Cradle Mountain landscape reflected in lake Dove, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania, Australia


Australia’s smallest state in terms of both size and population yet it offers diverse and spectacular scenery, unspoilt wilderness, rich heritage and delicious local produce.

Located two hundred and forty kilometres to the south-east of the mainland and separated by the Bass Strait, Tasmania’s habitat is significantly different from the rest of Australia.

Over a third of the island is covered by National Parks and World Heritage sites, perfect for travellers looking for an un-spoilt natural environment with some of the countries most fascinating and varied wildlife. Landscapes range from grassland moors and soaring peaks which rise above beautiful mountain lakes and mighty river systems. Meanwhile, the coastline offers some of Australia’s most rugged wilderness with fjords, large bays, magnificent beaches and dramatic sea cliffs.

Echidna, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmanian Wildlife

The unique wildlife of the island has survived the predations of introduced species and is the last bastion of several mammals including Tasmanian devils, eastern and spotted-tailed quolls and Tasmanian bettongs. 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.

Two glasses of champagne and a plate of oysters on a wooden table.
Oysters and champagne

Local Produce

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. Feast on the freshest seafood, home grown fruits, award winning cheeses and exceptional single malt whiskeys.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Freycinet Lodge £££££

  • Australia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Freycinet Lodge has a spectacular waterfront location at the foot of the Hazards Mountains, just inside Freycinet National Park. The simple but stylish one and two-bedroom cabins are set amidst native bushland, all with a private balcony and a choice of bush or water views.

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Henry Jones Art Hotel £££££

  • Australia
  • City

The Henry Jones Art Hotel has won several awards for design, accommodation, food, beverage and service. Located on Hobart’s waterfront, this dedicated art hotel was once a jam factory dating from the 1820’s. The hotel is furnished with over 500 pieces of art and combines an eclectic mix of contemporary design and antique furniture, ensuring the hotel’s history and original features are preserved. Some of the 56 rooms and suites have wonderful harbour views.

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Saffire £££££

  • Australia

Saffire is an architecturally striking hotel, designed and built to enhance the incredible views on offer. Located on the Freycinet Peninsula the lodge overlooks the sandy shores and pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay and the spectacular Hazards Mountains. The 20 generous suites have been cleverly designed to ensure privacy yet maximising the magical views, and all have a private courtyard and decked area. For a real treat opt for private pavilions with plunge pool. Facilities include a spa and there is a range of wonderful experiences included in any stay here.

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Isthmus, the Neck connecting North and South islands, Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

Bruny Island Cruise

Cruise Tasmania’s Bruny Island spotting dolphins, seals and humpback whale.

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Gourmet platter at vineyard on Tasmania's north coast, Australia

Taste Tasmanian Delicacies

Sample local delicacies including Tasmanian wines, cheeses, honey and oysters.

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Exterior, Henry Jones Art Hotel, Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Discover Hobart

Visit Hobart and explore the colonial architecture, art galleries and wonderful artisan markets.

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Tiger Quoll, Tasmania, Australia

Quoll Patrol

Sample bush tucker and search for the Tasmanian ‘Big Five’.

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Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia

Maria Island Walk – Tasmania

Escape to the secluded, uninhabited Maria Island to walk on deserted beaches and search for endemic wildlife.

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Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Cradle Mountain Walking

Explore on foot in Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park, a spectacular World Heritage Area of Tasmania.

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Tasmanian Bennett's wallaby, Cradle Mountain Lake St.Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia

Tasmanian Wildlife Experience

Search for a wealth of birdlife, two species of monotreme; the duck billed platypus and echidna as well as the Tasmanian devil and a host of other marsupial.

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Lagoon, Saffire Lodge, Freycinet, Australia

Tasmania Twilight Kayaking Adventure

Explore sheltered coves and beaches by kayak as the sunsets.

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Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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