Friends and family often ask for recommendations on what to do and see in Tasmania. Below is a list of our 20 Must Do Activities in Tasmania.
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Why visit Tasmania?
Tasmania is one of our favourite places in Australia.
There are endless rugged coastlines, miles of untouched wilderness, plenty of bizarre animals to see and a fascinating history.
Tasmania is also incredibly compact compared to the rest of Australia. From lakes to beaches to mountains, you can see such a diverse range of stunning landscapes all within a short distance to travel….and their food is amazing!
Here is a list of 20 Must Do activities in Tasmania.
20 Must Do Activities in Tasmania
See Echidna and Wombats in the wild
Seeing Echidna and wombats in the wild is at the top of my list of must do activities in Tasmania.
We came across an echidna walking on the road and pulled over to make sure he got across safely. The chances of finding one on the side of the road isn’t always something you can count on.
For a guaranteed sighting of an Echidna and Wombat then Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain National Park is the place you should visit.
A visit to Ronny Creek in the late afternoon will pretty much guarantee that you get the opportunity to watch these amazing Australian animals quietly going about their business in the wild.
Learn about Monotremes
Seeing a Platypus in the wild is extremely difficult but at Platypus House you are guaranteed a sighting.
At Platypus House you can learn all about Platypus and Echidnas; Australia’s two very unusual and very different egg laying mammals.
Visit the Tassie Devils
Spot the White Wallaby
White wallabies are unique to Bruny Island and can be found near Adventure Bay.
Hike Tasmania’s Most Famous Day Walk
The hike to Cradle Mountain Summit is undoubtedly Tasmania’s most famous day walk. It is a challenging 7-8 hour hike but one of the must do activities in Tasmania for any outdoor enthusiast.
Click here to see the complete list of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks.
Pick your own fruits and berries
Take the opportunity to visit a farm and pick your own fresh fruit.
Depending on the time of the year that you are visiting Tasmania you can choose from Apples, Apricots, Blueberries, Nectarines, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries and Strawberries.
Our favorite time to visit is December / January during stone fruit season. Nothing compares to freshly picked apricots and cherries! What’s you favourite Tasmanian fruit?
Find out more about fruit picking in Tasmania.
Admire the rugged coastline
If you are looking for rugged coastal views then you should plan a hike to Cape Raoul. Cape Raoul is part of the four day ‘Three Capes Walk’. It can also be done as a single day hike or if you only have a few hours, you can hike to the lookout for some fantastic views.
Walk barefoot along deserted sandy beaches
Walk the day hike to Wineglass Bay & Hazards Beach Circuit and take the opportunity to see some stunning scenery as well as the chance to walk along the deserted sandy beaches.
Visit a Convict Settlement
Visit the beautifully maintained Port Arthur Historic Site and learn about the history of Australia as a Penal Colony.
See Australia’s oldest bridge
Visit Richmond Village to see Australia’s oldest bridge. The heritage listed arch bridge was built by convicts in 1823.
Walk among the Trees
Photograph one of Tasmania’s 230 waterfalls
Tasmania has 230 known waterfalls. Our favourite so far is Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park.
Take in some culture
Visit the Lavender Fields
Sample some delicious lavender flavored foods like lavender ice cream, lavender hot chocolate and even lavender tea.
Eating a lavender ice cream should definitely be on your list of must do activities in Tasmania!
Spend a relaxing Saturday at the Markets
Visit the Salamanca Markets and spend a relaxing Saturday browsing through a wide range of Tasmanian Arts & Crafts. Visit the many food and beverage stalls and try some local Tasmanian produce.
Do a Cave Tour
At Hastings caves and thermal springs you can take a guided tour of the caves and learn about subterranean formations. When you are done, swim in the 28 degrees Celcius thermal pool.
Swim in a Gorge
Only a 15 min walk from the centre of Launceston and you will find yourself at the spectacular Cataract Gorge.
The gorge has many activities on offer. You can; go for a swim, walk on a suspension bridge, have lunch at the cafe, go hiking, see the Duck Reach Power Station, admire the peacocks, have a picnic lunch, go on a chairlift.
Drive up into the Clouds
Take the 21km drive to the summit of Mt Wellington which stands at 1271m and is known to often sit up above the clouds.
See Australia’s first operational coal mine
Visit the Coal Mines Historic Site and learn about Australia’s first operational coal mine. From 1834 the mine was used as punishment for the worst criminals at Port Arthur.
If you are interested in the history of mining in Australia you should also visit the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.
Eat some delicious Tassie Food
While in Tassie make sure you take the time to sample some of the local foods like these amazing Thai Fusion oysters on Bruny Island.
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