Tasmania is a place to be explored, and loved, and enjoyed.
Tasmania is renowned for its beautiful wilderness and clean, green lifestyle. With beaches, forests, and bushwalking from coast to coast, it is a nature lover’s dream. But this buzzing little island is also home to a thriving food, arts, music, and theatre culture. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurer, a food-lover, or just enjoy spending time peacefully reading a good book, Tasmania is a place to be explored.
Explore the rich history of Sheffield, a small Tasmanian town, through the stories painted on the town’s buildings. Sheffield is known as the Town of Murals, as over 60 murals have been painted onto its buildings, depicting its history and natural scenery.
White sand, clear turquoise water and remarkable pink granite mountains are the key attractions of the East Coast’s Freycinet Peninsula. The Freycinet National Park is home to Wineglass Bay, a beach that is widely considered to be one of the world’s top ten beaches. Crescent-shaped, the beach is a blend of perfect white sand and pristine waters, and can be reached by an approximate one-hour walk from Coles Bay through a set of granite peaks known as the Hazards. Within Coles Bay, relax at one of the small secluded beaches, surrounded by pink granite, known as Honeymoon Bay.
Visit Australia’s oldest bridge – the Richmond Bridge – and Australia’s best-preserved Colonial Gaol – the Richmond Gaol. Explore the Richmond Maze, and browse the many heritage buildings, shops featuring art and souvenirs, and the lolly shop full of delicious treats!
Witness some of Australia’s most impressive coastal scenery and unusual geological formations along the rugged and beautiful coastline of the Tasman Peninsula, including the Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen, and the Blowhole.
Be transported to a world of rugged beauty within the heart of Tasmania. The Lake St Clair National Park is a World Heritage area that is home to Aboriginal historic sites, ancient pines, glacial lakes, platypus, echidna, and many bird species. It is also home to one of Tasmania’s iconic landmarks – Cradle Mountain – which can be perfectly viewed from Dove Lake, within the national park.
The Tahune Forest Reserve is located 70km south of Hobart, in the heart of the Huon Valley on the banks of the Huon River. Whilst at the reserve, students will have the opportunity to view the forest canopy from the Tahune Airwalk, and also explore the Swinging Bridges walking circuit.
The Tahune Airwalk is one of Hobart’s top attractions. As visitors walk 20 metres above the forest floor on a steel-structure suspended over the treetops, they will have a bird’s eye view of the canopy of Tasmania’s southern forests and the Huon River.
Students will also be able to feel the force of the Huon and Picton Rivers flowing beneath their feet as they cross two swinging bridges suspended from the river banks on the Swinging Bridges circuit.
Image courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Garry Moore
Be awed by the majestic forest at Mount Field National Park. One of Tasmania’s oldest national parks, Mount Field stretches across 16,000 hectares of diverse vegetation – ranging from swamp gum and fern forests, to rainforest and alpine vegetation. Russell Falls is the Park’s most visited spot – a three-tiered waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. The Park is also home to the world’s tallest flowering plant, the giant swamp gum, which reaches a height of 30 metres, and can be seen during the Tall Trees walk.
The Tamar Valley is a beautiful area of Tasmania, just north of Launceston. As one of Tasmania’s principle wine producing areas, the Tamar Valley is very picturesque with orchards, forests and pastures.
Within the Tamar Valley you will find the Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve. The reserve features a boardwalk of 500 metres which extends across the Tamar River to Tamar Island, and is a fantastic spot to observe a number of different wetland bird species.
Image Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Tamar Island Wetlands Centre
Discover some hidden delights in the many arcades and alleys of Hobart’s Salamanca Place. The cobblestone street on the city’s waterfront is one of Tasmania’s best known landmarks, and is filled with art galleries, theatres, cafes, craft shops and restaurants, as well as an historic sandstone staircase – the Kelly Steps- and St. David’s Park. On Saturdays Salamanca Place is bustling with local foods, arts and crafts at Salamanca Market.
The Taste of Tasmania is a food-lover’s paradise. Held annually on Hobart’s waterfront on Princes Wharf No.1, Parliament House Lawns and Salamanca Lawns from the 28th December until the 3rd January, the Taste brings together providers of Tasmania’s beautiful food, wines, music and street performances.
Enjoy panoramic views of greater Hobart and Southern Tasmania from the top of Mount Wellington. Accessible via road or one of the many scenic walking tracks. At 1,271 metres tall, Mount Wellington is part of Wellington Park, which encompasses 18,250 hectares of land, and connects Hobart city to the bush.
Jagged rock-faces, sprawling lawns, towering conifers, and the southern hemisphere’s longest single-span chairlift can all be found within Launceston’s Cataract Gorge. Walk around the natural basin, cross the suspension bridge, relax by the open-air swimming pool, or spot the local wildlife, including the peacocks that inhabit the area.
During the winter months, take a day-trip from Launceston to nearby alpine park Ben Lomond for some skiing or snowboarding.
Take the Ferry from Kettering (outside of Hobart) to nearby Bruny Island. Visit the sights – including the neck and the lighthouse – and see the Little Penguins and Fur Seals.
For a gourmet food tour, or an award-winning speed-boat tour, visit www.pennicottjourneys.com.au/
Delve into Tasmania’s history at the Port Arthur Historic Site. The Port Arthur site is a former convict settlement and penal colony formed on the Tasman Peninsula in the 1800s. The site is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas and includes ruins of the main penitentiary, church, and watch tower, set amongst 40 hectares of land.
Image Courtesy of Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy
Be amazed at the art collections on show in the world-renowned architectural masterpiece known as MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art), Australia’s largest privately-owned museum.