About Tasmania

About Tasmania

Tasmania, aka 'Tassie', is amongst some of Australia's best kept secrets. Travelling down south of Australia's east coast, Tasmania is situated across the wild waters of Bass Straight and is our country's smallest state. Make no mistake, this boutique state is bursting at the seams with treasures ready and waiting to be discovered at every turn of the 315 kilometres from east to west and 296 kilometres from north to south. Over half a million holiday makers visit every year to experience the relaxed and friendly ambience that Tassie is well known for. Australia's island state plays host to stunning landscapes beyond measure, sophisticated wineries, glorious food and a dynamic cultural life with a spirited and stormy history.

Explore the rugged beauty of World Heritage-listed wilderness and trek beneath the ancient canopy of rainforest in Southwest National Park, inhale the crisp air of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and witness untamed rivers join forces at Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. Freycinet National Park offers an hour walk to a lookout where visitors will have their breath taken away with unrivalled views over Wineglass Bay. Tasmania is so jam packed with natural magnificence that World Heritage-listed parkland comprises a whopping 20 per cent of the island.

Jump in the drivers seat and visit picturesque towns, cool climate wineries, world class restaurants and fabulous shopping, after all this compact state is small enough to navigate easily but brimming with holiday options. Visit the Western Wilderness, home to Tassie's tallest waterfall, Montezuma Falls, discover the mining past of Zeehan and Queenstown or take your time and indulge in the sumptuous food and wine. Head to the north coast for a glimpse of vibrant blooms in Table Cape, a stroll along Devonport's famous coastline, exploration of the limestone caves of Mole Creek Karst National Park or haul in the catch of the day from the pontoon in Port Sorrel.

Get up close with the local wildlife in the Tamar Island wetlands and take in the view with a round of golf overlooking Bass Straight. Step back in time and visit 19th century Longford or stroll through the grandeur of Edwardian buildings in Launceston. The east coast offers your tastebuds to take the lead with samplings of cheese at Pyengana and the berries and wines of coastal towns, Swansea and Bicheno. Work it all off with a mystical shipwreck dive off Flinders Island or hike to the summit of Mount Strzelecki. Port Arthur historic site, on the Tasman Peninsula, will impart its frightening and intriguing past with all who stop by and don't miss the fabulous Salamanca Markets for fresh produce and crafts in the state's capital, Hobart.

Tasmania's Indigenous heritage has been a well respected slice of the state's past for the last 35,000 years leaving an imprint that is evident wherever you travel. Put Tassie on your 'must do' list and discover why travellers say it's the people that make this state so memorable.