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16 incredible things to do in Tasmania, Australia

Tasmania is making a name for itself as one of Australia’s hottest destinations.

With amazing scenery, world-class galleries, loads of adventure and an iconic food and wine scene that’s making plenty of waves, it’s hard to beat the Apple Isle for a weekend getaway or extended holiday that’s full of excitement.

Ready to pack your bags? Here’s our top 16 incredible things to do in Tasmania!

1. Take a boat trip to MONA

You won’t find boring portraits or dusty statues in this art gallery. MONA is Australia’s largest privately owned museum—and everything inside is wacky, weird and mostly interactive! While the cool art will keep you entertained for hours, half the fun of MONA is the building itself—and how you get there.

Built into three underground levels with a futuristic glass elevator, MONA is more James Bond lair then art museum. Get into the 007 spirit and catch a ride on one of the dedicated MONA ferries that leave from downtown Hobart. There are onboard bars, lounges and a whole lot of fun to get you in the mood for a day of gallery exploring.

2. Hike Wineglass Bay

There’s a reason Wineglass Bay is one of the most desirable locations for photographers around the world. Regularly landing in international Top 10 Beaches lists, this perfectly shaped cove is so spectacular, it’s hard to believe it’s real!

Located in the Freycinet National Park north of Hobart, Wineglass Bay can only be reached by a steep hike or by jumping in a kayak to check it out from the water. Because Wineglass Bay isn’t accessible by road, the tourist numbers are in check, giving you plenty of room to stretch out and explore!

3. Get up close to a Tasmanian Devil

Nothing says Tassie like making friends with a Tasmanian Devil! If you want to get up close and personal, the team at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo have the best experience on the island. These awesome creatures are allowed to roam totally free! The zoo is cageless and focuses on education and conservation.

Take a stroll through the Tasmanian native garden, say ‘Hi’ to Taz, and learn more about how you can help save Australia’s favourite little devil.

4. Do a food and wine tour in the Tamar Valley

Head to Northern Tasmania and discover the unmistakable cool-climate Tamar Valley wine region. Known for its smooth pinots, delicate sparkling wines and the breathtaking Tamar River, a food and wine tour in the Tamar Valley is sure to delight the taste buds of any foodie or wine lover.

Choose from a private cellar door experience, or simply hire a car, pick a designated driver and taste your way around!

5. Check out the Salamanca Markets

Considered one of the best markets in Australia, Salamanca Market has over 300 art, fashion, craft and foods stalls, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Hobart waterfront. 

Showcasing Tasmania’s exceptional produce and talented arts community; expect a day at Salamanca Markets to include tasting plenty of local delicacies, being serenaded by a band and finding some funky handmade gifts to spoil someone special with!

6. Go whitewater rafting on the famous Franklin River

Whether you’re new to whitewater rafting or a seasoned pro, there’s nothing more exhilarating than taking a 5, 7 or 10 day wilderness rafting adventure down the Franklin River. From wild, surging rapids to tranquil gorges and pristine rainforests that will take your breath away, whitewater rafting on the Franklin River is an experience of a lifetime that you’ll never forget.

7. Have a beer at Cascade Brewery

Established in 1824, and nestled in the foothills of Mt Wellington in South Hobart, Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest operating brewery and a must-visit for any respectable beer lover or history buff! 

On top of serving up Tasmania’s most iconic beer, the brewery building gives an insight into Tasmania’s rich past, with visitors transported back to a time of convicts, wild characters and the early days of Australian brewing!

Grab a bite at the restaurant, a drink at the bar and stick around for a guided tour full of colourful stories.

8. Take a drive through the Bay of Fires

Located along the northeastern coast of Tasmania, the Bay of Fires is a stretch of coastline that’s been attracting visitors from all over the world, keen to take in its breathtaking turquoise beaches, orange coloured boulders and pristine inlets. So you can truly explore this awesome natural wonder, hire a car, and take your time exploring the 50km stretch of road that covers the conservation reserve and Mount William National Park. The views are sure to blow you away!

9. Catch a ride on the West Coast Wilderness Railway

More than just a railway journey, there’s a reason the West Coast Wilderness Railway has won multiple tourism awards in the last few years. A trip back in time that will have little ones and adults equally enthralled, this historic steam train will take you right into the depths of the Tasmanian wilderness, while you learn stories about the people, creatures and folklores that have called this wild terrain home.

10. Witness the spectacular Aurora Australis 

The Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights, are one of the world’s great natural wonders, and they should be included on everybody’s bucket list. 

Just as spectacular as the Northern Lights of the Arctic Circle, the Aurora Australis can be witnessed in Tasmania nearly all year round— but it does take a little know-how to predict exactly when they’re going to show up. 

But as we all know, half the fun is in the chase! Before your trip to Tasmania, join the Aurora Australis Facebook Group for tips and tricks on how to catch the lights in action.

 

11. Hit the mountain bike trails at Blue Derby 

Located in Tasmania’s beautiful northeast, Blue Derby Trail Network offers world class mountain biking to suit a range of experience and difficulties. Host to the World Enduro Series three years in a row and completely free to explore, Blue Derby is the perfect place for the whole family to get into the awesome action of trail biking. 

There’s plenty of accommodation and bike hire options available in town, so all you have to bring is yourself and an eagerness to hit the trails!

12. Discover the arts at Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo is an arts and music festival unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Held in the middle of winter, Dark Mofo is an offbeat collection of theatre, old films, light shows and a whole bunch of strange, gothic and outright zany attractions that put a modern arthouse twist on the midwinter festival. 

You’ll need to pack an open mind if you want to try this one out, but it’ll sure be an adventure you’ll never forget!

13. Explore the Mole Creek Caves

Located about an hour from Launceston, the Mole Creek Caves are a visual delight filled with sparkling crystals, serene pools, glow worms and awesome stalagmites and stalactites, of course! 

A great day trip if you want to get out and about— the two caves that make up Mole Creek Caves are located in the picturesque Mole Creek Karst National Park. 

14. Give fly fishing a go in Tasmania’s Central Highlands

Tasmania’s Central Highlands are home to freshwater lakes and streams full of brown, brook and rainbow trout. A weekend fly fishing in this breathtaking wilderness has to be any fisherman’s dream, but even those who aren’t so keen on trying their hand in the art of the catch are still going to have an awesome time in this otherworldly location. 

There’s whisky distilleries, iconic eateries, bushwalking trails and the nearby charming town of Deloraine to keep you entertained.

15. Go ziplining with Hollybank Wilderness Adventures

Ever dreamed of soaring like an eagle or joining in on an aerial adventure? Well, now’s your chance! Hollybank Wilderness Adventures, on the outskirts of Launceston, are a guaranteed good time, and will have you ziplining, challenging yourself on a tree-rope adventure course or even taking the family for a segway tour through the park!

16. Race V8 cars at Symmons Plains Raceway!

If you’re in Tasmania, there’s no greater thrill to be had than jumping in a racecar at Symmons Plains Raceway for some short, fast hot-laps around one of Australia’s most loved racing tracks. 

Experience the adrenaline of ripping through the famous ‘turn four hairpin’ or going pedal to the metal down the high-speed straight! You can take the wheel yourself, or for an extra special experience sit in the passenger seat of a V8 superstar driver like John Bowe, as he shows you his awesome skills! 

No matter what you do on your Tassie adventure, a day of racing adventures at Fastrack V8 will be the ultimate highlight of your trip! Book your experience online, today!

 

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