Showcasing National Parks protecting vast areas of unspoilt wilderness, an outdoor activities and a wide palette of gourmet produce, a vacation in Tasmania or family holiday presents choices to suit everyone. Picturesque Hobart; a romantic honeymoon or Tasmania holiday destination, blending historic architecture with a contemporary dining scene and outstanding natural beauty. Hobart offers a number of creative spaces and shopping avenues for the pleasure of those who visit the harbourside city. The backdrop to the city is framed by Mount Wellington, and is located within close proximity to a number of world class National Parks. Spend an evening dining at one of the waterfront pubs and restaurants that line Victoria and Constitution Bay, or head to the Cascade Brewery to sample a truly distinctive Tasmanian brew.
Salamanca Place hosts the weekly Salamanca Markets amongst a Georgian streetscape, where performing arts venues mingle with shops, galleries and artists studios. The recently opened MOMA Museum has achieved international attention thanks to the contemporary exhibitions installed within, is a short distance from Hobart and is sure to please those enjoying a self drive holiday in Tasmaniawith a welcoming cellar door, restaurant and winery attached.
To the mid North West, scattered with luxury spas and award winning restaurants, the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park region provides indulgence within a setting of pristine natural beauty, perfect for an active family holiday in Tasmania or honeymoon. The peak of the iconic Cradle Mountain can be reached by a challenging climb, rewarding experienced trekkers with a panoramic view of the glacial lakes and old growth rainforest below. Celebrate your Tassie holiday in this World Heritage Listed part of Tasmania over oysters, cheese and regional wines in front of a roaring wood fire. Book a Tasmania package holiday to graze your way through Cradle Mountains premier culinary experience, the Tastings at the Top festival. Bringing together specialist growers and North West providores over an annual three day period, it offers the perfect excuse for a Tasmanian vacation.
Appetite sated, begin the six day Overland track, one of the most desirable walking tours in the world for those who enjoy an active holiday in Tasmania. The sixty five kilometre route is internationally renowned for the great diversity of ecosystems it passes through, before finishing at Australia’s deepest lake; St Clair.
After a few days spent hiking, treat yourself to the Duck River Oysters and first class cheeses purveyed around the town of Smithton in Tassy’s North West. Unwind in the quiet of the surrounding Blackwood forests, and tread carefully as you try and spy Tasmanian Devils in their natural habitat at Kings Run. From Smithton, travel to the golden sands of Cape Grim where the air here is reputed to be the cleanest air in the world.
Drop in to the elegant town of Launceston; wander through a Victorian streetscape passing French patisseries and fish and chips to the seaport; follow a boardwalk to Inveresk to explore the social and natural history collections at the Queen Victoria Museum. The Phenomenon Factory and adjoining Planetarium facilitate hands on science activities for kids of all ages, a great diversion during a family holiday in Tasmania and to see work of Tasmanian craftspeople, head to The Design Centre.
The peak of Ben Lomond rises 1.3 kilometres above ground, for a superb skiing holiday in Tasmania with excellent downhill ski course. Rock climbing is popular in the surrounding national park, where native flora and fauna including wallabies, wombats and quolls are often seen wandering through the ski village, testament to its ability to effectively blend with the landscape.
For a day of imperial style, head to Woolmer’s Estate and wander the grounds of a monument to colonial history. Inhabited by the same family since 1817, the homestead is bordered by a smattering of buildings constructed by convict labour. Blacksmith’s and stables are still standing today, thanks in part to the work of the prisoners who toiled in this idyllic penal colony. The romantic rose gardens have withstood Tasmanian winters to emerge as one of the most representative collections in the southern hemisphere.
The Freycinet Peninsula is a coveted Tasmanian holiday destination, encompassing a National Park resplendent with wild bushland and flowers, as well as a number of pristine swimming spots. A site of great natural beauty, luxury accommodation sits alongside wilderness camping sites around Wineglass Bay. This iconic curve of the land has been named one of the top ten beaches in the world, while swimmers in Coles Bay can float before a panorama of the Hazards Mountains. There are a variety of underwater adventures to be had when you book a Tasmanian holiday package deal, with the opportunity to take a glass bottom boat tour over coral reef gardens, and dive amongst fissures and caves.
The South East of Tasmania is a bucolic area, with farm gates scattered across the Southern Tasmanian wine route and ample opportunity for trout fishing.
The south east tip of Tasmania is home to Australia’s most important open air Museum - the Port Arthur historic site and is a fascinating dimension to any vacation in Tasmania or family holiday. Deemed as World Heritage listed, the prison pioneered new incarceration ideas for recidivist convicts deported from ‘old blighty’ to the colony during the 19th century, was the original Boys Reformatory and ultimately became a thriving production site. One quirky device was a giant, twenty four man treadmill that was used to grind wheat at the huge mill. Set on a naturally beautiful peninsula the beautiful historic Port Arthur historic site also includes an Asylum Museum and the ‘Island of the Dead’ that formed their final resting place. Nearby on the peninsula is the site of the first coal mine in Australia, which is also open to visitors taking a holiday package in Tasmania.
Meet unique Tasmanian Devil at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park, sure to be a hit during your family holiday when you drop in on a feeding session, which occurs six times daily. The Tassie Devils roam through a number of architecturally designed exhibition spaces, allowing the Park to demonstrate how well they adapt to different environments. Hand feeding sessions with friendly kangaroos and demonstrations with birds are prey are all part of the parks repertoire.
Nestled within the forests of South Eastern Tasmania, the Tahune AirWalk suspends visitors amongst the tips of some of Tassies tallest trees swinging bridges that span the Huon and Picton rivers. Make a day of it on your vacation in Tasmania beginning by following a meandering trail or a challenging path to the base of the walk, and finish with a visit to Geevston’s Forest and Heritage Centre included in the entry price.
Once providing a glamorous focal point for every socialite in the South West of Tasmania, Zeehan rests as a historic town with a glamorous past. The discovery of silver lead deposits in the late 1800s heralded the beginning of a mining boom for the sleepy community, who were soon to be inundated with visitors. A romantic diversion during your honeymoon, visit an entire town now listed with the Natural Trust, thanks to the grandiose buildings constructed in celebration of the economy. The Gaiety theatre, once Australia’s largest playhouse, was a fitting host for the voice of Dame Nellie Melba.
Get outdoors on your Tasmanian holiday and hike the South Coast track to travel past mountain ranges, swampy plains, wild beaches and rivers on the 84 kilometre path between Melaleuca and Cockle Bay. Coveted for its isolation, the beginning of the track can only be reached by small plane; however campsites with toilets have been established along the way for walkers.
The streets of historic Queenstown are scattered with examples of early architecture, while the surrounding region offers excellent trout fishing beside scenic lakes. From here, board a steam train and journey on the West Coast Wilderness Railway to Strahan for a memorable Tasmanian experience. At the time of its inception in 1896, the railway was installed with painstaking measures. The line was dug out of the surrounding gorge by hand, using picks and shovels, and when it came to cross the King River, men had to stand waist deep in the water while pylons were driven into place. Pass gorges filled with rainforest and the breathtaking scenery of southern Tasmania en route to the port of Strahan, a hot spot for fresh seafood.
The Bass Strait Islands provide a pocket of gourmet produce and natural beauty between the North coast of Tasmania and the mainland above. A collection of over fifty islands present a challenging entry point to ships that have sailed here. Over seventy wrecks now line the ocean floor, immortalised by a museum at Currie and now frequented only by divers on vacation.
Admire the beauty of the natural landscape that persists regardless, and celebrate your Tasmanian holiday package deal by dining on the spoils of the bucolic King Island. Perhaps best known for its dairy industry, the rich cheeses and creams produced here will fight for your attention beside oysters, scallops and crayfish. A haven for Tasmanian wildlife, the south of the island hosts the Lavinia Nature Reserve, a 16,800 acre site where platypus can often be spotted amongst the flora.
Discover pods of dolphins and whales in season as they migrate past Flinders Island; experience beautiful beaches and lush farmland. From the sands, take in views across the bay to the pink and grey granite sheen of Mount Killiecrankie and Blythe Point; see wallabies and wombats amble past Mines Creek and fossick for topaz pebbles proudly dubbed ‘Killiecrankie diamonds’ as a memento of your fabulous self drive holiday in Tasmania or vacation, further south, discover Strzelecki National Park; where rare flora and fauna are nestled amongst a panorama of granite mountainscapes and the fit can climb the peak of the mountain for spectacular views across the Franklin Sound.
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