Why you should visit Tasmania
- Explore the colonial architecture and wonderful artisan markets of Hobart
- Visit Bruny Island for coastal bush walks, wildlife spotting and cruise the island to view dolphins, seals and humpback whale
- Explore sheltered coves and beaches on a sunset, twilight kayaking adventure
- Sample Tasmanian wine, cheeses, honey and oysters
- Hike up the Hazard Mountains and take long walks on empty beaches
Our specialists 'Must Do'
Escape to the secluded Maria Island. Reached only by boat or plane the island is home to empty sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains and some remarkable wildlife. Spend four days traversing the island on foot staying in simple bush camps and dining on fabulous regional food.
A little more about Tasmania
Australia's smallest state in terms of both size and population yet it offers a diverse and spectacular scenery, unspoilt wilderness and rich heritage. Located two hundred and forty kilometres to the south-east of the mainland and separated by the Bass Strait, Tasmania's environment is significantly different to the rest of the country. Over a third of the island is covered by National Parks and World Heritage sites making this a truly beautiful region, perfect for travellers looking for an un-spoilt natural environment.
The southwest corner is a pristine wilderness area, accessible only by foot or by scenic flight. Most of this region and the central highlands comprise grassland moors and peaks rising above beautiful mountain lakes, while the lakes and rivers of the high country are renowned for their trout fishing.
Tasmania’s coastline offers some of Australia’s most rugged wilderness with fjords, large bays, magnificent beaches and dramatic sea cliffs.
The unique wildlife of the island has survived the predations of introduced species and is the last bastion of several mammals; Tasmanian Devils, Eastern and Spotted-tailed Quolls, Tasmanian Bettongs and a variety of smaller marsupials are frequently seen. Coastal wildlife includes Fairy Penguins, fur-seals, sea-lions, dolphins, Humpback and Southern Right Whales as well as the occasional visitor from further south – King Penguins and Elephant Seals.
Tasmanians pride themselves on top quality food and wine and the island’s produce is evident in the gourmet cuisine which is an integral part of Tasmanian hospitality.
When to go
Tasmania has a temperate climate so there are generally no extremes of temperature. From October to December springtime begins, as do many of the walks, this is a very pretty time to visit. From January to March expect mild summer weather throughout the island and even into April and May as autumn arrives it can be a lovely time to visit with the leaves beginning to fall but the evenings are much cooler and the walks stop operating. June to September is cold and wet.