Head south to experience the untouched natural beauty of Tasmania. This island state is known for its wildness, with much of its forest untouched by human settlement. Relax and explore this unique and fascinating region.
A trip to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, is not complete without a morning spent at the Salamanca Market. This weekly outdoor market is a staple for many locals, with a variety of produce, food, handmade arts and crafts, and so much more. Get a warm coffee and stroll through the vibrant selection of stalls, chatting to locals and tasting beautiful treats.
Art lovers from around the country will travel to Tasmania to visit the Museum of Old and New Art, or MONA. This experimental and sometimes controversial gallery contains permanent displays and feature exhibitions. Visits can catch a ferry from Hobart, and enjoy a meal at one of the onsite restaurants. As MONA’s website says: ‘Drink beer. Eat cheese. Talk crap about art. You’ll love it.’
Bruny Island Lighthouse
Bruny Island, famous for its delicious cheese, is located south of Hobart. The lighthouse is on the southern tip of the island and was built in 1836, featuring cast-iron spiral stairs and a lookout platform for outstanding views of the coastline. Visitors can climb the 114 metres up with a local resident guide and learn more about the history of the structure.
Port Arthur Tour
Port Arthur Historical Site is a compelling and dramatic reminder of Australia’s convict past. The area served as a prison for convicts of the Colony of Van Dieman’s Land, now known as Tasmania. A knowledgeable guide will bring history to life with a full-day tour of the site, including the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant’s house, the church, and more.
Mount Wellington Tour
Towering above the city of Hobart, Mount Wellington or kunanyi rises 1270 metres above sea level. Take a trip up the mountain to enjoy spectacular views over the city from a range of lookouts and observation shelters. From the top, you can choose to hike down on the network of bushwalking tracks through Wellington Park, or for the more adventurous, mountain bike.
Wine Glass Bay
Wineglass Bay is a highlight of Tasmania’s east coast, featuring pristine beaches, rugged coastline and crystal clear blue bays. A hike to the lookout rewards walkers with views of the world-renowned beach. Returning to Hobart, cruise through the seaside towns of Orford and Swansea, with stops at Raspins Beach, Spiky Beach, and the convict-built Spiky Bridge.