Tasmania is an island-state off the southeast coast of Australia. The country’s smallest state is located 180 miles away from the mainland, across a stormy stretch of sea known as the Bass Strait.
It’s known for its breathtaking landscapes and unique flora and fauna. The most famous of which of course, is the Tasmanian Devil. With its fascinating ecology and rich history, it’s an amazing place to visit.
If you’re planning a trip to Australia’s Holiday Isle, you’ll want the lowdown on everything that’s there to see and do. Luckily, there’s no shortage of attractions, events, and adorable animals to admire. Read on for a comprehensive guide on what you won’t want to miss on your next Tasmanian trip.
While in Tasmania, nature truly is the best attraction, there are several cultural and historical sites you will also want to visit. One of these is Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art.
MONA, as it is called, is the largest privately-owned museum in Australia, and its collection is seen by some as provocative and controversial. Even the building itself is worth a visit, so if you do go, you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re interested in learning about the history of the island, the Port Arthur Historic Site is a must-visit. Dating back to the mid-1800s, the site once served as a prison for the British Empire’s most infamous convicts. It now houses informative exhibitions about what life was like for the inmates there and at that time in general.
Wildlife and Nature
No list of Tasmanian attractions would be complete without a nod to the famous Tasmanian Devil. These animals are difficult to find in the wild, so your best chance to see one will be at one of Tasmania’s many wildlife reserves. At parks such as Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and East Coast Natureworld you can see Tasmanian Devils as well as tonnes of other enthralling species of wildlife.
As well as animals, Tasmania is home to many other examples of breathtaking nature. If you’re looking for places to hike and take in the great outdoors, you’ll find no shortage here. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Cataract Gorge Reserve, Russell Falls, and Bruny Island are just a few of the amazing locations that showcase the beauty of the Tasmanian landscape.
It would take all day to list all of the amazing natural wonders that Tasmania has to offer, let alone to set out and see them yourself. For this reason, families and solo travelers alike often choose to avail themselves of private tours in Tasmania. This way they can curate and make the most of their time spent there.
The Tasmanian Devil—and so Much More
Although the Tasmanian Devil is likely the first thing that will spring to mind when planning your trip to Tasmania this historical and breathtakingly beautiful state has even more to offer. Make sure you make the most of your trip there with careful research and planning. If you’ve liked this guide, check out the rest of our travel content.