Ahh Tasmania. The tiny Australian island, separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait, and absolutely brimming with beautiful landscapes, friendly wildlife and more open space than you could image. Affectionately called Tassie by locals, it has quickly become a must see destination in the Australian landscape, with more and more international tourists and Aussie’s flocking to the island each year.
I spent the Easter long weekend road tripping around Tassie with my family, and boy did we cover a lot. In our short 4 day trip we hit up Hobart, Bruny Island, Freycinet National Park, the Bay of Fires and Launceston (full posts coming on all of these destinations). However, I wanted to share some of my favourite mini highlights from around the island. There was seriously so much beauty everywhere we turned and just because it’s not a major highlight doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be shared!
Devils Corner Cellar Door and Lookout
Signature wood fire pizza, local wines and seafood and an outstanding view over Great Oyster Bay towards the Hazards, there’s no reason not to stop.
Pondering Frog Tearoom and Ice-Creamery
With a sunflower patch out the front, home made ice-cream and overnight RV parking out the front, what’s not to love about Pondering Frog!
East Coast Natureworld
A wildlife sanctuary about 30 minutes out of Freycinet National Park, you can get up close and personal with Tasmanian Devils, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies, walk through the open emu pen, and meet some of the most beautiful and active wombats I have ever seen! Honestly, these little wombats were so adorable, I didn’t want to leave!
This tiny bay is the perfect secluded spot for a recovery swim and picnic lunch after your hike up to the Wineglass Bay lookout.
About 25 minutes north of Hobart, Richmond is a little heritage city that makes you feel like you’re back ‘in the olden days’! The Richmond Bridge is the oldest bridge still in use in Australia, built in 1823. If you have time, stop in at the old school lolly shop around the corner for all the hard candies (and modern confectionery) you could eat.
Cape Tourville Lighthouse
Automatic, unmanned and totally random, but beautiful views over the bay.
The Tasmanian Countryside
You just can’t beat it, everywhere you turn it’s just beautiful!
Tasmania is only a short one hour flight from Melbourne and two hours from Sydney, with domestic airports at both Hobart and Launceston. You can find regular flights from all the major and low-cost airlines, with prices often hitting as low as $35 AUD each way from Melbourne – that’s cheaper than the a taxi ride in Melbs!
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