views of Freycinet National Park and Coles Bay. It’s steep and takes around 3 hours but the views are totally worth it.

 

 

Tasmania Roadtrip

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Here, a detour is an adventure! Self-drive journeys on this compact island offer the freedom to find things you need from natural wonders, inspiration, tranquility to the best seafood and wine. Tasmania boasts so many road trips from its Northern Forage, Western Wilds to its Southern Edge that making any detour or choosing whatever route is worthwhile.

 

In saying that, you cannot forego Tasmania's Great Eastern Drive. One of the nation’s great coastal drives, spanning 200km of coastal scenery from Orford in the south to St Helens near Bay of Fires. You’ll plot a wild and wonderful road trip teeming of coastal beauty, dramatic coastline, diverse activities and stellar seafood. Explore legendary icons that define Tasmania including Maria, Island, Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. What’s even more loveable about this trip is combining it with the East Coast Wine Trail to complement a perfect Tassie trip. In fact, the Grand East Coast Explorer has you exploring just this!

 

For the food lovers the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is one that will definitely leave an impression. Stretching from Devonport and on to Stanley, the trail highlights artisanal producers committed to sustainable practices and making the most of this unique environment to create world-class, award-winning produce. Whether you’re into sweet treat, fresh produce or fine wines, you'll be knocking on an array of cellar doors, farm stalls along with meet the makers experiences. With more than 20 makers on the trail, you're sure to find something to tantalise your taste buds.

 

Tasmania is filled with endless roadtrip adventures! Find your utlimate road adventure from the wild west, the southern edge, the heartlands of Tasmania or perhaps an all grand circle adventure here.

 

 

What To Do In Tasmania 

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A tiny island boasting an array of things to do allowing you to linger for a few weeks just to get a taste of its incredible wilderness. Almost half of Tasmania's land mass lies in national parks and World Heritage Areas, with sparkling alpine lakes, wild rivers, and mist-cloaked peaks to hike, swim and take on water activities. From its abundant wildlife of real-life Tasmanian devils to exploring the haunting convict history and beautifully preserved heritage towns like Maria Island.

 

Shaped appropriately like a heart, Tasmania is also a foodie’s paradise. Gloriously creamy cheeses, crisp fruits, and succulent seafood are just some of the mouthwatering local treats on offer, and hanging out at a waterfront café or restaurant is one of the top things to do in the port city of Hobart. Delight your tastebuds by following many of its Wine Trails dispersed across the island to following its Cider Trail and Beer Trail.

 

Discover the island's many jewels with our list of unique experiences and Best Things To Do In Tasmania that’ll leave you inspired and wanting more.

 

 

Places To Visit In Tasmania 

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The list is endless when it comes to places to visit in Tasmania. We’ve listed a mix of legnedary as well its best kept secrets to give you a taste of what Tasmania is truly about. Reconnect with nature, wildlife and your taste buds with the Best Places To Visit In Tasmania.

 

 

West Coast Tasmania 

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On Tasmania's west coast you'll find world famous wilderness rich in convict heritage, stunning national parks and historic mining towns. Gateway to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area, its rugged mountains, ancient rain forests and heath make Tasmania's west one of Australia's last true wilderness frontiers.

 

There are so many ways to experience Tasmania's west, from wild forest adventures to luxury cruises on crystal clear waterways or simply by car. Don’t miss:

  • Cruise down the majestic Gordan River
  • Hike the challneging Frenchman’s Cap Track
  • Fly over Macquarie River in a helicopter
  • Walk the Frankline River Nature Trail and Nelsons Falls Track
  • Trek the temperate rainforest on one of the many Tarkine Walks boasting rich biodiversity and wildlife
  • Ride the restored steam powered West Coast Wilderness Railway through a tangle of forest and the King RIver Gorge between Queenstown and Strahan

 

For more on what to do on Tasmania's west coast, explore our Wild West Self-Drive adventure.

 

 

East Coast Tasmania 

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Tasmania's east coast, with its natural beauty, spectacular landscapes and long beautiful beaches, offers a completely different Australian coastal experience. Here you'll discover the beaches of the beautiful Bay of Fires, one of Lonely Planet's top 10 regions in the world, along with historic townships, fresh seafood and friendly locals - all on one of the best scenic coastal drives in the country.

 

Five national parks spread along the coast including the stunning Freycinet National Park with its pink granite mountains, white beaches and crystal-clear sea. Find more reasons to visit this side of Tassie with our:

 

 

Best Time to Tasmania 

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Tasmania is a place to enjoy all year round where seasonal experiences are one of the main reasons to visit.

 

Summer is between December and February, though crowds are at their thickest and room rates at their highest, these months offer the most comfortable temperatures for enjoying the island's abundant outdoor activities. Additionally, summer is filled with food and culture festivals.

 

If you're hoping to hike but want to save some money, consider visiting in late spring (October and November) or early fall (March and April). Ideal for walking sessions with calmly days, cool crisp evenings and a lot of autumn colours. Autumn is a special time to visit for its fagus experience, unique and magical to Tasmania and is a must see while here. It can only be found in two places on the island Cradle Mountain and Mt Field National Park. Autumn is also the best time to sample some of the best, fresh Tasmanian produce at events like the Devonport Food and Wine Festival.

 

Spring welcomes the return of longer, warmer days accompanied by fresh cool nights. It's the season of blooming gardens in the grounds of renowned historic houses, flower farms including the acclaimed Tulip Festival and the explosion of trout and other fish in highland rivers and lakes.

 

Winter is the time to relax indoors by a log fire, indulge in beachfront winter storm watching or visit pristine alpine national parks. June, July and August are also months where you're more likely to find accommodation and airfare deals, but you'll want to pack appropriate attire and snow boots to help you cope with the region's chilly temps and ample snow.

 

 

Tasmania Seafood

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For the seafood lovers, Tasmania is pretty much as good as it gets. Its clean seawater and fresh, inland streams offer up some of the best fish and seafood one could hope for—oysters, rock lobster, mussels, abalone, deep sea fish and mouthwatering freshwater trout.

 

Dine on the fresh catch of the day at one of hundreds of critically acclaimed seafood restaurants throughout the island (Tasmanian mainland) and give your taste buds the vacation. Deciding where to enjoy the mouthwatering seafare can be trickier than anticipated.

 

Let us narrow it down and tell you the best seafood can be found at Hobart Dock, and in coastal villages on the east coast, such as Bicheno, St. Helens, Strahan on the west coast, Launceston and the Tamar River.

 

In fact, The Great Eastern Drive, is a great way to start. It runs spectacularly along Tasmania's eastern edge from the quiet beach town of Orford to the fishing centre of St Helens. The 180-kilometre (112-mile) drive is as beautiful as any in Australia, but one of its prime attractions is the opportunity to enjoy the produce that comes from the surrounding land and sea. On Freycinet Peninsula, there's fresh-from-the-leases seafood at the Freycinet Marine Farm, while further ocean treats await at the dockside seafood punts at the drive's end in St Helens. For an ultimate experience, a Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventure, takes you on an ultimate culinary seafood and sailing journey.

 

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