Many people who come to visit Australia usually miss the chance to check out its little cousin on the south—Tasmania. However, there are so many great and unique things you can experience there, that it’s really a shame not to take a cruise to the most southern Aussie state. Here’s what you can see and do in Tasmania.
Get learned in MONA
MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art) is located in Hobart and it’s one of the most unique museums in the world. It’s perfect even for people who don’t like museums and art because it’s full of interactive, fun and different activities and things you can see. It combines light, visual effects, sound and movement to awaken all your senses and there’s no way you’ll get bored!
Shop at Salamanca
The Salamanca Market in Hobart is another must-visit place in Tasmania. It has over 300 stalls covered with local food, drinks and souvenirs and it’s overall just a great place to soak up the essence of Tasmania. Make sure to pick up some tasty food and enjoy it on a picnic in a nearby park and just unwind.
Climb “the mountain”
If you find yourself in Southern Tasmania, make sure to climb Mount Wellington, or simply “the mountain”. This giant rises behind Hobart and offers amazing views of the city and the whole of Southern Tasmania. Views are really great when the weather’s clear, but don’t miss it when it’s misty either! You’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds.
Learn about history
If you’re a real history buff, make sure to visit Port Arthur. There are many great cruises from Sydney that can take you to Hobart but also include Port Arthur. Your cruise will drop you off at the Port Arthur Historic Site—an old penal settlement. In the 19th century, it became a station for offenders and the whole prison system has a very interesting history and many different buildings you can explore. The visit lasts for a few hours, after which you will return to the comfort of your cruiser with a fresh perspective!
Do some spelunking
If you really want to explore Tasmania, both from the surface and under it, you must visit Hastings Caves. These caves are millions of years old and a home to beautiful cave jewels stalactites, stalagmites, columns, straws and shawls. Once you’re finished with spelunking, take a dip at nearby thermal springs to relax and have a chill picnic in the forest camping site with all the necessary amenities like BBQ spots, showers and toilets.
Come face to face with the devil
You simply can’t leave Tasmania without seeing one of its cutest symbols—the Tasmanian Devil. The best places to see these little beasts are the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. You’ll get to meet unique animals, learn about them and their conservation. Both of these facilities are very humane, take excellent care of the animals and do all they can to preserve the Tasmanian wildlife.
Check out Wineglass Bay
For all the romantics, Wineglass Bay will be the most beautiful attraction. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and one of the best places to enjoy gorgeous views and take amazing photos. This beach is located in Freycinet National Park and it’s very hard to reach. You have to go through an hour of steep ups and downs to reach it, but it will be more than worth the effort. It’s quite secluded, perfect for those who want some privacy while enjoying Tasmania.
So, don’t leave out Tasmania from your Australian adventure! It will make your trip really special and unique with its fun animals, beautiful nature and many interesting things to see and do!