The Top 5 Things to Do in Tasmania
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Tasmania (or Tassie for the locals) is Australia's smallest and least populated state, with only around 500,000 inhabitants on the entire island. What it lacks in size, however, it makes up for in quirky museums, stunning scenery, and incredible food.
Compared to the rest of Australia, Tasmania's short distances make it a great place to plan a leisurely trip, stopping at beaches, wineries, and charming rural towns. There are regular direct flights to Tasmania's capital Hobart from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. The island can also be reached by ferry from Melbourne.
1. MONA experience
The Museum of Old and New Art, a short ferry ride from Hobart, is Tasmania's most famous cultural institution. Known for the annual MONA FOMA and Dark MOFO festivals, as well as for its provocative collection of contemporary art that explores themes of sex and death, MONA is the brainchild of the enigmatic billionaire David Walsh, who made money as a professional gamer.
Since 2011, the museum has gained local and international fame for works such as Belgian artist Wim Delvoyea's "Cloaca Professional", a machine that performs the function of the human digestive system.
Tickets are AU $ 30, plus $ 22 for the return trip on the ferry. (Admission is free for Tasmanians and those under the age of 18). Although it was designed to be approached from the water, access to MONA is also accessible by road.
2. Hike the Overland Trail
For seasoned hikers, the Overland Trail is Australia's best alpine hike, covering 40 miles over six days in the northwest of the island. From Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair, you will hike through the valleys, rainforests, and grasslands of the Tasmania World Heritage Area. The Aboriginal guardians of Lake St Clair were the Larmairremener of the Big River tribe, and Cradle Mountain was part of the traditional lands of the northern tribe.
This trip requires advance reservation and careful planning; There are cabins along the way, but all hikers should also bring a tent, just in case. You will need a pass to take the tour during peak season, October through May, which costs AU $ 200 (fee does not apply during winter). If this all sounds a bit strenuous, you can also try Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park through shorter hikes and lookouts.
3. Visit the lavender fields
Tasmania's mild climate makes it the perfect place to grow lavender there, and the flower has flourished here since the 1920s. It is grown primarily for aromatic and culinary purposes, but it is also gaining a reputation as one of the attractions. most photographed natural areas on the island.
These famous Instagram fields are in full bloom in December and January, with Port Arthur Lavender near Hobart and Bridestowe Lavender Estate near Launceston drawing the biggest crowds.
4. Beach hopping at Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires Conservation Area, on Tasmania's northeast coast, is surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sand beaches that have to be seen to be believed. Orange-tinged rocks dot the shoreline, creating a stark contrast between sea and sky as kangaroos, kangaroos, dolphins, and Tasmanian devils roam the region freely.
The Bay of Fires Lodge Guided Hike is a well-established luxury experience in this area, along with many shorter self-guided trails. Many visitors camp or stay in a secluded eco-lodge, and the nearby town of St Helens offers more accommodation and dining options. Don't miss out on the local oysters and mussels during your stay.
5. Wineglass Bay Cruise
In Freycinet National Park, further down the east coast, the mountains meet the sea in spectacular pink granite formations. Wineglass Bay is the most iconic landmark in the area and forms a gentle curve along the shoreline. Hiking trails are plentiful, but the quickest way to see the park is on a cruise that goes through all the highlights.
Honeymoon Bay and the Hazards range are worth a visit. Campsites and a variety of other accommodations are available, and most visitors begin their journey in the town of Coles Bay.
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