Whether you want to spend your weekend in Tasmania enjoying the pristine beaches, take a longer trip to explore the rugged wilderness that Tasmania is famous for or experience a bit of culture and fine cuisine, there is much to see and do for the whole family.
Wilderness-bound: Cradle Mountain National Park
Take an excursion in the countryside to Tasmania’s famous Cradle Mountain National Park area. Hire a car and drive up to Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair, a World Heritage Site. There are picturesque hiking trails, waterfalls, glaciers, lakes and cool crisp mountain streams. You can also arrange to explore the area by horseback. The area is famous for its friendliness and hospitality, with first class accommodation options just neighboring the National Park.
Touring Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay
Situated midway along the east coast of Tasmania is the Freycinet Peninsula, with its red and pink granite mountains and pure white sandy beaches. A veritable paradise for kayakers and swimmers on the sheltered landward side of the bay while on the seaward side, photographers can climb to the top for an incredible view. Charter a cruise or hike for the day on one of the many trails in the Freycinet National Park.
MONA Museum of Old and New Art
The MONA Museum in Hobart, opened in 2011, is renowned for its unique buildings and exhibitions. A definite must as you pass through Hobart, MONA is also within one of Tasmania’s premier wineries, the Moorilla winery. Be prepared to step outside your comfort zone and experience the true passion and pure talent as you explore the permanent and rotation collections of this museum. To give you an idea, the founder of the museum, David Walsh describes the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland.” Before you go on your trip, check the dates for the annually hosted wintertime Dark Mofo Festival, a huge public art exhibition with art, film, and music – not your ordinary solstice celebration.
Sullivan’s Cove and Salamanca Markets
Hobart is also famous for Salamanca Place within Sullivan’s Cove, where you can visit the regular Saturday Salamanca market. It comes alive with traditional Tasmanian artisans, fresh produce, coffee and tasty confections. More than your average tourist attraction, you can experience the heart of Tasmanian life here. Enjoy your treats while sitting down at a table overlooking Hobart’s waterfront. This important historical area is where Hobart was established in 1804. Accordingly, Sullivan’s Cove features some of the oldest buildings in Australia. Besides visiting the Saturday market, take advantage of the thriving arts scene along Salamanca Place, with many art galleries and live entertainment venues.
Fishing in the Central Highlands
Travel out of the cities and into the heart of Tasmania to the Central Highlands, famous for the largest freshwater lake in Australia, Great Lake, which is also the home of Tasmania’s hydroelectric supply. Great Lake, Lake King William, Pine Lagoon and Arthur’s Lake are just some of the waters in which you might cast your line – there are literally hundreds of lakes in this region filled with trout.
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