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Tasmania is a state that has it all. If you are looking for a city getaway, Hobart or Launceston will offer a perfect city break filled with bars, restaurants and Salamanca markets. But if you want to escape to the beach, then take a trip to Freycinet National Park there you will find a scenic white-sand beach, Wineglass bay. And if you are a history buff traveller and want to visit a convict site, then the Port Arthur historic site is your ticket.
So whether you are travelling to the east coast or the west coast, up to the Bay of Fires or down to the Gordon River, there is no shortage of places to visit that will show your the spirit of Tasmania. However, there are two destinations that are the most popular with tassie tourists.
Take a look at two of Tassie natural beauty destinations.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, one of the state’s most unique places, where ancient pines, fringe glacial lakes and icy streams cascades down rugged mountains. The National Park is diverse in rare vegetation and wildlife; it is one of Australia’s most popular hiking trails. Cradle Mountain is perfect for a day trip as there are many incredible activities to do; these include:
- Walking/hiking – Undertake Overland tracks to explore the wilderness and Tasmanian wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, Bennetts wallabies, wombats, quolls, platypus, echidna and different bird species.
- Canoeing or kayaking
- Horseback riding
- Quad biking
- Fly fishing
- Mountain biking
Bruny Island is off the coast of Tasmania; it’s one of Tasmania’s southernmost islands. With only 20 minutes ferry ride from mainland Tasmania, you can explore the island’s eucalyptus forests, long, rugged stretches of coastlines and stunning beaches. Bruny Island comprises two islands connected by a thin isthmus of sand, a breathtaking nature’s wonder that is a must-see when visiting Tasmania. Here are some highlights Bruny Island has to offer:
- Cape Bruny Lighthouse, built between 1836-1838 with convict labour, is perfect for a day tour.
- Only 1 hour and 10mins drive from Roberts Point, which is Bruny Island Ferry Terminal – the Island’s main link to Tasmania.
- Great Bay – If you’re a foodie, then Great Bay is a must. Located north of Bruny is the famous Bruny Island Cheese Company, enjoy fresh oysters from, Great chucked oyster farm or visit beautiful vineyards and whisky distilleries.
- The Neck is an isthmus of land connecting north and south Bruny Island. It is an important habitat for Bruny’s native wildlife, and here you’ll find the Neck Game Reserve. Boardwalks and viewing platforms enable you to observe short-tailed shearwaters and little penguins (also known as fairy penguins). Timber stairs lead from the dunes to the Neck lookout, offering stunning 360-degree views.