19 Best Places to Visit in Tasmania

While Tasmania is Australia’s smallest state, it packs a punch and has loads to offer.

Historic towns, World Heritage Listed wilderness areas, pristine beaches, rugged coastline, gorgeous mountains, hiking, wildlife and a terrific food and wine industry that will make your taste buds EXPLODE.

We took our car over on the Spirit of Tasmania car ferry and spent a month driving around Tasmania. If you don’t take your own car over simply fly in and grab a rental car, doing a road trip is the best way to explore this Australian island.

Of course you can fly in and just visit Hobart or Launceston over a weekend. But then you would be missing out on the BEST of Tasmania.

Give Tassie at least a week, or three and get to know as many of the below places as possible.

Even though it’s a small state it does take longer to drive around than you’d anticipate, so don’t rush, but slow down and take more in.

19 Places in Tasmania to Visit

1. Hobart

Visit the historic town of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia

Hobart is charming, inviting, walkable, and one of Australia’s oldest cities with lots to do in and around the area – we spent 6 days here.

The history is still alive with its 19th Century sandstone warehouses that now serve as cafes, restaurants and artists’ studios. Quaint cottages and colonial mansions are all over the small city.

And then there is the backdrop of Mount Wellington rising above the city and the River Derwent racing through its heart. Get a dash of history by wandering around the historic harbour, Battery Point, and Salamanca. And of course there is the incredible MONA museum.

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2. Richmond

Visit the historic town of Richmond in Tasmania, Australia

Historic Richmond is a lovely small town within easy reach of Hobart (25 km north east) to spend a few hours exploring the historic sites. We took a stroll along the river before grabbing a bite to eat at the Richmond Arms Hotel, followed by coffee and cake at the popular bakery.

Richmond is home to Australia’s oldest bridge (built in 1825) and Australia’s oldest Roman Catholic church, St John’s. You can also check out the Richmond Gaol and just wander around town looking at the numerous heritage-listed buildings.

If you like food and wine, you might like a Richmond food and wine half day tour from Hobart through Get Your Guide. 

3. Port Arthur

Visit the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, Australia

Looking for history, drama, beauty and sadness? Port Arthur is where you’ll find it in spades. Port Arthur has a violent and troubled history as a penal colony for some of Australia’s hardened convicts.

It’s one of the best things to do in Tassie and if you’re based in Hobart it’s accessible via a day trip. And for a great bite to eat on the way, don’t miss the Doo-Lishus food truck at nearby Eaglehawk Neck for the best fish and chips in Tasmania, plus homemade scallop, rabbit, and venison pies.

Get your tickets for the ghost tour here (one of my favorite Port Arthur experiences). If you need to take a tour from Hobart to visit Port Arthur, check out this tour here. 

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4. Bruny Island

Explore ruggedly beautiful Bruny Island in Tasmania, Australia

Ruggedly beautiful with towering sea cliffs and deep sea caves, fur seals, fairy penguins, an abundance of bird life and if you’re visiting in the right season, the opportunity to see migrating whales.

Bruny Island is an easy day trip from Hobart, and the best way to experience Bruny if you only have half a day is with local legend Rob Pennicott from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys.

This is the tour we took with Rob Pennicott. It’s one of the best tours we did in Australia.

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5. Coles Bay

Visit Coles Bay in Tasmania, Australia

Coles Bay is set in a spectacular location with uninterrupted views of the red and pink granite peaks known as The Hazards. It’s a small town with a few shops and cafes – don’t miss Tombolo Restaurant and coffee bar for great coffee + wood fired pizzas with stunning views.

This town is mostly known as the gateway to Freycinet National Park (our favourite place in Tasmania). Nearby Honeymoon Bay is brilliant and consider going kayaking in the beautiful bay. We could easily spend a week based here exploring Freycinet and all its walks.

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6. Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park in Tasmania, Australia

One of our top three in our list of 25 National Parks in Australia to set foot in. Freycinet is spectacular, a peninsular of pink granite mountains, pure white beaches, coastal dues and dry eucalypt forest.

Within this peninsular is the famous Wineglass Bay – a beach consistently rated as one of the world’s best. Three pink granite peaks – the Hazard mountains – rise dramatically, protecting the bay from the infiltration of humanity.

Wineglass Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Wineglass Bay

And Hazards Beach, a beach that is pure, remote, desolate, peaceful, and breathtaking.

Visit stunning Hazards Beach in Tasmania, Australia
Hazards Beach

Both those beaches feature in our 38 best beaches in Australia list. Freycinet is a 2.5-hour drive from Hobart.

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7. Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires, Tasmania, Australia

On the north-east coast of Tasmania, the Bay of Fires is a region of pristine white beaches, blue water and these incredible rock formations (orange-hued granite) in which the colour is produced by a lichen. It’s widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Tasmania. And we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.

It’s a two and a half hours drive from Launceston, or base yourself in St Helens or Binalong Bay.

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8. Binalong Bay

Visit stunning Binnalong Bay in Tasmania, Australia

Binalong Bay is a small coastal town situated at the southern end of the Bay of Fires.

Once you’ve photographed the Bay of Fires and played on the beach at Binalong, be sure to hit up the Binalong Bay Cafe for great coffee and delicious desserts, complete with an awesome view of the beach.

9. Bicheno

Bicheno Beach, Tasmania, Australia

We only stopped for lunch in Bicheno but wished we’d planned a night. The beach is a pleasant surprise, just beautiful, as is the coastal walk around to the rocky headland overlooking the bay.

The town is primarily a fishing port popular with holidaymakers and retirees for its mild climate and sunny weather. Bicheno is also a well-known place for seeing the fairy penguins.

Accommodation in Bay of Fires

  • Home rentals are the best type of accommodation in the Bay of Fires area. Check Airbnb here.

10. Strahan

Magnificent sunset in Strahan, Tasmania, Australia.

Getting to Strahan on the west coast of Tassie involves a decent half to full day of driving (depending on where you’re coming from) but it’s definitely worth the effort.

Strahan is a small port town with one of the best sunsets we have ever seen anywhere, and from where we did our cruise down the famous World Heritage Gordon River, one of the highlights of our month in Tassie. Grab your tickets here. 

Gordon River Cruise, Tasmania, Australia

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11. Corinna

Corinna, Tasmania, Australia

Remote, quiet, small, and a true wilderness experience that’s Corinna. It’s a former mining town on the banks of the Pieman river and at the end of the Tarkine (the largest temperate rainforest in Australia) and the northernmost point where the famous Huon pine grows.

Stay in a rustic cottage, walk amongst the rainforest, kayak down the river or take a cruise on the historic Arcadia II. Access to Corinna is by barge boat (if coming from Strahan) and is a unique experience in Tasmania away from the mass tourism.

12. Penguin

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Situated on the shores of Bass Strait, Penguin is the best town to base yourself to explore the north-west region of Tasmania. We really enjoyed the vibe of the town, Kalyra liked the big Penguin dressed in a Santa suit, and the local markets were a hit with Caz.

Don’t miss the nearby Turners Beach Berry Patch (great for the kids), Hellyers Road Distillery in Burnie, the Nut in Stanley and the coastal drive to Ulverstone. We stayed at the Penguin Waterfront Escape Apartments right in the centre of town with awesome views over Bass Strait.

13. Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

One of the most iconic destinations in Tasmania, Cradle Mountain is in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. There are over 20 different self-guided walking tracks, ranging from 20 minutes to 9 hours, including the world-famous Overland Track, a magnificent 6-day walk that takes you through the heart of some of the finest mountain terrain.

This area is also great for spotting wombats in the wild all year round, they even like rolling around in the snow. Cradle Mountain is 1 1/2 hours drive from Devonport, or 2 1/2 hours from Launceston.

If you don’t have your own car, you can take this tour from Launceston out to Cradle Mountain.

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14. Launceston

There’s not a whole lot going on in Launceston itself, but it’s a great base to explore some excellent places nearby, and it’s also the cheapest city to fly into from the Australian mainland.

Once you’ve had breakfast at Fresh cafe, seen City Park, the James Boags Brewery and done the Saturday Harvest Market, the best nearby attraction is beautiful Cataract Gorge.

Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tasmania

The Gorge, as the locals call it, is just outside of town. It’s hard to believe such a beautiful gorge exists merely minutes from the city centre, no wonder it’s a locals favourite. Take in one of the leisurely walking or hiking trails, or jump on the world’s longest single span chairlift, go abseiling, and spot wildlife.

15. Evandale

Evandale, Tasmania

When you arrive in Evandale you feel as if time has been wound back 100 years. It’s a National Trust classified Georgian village with unspoiled heritage buildings making it a popular place for tourists and easily accessible from Launceston. Clarendon House, just outside of the village, is said to be one of Australia’s greatest Georgian houses.

We devoured a coffee and cake at the Ingleside Licensed Bakery Cafe located inside the old Council chambers built in 1867. Sit in the pretty courtyard bursting with flowers or, in the winter, by the cozy fire inside.

16. Brickendon Estate

Brickendon estate Longford Tasmania

Brickendon Estate is a convict World Heritage Site near Launceston, and Brickendon’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it is still a lived in and working farm with a rich Australian history of convicts and free settlers working together and a landscape that remains virtually untouched for 200 years.

Smokehouses and ovens, outhouses, and shearing sheds can still be explored and the old blacksmith shop is left as it was in the 1930’s. You can stay over at Brickendon in historic cottages and rustic cabins. Sit by an open fire and wake up to stunning views overlooking the paddocks.

Book your stay at Brickendon here

17. The Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Just 10 minutes drive north of Launceston brings you to The Tamar Valley, a wine region known (secretly) as one of the best wine regions in Australia. The Essential Travel magazine (UK) named the Tamar Valley Wine Route as “One of the top 10 wine routes in the world”.

The cool climate the area enjoys is perfect for producing high quality and elegant wines, our favourites being at the Ninth Island and Moores Hill. There are plenty of local pubs, restaurants and cafes scattered along the area including our favourite the Ilk cafe.

And don’t miss the the Tamar Island Wetlands Walk.

18. Liffey Falls

Liffey Falls, Tasmania

There is hot debate amongst Tasmanian as to what is the best waterfall in Tasmania: Liffey Falls or Russel Falls in the south of the island? We didn’t get to Russel Falls, but we can recommend you go see Liffey.

This is another one of Tassies World Heritage Areas, and a 40-minute walk in the forest will bring you to Liffey Falls within the Liffey Falls State Reserve, an area of cool temperate rainforest, featuring myrtle, sassafras and leatherwood on the slopes of the Great Western Tiers.

19. Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe, Elizabeth Town

No, not a town, but almost a destination in itself. When we asked our Facebook followers for tips on things to see and do in Tassie, so many of them recommended the Raspberry Farm Cafe and said we must go there.

The Raspberry Farm also came recommended highly by the locals we met on the ground in Tassie, so we did and gorged ourselves on chocolate and raspberry mud cake, lemon tarts and scones. My fave was the mud cake with raspberries:

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe, Elizabeth Town, Tasmania

The stone and timber café overlooks lush green lawns running down to a lake filled with water lilies. The garden features native trees and a herb garden overlooking the raspberry canes in the distance.

Other foodie stops worth considering nearby include Ashgrove Cheese in Elizabeth Town (handmade and award winning), The Cherry Shed in Latrobe, and for the total chocolate experience visit the House of Anvers in Latrobe (try the Aztec hot chocolate).

Plan Your Trip to Tasmania

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Activities and Tours in Tasmania

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What places in Tasmania would you add to this list? Please share in the comments below.

75 thoughts on “19 Best Places to Visit in Tasmania”

  1. Perfect timing!! We are in the throes of planning a driving trip around Tassie later on in the year. I can now use this as my reference. Thanks guys!

  2. I’m always in awe of the natural beauty of Australia when I read your posts. Tasmania looks absolutely gorgeous and also quiet and peaceful.

  3. I’ve been to most of these places but the photos still always take my breath away. My partner comes from Tassie so we plan to head back there quite frequently once we get set up in Brisbane!

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

  4. Fran Williams

    Australia’s largest, most intact collection of 19th century buildings are located right here in Launceston.

  5. Ian Macdonald

    I with my partner Maggie have visited Tassie several times over the past 12 years and have seen a lot of the countryside. We liked Deloraine so much that we have bought a property there for our retirement . At this time I am planning an 11 day road trip in January 2016 with my 2 sisters and their husbands , one living in New Zealand one in Brisbane. I have just sent to them the link to this page which I am sure they will enjoy viewing .

  6. We just booked our flights to Tasmania for next Feb and are staying for a full month. We’re taking our trekking bikes and plan on cycling from Launceston to Hobart along the east coast in about 10 days. Afterwards we’re doing the Overland Trail and for the rest of time, we’ll see. We’ve been looking forward to this trip forever but the time never seemed right – now we’re getting ready for it, can’t wait until it’s Feb!

  7. Tasmania looks like quite the place to visit, I’m putting it down on the list of places to go. I especially like cradle mountain, it looks so serene. Thanks for the post .

    1. Definitely put Tassie on your list. Yeah Cradle Mountain has a lovely 6 kilometre loop walk around Dove Lake easy for the kids 🙂

  8. We were just wondering where to go on holiday when your post popped onto my radar. So I think with this amount of wonderful information at our disposal, why would we need to look anywhere else? I love that you’ve mentioned places off the beaten track as well.

      1. Looking to come over in March 2017 coming over on sprit of Tasmania with a 4wd and camper trailer wanting to know a good caravan park that I can book that offers ensuite powered sites that is in a location that is easy enough to do day trips from so we can see around
        Cheers John

  9. You nailed some great places in your list, though you completely missed the north-west of Tassie. There are some stunning places there too.

  10. I’ve just spent 8 weeks touring Tasmania and have been enthralled by the magnificent scenery and history. You only have to drive one hour and you are somewhere, it’s a photographic dream!

  11. Hi .me & my wife are.planning to visit Tasmania Island in this coming September for 5 days and budget for A$1500 .driving .free and easy get away
    Mainly to visit National parks .wildlife park.
    Eat and stay .
    Do you have any advise .
    Thank you

  12. Hi Craig
    This is a wonderful blog which describes the 19 tourist places of Tasmania which is the smallest territory of Australia. I have been to Australia in 2000. But I haven’t been to Tasmania either. I haven’t repent because you have described almost all the important places in Tasmania by both images & videos. Its a splendid job indeed. Also you have mentioned some websites describing about Accommodation, Flights & Car Rental information which is very much important for an traveler indeed. I hope I will go there in future at any cost.

  13. Lovely review, I thought Strahan and Cradle Mountain were especially good along with Port Arthur. Salamanca market is something else, along with Fish & Chips in Hobart – can’t wait to get back, perhaps early 2018

  14. There’s so many places I’d add – Deloraine for it’s interesting shops and street art, Chudleigh for the whole bee and honey experience, & Mole Creek as an lovely little town in front of the best scenic background. Sheffield for its murals. And down the middle, there’s amazing history in Ross and Oatlands – the mill in Oatlands a must see. At least three months is needed to do justice to all Tassie has on offer.

  15. We are thinking of crossing to Tassie this year and your site has certainly given me a good insight on what we should be planning and gauging how long we need to stay, so often it has been found that time limitations have you saying, I wish we had have spent more time…. now we don’t have restrictions.

  16. Your website is a very useful discovery as we are planning a 1 week or so side trip to Tasmania in September out of a six week trip from UK to visit family in Sydney.

      1. Vladimir Vunich

        hey there craig,

        me my wife anf two young daugters are picking up a campervan in hobart and was wondering if you have an itinery for us to follow?
        we have 11 days to play with and going on 17/4/17 would we be better off just following the coast?
        any tips advice would be wellcomed.

        Vlad

  17. Debbie Duckett

    Hi there
    Could someone tell me the best place to stay for 1-2 nights after Tamara valley . We will be on our wat to Stanley. Would Devonport be the most interesting?

    1. Hi Debbie, personally I don’t think Devonport is that interesting. We enjoyed a few nights in Penguin and explored the surrounding area from there. So consider staying there on your way to Stanley.

  18. This is great! thanks so much for this. we are planning to go this November but we do not know how to drive a car. How do you recommend for us to see the places, should we book via tour agency or is there like a hop on hop off or is public transportation accessible/convenient? thank you 🙂

  19. Please i need your help,
    Help me out In my travel Plan ,
    Tasmania airport to 14 high east launceton,
    The location, food, hostel,,
    Wanna visit fun places , Amazing ereas,,
    Give me the prices and direction for my Plan.
    Ok.
    Henry.

  20. Great guide. Me & my friends will be going to Tas for 8 days this coming early July.
    Our headache is whether Hyundai Imax will fit us and our luggage?
    For driving Hiace (12 pax van), is a Full car license sufficient or required a GDL (Goods Delivery License) instead?

    Hope someone able to let me know on vehicle rental. Can’t wait to touch down on Tas!!

  21. Thank you so much for such a wonderfully insightful blog of Tasmania. We are planning our trip for May and your writing and photos are inspiring. We only have 7 days but we will see as much of this wild and beautiful location as we physically can! Great writing 🙂

  22. Rosanna Bergin

    Hi

    Planning on travelling along the west coast of Tasmania later in the year. Want to go on a cruise along Gordon river and do cradle mountain. How long should I spend in each place and what other town are of interest. Also want to go to cockles creek. Staying all up for a total of 10ish days

  23. This is a great list and I totally agree, but if you have time I would add a trip to Maria Island to the list. Amazing walks around this pristine island with friendly wombats to greet you!

  24. Shame you didn’t venture to the wild and rugged north west coast! Arthur River in the Tarkine Wilderness is a highlight for many tourists. Put that on your bucket list !

  25. We are going there in September. One of my sisters travelling with me has a little trouble walking long distances or steps. Also I’m looking for places along the way that cater to gluten free. We enjoy pub food and local cafes too. Do you have any suggestions please?

    1. I’m gluten free and I was fine finding things to eat. I can’t remember any places off the top of my head though. If you click some of the links in the post that relate to the area in Tasmania you are visiting, you may find some places to eat mentioned in those places.

  26. Fantastic site. My partner and I are doing Victoria as well, so only in Tasi for about 8 days, so I’m using this as a guide. It’s brilliant!

  27. Tasmania second most beautiful place l been for my landscape photography except of New Zealand.
    I nearly cover most places arm my Nikon camera. Heading back next year arm.with my cameras to capture more of there beautiful landscapes , just can’t wait.

  28. We’re planning 6 days in Tassie in Jan-Feb. typcially when we travel we find an Airbnb or flat rental. We like to get into one or two local towns and really experience what they have.

    We were considering Richmond, but would like your opinion about what you might recommend. Also, if we don’t spend all of our time in one place, where would you recommend in the Northeast?

    1. Anywhere in the Bay of Fires arewa, probably on the southern end so you are closer to Freycinet. Or alternatively,you can stay in Coles Bay

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