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Tasmania Australia

Don't be fooled by its comparatively small size, Tasmania has as much, if not more diversity packed into it than any other state. Great things come in small packages!

Large areas of eucalyptus forest dominate the landscape of the the North-West, Central and North-East sections of the island, whilst the South West to central features a vast area made up of adjoining National Parks and World Heritage Area. Rivers form a complex network of waterways all across the island. The Central Plateau has jagged peaks, which can be snow covered in winter and fresh water lakes, even a crater lake. 1200 meter cliffs mark the drop from the plateau down to the fertile plains. To the East enjoy the coastal beauty of Freycinet National Park.

The Tasmanian Museum in Hobart and the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston can provide insight into Aboriginal history on the island. There are significant historical and cultural sites throughout Tasmania.

Tasmania also has an interesting history of European settlement resulting in Victorian and Georgian buildings and streetscapes, and historic sandstone cottages and attractive bridges, being a feature in many of the towns, villages and ports. Tasmania’s hosting of a penal colony is dramatically showcased at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

Hobart

Tasmania’s capital lies in the south-east of the state, near the mouth of the Derwent River at the foot of Mount Wellington. The picturesque 19th century waterfront warehouses for which the city is famous once bustled with whalers, soldiers, petty bureaucrats and opportunist businessmen, now they house cafes, restaurants and studios.

Hobart is a great base from which to visit the Forester & Tasman Peninsulas and Port Arthur. The Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula is Australia’s most intact and evocative convict site.. The Historic Site has over 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes set in 40 hectares of landscaped grounds. Allow plenty of time to fully experience all that Port Arthur has to offer.

Natural features of the Tasman Peninsula include the Devil’s Kitchen, Tasman Arch and the Tessellated Pavement.  In the Tasman National Park, the Tasman Coastal Track follows the rim of 300-metre-high sea crags, climbs through forests and heath lands and drops down to remote beaches.  The Candlestick, the Totem Pole, Cathedral Rock, Cape Pillar, Hippolyte Rock, the Lanterns and Tasman Island are just some of the features.

Launceston

Launceston, Tasmania’s second-largest city, is situated at the confluence of the North and South Esk Rivers, where the Tamar River begins its journey to Bass Strait.  Often described as the State’s northern capital, it’s a city of graceful streets adorned by elegant Victorian and Edwardian facades and surrounded by beautiful countryside.

In the city of Launceston visit the Waverley Woolen Mills, established in 1874 and still weaving fabrics from fine Tasmanian merino wool.  Admire the skill and subtlety of some of Tasmania’s best wood craftspeople in the Wood Design Collection at the Design Centre of Tasmania, or visit the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, which holds a fine collection of colonial art at its Inveresk site  and incorporates the Launceston Railway Workshops, while the Royal Park site features a Chinese temple and a planetarium. 

Take  a walk in the Victorian Park at Cataract Gorge and picture yourself in the 19th century, peacocks still mew here, bands still come and play in the bandstand, and on a more contemporary note thrill-seekers abseil the steep rock faces.

Bay of Fires

At the edge of Mt. William National Park, the magnificent wilderness coastline known as the Bay of Fires invites you to experience a Tasmanian trekking tour with dramatic landscape, ecology and wildlife. Bay of Fires guided walk is led by well-informed, young Tasmanian guides, small groups can explore both the fascinating beach environment and the rich diversity of the nearby woodlands. And at the Bay of Fires Lodge, offering superb accommodation in this near-uninhabited wilderness paradise, both solitude and comfort are guaranteed.

Freycinet National Park

The Freycinet Peninsula has formed over 400 million years to produce dramatic peaks of granite surrounded by white sandy beaches and stunningly blue waters.

 

It is on of the states most scenic coastal areas and much of the area is protected within the Freycinet National Park.  Walking the trails lead to various vantage points to admire the natural beauty of the area. Take the opportunity to stay at Freycinet National Park to appreciate the flora and fauna that includes coastal heaths, orchids and other wildflowers. Birdlife includes the raucous yellow tailed black cockatoo, and the mammal population includes Bennett’s wallaby.

 

Cradle Mountain

A cluster of accommodation providers including the Cradle Mountain Lodge, tourism operators, tearooms and the National Park Office make this more of a settlement than a village. A hub for those wanting to take short trips into the National Park to access the mountains and lakes, also a terminus for the 80 km multi-day overland track. A number of short walk are available from Cradle Mountain Lodge with the opportunity to see Wombats, Echidna, Pandemelon (wallabies), Tasmanian Devil and watch for platypus in the nearby creek.

Trips up to Cradle Lake are by regular shuttle bus and the fare is included in the National Park Pass fee payable by all visitors into the National Park. The shuttle travels uphill to the lake where most passengers disembark to walk the lake circuit track. There are several ‘bus stops’ along the route for those who want to walk part of the way, either up or down, along the extensive boardwalk. We recommend you travel all the way up by shuttle, walk the circuit track 5km (allow 2 hours) and then if you want to a walk further 3km, then take the walking track past Lake Lilla down to the first bus stop at the Ronny Creek car park. The boardwalk descends all the way back down to the National Park office (a further 5.5km), but the first section is indicative of the full 8.5km trail.

 

The Wilderness Gallery, located at Cradle Mountain Chateau. An extensive display of captivating photographs taken by some of Tasmania’s and the world’s finest photographers.

The Devils @ Cradle Tasmanian devil Sanctuary, is unique in that it focuses on Tasmania's three carnivorous marsupials, concentrating primarily on the Tasmanian devil but including both the Eastern and Spotted - tail Quoll. Visitors to view these animals from the comfort of the Visitors Centre or wander through the sanctuary on a personalised guided tour ensuring a close up encounter with a Tasmanian devil.

 

Strahan

Strahan is and attractive sheltered harbourside village, the gateway to the beautiful Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Cruise operators ‘Gordon River Cruises’ and ‘World Heritage Cruises’ both cross Macquarie Harbour to Hells Gates, where the harbour and Indian Ocean literally collide, creating a particularly treacherous stretch of water. On an optional visit to the ruins of the fascinating penal settlement of Sarah Island, you can see where the worst convicts from Port Arthur were sent. Later, when your vessel docks at Heritage Landing on the thickly forested shores of the Gordon, you can view rare Huon pines. Some of the specimens in this forest are more than 2,000 years old.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway: The 35km section of rail from Queenstown to Strahan (or in reverse) is serviced by a fully restored 100-year-old steam locomotive that ran the original rail line. It winds its way through one of the world’s last pristine wilderness areas, crossing 40 bridges and wild rivers and climbing 200 metres on its journey. This is a truly fascinating trip that reconstructs some of the early miner and pioneer experiences through the massive dense undergrowth and steeply cut rail tracks.

Travel aboard Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway from Strahan and experience what is considered to be one of the engineering marvels of Australia. Enjoy spectacular views as you pass over bridges towering above the rivers below, through massive hand-hewed rock cuttings, under the protective canopies of ancient rainforests and along the edge of plunging gorges.


Enjoy a Gordon River Cruise across Macquarie Harbour on the beautifully appointed Lady Jane Franklin II then journey up the mighty Gordon River, with its ancient Huon pines and perfect reflections. Explore a World Heritage rainforest with trees thousands of years old and the convict settlement of Sarah Island.



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