What was once the butt of many an Australian joke, the island state of Tasmania is anything but these days. Home to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes, World Heritage listed mountains, some of the finest food you’ll eat and a thriving art scene, a holiday to Tasmania gives visitors the chance to reconnect with nature, wildlife and your tastebuds (what’s not to love?!).
So what does a Tassie holiday look like, you wonder? Well, here is an 8-day itinerary we put together that shows all that this beautiful state has to offer.
Day 1 – Hobart
You’ve arrived in Hobart, ‘Van Diemen’s Land’. Start the day with a wander down to the beautiful sandstone-clad Salamanca Place. If it’s a Saturday, make sure you take the time to wander around Salamanca Market; Australia’s largest open-air market. With an unforgettable atmosphere, you can enjoy local music talent, fresh local food and stalls of trinkets.
In the evening, make the most of Tasmania’s local wine and spirits at one of the city’s boutique bars!
Day 2 – Bruny Island
An unforgettable day trip from Hobart; enjoy time exploring Bruny Island. Located off the Southeastern coast of Tasmania, Bruny Island is one of Australia’s few remaining untouched wilderness areas. To make the most of what this small island has to offer, we suggest following your tastebuds and trying the many local specialties, including fresh oysters, chesses, berries and more.
Day 3 – Strahan via Mt Field National Park and Lake St Clair National Park
Despite being small in size, Tasmania is filled with many jaw-dropping sights landscapes. No drive around the state would be a real Tassie drive without a few scenic pitstops. As you head out to Strahan on the mid-West Coast, be sure to factor in time to stop by Mt Field National Park for a little bit of waterfall chasing (our favourite is the short walk to Russell Falls) and Lake St Clair National Park, where you can visit the Wall in the Wilderness art project.
Day 4 – Cradle Mountain National Park
Before making your way to Cradle Mountain National Park, start the day with a glorious scenic cruise on the Gordon River at Strahan, into the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Begin the journey inland to the magical Cradle Mountain National Park, one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. We recommend enjoying your time at Cradle Mountain with a stay at the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Located on the edge of the World Heritage Listed National Park, you can enjoy warm hospitality, local food and wine, breath-taking scenery and magnificent wilderness surrounds during your stay.
Day 5 – Cradle Mountain National Park
A day of getting lost in nature. Visit the majestic Dove Lake and enjoy one of the many walks in the National Park. Or, get up close and personal with the local wildlife at Devils@Cradle, where you can learn all about the rescue centre and its devotion to saving the endangered Tasmanian Devils.
Day 6 – Freycinet National Park via Sheffield and Launceston
Heading to the East Coast now, be sure to plan time for some more classic Tasmania stops along the way. Our favourites? The town of Sheffield, where you can stop to see the famous murals and taste some honey at the local honey factory; and Launceston’s Cataract Gorge, where you spend an hour to two walking around the scenic park.
If you didn’t believe in love at first sight before, you will quickly change your mind upon entering Freycinet National Park. With the rugged Hazards Mountains as the backdrop, you can enjoy your evening with fresh oysters accompanied with a local drop.
Day 7 – Freycinet National Park
A day of amazing views; start your morning with a cruise to the extraordinary Wineglass Bay and visit the Cape Tourville Lighthouse. If you’re ready to tackle a small hike, there are also plenty of trails that you can follow that offer amazing views of the surrounding national park.
Day 8 – Hobart
Back to the state’s capital, and still plenty of things to do and see! Enhance your time with a visit to the famous MONA, or enjoy fresh seafood and local wines at one of the city’s many restaurants.
Ready to embark on your own Tasmania adventure? Check out the Globus ‘Rugged Tasmania’ tour that follows a similar itinerary to the above!