The Tasmanian landscape varies from craggy mountains to rolling hills and is surrounded by beaches, some of them very remote. Natural attractions include waterfalls, blowholes, caves and the beautiful Cradle Mountain area with its myriad walking tracks and expansive views. The Bay of Fires near St Helens is another beautiful spot worth a visit. Because it is an island state, a cruise would be a good way to explore the coastline. There are some lovely cruises starting from Strahan or explore the Tasman Peninsular from the Pirates bay area and see the blowhole, arch and the Devils Kitchen.
Sheffield is definitely worth a visit. Many of the buildings are covered in murals and each year they host a competition where you can vote for your favourites from new displays set up in the local park. It is also home to the seashell museum, a glass marble display and a quirky old drapery that still has the flying fox originally used to send customer invoices from one floor to the next. Depending on when you visit it is a good spot to buy some large juicy cherries. Fifteen minutes from Sheffield is Tasmazia. This was the worlds largest maze when it was built and has eight separate mazes. There is one with surprises around every corner and a reproduction of the maze at
Stanley is built around a large rocky outcrop on the north coast. A ride on the chairlift to the top of the bluff is a great way to see the view. Stanley is also home to seafood so fresh some of it is still swimming in the tanks. As you travel it is worth stopping to sample some of the local produce. As well as fish,
For the more adventurous there are several places offering treetops adventures including Tarkine Forest Adventures where you can wander along one of the board walks above or through the lush rainforest or slide from the treetops to the forest floor of Dismal Swamp, 110 metres below, on a 13 second exhilarating ride. For even more speed and thrills there is car racing and a drag strip on the plains near the town of Longford.
The best ways to get there are to fly or to take the ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. If you take the ferry you can take your car, bike or campervan with you. This is a good idea so you can discover the islands many features at your own pace. You should plan to spend at least a week here. It is a small island but there is plenty to do and many interesting places to discover. If you are interested in more information discovertasmania.com/au is an excellent website. If you visit Tasmania you will easily see why it is one of Lonely Planets top ten destinations in the world.
A koala at the wildlife park near Brighton
The chairlift at Stanley
A mural at Sheffield
A park in Stanley