What is so special about Tasmania? Why is Tasmania a popular tourist destination? and What is Tasmania best known for?

We break it down in this article with the reasons why you need to visit Tasmania.

Tasmania is known to be the most remote and clean World Heritage-listed areas in Australia

Tasmania is an island off the south coast of Australia’s mainland. The food and wine are outstanding and the cities are small and easy to explore. Tasmania is perfect for a week long getaway.

Across the Tasman sea from Melbourne, you can access Tasmania by ferry from Melbourne or by direct flight. A flight to Tassie is usually the cheaper option. There are two airports on the island at Hobart and Launceston.

Hobart is the capital and most tours start and finish here. Be aware of this if you are flying into Launceston or getting the ferry which arrives in Devonport. The ferry is an 8 hour journey from Port Melbourne to Devonport. You can take cars or campers, go as a walk on passenger and have an air plane style seat or a cabin. Find out more about the Spirit of Tasmania ferry here.

“There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather only inappropriate clothing

Real Aussie Adventures

Hobart is a really pretty city, set on a harbour with quaint buildings, cobbled streets, a fantastic street market and is famous for it’s fresh produce – it’s a foodie paradise! A highlight would be catching the ferry across to the world class and thought provoking Mona Museum.

Getting to Hobart from Launceston or Devonport can be a bit tricky, there is however a local bus, but it’s fairly infrequent. The most cost effective way to see Tassie is a fully guided tour.

Our one day Hobart to Launceston tour via Wineglass Bay is a fantastic way to get from one city to the other, whilst taking in Freycinet National Park. 

It is possible to base yourself in Hobart and access may of the highlights on day trips. For example, visiting the Port Arthur Historic site. This is the best-preserved convict site in Australia.

The abundance of Native Wildlife is why you need to visit Tasmania

Tasmania has so many of our best native Australian wildlife. What animal is Tasmania famous for? The Tasmanian Devil of course! The Tasmanian Devil is a marsupial, they may look cute but beware they have one of the strongest bites in the animal kingdom for their size. 

Our Maria Island tour is where you will spot the most birdlife in Tasmania.

To see more about where you can see Native Animals in Australia check out our blog post: Where to see Native Animals in Australia


What is Tasmania best known for? 

Stunning National Parks

Tasmania is made up of epic National Park after National Park and runs at a chilled-out pace. Whilst driving a car or camper around the island is easy enough with short distances, just be aware that there are not many hostels on the island and car and campervan hire is limited. Whilst visiting I found there to be so much roadkill on the side of the road. It was rather off putting to see so much of the Native Wildlife destroyed by careless drivers who are going too fast at night. So warning if you do choose to self-drive Tasmania, please drive during daylight hours. You can essentially divide Tasmania in two and you need five or six days to see it all.

The East coast tends to be nice and sunny, whereas the West a little wetter. Snow falls on the higher parts of the west coast such as Cradle Mountain.

On the East Coast of the island, the highlights are based on beach national parks. Highlights are the Bay of Fires and Bicheno blow holes, Freycinet National Park – namely Wineglass Bay, and of course the aforementioned Port Arthur, the former convict settlement.

On the West Coast, the scenery is more mountainous, with glorious waterfalls in the national park. Highlights here are Cradle Mountain, with some of the best hiking in Australia, Russell Falls and Lake St Clair in Mt Field National Park.

With the cleanest air in the world, amazing seafood and fresh produce, an abundance of wildlife, and plenty of natural beauty, Tasmania is well worth a visit. Its close proximity to the south means it Is cooler than the rest of Australia. 

How many days do you need to visit Tasmania?

Tasmania may be a small island but wow there is so much to see.. How long would we recommend to travel around Tasmania? We would say 5 days to see the best of Tasmania would be perfect. You can then see the highlights of Tasmania and not feel rushed. 7 days would be ideal so you can have time in Hobart then visit the more remote parts of Tasmania.  

How many days do you need to travel around Tasmania?

About 5 days are needed to travel around Tasmania. But if you can spend 2 days in Hobart before and after your tour to explore the city that would be great. Travel Tasmania over 5 days to see the best of Tasmania. visit Wineglass Bay, Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires, Port Arthur. All the highlights as you travel around Tasmania.

There are so many fantastic highlights in Tasmania so arrange to spend a week or two visiting if you can. We recommend 5 to 7 days to fully explore Tasmania. Its a small island but there is so much to see and do in Tassie.

Our most popular tours in Tasmania are:

5 Day Hobart to Hobart Tour

7 Day Tasmania Tour

What is the best month to visit Tasmania?

The best time to visit Tasmania is summer. Between December to March would be the warmest and dry time to travel.

We like to recommend the shoulder season when it’s slightly quieter in October and November. Or April. However, the Easter school holidays are always so busy on our Tasmania tours. 

How do I plan a trip to Tasmania?

First decide are you starting your Tasmania adventure in Hobart or Launceston? How long have you got to travel in Tasmania? What are the main destinations you would really like to visit in Tasmania? Once you have those main questions answered we can start to being to plan your Tasmania trip. We can help you plan your trip around Tasmania. Get in touch and let us know what you want to see and how long you have in Tassie.

Why you should visit Tasmania?

Still wondering why you should visit Tasmania? Check out some of our other articles about Tassie.

    Main Menu