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1. Posted by liz411 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

liz411 has indicated that this thread is about Australia

I'm going to Australia in June and the first
stop is Tasmania! Any suggestions on what
to do while there would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Hi Liz,

Good choice to go to Tasmania. It is as beautiful place! I hope you like hiking / walking, because many of the best things in Tassie require some walking. I've only been there once for a week, so I can't really recommend all that much.

Probably the most popular thing to do in Tasmania is the 5 day (!) Overland Track hike. It passes some incredible scenery, but of course, you will need to be well prepared with food, fitness and supplies. I haven't done it as yet, but when we were there last year, we did a 2 day hike nearby to the Walls of Jerusalem - which was absolutely breathtaking. To do such hikes, you really have to be very well prepared, because the weather can change very quickly and be rather cold up high. We went just before summer and there was snow in the mountains! Now, I think you can see Cradle Mountain (one of the highlights of the Overland Track) quite easily by just driving straight to the end. Not sure on the details though, but it may be worth checking out.

The other hike that we did (can be done within a couple of hours, but we stayed overnight), is on the East Coast - down to a beautiful beach called Wineglass Bay. Really, it's lovely. You can walk up to a lookout (takes just under an hour) and see the bay from there, which is very nice, or you can continue walking down to the beach and have a wander. The beach is really lovely - I'd keep on going if I were you.

That's it for walks (there's many more, but I have no idea about them).

There's an old convict island, Maria Island, that we visited as well. Very interesting and you can even stay in the old convict settlement at night if you want (it's a ghost town now!). Ferries leave a few times during the day.

Hobart is a nice small city. There's lot of seefood places down by the harbour that serve good food. We went to the museum there for a bit of history and it was quite interesting. I like their stuffed animals display, although it didn't really help me identify the brown snake we had seen.

There are many other attractions throughout Tasmania, but these are the things I've seen (minus the overland track), so I can't really recommend much more. Hope you have a great time.

Peter

3. Posted by liz411 (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Thanks Peter, that was very helpful.
Sounds like a beautiful place and we
will try to get on one of the hikes. We
won't be there long enough for the Overland
one, but the one to Wineglass Bay sounds
wonderful. I love the beach so I think
we'll try that one.

Can't wait to get there!

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y

It's worth being in Hobart on a Saturday for Salamanca Market, which is bustling and interesting (I thought).