This island state off the coast of mainland Australia is known for the lush greenery and rugged wilderness of its national parks, and the thriving arts and culture scene of its capital, Hobart. Tasmania’s most visited attraction is the buzzing, creative inner-city Salamanca Markets – a great place to pick up some unique souvenirs! – and it’s only a stone’s throw from the city to enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery that Australia has to offer.
Tasmania is known as the Garden State for good reason, with one-tenth of the state remaining as unspoiled rainforest, so if you’re a fan of bushwalking, hiking or bird-watching, you’re bound to have a wonderful visit.
Spanning only 364 km north to south, and 306 km east to west, there’s plenty packed into this compact island, including an astonishing 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tasmania is a perfect destination for seeing plenty of diverse urban and regional, natural and man-made attractions in a quick and easy trip.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Tasmania:
The capital city of Tasmania is nestled among the foothills of Mt Wellington (a stunning mountain that is well worth a visit in its own right). Hobart is best known for the funky, fashionable Salamanca Markets, widely considered Australia’s best outdoor markets.
But there’s plenty more to do here: from walking tracks and trails, gorgeous parks and gardens, to fascinating history and delicious cuisine, there’s something here for everyone.
The galleries and museums here are particularly renowned, especially MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art). The Battery Point walk is also fascinating: the classic architecture feels like something out of a Victorian storybook, and reminds you that Hobart is indeed Australia’s second oldest city.
Additionally, Tasmania’s Botanical Gardens are particularly gorgeous, and only a short walk from the city centre.
But perhaps the most fun you can have here is wandering the inner-city laneways and coming across hidden treasures!