Tasmania Area Map
Tasmania can be found just south of the southeastern coast of mainland Australia. Many of the area's best restaurants, shops and accommodations are situated in its capital, Hobart, but Tasmania's stunning scenery – the region's main draw – is on display throughout the island. Coles Bay and Port Arthur are great options for travelers interested in hiking, while Devonport and Strahan are conveniently situated near Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. Meanwhile, wine lovers will have many chances to admire their surroundings while sampling local wines, though some of Tassie's best vinos are made in the Tamar Valley by Launceston. Even some of Tasmania's historic cities (think: Port Arthur) boast picturesque panoramas.
The island's capital, Hobart, is a convenient starting point for travelers – Tasmania's main airport, Hobart International Airport, sits less than 12 miles northeast of the city. Along downtown's Davey Street, you'll find museums like the Army Museum of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the bulk of Hobart's shops, restaurants and hotels are located just a few blocks away. Nature lovers, meanwhile, will have multiple attractions to choose from. For a leisurely stroll with little ones, check out the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, which sits just north of the city center. If you're more interested in hiking or biking, Wellington Park (about 15 miles west of Hobart) can't be missed. And for those who want to see unique critters like Tasmanian devils and koalas, head 17 miles north to Brighton – a suburb of Hobart – where the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary resides.
Located on Tassie's southeastern coast, Port Arthur's historical charm and breathtaking hiking trails make this a popular stop for history buffs and active travelers. The focal point of this city is the Port Arthur Historic Site, a former penal settlement and UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, but some beaches and boutique hotels can be found here as well. Area dining options, however, are limited. Hikers with multiple days to spare will want to spend four days trekking the Three Capes Track, which begins by the historic site. The easiest way to reach this city is to fly into Hobart International Airport and then drive the 60-some miles southeast to Port Arthur.
Although this coastal village is a bit removed from Tassie's major cities – it sits approximately 115 miles northeast of Hobart and the closest airport – the region is popular with photographers and outdoorsy types. Within Coles Bay's Freycinet National Park, visitors will discover pink granite mountains, clear waters and deserted beaches, plus various bird species. Because the village is primarily composed of this national park, few facilities are available in the area. But along Coles Bay Road, the village's only highway, travelers will find a limited number of restaurants, bed-and-breakfasts and resorts, as well as a golf course.
The quaint riverside city of Launceston (in northern Tasmania) is best known for the Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin, but it also offers convenient access to the Tamar Valley, where more than 30 vineyards are located. Additionally, downtown Launceston is home to several parks, shops, restaurants and museums, including the Queen Victoria Museum, the National Automobile Museum of Tasmania and the Launceston Tramway Museum. When it's time to bed down for the evening, you'll find multiple four-star hotels situated on or near Tamar and Brisbane streets. Getting to Launceston requires driving, or flying into the regional Launceston Airport, located about 10 miles southeast of the city center.
If you plan on visiting Melbourne before or after checking out Tasmania, then consider taking the 10 ½-hour ferry ride to or from Devonport. This coastal city by the Bass Strait and Mersey River boasts several shops, hotels and restaurants, as well as a riverside bike and walking path, a lighthouse, the Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture & Art Centre and the Devonport Oval, a rugby and cricket venue. Devonport is also approximately 50 miles northeast of Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park's northern entrance. Should you opt to drive to Devonport from another city in Tassie, you can fly into Burnie's airport.
Situated about 30 miles northwest of Devonport (and roughly 10 miles southeast of Burnie Airport), Burnie is a port city that's filled with artisan shops selling items like cheeses, ceramics, paintings and textiles. Most of its can't-miss stores are housed inside the Makers Workshop, a part-museum, part-gallery space by the city's West Park Oval. Burnie is also home to various restaurants and hotels, as well as Hellyers Road Distillery, the largest boutique whiskey distillery in Australia.
One of Tasmania's most charming towns is Strahan. Situated on Tassie's west coast, Strahan gives visitors prime access to Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park (via its southern entrance), Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and the Macquarie Harbour Historic Site. Plus, Strahan serves as the departure point for the scenic West Coast Wilderness Railway. But the town itself is also worth exploring. Strahan features a variety of boutiques and eateries, as well as several accommodation options, from budget-friendly properties to four-star hotels. What's more, the town is situated near Strahan Airport, which visitors can reach via chartered helicopter or plane.
Tasmania is considered a relatively safe place to visit, but you should take precautions when enjoying the island's outdoor activities. Be mindful of any undertows at Tassie beaches. If you find yourself caught in one, swim parallel to land until you're out of the rip current, then swim to shore. You'll also want to travel with a companion and wear insect repellent and adequate boots when hiking. If you're anticipating going on a multiday trek on trails like the Three Capes Track and the Overland Track, Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania strongly suggests telling someone your plans before you depart.
Additionally, you should stay alert while in any part of Australia, since terrorist threats have increased recently. For up-to-date information regarding Australia's current threat level, visit the Australian Government's Australian National Security website. And when visiting larger cities like Hobart, be mindful of your belongings. Foreigners are occasionally targeted by pickpockets and petty thieves in popular tourist areas. To learn more about how to stay safe while visiting Australia, check out the U.S. State Department's website.
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