Tasmania is a small but captivating island off the southern coast of Australia full of exotic animals and mystical rainforests. It’s a place where you can encounter some bizarre-looking creatures in the wild, climb mountains with fairytale scenery, set off for a hike in sunlight, get briefly caught in snow or rain and end in sunshine, admire unique curtains of waterfalls, and you’ll leave with a piqued sense of wonder. Depending on the time of year, you might also be able to catch a glimpse of the southern lights in the night sky!
Getting There & Getting Around
Fly into Hobart or Launceston. I recommend flying into one airport and flying out of the other, to give you a better opportunity to explore both ends of the island and so you don’t have to backtrack.
Tasmania is a relatively small island that takes about 4 hours to drive across, so you can easily get around by rental car or bus.
Car rental rates start at $58USD/day (it’s cheaper from the Launceston airport than from Hobart).
Metro operates most local buses in Hobart, Burnie and Launceston. You can purchase a preloaded Greencard from select areas in Hobart, to get slightly reduced fares.
Tassielink Transit buses offer transit options for longer distances. Routes include stops at Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.
Redline is a private coach company that allows you to travel between Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. However, this service is typically used for airport transfers.
Hostel dorms in Launceston start at $19USD/night and in Hobart they start at $24USD/night.
Airbnbs around the island start at $38USD/night.
So in case you are unfamiliar with what Tasmania has to offer or you are one of those people who secretly don’t know the difference between “Tasmania” (an island-state off the SouthEast coast of Australia) and “Tanzania” (a country in East Africa), here are 4 reasons you should start planning a trip to visit Tasmania:
1. The Views
The dramatic landscapes you’ll wander through and quaint towns you’ll be exposed to, will top anything you can see on the main island of Australia.
I recommend making time for Cradle Mountain National Park and Mount Field National Park.
2. The Waterfalls
The fairytale-esque cascades that are scattered around Mount Field National Park will make you feel inspired and invigorated.
3. The Wildlife
If the fact that I encountered more wildlife in my week in Tasmania than my year in Australia’s mainland isn’t enough to convince you, then maybe these photos of marsupials and unidentified night-tree-dweller will do the trick.
If you dream of escaping to a peaceful destination with unforgettable scenery and wildlife, then you can be assured that the serene hikes and tranquil views you’ll experience in Cradle Mountain National Park will leave you feeling infinitely more at peace than before your visit.
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