If you love hiking, Tasmania is THE place to be! This island is home to many beautiful hiking tracks, incredible beaches, it’s also a paradise for Australian wildlife.
These are the best spots you should not miss!
Well, there is not so much to do in Penguin (see where it is) but it’s a cute seaside town where everything is called “Penguin”, Penguin Fire station, Penguin Bakery, Penguin Pharmacy… It’s actually really funny to see …Not so original, or maybe it is…
Stop joking, Penguin is home to the wild penguins. You can see these little cuties on the nearby beaches early in the morning or at sunset time.
Every Sunday, Penguin is home to a market where you can find food, wine, and second-hand stuff.
Don’t miss the “Giant Penguin”, you literally can’t. And take a picture with this “little fella”! I have been amazed by these huge weird structures during my whole trip in Australia, like the big banana in Coffs Harbour, the lobster in Kingston, the koala in Dadswells Bridge… and there are lots of more!! To see them now click here.
While traveling in Australia, I lived two months in Ulverstone (see the map). This town has to be in this TOP 10. Why you gonna ask? Because Ulverstone is home to a beautiful beach which never gets crowded, or only maybe by hundreds (thousands) of tiny cuties crabs.
Check this out, the black dots equals crabs! It’s really cool to see! (See video here)
3. CATARACT GORGE RESERVE IN LAUNCESTON
Cataract Gorge (map) is the perfect place to escape from the city. Only 15 min walk from the center of Launceston, you gonna be in nature. Walking tracks, lookouts, wildlife (wallabies, peacocks…), suspension bridge, lake, river, pool, THE world’s longest single span chairlift, Cataract is a perfect gorge to spend a nice day!
4. BAY OF FIRES
Bay of Fires is famous for its Orange-hued granite rocks, clear blue waters, and white sandy beaches. Nothing more to say, it’s just stunning!
Why are the rocks orange you may ask now? Well, because this color is produced by a lichen! #goodscientistiam
5. DOUGLAS APSLEY NATIONAL PARK
Lovely Douglas, perfect park for hiking, climbing, and swimming. On this hot day, after the 2 hours of hike, I really enjoyed the Apsley waterhole, free shower 🙂 So refreshing 🙂
Douglas NP is also the place, and actually the only one, where I have seen a brown snake in Australia! So cool! I tried to take a picture of the little fella but I was finally too scared! (I didn’t even know I was able to run that fast) 😅
Bicheno is famous for its sandy beaches. It’s a really beautiful seaside town.
Walk through the water to reach the stunning tiny Diamond Island. The water is shining like diamonds, it’s gorgeous! Loved it!
7. FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK – WINEGLASS BAY
This is THE HIGHLIGHT of Tasmania.
This national park is home to the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen, Wineglass Bay. (see video here)
WINEGLASS BAY has been rated as one of the ten best beaches in the world. I did the 11km circuit from Hazards Beach to Wineglass Bay. THE BEST HIKE I HAVE EVER DONE in AUSTRALIA.
8. FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK – MOUNT AMOS
The hike on Mount Amos is about 4km. It’s a pretty short walk but it can be challenging! Some sections are really abrupt and the rocks can be slippery. But the view at the top is just breathtaking. It is well worth the effort 🙂
Close to the car park is living a cute kangaroo. This smarty boy knows where to easily get some easy supplies! I couldn’t resist to give him some sip of water 😉 (see video here)
9. MOUNT FIELD NATIONAL PARK, RUSSEL FALLS
Even though it was raining (A LOT), and the waterfall wasn’t big as on the usual pictures, I enjoyed Mount Field National Park. We hiked around 2 hours through the rainforest: beautiful paths which follow along the river.
If you are lucky you maybe can see some platypus hanging out in the river. So sad that I haven’t seen one.
If you just want to see Russel Falls, a short walk from the visitor center will bring you there.
10. CRADLE MOUNTAIN
- I haven’t been in Port Arthur but I only heard good things: Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Australia’s most important heritage sites. A fee is required to access Port Arthur. See more details here.
- Same for Bruny Island, I didn’t explore Bruny but apparently it’s a perfect island for walking, the landscapes look stunning. Find more information here.
- The best time to visit Tasmania is between December and February, summer time. It’s not TOO warm, and the wind is anyways all year blowing sometimes more or less! Perfect conditions to explore this GORGEOUS island!
- A permit is required to access to Tasmania’s national parks. You can find the prices and conditions here.
Have you ever been to one of these places? If yes which one did you enjoyed the most?
You haven’t been there? So – let us know which of these destinations you want to visit!
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