You’ve only set aside a single week to explore the entire state. Here’s our best recommendation on how to spend one week in Tasmania.
Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, is one of those places that’s completely dominated by water. The city wraps itself around one of the finest deep water harbors in the world, yet the opportunities for visitors to take advantage of the scenery are limited. As a native of Hobart and a frequent return visitor I can throw some light on this topic, as I would be sorry to hear of any visitor not spending time on the water in this most aquatic of cities.
Tasmania is rich with volcanic soil, meaning the farmland grows excellent produce, while the cooler climate than most of Australia likens the state to regions of Europe. These points combine to give Tasmania a name in the wine-making world, both locally and globally. Wine tasting tours and excursions – and let’s not forget with delicious food accompaniments – fill itineraries left and right for those that love a refreshing or warming glass of that nectar of the gods.
I must have flown down to Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, about a hundred times over the last 30 years. The flight, from either Melbourne or Sydney, is quick (an hour from Melbourne, two from Sydney) and it’s easy to collect a rental car from the airport.
Skiing in Tasmania is possible in the highlands of the state where the air is the coolest. Two main locations – Ben Lomond National Park and Mount Mawson – offer the standard downhill skiing, while cross-country skiing is also an option in the Tasmanian wilderness. Do keep in mind that winter months differ in the Southern Hemisphere with top skiing months occurring in July and August!
A great travel perk of visiting the small island state of Tasmania would be its quaint size. With that comes the ability to cover a lot of distance on a shorter visit, as well as better use a hub city, like Hobart, to take the day trips necessary for getting to more of the state’s hot spots.
The winter months of the Southern Hemisphere happen when the northern part of the world is generally hitting their most extreme months of heat. Think August. That’s when Tasmania is coldest, especially with this island being the southernmost area of Australia to boot. Still, there are actually areas on the mainland of Australia that get much colder!
Located on the south coast of Tasmania, Hobart, the state’s capital, offers visitors things to do involving nature, food, and culture. Interestingly enough, the list of free things to do doesn’t change much. That’s the beauty of Hobart. It’s a city in beautiful Tasmania with gorgeous natural surrounds, great produce (and great wine) and a love for art and markets. If you love any of these things, you will be a happy camper while visiting Hobart.
Tasmania is famed for many things: beautiful natural surrounds, fresh air, and its fresh seafood and produce. Food in Tasmania has grown into a specialty because of its cooler climate and fertile soils – those that produce unique wines along with delicious fruits and vegetables. And, when being a small island in the middle of the southern ocean, one can also expect seafood of impeccable quality on most dinner plates. When heading to Tassie, be sure to indulge in some of the following famous foods.
Port Arthur, in the state of Tasmania, also possesses a rich convict history, starting its role as a penal colony in 1833. Port Arthur became a second destination for convicts, especially ones who caused too much trouble in other prisons or who got out and committed more offences. The reason behind this move was the strict and revolutionary structure of the Port Arthur prison system, known as the “Separate Prison System”.