For far too many years Tasmania has been keeping its natural beauty, historic sites and gourmet goodies under wraps. But now the word is finally spreading and travellers looking for a magical getaway are turning to Tassie. Here are our top picks for what to do when in the Apple Isle.
Explore the Port Arthur Historic Sites
The Port Arthur Historic Sites are Australia's best preserved convict sites and a must do for tourists. The area spans approximately 100 acres and includes notable landmarks such as the The Penitentiary, The Convict Church and Museum Houses, some of which date back as early as 1833. Gain great insights into what life was like during the convict era on a guided tour or explore the historic buildings at your own pace.
Hike through the Cradle Mountain National Park
Located in the central highlands of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain National Park is a great place to experience Tasmania's rugged side. The park's most famous track is the Overland Track which takes approximately five days to complete in full. If you head to the park in winter you can expect to walk through spectacular snow covered scenery, while in summer you won't want to miss canoeing or swimming at Lake St Claire, Australia’s deepest fresh water lake.
Enjoy a cold one and a tour of The Cascade Brewery
The Cascade Brewery tour is a Tasmanian tradition that conveniently combines history with our nation's favourite beverage – beer. Boasting a picturesque location at the base of Mount Wellington, The Cascade Brewery dates back to the early 1800s and is the oldest operating brewery in the country. On the tour you will learn all about the history of the brewery, see how and where the beer is produced and enjoy a much-deserved taste test at the end. Not to be missed!
Be inspired at MONA
Doing away with stuffy exhibits and conservative attitudes often associated with government galleries, the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart is a bit of a rebel within the art industry. It's unique, unconventional and often controversial exhibitions are a result of the gallery being privately owned. In fact MONA is the largest privately funded museum in Australia. Even if you’re not an art aficionado, MONA is sure to entertain and inspire you.
Admire the view from Mount Wellington
Soaring 1,271 meters above the city of Hobart, Mount Wellington is a local favourite beloved for its lush greenery and spectacular views. Drive up the mountain to The Pinnacle and enjoy a picnic at the summit of the mountain. The area also boasts magnificent panoramic views which can be admired from the various observation decks. Mount Wellington is also a great place to stretch your legs with numerous walking trails available.