We’re continuing our Aussie road trip today, as we journey to the far south, and Australia’s only island state: Tasmania.
Famous for its little critters, and revered for its untapped wilderness and gourmet offerings, Tasmania has long attracted travellers to its rich green valleys and energetic coastlines. In my opinion, Tasmania offers the best of the best.
Its brilliant white beaches remain pleasantly devoid of crowds; its easily accessible hiking trails never fail to stir the emotions; its cities and towns are overtly friendly and welcoming, and its mosaic of incredible history, arts, and food make for untold adventures.
So settle into your seat, and buckle up, as we roll this road trip through the magical island state of Tasmania.
Grab yourself a Tassie ‘Six Pack’!
As with all good road trips, you’ll need to load up before you hit the road. Here’s a true Aussie six pack to feed your journey. If you want any more information on travelling in Tasmania, throw it in the comment box and we’ll happily feed your wanderlust.
Or perhaps you have some inside knowledge of life Down Under? Don’t keep it to yourself — lay it down!
1. Come face to face with the Devil
See the endangered Tasmanian devil, notorious for having a jaw strength as strong as a great white shark, and a terrifying scream!
While a very few remote spots in Tasmania may still permit a precious sighting in the wild, the easiest place for an up-close encounter is at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, close to Hobart. Keen wildlife enthusiasts can sign up to volunteer.
2. Be challenged by art
Mona – the Museum of Old and New Art – is the largest private collection of art and antiquities in the Southern Hemisphere, housed within 140 million year old cliffs.
Prepare to be shocked as the theme of sex and death runs throughout the museum, which has been described as the most exciting addition to Australia’s cultural landscape since the Sydney Opera House. Elsewhere visit the Wall in the Wilderness – a 40 metre living work of work by a wood sculptor depicting Tasmania’s history.
3. Have an adrenalin rush
Try a daring descent by bike down from the summit of 1300 metre high Mount Wellington, which towers over Hobart, or plunge off the Gordon Dam on the world’s highest commercial abseil.
Surfers can enjoy some of the best waves in Australia, including notorious Shipstern Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula; and keen divers can immerse themselves in giant kelp forests, often visited by dolphins, seals, weedy sea dragons and pot bellied seahorses.
4. Take a walk
Tasmania is Australia’s leading walking state with some of the most iconic walks in the world stretching for many days, such as the six day Overland Track through the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, as well as many short walks through incredible wilderness.
Visit the impressive Wineglass Bay, on Tasmania's east coast
The Wineglass Bay walk on the Freycinet Peninsula rewards hikers with a perfect arc of a pristine white sand beach, accessible only by foot or by boat; while the Dove Lake circuit at Cradle Mountain gives a glimpse into Tasmania’s ancient forests.
5. Visit the World’s largest stretch of Temperate rainforest
The fishing village of Strahan on Tasmania’s west coast is the gateway to the vast World Heritage Listed West Coast Wilderness, where huge trees grow to over 100 metres tall.
Find out here about the bitterly fought battle that saved the world’s last wild river, The Franklin, from a damming project that would flood this precious and ancient land. Watch Australia’s longest running play, The Ship that Never Was, acted out every night on Strahan’s waterfront with help from visitors.
6. Take an eco boat trip in to the Great Southern Ocean
With the highest cliffs in Australia and extraordinary marine life — including whales, mega pods of dolphin, huge fur seal colonies, sea eagles and albatross — an eco cruise around the Tasman Peninsula or Bruny Island and into the Southern Ocean will take your breath away.