Updated: Apr 3, 2022
So you want to go to Tasmania? Great! You definitely should.
I was lucky enough to spend a few days traversing the Apple Isle (as it's nicknamed) and let me tell you, the rest of Australia (and world) is absolutely SLEEPING on this place. The natural beauty is awe-inspiring and the food mouthwatering. Tasmania is also rich with history and culture being one of the early settlements of Australia.
To help you plan your first (or next) trip to Tassie, I have put together this short guide on my absolute must-do's while you're there. I hope you enjoy!
Top 3 must-do's
First things first, visit Hobart. As the largest city and main hub of Tasmania, this is likely where you'll be starting your trip from anyway. But don't just get off the plane and go somewhere else, soak up everything Hobart has to offer first.
Waltz on down to Salamanca Place and Sullivan's Cove so you can admire the convict-esque buildings and get a real feel for the maritime culture of Hobart. The place is packed with some amazing eats but I recommend going to the Whaler and chowing down on the famous Tasmanian Rock Lobster Roll or (in my opinion) the best Chicken Parmigiana in Australia.
After you've curbed your appetite, head on over to the Tasmanian Musuem and Art Gallery (free entry) or take the trip to MONA (fee) and get a real taste for Tasmanian Culture or learn about Tasmania's history (the Indigenous people, first settlers and Tasmanian Tiger). There is also a live size replica of the original Mawson's Hut in Antarctica which has been erected in downtown Hobart (fee).
There's plenty of accommodation options in Hobart, but these are my top picks:
Mantra on Collins ($$) offers spacious suites and is very centrally located for a reasonable price.
MACq 01 ($$$) is located on the waterfront at Sullivan's Cove and offers luxe accommodation for those who enjoy the finer things in life.
Getting to Hobart is easy! Most Australian capital cities offer direct flights to Hobart which are approximately 1.5 - 2 hours from the mainland.
After you've spent some time in Hobart, head northwest to the famed Cradle Mountain. You might be familiar with this spot as it's probably one of Tasmania's biggest claims to fame. Spend your time marvelling at the awe-inspiring nature, go on some hikes or soak the day away in a thermal spring.
To get the full Cradle Mountain experience I definitely recommend staying a night or two there:
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge ($$$) offers uninterrupted views and private hot tubs for you to bask in nature in.
Cradle Mountain Hotel ($$) offers the Cradle Mountain experience for a much more modest price. Treating yourself doesn't have to break the bank!
Cradle Mountain is an easy 4-hour drive from Hobart along the highway.
Wineglass Bay (Freycinet National Park)
I have to say, this was probably my favourite place in Tassie! Another famous landmark for the island and it is seriously stunning. You can spend your time hiking around the national park and lazing on pristine beaches or visit nearby Coles Bay and hit up some local shops and restaurants. You might even be able to spot some marine wildlife in the area if you're lucky.
If you want to spend more time in Freycinet National Park, these are your options:
Saffire Freycinet ($$$$) offers a unique, luxury experience and belongs to the Luxury Lodges of Australia group so you know you're in for a treat. A great way to celebrate a special occasion if you ask me!
Camp in the national park ($) to get real up and close to nature. There are plenty of camp sites on offer and you can book through Parks Tasmania
Getting to Freycinet National park from Hobart is an easy 2.5 hour drive up the east coast.
I hope this guide helps you with your planning! For more travel guides, tips and tricks check out the blog or visit @thedeparturedesk on socials. Happy travels!