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Tasmania promotes itself as the Natural State and the Island of Inspiration owing to its large, and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Formally, almost 37% of Tasmania is in reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. The state capital and largest city is Hobart.

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» Battery Point

Battery Point

This quiet suburb just south of Hobart was established in 1818, and while extravagant houses and luxury homes now dot the landscape of this prestigious town, a walk through its shaded streets offers visitors a look at how Tasmanians used to live. The old warehouses of Salamanca Place are still visible from atop Kelly's Steps, a series of hand-carved stairs built in the 1800s. Travelers can explore Battery Point's colonial past at the Narryna Heritage Museum …

» Boag's Center for Beer Lovers (Boag's Brewery)

Boag's Center for Beer Lovers (Boag's Brewery)

Beer lovers and history buffs alike will find what they're looking for inside Launceston's historic Tamar Hotel, dating back to 1826 and today housing the Boag's Centre for Beer Lovers. The museum highlights the Tasmanian brewing company's history since its founding in 1883 by James Boag and his son. You'll learn the fascinating story of the Boag family, but the real highlight is the brewery tour. As a general guide, Boag's beers are noted for their quality and style …

» Bonnet Island

Bonnet Island

Tiny Bonnet Island sits at the mouth of Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania. Having just been opened to tourists since 2009, it's a still a relatively undiscovered location that once served as a tiny, remote outpost, home to resilient lighthouse keepers and their families. The lighthouse that sits on its shore was once integral to ensuring the safety of ships into the harbour. However, the island was still the site of many shipwrecks, relics of which can be seen today …

» Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Experts at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary have been nursing some of Australia's most-beloved creatures back to health since 1981. When the park first opened, its team of passionate volunteers worked tirelessly to provide orphaned wildlife, like its family of 17 Tasmanian devils, with a safe home and adequate care in a near-to-natural environment. For more than 20 years the sanctuary has continued to promote its mission of reducing rates of extinction …

» Bruny Island

Bruny Island

Outdoor activities, fishing and relaxing are your reasons for coming to Bruny Island, off Tasmania's south-east coast. Two north and south islands joined by a long narrow isthmus, Bruny is a favorite destination for weekending Hobart residents and visitors wanting to escape the rat race. Along with surfing and exploring the wild windswept coast, spotting wildlife is a highlight of a visit to Bruny Island. If you're lucky, you might spot penguins, echidnas, mutton birds and cormorants …

» Cadbury Chocolate Factory

Cadbury Chocolate Factory

Kids and chocoholics make a beeline for the Cadbury Chocolate Factory outside Hobart. For a real-life Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory experience, drop into the visitor center, tour the souvenir shop and pick up some discounted samples of the quality chocolate products. Not only will you get to taste the goods, you'll gain an understanding of how chocolate is made and see the products being molded …

» Cascade Brewery

Cascade Brewery

For beer tastings and a glimpse inside a historic brewery, book a tour of the 180-year-old Cascade Brewery, the oldest in Australia. The 1.5-hour tours of this Gothic brewery include tastings and insights into the brewery process, plus lots of stair-climbing to work up a thirst. Dress comfortably but safely to tour the brewery, wearing long trousers and flat shoes, rather than sandals. After the tour, take a wander around the brewery's large landscaped gardens …

» Cataract Gorge

Cataract Gorge

Launceston's ruggedly beautiful Cataract Gorge is a popular highlight for visitors, combining dramatic natural landscapes and Victorian-era landscaping right on the edge of the city. The reserve is surrounded by wild natural parklands, and near-vertical cliffs soar alongside the South Esk River as it enters the Tamar River. Hikers and rock climbers head here to follow picturesque walking trails along the gorge's northern bank, and the open-air swimming pool becomes a mini lido …

» Convict Trail

Convict Trail

From Richmond to Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur, take the Convict Trail from Hobart to get a real feel for Tasmania's history and natural beauty. To get the most out of your visit, take a leisurely approach and spread your tour over a couple of days. Take a cruise on the water lapping the Tasman National Park, then allow at least a couple of hours to take in the history of the Port Arthur penal settlement. Visit a wildlife park, for a face-to-face encounter with a Tasmanian devil …

» Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is a world-famous wild and beautiful World Heritage area of glacial mountains, pristine lakes and legendary hiking and bushwalking. This unique slice of Australian wilderness also protects ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands. Day visitors can take day walks at Cradle Valley and Cynthia Bay, but it's the 65km (40-mile) Overland Track that gets hikers especially excited by Cradle Mountain …

» Derwent River

Derwent River

Hobart is set on the Derwent River estuary, which sets it apart as one of the world's great sailing cities and harbors. Take a cruise by jet boat or ferry on the Derwent, or cross the water by water-taxi. Cruises go upriver to Moorilla Winery or the Cadbury Factory, or out to Iron Pot Lighthouse near Bruny Island. The harbor is indented with sandy bays and beaches and crossed by several bridges. From the water you can see Mount Wellington, the docks, botanical gardens and suburbs …

» Design Centre of Tasmania

Design Centre of Tasmania

With a mission statement to sustain, inspire and create, the Design Centre of Tasmania puts the focus on good design and sustainability. The center was established to stimulate the creation of high-quality Tasmanian craft and design. Today, only Tasmanian-created items are exhibited and sold, and the work of emerging craftspeople and designers is highlighted. Around 16 exhibitions are hosted annually. The Design Centre is also home to the Wood Design Collection …

» Evandale

Evandale

One of Tasmania's highlights is its historic Georgian-era towns, and Evandale is no exception. With its Main Street lined with National Trust-listed buildings, the immaculately preserved little town offers a glimpse into centuries gone by. The best way to explore Evandale is to take a stroll past heritage buildings like St Andrews Church, Blenheim, the Royal Oak and the saddler's shop. Evandale comes to life on Sundays for the weekly market, featuring local produce and crafts …

» Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park

One of Tasmania's most popular coastal holiday spots, Freycinet National Park is backed by the pink-tinged granite outcrops known as the Hazards. Low-lying coastal heathland frames views of blue sea and sand throughout the park, with the Hazards looming large in the distance. Bushwalkers head here to follow coastal trails along the peninsula's secluded coves, and the park is a popular holiday camping spot for families. The park's white-sand beaches are beautiful …

» Gordon River

Gordon River

The Gordon River is as beautifully remote as one could hope a river would be. Beginning in the highlands of the central plateau that dominates inland Tasmania, the riverbank is devoid of any residents along its 117-mile path. Instead, the entire length of this tea-colored river is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area, a forested expanse of raw wilderness found on the western side of the island. Many of the trees set along this riverbank are nearly 2,000 years old …

» Henty Sand Dunes

Henty Sand Dunes

Rising from the coastline of western Tasmania like soft, shapeshifting mountains, the Henty sand dunes are natural wonders on the outskirts of the town of Strahan. Trek to the top of these wind-sculpted pinnacles for sweeping views of the shoreline, and then feel the rush of wind in your face as you race down the dunes on a sandboard. Tall, dusty and with a soft cushion for landing, the largest dunes can create heart-pumping runs as you slide your way toward the shoreline …

» Huon Valley

Huon Valley

Tasmania's apple orchard, the Huon Valley is a lush and pretty region on Hobart's doorstep. Centering on the little riverside town of Huonville, on the Huon River, it's a region of hillside orchards and villages. The large orchard industry now embraces berries, vineyards and stone fruit, and the towns offer tearooms and antique shops. Book a jet-boat ride on the river, sample hundreds of varieties of apples, drop into a cellar door for some wine tasting, go fishing or relax at a country-style cafe …


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