Accommodation in Tasmania
240km south of Melbourne, a short flight away is the green island of Tasmania. With a population of just 500,000 inhabitants it is sparsely populated. There are beautiful parks where you can enjoy the tranquility and unspoiled nature. A great destination for families, nature lovers and hikers. Spring and summer is the best time to visit Tasmania.
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and is a a beautifully situated town with some interesting historical buildings. After a short visit to Hobart, go northwest to Strahan. Make a stop at Lake St.Clair for a short walk. Lake St. Clair is located on the south side of the Cradle Mountains. With the lake in the foreground and the rugged mountains in the background it provides for an unbeatable panorama view.
Strahan is a great base for a visit to the Gordon River National Park. Take a cruise on Macquarie Harbour and the beautiful Gordon River. Here you will see Sarah Island, the notorious prison island of Australia. Gordon River flows through a unique rainforest, with rare plants and animals.
In the heart of Tasmania are the Cradle Mountains, a rugged mountain range with stunning mountain peaks, canyons, valleys and lakes. The Cradle Mountains National Park is on the World Heritage List for its unique flora and fauna.
On the way to the east coast , it is worthwhile to stop in a few hours Launceston. The city is the second oldest city in Australia and has numerous historic buildings. On the way back to Hobart follow the lovely scenery along the east coast to Port Arthur. The ruins of this notorious prison complex still give a good impression of the appalling conditions in which the prisoners have been moved here to live.
Highlights in Tasmania
Directors Choice – Top Hotels for all Budgets
Director of Pacific Island Travel, Rob Kusters shares his top picks of Hotels, lodges and accomodation in Tasmania for all budgets!
Freycinet Lodge ****
“Excellent location overlooking the beautiful blue waters of Great Oyster Bay. This is the only accommodation located in the National Park itself. Fantastic cuisine and plenty of activities to do from here. ”
“This lodge is located in the beautiful Cradle Mountain Valley. Here you will stay in real hand crafted log cabins in a stunning remote location. ”
Stewarts Bay ****
“Set between a beach, a forest, the ocean, a national park and Australia’s famous historic site – Port Arthur. It is a short walk to the old convict site via a waterfront walking track. The accommodation has all the modern comforts.”
Henry Jones ****
“Boutique heritage hotel located on Hobart’s waterfront. Great central location, funky interior and excellent fine dining.”
More information about Tasmania
Every Saturday in Hobart a popular spot is the Salamanca Market where you can buy anything from handmade crafts to clothing and fresh fruit and organic vegetables – there is always great music and buskers as well. Find Out More >
2. Port Arthur Historic Site
Port Arthur is a small town and former convict settlement in Tasmania. It is one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas consisting of eleven penal sites. After the American War of Independence Britain could no longer send her convicts to America, so after 1788 they were transported to the Australian colonies. Find Out More >
3. The Overland Track
The iconic 65km six day bush trek from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair is one of Australia’s most favorite walks. Find Out More >
4. Wine Glass Bay
Wine Glass bay is voted one of the top 10 beaches of the world. Located on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula this pristine white sandy beach with sapphire colored sea is a stunning spot not to be missed. Find Out More >
5. Blow Hole and Tasman Arch
These two unusual geological formations can be found in the Tasman National Park. They can be reached by car but for the best views we recommend you do one of the great bushwalks. Find Out More >
6. Scuba Diving
Tasmania has some of the best temperate diving in the world. From giant kelp forests to shipwrecks there are plenty to explore along the coast. Find Out More >
Because Tasmania is separated from mainland Australia it is home to many animals and plants that are rare or even extinct in other areas of the world including Tasmanian devil, platypus, echidna, and forester kangaroo. Besides these rare animals you will commonly spot kangaroos, wallabies and pademelons. Wombats can be found in many national parks. Find Out More >
8. Bays of Fires
Bay of fires is a beautiful region with pristine white beaches, stunning blue water and orange hued granite. It is a popular spot for camping, boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming and surfing. Find Out More >
9. Cataract Gorge
Unique natural formation within two minute drive from central Launceston. Here you will find walking and hiking trails and panoramic lookouts with spectacular views. Find Out More >
10. Hastings Caves
Hastings Caves Reserve is the setting of a complex of magical caves of flowstones and natural hot springs a 90 minute drive from Hobart. Find Out More >
It is also possible to get around by bus but careful planning is advised as the services are not frequent.
Seeing Tasmania by bike is also a popular option in the summer months.