From south to north, here are my favourite things to do in Tasmania, my island home.
1. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)
Located in Hobart, this wacky underground museum will amuse and fascinate. From the machine that turns food scraps into poo to the ancient Egyptian artefacts, you will certainly have a few WTF moments walking through the entertaining and thought provoking exhibitions of MONA.
2. Salamanca Market
For all things hand made and locally produced Hobart’s Saturday morning market will not disappoint. High quality goods of all kinds can be found here. With many quirky stalls and talkative vendors, the market is enjoyable for window shoppers and big spenders alike.
3. Port Arthur
Come here to discover the stories of the highwaymen, murderers and robbers who came here to be punished, before beginning new lives in the great southern land. Be haunted by a place that was once a living hell for its convicts, and appreciate its present beauty and peacefulness.
4. Freycinet National Park
This area is a haven of pristine beaches, stunning views and ocean waters so clear that you feel really guilty about weeing it. Here you can take a walk to Wine Glass Bay, camp by the beach and meet the inquisitive wildlife.
A visit to Tasmania’s most charming historical town will make you nostalgic for simpler times. Wander across Australia’s third oldest sandstone bridge, see where female convicts lived while on probation, sit down for a scrumptious pasty at one of the town’s delightful bakeries and enjoy the colonial architecture.
6. Tamar Valley Wine Route
Not only is the Tamar Valley very scenic, it also has a multitude of vineyards just waiting to thrill your tastebuds. With many vineyards owned and managed by local families, you will feel welcome and relaxed in this very laid back part of the state.
7. Gunns Plains Caves
It’s another world in these beautiful caves. The reddish browns and yellowy creams of the rock formations are exquisitely beautiful. The above rock formation is known as “The Bacon” which your friendly guide will explain the geology of. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a platypus down there.
Bonus tip: While you’re in this part of Tasmania, Wings Wildlife Farm is also worth a visit if you’d like to meet some of the native animals.
8. Cradle Mountain
Another fine example of Tasmania’s natural beauty. Cradle mountain offers multi-day hikes for dedicated outdoorsy types and easily accessible scenic views for those who prefer shorter encounters with nature.
Apart from the hefty entry fees, this place is full of delights, quirks and surprises at every turn. Having been here many times as a child and an adult, I can promise you that the feeling when you find the three bear’s house in the centre of the maze gets no less thrilling with age.
10. Dismal Swamp
Tasmanias precious temporate rainforests are a rare and beautiful sight. Dismal Swamp offers a taste of the Tarkine while remaining accessible and not too remote.
How many of these place have you been to? Are there any you would add to the list?