Tasmania is a place for historic sites, wildlife, waterfalls, lookouts and so much more. Planning a trip to this lovely place? We have shortlisted the top 5 places you should visit to get the most out of your holiday.
1. Mount Wellington:
There are a lot of natural beauty to soak in while walking, mountaineering, hiking, cycling or climbing around the area. Mountain Wellington is officially known as kunanyi. The mountain which is around 4,100 ft above sea level is frequently covered by snow, sometimes even in summer. Looking at the view is breathtaking in itself.
An enclosed lookout near the summit provides even more awesome views of the city below. To the east, you can see the Derwent estuary, and in the west, get glimpses of the World Heritage Area. A sure shot place to visit.
2. Freycinet National Park:
Freycinet National Park is special as it has granite mountains surrounded by blue clear bays and white sand beaches. Freycinet is fundamentally two eroded blocks of granite – the Hazards and the Mt Graham/Mt Freycinet sections of the peninsula – joined by a sand isthmus. It is spectacular to see the two granite peaks of the Hazards welcome you as you enter the park.
It is also a great place to go bird watching too. Besides, Freycinet National Park offers a wide variety of activities. You can take a walk to the pass overlooking the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay, trek the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on a three-day walk or try less strenuous activities like beach strolls, swimming or wildlife spotting. A great destination for look-out enthusiasts.
3. Salamanca Market:
Shopping comes hand in hand with holidaying. Salamanca Market, open on Saturday mornings, is a great free destination while visiting Tasmania. The market is known for its friendly locals and the opportunity to meet the people who make the products. You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere, chat with the locals, watch the buskers and then grab something to eat and relax on the lawns. A hard to beat experience for the whole family.
4. Russell Falls:
Located in Mt Field National Park, this easy walk takes you through a mixed forest comprising towering swamp gums, the tallest flowering plant on Earth, and species typical of wet forests and cool temperate rainforests. These could include dogwood, musk and myrtle. Towards the falls, the track is framed by stunning tall tree ferns. The falls themselves are truly awe inspiring.
Interesting to note here is that at night, you can see glow worms among the vegetation. However, you will need to turn torches off. A handrail will help you move along the track in the dark.
5. Bonnet Island:
The Bonnet Island is a tiny island at Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s West Coast. A good time to visit this place is just before dusk. It is not only a good time to visit the historic lighthouse but also see the colony of penguins come back home. These amazing birds spend their days fishing at sea in all conditions, returning each evening at dusk, to their burrows on the island. Observing this phenomenon from close quarters is the heart of your Bonnet island visit.