Discover Tasmania’s Top 10 Attractions
Hobart & the South
1. Salamanca Market – set among sandstone buildings of Salamanca Place. This diverse market has nearly 300 stallholders including original hand-made Tasmanian pieces of woodwork to jewellery, fashion to glassware and ceramics. Lets not forget fresh fruit and organic vegetables, and just may just see a busker or two bringing the market to life. Salamanca Market takes place every Saturday between 8:30am – 3:00pm – rain, hail or shine!
2. Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) – is one of the most controversial private collections of modern art and antiquities in the world. Its collections takes up three floor within a architectural masterpiece with over 400 art works. Visitors can catch a high speed ferry from Hobart’s waterfront right to the steps of the museum. MONA is open from 10:00am – 6:00pm six days a week, closed Tuesdays.
3. Mount Wellington – experience the wilderness just 20 minute drive from Hobart. Travelling to the summit via temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations ending in with spectacular views of Hobart and beyond. The interpretation centre at the top protects you from blustering winds whilst letting you take in the surrounds. No park entrance fees apply and no opening or closing hours to access to Mountain. However the Pinnacle Shelter is open from 8:00am – 4:30pm in September.
4. Royal Botanical Gardens – were established in 1818 and are located on the Queens Domain, a short walk from Hobart’s CBD. The Gardens plant collections are plenty with a large number of significant tress, some dating back to the nineteenth century, as well as a Subantarctic Plant House. The visitor centre houses a restaurant, souvenir shop and gallery. The Royal Botanical Gardens is open 7 days a week 8:00am – 5:00pm (note: closing times vary with seasons)
5. Port Arthur Historic Site – is on the Tasman Peninsula. The Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the establishment in 1830 to its closure in 1877. The Site sits on 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Entry fees are valid for two consecutive days and include an introductory guided walking tour, harbour cruise, access to the museum, convict study centre and interpretation gallery and the site of the Dockyard. Port Arthur Historic Site is open every day of the year 9:00am – dusk.
6. Blow Hole & Tasman Arch – on your way to Port Arthur stop at the several unusual geological formations found in the Tasman National Park. These include the likes of Tasman Arch, the Blow Hole, the Devil’s Kitchen, Tessellated Pavement, Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay. The Tasman National Park is a 1.5 hour drive from Hobart.
Launceston & the North
7. Cataract Gorge – is known locally as the Gorge. It is a unique formation within a two minute drive of Launceston CBD or and easy 15 minute walk from central Launceston along the banks of the Tamar River. The Kings Bridge over the Gorge has been in placed since 1867. With a kiosk, restaurant, swimming pool, lawns and rotunda, a footbridge and chairlift across the river make the Gorge an urban reserve.
8. Cradle Mountain – is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, whilst being the most accessible and interesting places to visit in the State. Cradle Mountain is surrounded by glacial lakes, ancient rainforest and alpine vegetation. Many short walks can be found in the area, take a stroll from cascading rivers to the rainforest in just 20mins on the Enchanted Walk, or walk the two-hour circuit of Dove Lake. There is a large range of accommodation options available – booking early is suggested as hotels often sell out!
9. Freycinet National Park – is home to pink granite peaks, secluded bays, and white sandy beaches. Freycinet National Park occupies most of the Freycinet Peninsula. The park offers may short walks across the park to secluded bays, the most famous being the half day trek into Wineglass Bay from the lookout down to a perfect beak and back to the park entrance via Hazards Range – this walk give you amazing view of the coastline. There’s a visitor centre, shop and other amenities located in the park. Park entrance fees apply all year round.
10. Lake St. Clair – is at the southern and of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, it is also home to the famous Overland Track. The park is one of the special places where ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and icy streams that cascade down rugged mountains. The park habitat includes Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species. Lake St. Clair is a walkers’ dream with short lakeside strolls to longer forest walks. There’s a information centre on site. Park entrance fees apply all year round.