Choose from 67 Fun Things to Do in Tasmania
- There is no public transport on the island, and car rentals are only available from the mainland—confirm that your rental insurance covers the island.
- Cell phone coverage can vary throughout Bruny Island, and free Wi-Fi is only available at some hotels and guesthouses.
- Tasmania’s notoriously changeable weather means it’s best to always have a raincoat or umbrella handy, even in summer.
- Some boat cruises, accommodation options, and ferries are wheelchair accessible, but check in advance to avoid disappointment.
From Richmond to Eaglehawk Neck and Port Arthur, take the Convict Trail from Hobart to get a real feel for Tasmania’s history and natural beauty. To get the most out of your visit, take a leisurely approach and spread your tour over a couple of days.
Take a cruise on the water lapping the Tasman National Park, then allow at least a couple of hours to take in the history of the Port Arthur penal settlement. Detour to visit a wildlife park, for a face-to-face encounter with a Tasmanian devil.
Then visit Richmond, an intact Georgian town of lovely houses, restaurants and its famous convict-built bridge over the Coal River. The tiny Richmond Jail pre-dates Port Arthur, with its well-preserved cells and flogging yards.
Along the way, drop into produce stalls and vineyards, antique shops, tearooms and yet more wildlife parks.
Tasmania’s Convict Trail leads from Hobart south to Port Arthur, and north to Richmond and the Midlands towns of Richmond, Ross, Longford and Campbell.
Hobart is set on the Derwent River estuary, which sets it apart as one of the world’s great sailing cities and harbors.
Take a cruise by jet boat or ferry on the Derwent, or cross the water by water-taxi. Cruises go upriver to Moorilla Winery or the Cadbury Factory, or out to Iron Pot Lighthouse near Bruny Island.
The harbor is indented with sandy bays and beaches and crossed by several bridges. From the water you can see Mount Wellington, the docks, botanical gardens and suburbs.
Sea kayaking is another way of experiencing the Derwent, leaving from the Hobart docks and paddling around the city.
The Derwent River rises in Lake St Clair in the mountainous heart of Tasmania, and flows 240 km (148 miles) to reach the sea.
Low-lying coastal heathland frames views of blue sea and sand throughout the park, with the Hazards looming large in the distance. Bushwalkers head here to follow coastal trails along the peninsula’s secluded coves, and the park is a popular holiday camping spot for families.
The park’s white-sand beaches are beautiful but top marks always go to perfectly formed Wineglass Bay, which often appears in travel top 10s as one of the world’s most gorgeous beaches. It really does have a circular wineglass shape, fringed by white sand and untouched bushland.
Birdwatchers come to Freycinet to spot seabirds, and you might see cockatoos, wattlebirds and wallabies on the two-hour return walk to the lofty lookout over Wineglass Bay. It’s an often steep incline with steps, or you can follow the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk at Cape Tourville for less-exhausting but still stunning views of the bay.
Boating and fishing are other popular activities, along with rock climbing, sea-kayaking, swimming at the Friendly Beaches and snorkeling at Sleepy Bay and Honeymoon Bay.
Freycinet is around 200km (125 miles) from Launceston and Hobart on Tasmania’s east coast. The peninsula dips south from Coles Bay along Great Oyster Bay, running parallel to the towns of Swansea and Little Swanport.
- Visitors to the national park are required to purchase a park pass. A pass is also required to hike the Overland Track between October and May.
- Information, maps, park passes, and amenities are available from the visitor’s center, outside the park entrance, and from the ranger station inside the park.
- The park has a number of basic lodging options, including cabins, chalets, and campgrounds.
- The weather can be changeable in the park, even in summer, so dress in layers and be prepared for wind, rain, and low visibility, especially in the mountains.
- Some of the park’s trails are wheelchair-accessible, and all-terrain wheelchairs are available to rent from the visitor center.
- The Cascade Brewery is a must-do for beer lovers.
- Brewery tours are open to guests aged 16 and older, tastings are for those at least 18 years old, and the Cascade Beer School is open to all ages.
- Brewery tours take 1.5 hours including tasting; Cascade Beer School workshops last 30 minutes.
- Brewery tour participants must be covered from the waist down, and shoes must be flat and closed-toe.
- Numbers are limited for brewery tours, so it’s recommended to book in advance, especially in peak season.
- The Brewhouse is accessible to wheelchair users, but due to stairs, the brewery tour is not.