Tasmania

Tasmania is Australia’s smallest state, yet this geographically diverse land apart contains wild and beautiful landscapes, welcoming people, and a temperate climate. A rich history and a relaxed island lifestyle make it even more exceptional.

Tasmania delivers everything vacationers seek for the perfect getaway. Its wine and food are world acclaimed due to the pure water, fertile soils and sunny climate. It has a strong and lively arts and culture scene. Plus, quaint towns offer a wealth of museums, historical sites, and charming Georgian architecture.

Breathe the world’s cleanest air and rejoice in a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes. Over a third of the state is reserved in a network of National Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals.

Coles Bay
  Freycinet Lodge
Cradle Mountain
  Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Hobart
  The Henry Jones Art Hotel
  Hadleys Hotel Hobart

Fun Fact: Tasmania has 68 golf courses in total, which is more than any other state in Australia.

If you love the great outdoors, this is the perfect destination to camp, fish, golf, hike and watch rare wildlife. Or if you prefer more adventure, kayak with dolphins, cycle down a mountain, dive with a sea dragon, float down a river, climb a rock face - and then at the end of the day have a massage and a great meal. Be wild or mild…it’s up to you.

Coles Bay

Coles Bay sits at the foot of the granite mountains (known as the Hazards), and on the edge of the world renowned Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay on the east coast of Tasmania. With a permanent population less than 200, it is one of Tasmania's most popular holiday spots for visitors and locals, but it remains a secret to most other Australians and international visitors.

Coles Bay's climate is very mild and has a vast number of beautiful beaches to explore or simply relax and enjoy. The crystal clear and often mirror like waters of Great Oyster Bay invite people to enjoy all kinds of water sports from fishing, swimming, diving, waterskiing, sailing to kayaking. On many occasions a pod of dolphins will enjoy the bay with you.

While there, visit Freycinet National Park and go bushwalking or simply enjoy scenic views, such as red granite cliffs tumbling into the cold ocean. Nature lovers will delight in sightings of such as Tasmanian pademelons, white-breasted sea eagles, red-necked wallabies, and spectacular displays of rare native flora.

Of course, a wide array of accommodations, from five star resorts, to bed and breakfast accommodations, to self contained holiday cottages and units, will suit any taste, budget and need to make your stay unforgettable.

Fun Fact: This unspoiled bay is near the Freycinet National Park, a wildlife sanctuary, on the Freycinet Peninsula. There are beautiful swimming and fishing beaches, and while bushwalking through the Park, keep your eyes open for the gorgeous ground orchids!

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park – a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain Australia epitomize the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, buttongrass and colorful deciduous beech provide a wide range of environments.

One of the highlights of a trip to the Cradle Mountain Park is the view across Dove Lake to Cradle Mountain, a jagged dolerite peak that takes its name supposedly from a miner’s cradle. Cradle Mountain is sometimes shrouded in cloud from the wild highland weather.

While inside, enjoy a wonderful walk on the famous
Overland Track. In season, licensed trout fishing is permitted in its lakes and rivers, and private boats can be used for fishing or scenic trips.

Other activities run the gamut for every taste and include fishing, boating, hiking, bird watching, nature hikes, nocturnal wildlife walks, interpretive walks, winery tours, scenic helicopter flights, horse riding, canoeing, mountain biking, guided wildlife tours and much more!

At Cradle Mountain there are many wonderful accommodation choices - lakeside as well as in the small towns. Choose from luxury hotels, motels, farm stays, youth hostels or B&Bs – it’s all up to you.

Fun Facts: Cradle Mountain has become the emblem of Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness, rich in cultural, culinary and natural experiences with the mountain as its centerpiece.

Hobart

Hobart is Tasmania’s harbor capital, located in the southeast of the state at the foot of majestic Mount Wellington. It is close proximity to beautiful natural surroundings, offering a provocative mix of historic and contemporary art and culture.

This city is defined by the river and sea, and is made of warm sandstone, bright spinnakers on the water, fish punts at the docks and coffee under sun umbrellas. Take a harbor cruise, or drive to the summit of Mount Nelson or Mount Wellington, and you’ll fully grasp its maritime focus.

Head down to Salamanca Place where you will find 19th-century waterfront warehouses dating back to the 1830s whaling days. Today, they house cafés, restaurants, galleries and art studios, the ideal place to wander or enjoy alfresco dining. Learn about the island, the city's history and contemporary life at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery on Macquarie Street.

Venture just out of the city you can visit some of Tasmania’s finest wineries, then head up the mountain for a walk to the springs or travel down the channel towards Bruny Island. Explore farther afield, and then return to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. Hobart is an ideal base for your southern Tasmanian journey.

Fun Fact: Founded as a penal colony in 1804, Hobart was named after Robert Hobart, the British colonial secretary.