The Region
Places to see

While in Tasmania there are many places to see, including

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  • Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), located in Hobart. Mona is described by its owner as a ‘Subversive adult Disneyland’
  • The Port Arthur historic site, located on the Tasman Peninsula, it is Australia’s most intact and evocative convict site.
  • At Cradle Mountain, located on the West Coast of Tasmania, you can stroll from cascading rivers to dense, old growth rainforest.
  • Freycinet National Park, located on the sunny East Coast of Tasmania, is home to dramatic pink granite peaks, secluded bays & white sandy beaches.
  • Strahan Village, located on the rugged West Coast of Tasmania, is where the rivers, mountains and rainforests of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness are at your fingertips. Enjoy a fabulous day cruising the Gordon River.
  • Our Wine Trails are found in the Tamar Valley, the Pipers Valley, the Coal Valley, the Derwent Valley and the East Coast Wine Region. Also, our Tasmanian whiskey producers are at Bothwell, Burnie, Hobart and in the Derwent Valley.

The East Coast
From Buckland to the Bay of Fires, Tasmania’s east coast has a place for everyone.

Your favourite east coast destination may be a perfect crescent of sand stretching alongside a clear, calm ocean. It may be forested mountains, islands rich in stories or lush rural valleys. It could be a quiet coastal village, a buzzing seaside holiday town, a secluded luxury resort or an earthy eco-lodge.

It might be a place to get away from it all, to reconnect, or to discover something entirely new. A place to slow things down or to recharge your adrenaline. Whatever it is, you’ll find it here. All you have to do, is choose.

Find your next Tasmanian east coast destination here:

Hobart & South

Hobart, Tasmania's capital city, is located on the Derwent River in Tasmania's south and is within a 90-minute drive of some of Tasmania's most visited attractions, making it the perfect base for exploring southern Tasmania.

South of Hobart are the clear waters and stunning coastline of Bruny Island, the fertile soils of the Huon valley, the picturesque beauty of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and the rugged Hartz Mountains National Park.

East of Hobart are the wineries of the Coal River Valley and the Tasman National Park with its spectacular coastline and historic convict sites.

To the west is the Derwent Valley, where the road follows the beautiful Derwent River through rows of poplars and on to Tasmania's central highlands and the grandeur of Lake St Clair and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

North from Hobart, the Midland Highway heads to Launceston. Dubbed the Heritage Highway, it offers many opportunities to enjoy Tasmania's heritage past, with homesteads and country cottages reflecting the state's early colonial history.

West Coast

On Tasmania's West Coast you'll find world famous wilderness rich in convict heritage, stunning national parks and historic mining towns.

Gateway to Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area, its rugged mountains, ancient rain forests and heath make the west one of Australia's last true wilderness frontiers. Yet, despite its remoteness, its easy and safe to visit and travellers can still enjoy the best of Tasmania's quality accommodation and fine dining.

Tasmania's west is often remembered for the conflict between forestry workers and environmentalists to save the flooding of Lake Pedder, and once you visit you'll get an idea of what the protest was all about.

The largest coastal town is Strahan, situated on Macquarie Harbour and close to Sarah Island - one of the harshest penal colony settlements in Australia.

The inland population centres of Queenstown and the smaller towns of Zeehan, Tullah and Rosebery are rich in mining history and are all within a short distance of magnificent lakes, rivers, rainforests, giant sand dunes and historic sites.

There are so many ways to experience Tasmania's west, from wild forest adventures to luxury cruises on crystal clear waterways or simply by car.

Visitors can experience its wonders by driving for around 60 km along the Lyell Highway between Derwent Bridge and Lake Burbury. Bordering the highway are a series of stunning short walks through rainforest to Donaghy's Lookout, the Franklin River Nature Trail and the Nelson Falls Nature Trail - all highly recommended.
North West

Full of colour and flavour, Tasmania's North West is the gateway to some of Tasmania's most beautiful natural places. Exploring the North West you'll find classic coastal drives, food trails, stunning national parks and beautiful nature reserves.

Tasmania's North West is a great place for touring and offers spectacular views at every turn, from Mt Roland near Devonport, Table Cape near Wynyard and the famous 'Nut' at Stanley. And some of Tasmania's prettiest cities and towns sit right on the water's edge on the scenic North West coast, each with their own unique attractions and relaxed seaside atmosphere.

There's an ongoing tradition of agriculture in here that's evident in the rich red soils and patchwork fields found throughout the countryside. The ideal growing conditions have inspired growers and makers committed to producing the very best in fresh crisp vegetables, dairy products, wines, whiskey and sweet treats for the hungry traveller – the ultimate paddock to plate experience.

There's a wealth of stories here too, with some great museums and significant Aboriginal heritage sites, while the region's creative spirit is showcased in the many art galleries, public artworks, artisan shops and markets found along the North West coast.

Tasmania's North West is also home to Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania's most visited icons, offering amazing nature experiences, including forest adventures, great walks - easy and hard - and some of the best scenery in the world.

Whichever way you explore the region, there's no shortage of great places to stay, eat and enjoy in Tasmania's North West.

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