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Best Things To Do in Tasmania

Tasmania boasts several historic attractions, such as the Port Arthur Historic Site, but its unique flora and fauna make it a great destination for enjoying nature. Though you'll have 19 national parks to choose from, you won't want to miss Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair's trails (where you may spot animals like platypuses and wallabies) and Freycinet's stunning scenery. Wellington Park, the Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, meanwhile, are great options if you're sticking to a tight budget.

How we rank Things to Do

Updated January 27, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Tasmania
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    #1 in Tasmania
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Occupying a peninsula just south of Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park is a prime spot for bird-watching, camping and scenic drives. The park also features white-sand beaches surrounded by pink granite peaks that are just as popular with photographers as they are with swimmers, kayakers and snorkelers. If you'd rather hike

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  • #2
    Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park
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    #2 in Tasmania
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, this national park comprises two regions: Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair. In the northern Cradle Mountain section, you'll find the bulk of the attraction's facilities, including a visitor center, a gift shop and multiple cabins. Cradle Mountain is also the starting

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    Wellington Park
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    #3 in Tasmania
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Located approximately 13 miles west of Hobart, Wellington Park should be a top choice for outdoor enthusiasts staying in Hobart. This nature reserve is filled with picnic areas and forested gullies, which can be explored via a variety of trails. Hiking (or bushwalking) is the most common way to wander around this park,

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    Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin (Launceston)
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    #4 in Tasmania
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Staying in Launceston in northeastern Tasmania? Then you'll want to add the Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin to your itinerary. Situated less than 3 miles from downtown Launceston, this natural wonder is brimming with fun pursuits, from hiking trails to a swimming pool to the world's longest single-span chairlift.

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    Port Arthur Historic Site (Port Arthur)
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    #5 in Tasmania
    Museums, Sightseeing
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Sightseeing
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    For a dose of Australian history, make your way to the Port Arthur Historic Site. Built in 1830 as a timber station and penal settlement for Britain's criminals, the property expanded over the years to accommodate more than 3,500 convicts across nearly 250 acres. Today, it's one of 11 locales that

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    Three Capes Track (Port Arthur)
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    #6 in Tasmania
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    More than Full Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Parks and Gardens
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    More than Full Day
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    Active travelers who want to break a sweat while taking in breathtaking bay, sea and cliff panoramas cannot miss Tasman National Park's Three Capes Track. This 28 ½-mile trail, which features a flat timber boardwalk and paved steps, making it a great option for hikers of all skill levels, starts by

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  • #7
    Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (Hobart)
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    #7 in Tasmania
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    When you're in need of a low-key activity after spending multiple days trekking through Tasmania's national parks or along theThree Capes Track, spend an hour or two at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Nestled within Hobart's Queens Domain neighborhood by the Derwent River, this outdoor oasis features multiple gardens –

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    Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (Brighton)
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    #8 in Tasmania
    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Zoos and Aquariums
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Tasmania is home to some of the world's most unique wildlife, and one of the island's best places to catch a glimpse of these critters is Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated in Brighton, less than 2 miles outside the city center, Bonorong is a 24-hour facility that treats injured and orphaned

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