From less-than-glamorous beginnings as a penal colony island founded by the British, Tasmania has developed into one of Australia’s most treasured traveller destinations.

More recently, the island state has been turning heads thanks to its thriving gallery and gastronomy scene, plus its bounty of natural wonders. Boasting some of Australia’s finest beaches, mistiest mountaintops, loneliest patches of wilderness and most elusive animals, Tasmania is a nature lover’s wonderland. It also happens to be the only place in Australia where you can witness the spectacular Aurora Australis, the Southern Hemisphere’s answer to the northern lights. 

Our Tasmania trips

Tasmania highlights

Enjoy the views from Cradle Mountain

Hiking in Cradle Mountain

Despite some stiff competition, Cradle Mountain is arguably Tasmania’s, if not Australia’s, finest place for hiking. Choose from leisurely strolls along elevated boardwalks to intermediate overnight hikes to the 80km long Overland Track. 

The stunning Wineglass Bay, Tasmania

A Toast To Wineglass Bay

 From Freycinet’s breathtaking lookout, Wineglass Bay looks like it belongs in the Whitsundays. Climb up to one of many vantage points for the perfect photo opportunity, or cool off in some of the clearest waters you’ll ever likely enter.

Crossing Kings Bridge in Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston

Tasmania’s only inland city, Launceston charms with its attractive riverside setting, elegant 19th Century architecture, picturesque alpine backdrop, and nearness to the vineyards of the Tamar Valley. 

Henty Dunes, Tasmania

The Henty Dunes

Reaching heights of 30 metres and stretching for 15 km along Ocean Beach, the Henty Dunes are the place for thrill-seeking adventurers. Choose between tobogganing, quad biking and sandboarding. 

Exploring Tasmania's Tarkine Rainforest

The Tarkine

Containing within its borders approximately 1,800 square km of rainforest, 60 species of rare, threatened or endangered flora and fauna, and a high concentration of Aboriginal sites, the Tarkine Forest Reserve is one of Tasmania’s greatest natural treasures. 

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