Tasmania is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
It’s the world’s smallest continent and has one of the most diverse landscapes in all of Australia.
Tasmania offers something for everyone, from natural wonders like the stunning Cradle Mountain to lively city centers such as Hobart and Launceston.
If you’ve ever wanted to visit an island paradise, this is it!
Tasmania is one of the most beautiful and underrated destinations in Australia.
From its rugged coastline to its lush forests, Tasmania has something for everyone.
Here is your ultimate guide to visiting Tasmania!
When to Visit
The best time to visit Tasmania depends on what you want to do.
The summer months (December-February) are the busiest and most expensive, but also the warmest and most pleasant.
If you’re looking for good weather and busy streets, this is the time to go.
The winter months (June-August) are much quieter, but also colder and rainier.
If you’re looking for a more peaceful visit or cheaper prices, this is the time to go.
How to Get There
Tasmania is an island, so you’ll need to take a ferry or fly into the capital city of Hobart.
The only international airport in Tasmania is located in Launceston and there are several daily flights from Melbourne Airport (MEL).
Where to Stay
Wineglass Bay tour from Hobart has some amazing accommodations for every budget.
The best areas to stay in are just outside of downtown with easy access via bus or walk.
If you’re planning on being based around the CBD, be prepared for expensive prices during the summer months!
There are plenty of hostels that provide low-cost accommodations within walking distance of most attractions.
If money isn’t an issue, check out these luxury hotels near Hobart’s waterfront.
These beautiful hotels have spectacular views of the city and some even have their own on-site restaurants!
If you’re planning on being based around the northern coastline, definitely check out these luxury beachside cottages.
They are absolutely stunning and come with everything from a jacuzzi to a gourmet kitchen.
These cottages can be rented by the night or week so you’ll have plenty of flexibility in your travel plans.
Where to Eat & Drink
Hobart has many options for dining, including a large selection of vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants.
If you don’t mind spending some money, I would recommend checking out one (or more!) of these fine dining establishments located in the CBD.
And if it’s the low-cost eats you’re after, check out these budget-friendly options in the CBD.
This Indian restaurant offers buffet-style meals for a very low cost, just be sure to arrive before 5 pm!
For those who plan on being based around the northern coastline during their visit, here are some top-notch eats located just outside of Hobart.
These cafes and restaurants have a superb selection of fine dining dishes as well as low-cost cafe fare.
If you’re planning on visiting Cradle Mountain National Park or Hellyer Gorge during your stay, definitely take advantage of one (or both!) of these gourmet restaurants at each location!
Both offer views as spectacular as the meals themselves and serve up delectable regional delights that feature local produce and meat products.
What to Do
There’s no shortage of things to do in Tasmania!
Here are just a few of my favorites:
–Cradle Mountain National Park: This is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations and for good reason.
The park is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the country, including rugged cliffs, pristine lakes, and dense forests.
There are plenty of hiking trails to choose from, depending on your level of fitness and experience.
If you’re short on time, I would recommend taking the Cradle Mountain Summit Walk which offers amazing views from the top of the mountain.
–Hellyer Gorge: Just a short drive from Launceston, Hellyer Gorge is a must-see for anyone visiting Tasmania.
The gorge is located in the heart of Tasmania’s forestry district and is surrounded by lush forests and steep cliffs.
There are a number of hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easy walks to more challenging hikes.
If you’re looking for a relaxing day out, I would recommend taking the Heritage Walk which follows the riverbank through the gorge.
–Port Arthur Historic Site: This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tasmania.
The site is home to a number of restored buildings dating back to the 1800s, as well as a number of exhibitions that tell the story of Australia’s convict past.
I would recommend spending at least half a day here to really explore everything the site has to offer.
–Hobart: During your trip to Tasmania, you should definitely take the time to visit the island’s capital city.
Located at the mouth of Derwent River, Hobart is a beautiful colonial city with a bustling waterfront and very friendly locals.
–MONA: One of my favorite things to do in Tasmania, especially during winter when it stays open until 8 pm!
MONA (or Museum of Old and New Art) is one of Australia’s most unique attractions.
This world-famous gallery sits on top of a cliff overlooking Risdon Cove and features constantly rotating exhibitions from local and international artists.
The gallery also includes an outdoor sculpture garden, maze, café, bar… and did I mention an underground carpark filled with Damien Hirst sculptures?
Definitely make this a priority when in Tasmania!
–Richmond: This small town is located about an hour and a half south of Launceston and is well worth the visit.
Richmond offers some of Tasmania’s finest wines, as well as breathtaking views of the Tamar Valley.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, I would recommend visiting The Blueberry Farm B&B which features beautiful rooms overlooking the vineyards.
What to Bring
The weather in Tasmania can be quite unpredictable at times so it’s best to pack accordingly!
Just because it’s warm and sunny one day doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be that way the next so make sure you pack:
–A raincoat: Make sure it packs down nice and small!
That is all for my Ultimate Guide to Visiting Tasmania!
I hope this illustrated guide helps you plan your trip and that you have an amazing time exploring the island.
Thanks for reading!
Wish you all the best, stay safe!