Written by Ophelie
Updated 23rd of April 22
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Tasmania, ever heard about it? It’s this tiny Australian island where the Tasmanian devil was once the king. The best places to visit in Tasmania are all about Nature. Only 3.000 km away from the Antarctic, the island is often called “the little New Zealand”… because it’s so green and a Nature area. And after a 2 weeks road trip on the east coast, I share with you my favourites: 32 must-see places in Tasmania!
Overview - 35 best places to visit in Tasmania
- 3 must see places in Tasmania, Hobart
- 6 quiet and surprising places on the Peninsula
- 7 unmissable spots on Tasmania east coast
- What not to skip in the Centre – 8 spots
- 4 wild places on Tasmania West coast
- 4 cool places to visit on Bruny island
How much for a 7 days trip on Tasmania's east coast ?
From 350 $
Tasmania East coast itinerary, from our travels – I traveled the east coast myself, along with my travelmate Shefka. We share our own itinerary and our first-hand tips. To focus on cooler things and forget the hassle of finding info to prepare your trip!
What to see in Hobart? 3 spots to explore in the city
If Hobart might not be the craziest party spot of all Australia, it’s the place to be for a chill weekend. Departure point to Antarctic expeditions, the coastal town is the perfect starting point to a Tasmania road trip. And to meet chilled solo travellers. What not to miss on a short stay? Here is my selection of the 3 best places to visit in Tasmania, Hobart!
1. The coolest museum of Australia - MONA
What to see at MONA, Hobart?
A museum of old and new art… it might not sound that entertaining at first. But don’t judge a book by its cover. MONA is a surprising and one of the must-see places in Tasmania Hobart! Located outside of town and surrounded by the sea, it’s not just a simple museum. You can also drink beer, eat cheese and taste wine at its 2 wineries, or take photos of the seascape outside. Inside, there are impressive collections of modern art about Death and Sex, playing around with experimentations and high-tech.
Travel tips to visiting MONA in Hobart
- Fee 30$ adults
- ID required at the entrance
- Time to spend: min. 3h, whole day if you can
- Access by bus: 510, 520, 521, 522, X20 pass Mona
2. Hobart from above - Mount Wellington
I personally really liked this spot! Mount Wellington overviews Hobart’s Bay and gives a first taste of Tasmania natural gems. The good thing: it’s easily accessible by car or bus from the city center. You can even try out the ascent by foot. Hikers will find hiking trails, and climbers a cliff to tackle – Organ pipes. For photographers, Mount Wellington is definitely a must-see place to go!
3. Eat, drink and shop at Hobart's Salamanca market
Want to chill out? Salamanca market is a famous place to visit in Hobart. It’s a lively market at the harbor with plenty of local food, fish and hand-made things. To go out in Hobart, it’s also near Salamanca market that you’ll find happiness: lovely bars (also with yummy Belgian beer) with live music!
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Back to the roots: 6 best places to visit on Tasman peninsula
Tasman peninsula is your getaway to hidden gems. Ideal for a short road trip on Tasmania east coast, 3 days are already good enough to travel the peninsula. What to see there? Here are my 6 absolute must-see places on Tasmania’s peninsula!
6 best places to visit on Tasman Peninsula:
- Eaglehawk Neck
- Lime Bay
- Cape Raoul
- Fortescue Bay
- Remarkable Cave
- Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen
Eaglehawk neck will welcome you onto the Peninsula. It’s an isthmus connecting to Tasmania’s mainland. What to see there? Nice landscape, and a cute town! A good introduction to the natural gems of the Tasman Peninsula. Do some groceries, fill the tank, and take some travel snaps!
Lime Bay’s reserve
If you have time to make a detour by the North-West, go to Lime Bay. A wild place, which is also a natural reserve for wildlife. You can do kayaking in summer, observe birds and take a bowl of fresh air. There is a campground, Lime Bay camping, recommended by my friend Shef who went there.
The East part – Remarkable cave, Fortescue Bay, Tasman Arch
My favorite places to visit on the Tasman Peninsula are on the East part. Remarkable Cave is very cool for its water cave. Just be careful not to go at high tide. Then, head to Fortescue Bay – a peaceful bay waiting for you after a drive in the forest, with wallabies everywhere. Spend a night at this campground, right on the lake’s shores. And enjoy outdoor activities in summer: kayaking, diving and hiking to famous places like Cape Pillar.
Port Arthur isn’t mentioned in my list, because it’s a touristy place I don’t consider as a must. But it’s a historical site of interest for sure, if you’re interested in it.
Tasman Arch and devils Kitchen will be your last stop when exiting the Peninsula. Cool nature spots to see and ideal for short walks, hikes, and nature photography. On the way, there are some beautiful beaches to stop by.
Best places to visit on Tasmania east coast – beach, hike and chill
A road trip on Tasmania east coast is with no doubt the most popular thing to do for travelers on the island. Because this part is well accessible by car and full of diversity: national parks, sunny beaches to chill out, towns to stop by or hikes in mountains. There is a bit of everything.
7 Must-see places to visit on Tasmania East coast:
- Coles Bay
- Sleepy Bay
- Honeymoon Bay
- Wineglass Bay
- Mount Amos
- Bay of Fires
Start at Maria island, a cute little island you can visit in a day or two. Then, head to Coles Bay. It’s the gate to Freycinet national park… ‘postcard’ places to see in Tasmania. Smooth and delicately shaped landscapes welcome travelers. Coles Bay is one of my favourite places to visit in Tasmania. You can spend a few hours there, to do groceries and get fuel before entering the park. But also to spend the night – there are hotels and a very cool spot to camp right next to the sea.
It’s the first spot to put on your list when visiting Freycinet. This national park – the oldest one in Tassie – is the perfect combination of hiking in mountains and sun bathing on preserved beaches. You’ll reach the bay after a steep descent to a scheduled rocky beach. It’s very worth the walk for the shiny waters and giant rocks.
For me, one of the best places to visit in Tasmania Freycinet! The place can get crowded, especially in summer. If you go early morning or late afternoon, you’ll find a heaven of brown cliffs, a sandy beach and clear (cold) waters. To do scuba diving or just to chill! There is also one of the only campgrounds in the park, with facilities and drinkable water.
The name doesn’t a lot of explanations – you’ll find it in every Tasmania travel guide. Wineglass bay is the number 1 of must-see places on Tasmania’s east coast. Home to worldwide famous hikes, you’ll get views on Hazard Beach, the isthmus separating the bay in two parts. There many hikes, from 2hrs to the lookout or a day through the bay. Find here practical info about the hikes at Wineglass Bay.
Tips to what to see on Tasmania Peninsula
- In Coles Bay: fill up the car’s tank, find a hostel, have a nice coffee.
- Freycinet National park: 60$ per car
A hidden gem, not always on the touristic radar. It’s a special hike, to do at sunset or sunrise. So, being extra careful! The view from there on Wineglass Bay is apparently stunning. I didn’t go myself but this must-see place has been visited by my friend Shef, who gave me this gorgeous pic!
Hike down from Wineglass Bay, on the hiking trail “Hazard beach track”. Full loop possible: 5h hike. Do seascape photography, spot wild wallabies, and get impressed by the huge waves on the beach. Hazard Beach also has got a very special atmosphere, almost mystic: Aboriginal tribes lived there. Then, you can cross the isthmus to reach Wineglass Bay beach, or go back the same way you came.
Bicheno – the blow hole and the penguins
This one is the touristy one… but also the fun one! After Freycinet, go up on Tasmania east coast to reach Bicheno, coastal town. The main thing to do in Bicheno is to say wow in front of a giant geyser – the blow hole. I’ve to say, it’s impressive. If you stay overnight, go to a quiet spot near the peer to see penguins. They’re shy and don’t like city lights nor people. Best is to go with an infra-red front lamp and to hide at a quiet place.
Bay of Fires
Even more up on the coast, Bay of Fires will be one of your last stops on a Tasmania east coast road trip. It’s for sure one of the best places to visit in Tasmania, for your Instagram account. Fire-red rocks make a vivid contrast with the agitated sea and green coastal line. Maybe more than the spot itself, it’s the drive along the coast that I found very nice.
8 wild places to visit in Tasmania Centre
Exit Tasmania East Coast’s beaches. Welcome to wild mountains, caves and deep blue lakes! What to see in Tasmania’s center region? I give you the 8 highlights of my own road trip.
- Dove Lake
- Cradle mountain
- Walls of Jerusalem
- Mole creek caves
- Lake St Clair
- Lake Burbury
- Russel falls
- Tarraleah falls
What to see in Tasmania Centre? Highlights!
Cradle mountain belongs to THE mythic hiking places to see in Tasmania. The 8 hours long walk to the summit gives a stunning view above Cradle mountain national park.
For the others, the scenery is already idyllic enough around Dove Lake. And about Walls of Jerusalem? It’s one of the wildest nature places to see in Tasmania. Walls of Jerusalem hides beautiful views of the island’s alpine lakes. The walks are not easy… and made for well-equipped hikers.
Incredible nature gem on your way to Lake St-Claire, the Lake Burbury suddenly points its nose behind the highway’s curve. From above, it’s a dark blue lake. On the shores, you see a majestic scenery – green little islands interrupting a barely moving water. It’s not mentioned in tourist guides but definitely one of the must-see places in Tasmania. Lake St Clair is in the same style. But there, you could see platypuses if lucky!
Tips to the best places to visit in Tasmania’s center region
- From Bay of Fire to Cradle mountain – 4 to 6h
- Cradle mountain summit: 6 to 8 hours return
- Dove lake, Glacier rock, Boatshed: 2 to 3 hours return
- Jerusalem Walls: 800m climb for a 34km return walk – 2 days hiking
- Free camp spots apps: Campermate – Wikicamps
4 ultimate places to see on Tasmania West coast
My friend Shef gives you useful tips about what to see in Tasmania western part. He traveled the west coast for 2 weeks, and speak about the stunning wilderness of the landscapes. Find below some of the best places to visit on a Tasmania road trip in the West.
What to see in Tasmania Western part – Overview
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Take the scenic highway drive from Queenstown to Strahan passing by King River Gorge. The railway along King River Gorge is a scenery a la Harry Potter – green, mysterious and magical. In Strahan, take the ferry to Macquarie – a convict historic site in Tasmania, more isolated than Port Arthur.
4 cool places not to miss on Bruny islands
Last stop, but not the least, on your Tasmania road trip: Bruny island! A great place to go! To chill out, to go to the beach… and to see surfers. We camped on Bruny, and it was back to the roots’ style. But worthy to wake up next to the beach.
Here are the 4 must-see places I recommend on the island, with 6 cool things to there.
- Walk to the Arch and its deserted dream beach, North Bruny
- Watch the Fairy penguins at the Neck, at dusk
- At Adventure Bay stop at Tasmania’s most gorgeous beaches, South Bruny
- Go for a cruise to see dolphins, sea lions and the impressive “Breathing rock”
- Camp at a free spot next to Cloudy bay and its beach under the milky way
- Surf (or watch surfers!) at Cloudy Bay, South Bruny island national park