Things to do in Tasmania

Tassie is packed full of fabulous goodies when it comes to things to do with kids, and without. Attractions – man-made and natural – are around every corner. The most incredible wilderness areas can be accessed, some of the best beaches in the world to explore and an incredible history, that is both grim and remarkable.

Did you know that it is possible to see the Aurora or Southern lights from Tassie? Join the Aurora Australis Facebook group if you are interested or find out when the best viewings will be here. Find the best places to view the Southern Lights in this article and drool over some awesome images too.

Whether you are on a self-drive holiday or have opted for one of the Tasmania holiday packages on offer – expect to be surprised and thrilled with what Australia’s island state offers.

Explore our map of Tasmania for more ideas on what to see and do, where to stay, free camping spots and other Tassie gems. It may be a small island, but it deserves plenty of time to see it properly!

How long would we recommend in Tassie?

Four weeks at least. 6 weeks would be better… even if your holiday was for a few months, there would still be so much to experience!

Just to cover the incredible things to do that we have listed below, would take at least 30 days!

Tasmania in comparison to mainland Australia


Best of Tasmania

Our top Most fabulous things to see and do in Tassie

 Launceston & The Cataract Gorge – Launceston is a pretty city with plenty to see and do. Cataract Gorge is one of the favourite places for locals and visitors alike. Great swimming, pretty walks and a scenic chairlift.

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Tamar Valley – A day trip (or longer) down the Tamar Valley is a must. Stop at Brady’s Lookout, named after one of Tasmania’s naughtiest boys, Bushranger Matthew Brady. Wineries are established on both the East and West Tamar. There is nothing prettier than a drive along the Tamar on a glorious still day when the reflections are at their best on the river.

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Grindelwald – Tassie’s own little piece of Switzerland. Love it or loathe it. The dream of a Dutchman to have his own Swiss Village in Tassie! About 15 minutes drive from Launceston on the West Tamar River. Not a lot of time needed to see this place…

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Cradle Mountain – One of Tasmania’s most famous natural attractions and the start of the 7-day overland track. Fabulous walks, Dove Lake circuit being one of the most popular, plus many more of varying difficulty. Watch for little Tasmanian Devils, stay in a lodge, camp or book a cabin.

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Sheffield – Town of Murals – The first mural in the little town was unveiled in 1986. Follow the history of the region in pictures as you explore the town. Plenty of accommodation options such as the Carinya Farm Holiday Retreat.

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Tasmazia & the Village of Lower Crackpot – With 8 mazes, Tasmazia is reported to be the largest maze complex in the world. The village of Lower Crackpot is, well, a crack up. A great day out for the whole family in an area called the Promised Land.

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 Henty Sand Dunes – 11 km north of Strahan (on the Zeehan road). Huge sand dunes, fabulous for tobogganing! Toboggans can be hired from a few places in Strahan or take your own… boogie boards maybe.

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 The Nut at Stanley – The core of a volcano, 152 metres high. The Nut stands out like a sore thumb on the northwest coast of Tassie, by Stanley. Designed and manufactured in Austria, the chairlift takes folks up and down or you can walk. We recommend walking one way at least… just depends on whether you prefer going up or down! As a child growing up in Tassie, we went up the Nut, scaring the daylights out of our mother by going as close to the edge as possible… so, watch the kids at all times!

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 Tarkine Wilderness & Corinna – The Tarkine is a special place to visit. “The 447,000 hectare Tarkine Wilderness Area is Australia’s largest tract of unprotected temperate rainforest and it contains vast forests of myrtle, leatherwood and pine trees. It is home to one of the greatest concentrations of Aboriginal sites in Australia. Almost all The Tarkine’s 447,000 hectares is alive with snakes, frogs, birds, 28 different mammals, endangered wedge-tailed eagles and the now rare Astacopsis gouldi – the world’s biggest freshwater lobster. “.

Allow plenty of time to visit this unique area. Walks, massive trees, wildlife, camping, accommodation, canoeing, and a giant tunnel slide!

Nearby Corinna is a speck of a village that deserves to be on your holiday itinerary too. A step back in time, with a Wilderness Experience accommodation option.

 Liffey Falls – One of the prettiest waterfalls in Tasmania. One the slopes of the Great Western Tiers. A friendly debate is ongoing as to the prettier of the Falls – Liffey or down south the Russell Falls, in Mt Field National Park.

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Tasmanian Central Highlands – The Lakes region – Famed for world-class fishing and stunning scenery. Plenty of caravan and camping sites in the region.

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 West Coast –  Strahan, Queenstown & Gordon River An absolute must on any Tasmanian holiday itinerary. River cruises, wilderness, the raw beauty of Queenstown – so much to see.

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 The Wall at Derwent Bridge – This is my absolute favourite. We went to ‘The Wall’ without really knowing what it was, people just said to go and see it. Wow. I think it’s better to not really know the whole story, just arrive with plenty of time and enjoy this man-made treasure. Kids are welcome but must be kept under control, no cameras allowed inside. If you must know what it is, read more…

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 Franklin River & Whitewater Adventure – Learn about the Franklin River history and preservation protests on a short walk or immerse yourself in a whitewater experience!

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Hobart & Mt Wellington – Well known for the Salamanca Market and New Years Eve celebrations as the sydney to Hobart yacht race finishes, Hobart is a great city to visit. Be sure to go to the top of Mt Wellington for superb views. Mt Wellington is very popular, try to get there as early as possible when it is quieter!

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 Museum of Old & Modern Art (MONA) A stunning building and definitely worth a visit. Free admission for under 18’s and Tasmanian residents, otherwise there is a charge of $15 – $28. The website is rather ugly to use, IMO.

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Wildlife Parks – Tassie has a few excellant parks to choose from:  Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart, Tasmania Zoo in Launceston and Trowunna at Mole Creek (near Cradle Mountain). All the parks have good reputations.

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 Mt Field National Park – Massive trees, the famous Russell Falls and some stunning walks. Along with a top camp ground, Mt Field is well known and loved by Tasmanians and visitors to the Island.

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Strathgordan and the Gordan Dam plus Scary Abseiling! (darn, the kids are too young to do it, 18 and over) The Gordan Dam wall is 132 metres high and was built in 1974. Abseiling down the wall is an option for the brave… I as hoping to book the kids on as a surprise for them… but it is for 18 and over only. Shame. Be sure to see the 2,000-year-old Huon pine stump at Pedder Wilderness Lodge, near the dam wall.

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 Huon Valley A trip to Tassie would not be complete without a drive through the Huon Valley. A stunning region with so much to see and do: Jet boat rides, The Tahune ‘airwalk’, wonderful Cockle Creek at the very end, Hastings Caves and the Thermal Springs….

We enjoyed the warm thermal pool at Hastings Caves – it is a blue swimming pool fed by warm springs. The caves are great too. We were left disappointed by the Tahune Airwalk – an awesome structure and great views, though really pricey for what it is.

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 Port Arthur  Eagle Hawk and The Tasman Peninsula This is a place that needs little introduction. Some of Australia’s saddest historic events occurred here, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. “Follow the history of Port Arthur, from timber camp, to a prison at the forefront of criminal reform methods, right through to a world class tourist destination”.

While in the area, visit the Tessellated Pavement, Devils Kitchen, Blowhole and local beaches of the Tasman Peninsula. PS BEST EVER Fish and Chips at the blow hole! A mobile van called ….’Doo-Licious’ was at the blowhole and they were awesome!

 Doo Town We just had to include this hilarious little town, not far from Port Aurthur. From it’s beginnings in the 1930’s, consisting of holiday shacks (holiday cottages), a local Architect named his shack  ‘DOO I’ and the idea struck others as a novel naming and so the trend caught on with many ‘Doo’s’. A great giggle and plenty of photo opportunities!

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 Utterly awesome boat trip to Cape Pillar A boat cruise around the famous Cape Pillar definitely should be included in your visit to Tassie. A spectacular region that worth seeing from sea level.

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Cape Pillar – The Big Hike! This post is coming soon – well, as soon as we have done the hike!

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Bruny Island what an absolute treasure this little island is! Beaches, history, wild life, super accommodation and stunning camping spots! Take the ferry across from Kettering, about 40 minutes drive south of Hobart. The crossing is not overly expensive and the experience is priceless! Be sure to see the Little Penguins at the reserve on ‘The Neck’. A local guide is often there to give a presentation about the little birds and it’s free.

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Maria Island 20 kilometres long, located in the Tasman Sea, rugged mountains and oozing with convict history. Maria Island is well worth adding to the Tassie adventures list!

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Bay of Fires – Binnalong Bay The name sets the imagination racing from the start. Tassie scenery does not get much more amazing than at Binnalong Bay and the Bay of Fires region. The images on the website will have anyone racing to this destination, a long-time holiday favourite for many Tasmanians.

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Freycinet Peninsula. Another iconic Tasmanian destination! The world famous Wine Glass Bay with clear blue waters, white sands and fabulous walking tracks…. go here. Don’t miss it off your list! Nearby Friendly Beaches is an awesome spot too.


See our main Tassie Map where all these places, and more, are marked to make your visit to Tasmania the best holiday possible. Places we have free camped are on the map too. Find some quirky accommodation places on Air BnB.

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Things to do in Tasmania

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Tamar Valley: -41.261291, 146.981964
Grindelwald: -41.347600, 147.001000
Cradle Mountain: -41.430900, 146.136000
Sheffield: -41.381800, 146.327000
Tasmazia: -41.427000, 146.204000
Henty Sand Dunes: -42.134386, 145.331268
The Nut at Stanley: -40.761431, 145.305347
Tarkine Wilderness & Corinna: -41.651200, 145.078000
Liffey Falls: -41.682900, 146.846000
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Franklin River: -42.373100, 145.665000
Hobart & Mt Wellington: -42.882500, 147.328000
MONA Museum: -42.904136, 147.336273
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary: -42.715600, 147.275000
Trowunna Wild Life Sanctuary: -41.580400, 146.386000
Tasmania Zoo: -41.415300, 147.103000
Mt Field National Park & Russell Falls: -42.672200, 146.542000
Strathgordan & Gordan Dam: -42.766600, 146.046000
Huon Valley: -43.029200, 147.050000
Port Arthur & Tasman Peninsula: -43.141200, 147.852000
Doo Town: -43.038100, 147.944000
Cape Pillar: -43.224317, 148.001633
Bruny Island: -43.209600, 147.383000
Maria Island: -42.609201, 148.084717
Freycinet Peninsula - Wine Glass Bay: -42.091599, 148.288651
The Wall: -42.127002, 146.246052
Binalong Bay - Bay of Fires: -41.249161, 148.302383
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