Things to do
Tasmania is Australia's island of experiences – abundant wildlife and nature, a rich colonial history and heritage, fresh natural produce and marvellous cool-climate wines.
In Tasmania’s wild places, rare plants and amazing animals thrive – mighty swamp gums, the tallest flowering plants on the planet; the world’s only egg-laying mammals, the echidna and platypus; the biggest marsupial carnivore on Earth, the Tasmanian devil. On a wildlife tour at Cradle Mountain, you could see many of them.
Tasmania’s rich colonial heritage is present in convict-built sandstone cottages and bridges and in place names from half a world away. In Strahan, the bold history of the region is as close as your seat on the West Coast Wilderness Railway through the King River gorge or aboard the Lady Jane Franklin II on the Gordon River, as you ride and cruise through landscapes the pioneers knew.
The island’s orchards and farmlands grow superb natural produce – cool-climate vineyards are the source of world-acclaimed pinot noirs, chardonnays, rieslings and sauvignon blancs – fishermen reap a harvest from the sea. At Freycinet, local food and wine experiences include a visit to an oyster farm and winery tours to East Coast vineyards.