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10 Truly Epic Places to Visit in Tasmania

10 Truly Epic Places to Visit in Tasmania

Northern Midlands had long gone under-appreciated by Tasmanian visitors – but recently this region is making waves! Eat a scone while exploring an idyllic village before touring Port Arthur Historic Site for an eerie day tour.

Northern Midlands had long gone under-appreciated by Tasmanian visitors

MONA is one of Australia’s premier museums, boasting an outstanding rotation of modern art in a stunning concrete structure. Following your visit, hop aboard a ferry to Bruny Island – a favorite among day trippers.

1. Bay of Fires

The Bay of Fires can be found along Tasmania’s northeast coast, boasting stunning white beaches and turquoise waters. It got its name from Captain Tobias Furneaux’s 1773 sighting of Aboriginal people’s fires lighting up the beaches – shell middens can still be seen today as evidence of occupation along the shoreline.

Northern Midlands had long gone under-appreciated by Tasmanian visitors

Attracting visitors with its breathtakingly white sandy shores and tranquil sea waters, its magnificent sandy shores make an impressive sight that you may find all to yourself. A great place to connect with nature or simply be alone with yourself or reflect, and also great for snorkeling in its crystal-blue ocean waters.

Do yourself a favor and experience this natural phenomenon first-hand by lacing up your hiking boots, filling a reusable water bottle and charging up your camera – you won’t regret it.

2. Hobart

Tasmania’s capital city brims with quirky charm and rugged wilderness. Home to world-renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), bustling seafood markets and historic breweries – Hobart is truly an epicenter of activity!

Northern Midlands had long gone under-appreciated by Tasmanian visitors

Mount Wellington/Kunanyi offers breathtaking views, while Battery Point’s cottages and Arthur Circus make it perfect for exploring. Additionally, this neighborhood is home to the historic Cascade Female Factory which now serves as a museum of convict life.

While in Tasmania, be sure to visit Lark Distillery. This double-distilled whiskey distillery uses a copper pot still and is carbon neutral; making their whisky truly a labour of love! At nightfall Tasmania offers ideal conditions to witness Aurora Australis, an aurora phenomenon visible only under certain conditions.

3. Bruny Island

Bruny Island boasts an exquisite combination of local produce and breathtaking wilderness landscapes, from freshly shucked oysters from one of the first drive-through oyster farms worldwide, to cool climate wines produced at family owned vineyards – Bruny has something special in store for every traveller!

Go to The Neck where North and South Bruny meet, for stunning seaside views over sandy shorelines and verdant forests. Abel Tasman, Tobias Furneaux, Matthew Flinders and James Cook all sailed along its shorelines before.

Bruny Island’s signature experience lies within Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay – the latter’s perfect curve of sugar white sand is set off by lush rainforest and sparkling azure waters, while The Tote, a spectacular sea stack that has even made hardened climbers cry, stands as another natural wonder that cannot be missed on any visit to Bruny.

4. Strahan

As the gateway to Tasmania’s stunning wilderness, Strahan is both natural and cultural hotspot. Situated along Macquarie Harbour’s shoreline, it serves as the launchpad for Gordon River cruises that offer access to one of the last remaining unspoiled rainforest areas worldwide.

Most visitors to this region plan their trip around cruising or visiting Sarah Island and Gordon River convict settlement, but this bustling waterfront village offers much more.

Henty Dunes are an amazing, ever-evolving moving dune system located just inland of Sydney Harbour and worth driving a short distance to see. Perfect for exploring on foot or quad bike and in particular during certain months it may even be possible to spot platypus! Also at Peoples Park at the northern end of harbour lies Hogarth Falls Walk through rainforest clearly marked for botanists – making for an excellent 60 minute return walk experience!

5. Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery provides visitors with an opportunity to discover Tasmania’s oldest brewery while sampling some delicious beverages. Tours run regularly from the Bar and Restaurant at the brewery manager’s house (known as “The Brewer’s House”) offering comprehensive insight into every facet of operation of Cascade – along with plenty of samples!

The brewery utilizes local-grown barley in its mainstream beers and the purest mountain water as ingredients, both of which would please Peter Degraves who came over from England in 1824 to establish both sawmill and brewery facilities on Van Diemen’s Land.

He understood the value of hard work and an ambitious spirit, leaving behind an enduring family business on Mount Wellington’s foothills with breathtaking views from its brewery.

6. Mole Creek Caves

Mole Creek Karst National Park offers visitors an entrancing glimpse into an underwater world filled with exquisite limestone caves decorated with exquisitely decorated stalactites and stalagmites, glow worm displays, subterranean streams, cathedral caverns and subterranean streams. Situated in northern Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain region is one of only two Australian national parks dedicated solely to protecting karst landforms (gorges & waterfalls are included as well).

King Solomons and Marakoopa caves at the park are two popular show caves open to the public, featuring unique underground environments that range from large shawls and stalactites in Marakoopa to the stream-fed waterfall in King Solomons.

Apart from its world-famous caves, Wet Cave Road provides unspoiled rainforest with ample opportunity for viewing rare Tasmanian devil sightings – and is only 2 hours return (4km).

7. Narawntapu National Park

The park features vast stretches of coastal heathlands, grassland, wetlands, dunes and lagoons that offer beautiful vistas across Bass Strait. Furthermore, this site holds significant Aboriginal history – you might spot ancient shell middens along walking trails!

This coastal refuge, often dubbed ‘Tasmania’s Serengeti’, boasts an array of habitats to observe native wildlife and observe it up close. You might spot forester kangaroos, Bennett’s wallabies, quolls or pademelons here along with many bird species like honeyeaters, green rosellas or black cockatoos!

At dusk is the ideal time to observe these creatures, when they congregate at Springlawn Nature Walk. Spend a day hiking up Archers Knob for stunning panoramic views or spend your time beachcombing along Bakers Beach or camping at one of many coastal campsites – though please note a valid parks pass is necessary in order to enter these parks.

8. Maria Island

Maria Island is an idyllic nature lover’s paradise, featuring isolated beaches, expansive bays and dramatic sea cliffs. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also famed for the Tasmanian Devils that call this island home; they can often be seen interacting with tourists at camp sites and cabins.

Island is also well known as an excellent spot for birdwatching, boasting significant populations of endangered swift parrots and forty-spotted pardalotes, over one percent of the global Pacific gull population, as well as most Tasmanian forest birds endemic species. Head north away from Darlington ferry jetty to explore Point Lesueur (formerly convict probation station) or Robey Farm for an off-beat experience – or both!

Visit from December through March when temperatures are warmer and drier; ferry tickets include a 7kg carry on bag at no additional charge.

9. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary provides sanctuary to native animals who are sick, injured or orphaned and not fit for release into their original environments. All enclosures reflect each creature’s natural habitat – so when these creatures have healed they’re returned back into the wild!

Bonorong provides an enjoyable outing for the whole family, but what really draws visitors here is the conservation work being undertaken here. Tasmanian devils, spotted-tailed quolls and Tasmanian Tigers (thylacines) are being rehabilitated here to prevent them from joining those that have gone extinct elsewhere in their natural environments.

Staff here are passionate about animals and run Tasmania’s largest 24-hour wildlife rescue service to return rescued creatures back into the wild as soon as possible. Visitors can hand feed kangaroos, take an animal-friendly selfie with a koala or learn about conservation work being done here while visiting.

10. Leven Canyon

Leven Canyon, located in northern Tasmania, is an incredible 250-metre deep ravine carved into a limestone cliff face by River Leven and offers two lookouts that allow visitors to marvel at this magnificent river valley filled with rainforest, ferns and fungi.

Windstorms have swept through this landscape before, uprooting giant tree canopies of whitetop stringybark and creating chaos in the dry eucalypt forest below. As a result, tree limbs and leaf litter now litter the path; however, thanks to excellent condition of this trail it doesn’t pose any obstruction on your way uphill.

This walk is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks, providing breathtaking sweeping views into ruggered gorges that hold immense power. An ideal stop along your travels towards Ulverstone, leaving plenty of tourists behind so that you can experience this region without distraction.

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