Tasmania is an island state in Australia that has so much to offer to visitors despite its relatively small size. With only about half a million inhabitants, this is the kind of place you’d want to visit if you’re looking for a place where you can both unwind and embark on fun adventures. With great natural landscapes, World Heritage Sites, impressive flora and fauna, beautiful wildlife, breathtaking beaches, and a rich culture, it will simply be impossible to be bored in this place.
Tasmania has been dubbed with different names such as “Australia‘s Natural State,” “Australia‘s favourite vacation island, “Island of Inspiration,” and “one of Australia‘s best kept secrets,” all pointing to having a quality of wonder; a place that visitors of all ages will surely love. What is there to see in this place, you ask? Below are some suggestions of the things that you could see and do at this beautiful island/state.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Located in Tasmania‘s Central Highlands, this National park together with the whole rich Tasmanian Wilderness are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Cradle Mountain is so beautiful with its dolerite columns, and the Lake St. Clair (the deepest lake in Australia) is simply stunning. Exploring these two places, as well as the rich landscapes that envelope them, will surely be an experience that you sure won’t forget.
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area
As mentioned, this wilderness area is a Heritage Site that has captivated the hearts of so many visitors for so long now. This area is one of the largest conservation areas in all of Australia, so you’re sure to see some of the country’s most beautiful treasures here. Covering more than 1.38 million hectares, this area is home to a number of national parks, including the Mole Creek Karst National Park, Walls of Jerusalem National Park, Wild Rivers National Park, and the Devils Gullet State Reserve.
Tahune Forest Airwalk
This is one of Tasmania‘s most visited attractions, and there’s a reason why people continue to flock this side of the island: it’s absolutely stunning, offering some of the great forest views you can have of the whole place. This airwalk offers visitors a bird’s eye view of the great southern Tasmania‘s forests, and the swinging bridges across the rivers of Huon and Picton will surely take your breath away. This is a great place to take the family.
Freycinet National Park
This is the place where you’ll find another one of Tasmania‘s most loved attractions–Wineglass Bay. If you’re looking for a place where you could go fishing, kayaking, boating, and even some rock climbing, this is the one place that you must definitely visit.
When you’re done going on adventures and marveling at some of the many of Tasmania‘s flora and fauna, you may want to go indoors for a while and enjoy the island’s rich culture by visiting its museums. There are many museums to choose from, and the ones that we highly recommend are: The Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and Museum, where you’ll learn a lot about Tasmania‘s culture, as well as catch a glimpse of beautiful well-preserved aboriginal rock carvings; and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, a museum in Hobart where you’ll learn about Tasmania‘s cultural heritage through art galleries, exhbitions, and a herbarium. The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is also worth checking out, as it is the largest private art museum in the whole Southern Hemisphere, and features modern and contemporary art from the collection of Tasmanian professional gambler David Walsh.