Tasmania or Tassie as it is known to the locals is the smallest state of Australia with stunning landscapes and dramatic coastlines. Largely untouched by mass tourism, Tasmania has a rugged natural beauty not found anywhere else in Australia. There is a surprising amount to see and do here, with history, unspoiled beaches, spectacular mountains and lakes, friendly villages and compact cities. Tasmania can easily take a week to ten days to visit in full and is well worth a stop on any Australian itinerary. Visitors often comment it was a favorite part of their trip and who are we to argue!
The island is perfect for a touring holiday or self-drive with most flights going into Hobart or Launceston. Whether you decide to travel by car and stay in charming hotels, or by camper van, Tasmania is very easy to get around, and short distances help. With our wealth of experience, let Millington Travel guide you on your trip to Tassie.
Millington Travel’s Top 10 things to see & do in Tasmania
- The Gordon River Cruise – This amazing cruise visits one of the world’s last great wilderness areas from Strahan to Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
- Walking trails – If you fancy an adventure then take a trail around Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain National Park or even trek to the spectacular Bay of Fires.
- Freycinet National Park – Here you can gaze down on Wineglass Bay’s perfect crescent of sand!
- Salamanca Market – visit Hobart on a Saturday and see the quayside come alive with this fabulous market in a wonderful setting.
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary – Get close to Australian wildlife.
- Tamar Valley – Tasmanian wines are not widely exported to Europe but it is some of the best wine we have tasted in Australia!
- Cradle Mountain – A spectacular crater in Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tassie’s iconic sights.
- Hobart’s historic waterfront – this is a fab place to meet up with the friendly locals, enjoy a lively pub crawl at the weekends, listen to live bands in the pubs or simply relax over a leisurely meal.
- Port Arthur – Whatever else you do in Tasmania, do not miss the chance to visit Port Arthur! This is the third oldest settlement in Australia, a notorious prison built to house the worst convict offenders.
- Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park – As well as Bonorong, you can also come here to see this surprisingly cute animal! Located approximately 1 hour from Hobart.
When to go?
Tasmania’s climate is very similar to the UK with four seasons but without the intense heat experienced elsewhere in Australia. With long lazy days and pleasant temperatures, the summer months of December to March are the best, though some of the west coast rainforests can be wet all year with the inland mountains receiving a dusting of snow each winter.