As capital cities go, Hobart is quiet and small, but it more than makes up for it with a range of experiences well worth a trek to the south. The harbour and historic Salamanca Place boast the biggest share of attractions and cuisine options, but it's probably MONA (Museum of New & Old Art) and its bizarrely eclectic collection of treasures that is the main drawcard in this part of the state. Add in heritage architecture & delicious brews at Cascade Brewery for one of Australia's finest brewery tours, and your Tassie adventure is off to a flyer.
Just outside of Hobart enjoy probably the best collection of colonial architecture in the country, firstly at Richmond, but then most notably, at Port Arthur. Here, the beauty of the surrounds and the structures sit in stark contrast to the hardship & horrors of the history of the site, both from colonial times and also more recently. It’s a very poignant experience, but a must-do while you’re in this part of the world.
Tasmania is so compact that you can get pretty much anywhere in half a day or so. The south-west corner features one of the great wilderness areas left on the planet, while on the wild west coast, the semi-ghost town of Queenstown has a quirky eccentric arts culture redefining its purpose. Strahan is the jumping off point for adventures into the stunning Franklin-Gordon River National Park area, and also to arguably Tassie’s greatest attraction, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Some of Australia’s best hiking (including the iconic Overland Route), glacial lakes, pristine wilderness and rugged mountains make this the main reason people come to Tasmania. Whether looking to test their stamina or just appreciate the incredible beauty of it all, Cradle Mountain offers options for all.
And, in the north-east, Tassie hits its beach straps. The Bay of Fires is an entree to the beachside holiday centres around Bicheno, which is the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the glorious Freycinet National Park, home to the incredibly photogenic Wineglass Bay.
Tassie delivers one of the easiest and most relaxed roadtrips going around. The roads are uncrowded and unhurried, the scenery just jaw-droppingly spectacular, while the air, and local produce in the restaurants, bars and wineries is some of the purest on the planet.
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