The island of Tasmania lies of the southern coast of Australia, the state encompassing the central island as well as 334 smaller landmasses that surround it. It is widely known for its vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness, diverse landscapes that range from rugged mountains and highland lakes to rainforests, cascading waterfalls and a dramatic coastline.
Over one third of the state is national park, reserve or world heritage protected wilderness, areas that host fascinating endemic species, most famously the Tasmanian devil, and experiences that draw outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. Whether hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, wild swimming, sailing or fishing, if you are after an Australian adventure, Tasmania is the place to be.
There’s also a vibrant culture and rich heritage to discover. The city of Hobart, Tasmania’s state capital, was founded in 1804, and is a place where the old meets the new. Victorian portside warehouses and historic gardens are mixed with cutting edge restaurants, galleries and cafes, Australia’s oldest brewery contrasting with ultra-modern wineries, a vibe encapsulated at the incredible MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Mingle with the locals at the weekly Salamanca Market where you’ll find fine local produce, artisan crafts and antiques.
Places to stay here reflect this diversity and include some of the finest luxury lodges in the country, often in sublime locations, and a handful of super hip art hotels, with something to suit all inclinations.
When to go
Summer, from December to February, is the best time to visit Tasmania, with warm weather and plenty of outdoor activities. Autumn and spring are a cooler, with spring a little wetter, and winter, from June to August, is cool and can see snowfall.
What to do
- Explore the beautiful national parks
- Hike to the summit of Mount Wellington
- Visit the picturesque Bay of Fires
- Check out the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
- Pick up some crafts and local produce at the Salamanca Market