It’s a 6-8 hour hike to the summit of Cradle Mountain, or for a shorter walk try the Dove Lake circuit. Dove Lake is at the foot of Cradle Mountain, circled by a 6km walking trail – on this walk, you’ll see stunning views of the mountain, the Ballroom Forest and the iconic Boat shed. As you explore keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife – echidnas, wallabies, wombats, Tasmanian devils + platypus can all be found here.
We recommend a stop in Sheffield, ‘the town of murals’. With 140+ murals, Sheffield is Tassie’s own outdoor art gallery with several galleries + museums to visit. From Sheffield, it’s not far to Launceston – Tasmania’s 2nd major city + a vibrant hub for food, culture and nature. A short walk from the town centre is Cataract Gorge, with its cascades, hiking trails, and gardens you’ll find plenty of adventure – from ziplining to mountain biking. Launceston is great for foodies, thanks to the high-quality local produce from Tamar Valley.
From Launceston, head to the iconic Bay of Fires, named after the bright orange lichen that grows on the granite boulders lining the bay. Combined with crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, the Bay of Fires is a must-see on your Tassie trip.
Don’t miss out on the town of Bicheno. Being a fishing town there’s some fantastic seafood to sample in Bicheno, but the real attraction is the night-time penguin tour. Visit the private rookery and get seriously close to the fairy penguins that come ashore at dusk to head to their burrows. You cannot visit Tasmania without exploring the beautiful Freycinet National Park. Stop here to see the dramatic pink granite peaks, sandy beaches and of course, Wineglass Bay – one of Tassie’s most photographed spots.
There are lots of walks at Freycinet ranging from 30mins to 3 days, but you won’t want to miss the Wineglass Bay Lookout + Wineglass Bay beach itself – both are fairly easy to reach. You can even camp at Wineglass Bay Beach – what a view to wake up to! You can also swim, kayak, dive + snorkel in the waters that surround the park, or take a day cruise.
Finally, head to historic Port Arthur, the best-preserved convict site in Australia. Admission includes a 40min guided walking tour + a harbour cruise, after which you can explore the historic buildings, ruins + heritage gardens at your leisure. Learn about the convicts who passed through Port Arthur, and if you’re feeling brave there’s an after dark ghost tour!
Port Arthur is just 1.5 hrs from Tassie’s capital city, Hobart. Take a walk along the iconic waterfront towards the Salamanca markets, visit one of the local breweries or distilleries, or catch a ferry to the famous MONA for a modern art experience. If you have a few days to spend in Hobart you can join a day tour or drive to Bruny Island to spot a White Wallaby, or to Mt Wellington for a wonderful wilderness experience!