Friends and family often ask for recommendations on what to do and see in Tasmania. Below is a list of our 20 Must Do Activities in Tasmania.

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Why visit Tasmania?

Tasmania is one of our favourite places in Australia.

There are endless rugged coastlines, miles of untouched wilderness, plenty of bizarre animals to see and a fascinating history.

Tasmania is also incredibly compact compared to the rest of Australia. From lakes to beaches to mountains, you can see such a diverse range of stunning landscapes all within a short distance to travel….and their food is amazing!

Here is a list of 20 Must Do activities in Tasmania.

20 Must Do Activities in Tasmania

See Echidna and Wombats  in the wild

Seeing Echidna and wombats in the wild is at the top of my list of must do activities in Tasmania.

We came across an echidna walking on the road and pulled over to make sure he got across safely. The chances of finding one on the side of the road isn’t always something you can count on.

For a guaranteed sighting of an Echidna and Wombat then Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain National Park is the place you should visit.

A visit to Ronny Creek in the late afternoon will pretty much guarantee that you get the opportunity to watch these amazing Australian animals quietly going about their business in the wild.

At Ronny Creek, Tasmania you can see Wombat's and Echidnas in the wild.
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Echidna searching for ants along the side of the road

 

At Ronny Creek, Tasmania you can see Wombat's and Echidnas in the wild.
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Wombat munching on native grasses.

Learn about Monotremes

Seeing a Platypus in the wild is extremely difficult but at Platypus House you are guaranteed a sighting.

At Platypus House you can learn all about Platypus and Echidnas; Australia’s two very unusual and very different egg laying mammals.

At Platypus House you can learn about Monotremes; Platypus and Echidnas.
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Platypus searching for food in a submerged log at Platypus House.

 

Learn about echidnas about Platypus House.
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Echidna feeding time at Platypus House.

Visit the Tassie Devils

The Tasmanian Devil are the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. Visit either the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo or Devils@Cradle to learn about these aggressive and noisy little animals.

The Tasmanian Devil are the world's largest carnivorous marsupial.
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The Tasmanian Devil are the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial.

Spot the White Wallaby

White wallabies are unique to Bruny Island and can be found near Adventure Bay.

White wallaby at Bruny Island
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White wallaby at Bruny Island

Hike Tasmania’s Most Famous Day Walk

The hike to Cradle Mountain Summit is undoubtedly Tasmania’s most famous day walk. It is a challenging 7-8 hour hike but one of the must do activities in Tasmania for any outdoor enthusiast.

Click here to see the complete list of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks.

Stunning views of Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain.
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Stunning views of Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain.

 

The rock scramble on the Cradle Mountain Summit Trail could be challenging in sections.
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The rock scramble to the Cradle Mountain Summit can be challenging in sections.

 

Stunning views over Dove Lake from the Cradle Mountain Summit Trail.
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Stunning views of Dove Lake on our day hike to Cradle Mountain Summit.

 

A long day spent hiking to the summit of Cradle Mountain.
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Proud of my achievement after a long day hiking to the summit of Cradle Mountain.

Pick your own fruits and berries

Take the opportunity to visit a farm and pick your own fresh fruit.

Depending on the time of the year that you are visiting Tasmania you can choose from Apples, Apricots, Blueberries, Nectarines, Pears, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries and Strawberries.

Our favorite time to visit is December / January during stone fruit season. Nothing compares to freshly picked apricots and cherries! What’s you favourite Tasmanian fruit?

Find out more about fruit picking in Tasmania.

Admire the rugged coastline

If you are looking for rugged coastal views then you should plan a hike to Cape Raoul. Cape Raoul is part of the four day ‘Three Capes Walk’. It can also be done as a single day hike or if you only have a few hours, you can hike to the lookout for some fantastic views.

View from Cape Raoul Lookout
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View from Cape Raoul Lookout

Walk barefoot along deserted sandy beaches

Walk the day hike to Wineglass Bay & Hazards Beach Circuit and take the opportunity to see some stunning scenery as well as the chance to walk along the deserted sandy beaches.

Stunning views from the lookout of Wineglass Bay.
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Stunning views from the lookout of Wineglass Bay.

 

Enjoy your own company on one of the many deserted beaches that make up the Wineglass Bay & Hazards Beach Circuit.
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Enjoy your own company on one of the many deserted beaches that make up the Wineglass Bay & Hazards Beach Circuit.

Visit a Convict Settlement

Visit the beautifully maintained Port Arthur Historic Site and learn about the history of Australia as a Penal Colony.

There was no escape for those early residents at the Port Arthur Penal Settlement.
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Even if you had managed to escape from Port Arthur there was nowhere you could go.

 

Views of Port Arthur Historic Site.
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Views of Port Arthur Historic Site.

See Australia’s oldest bridge

Visit Richmond Village to see Australia’s oldest bridge. The heritage listed arch bridge was built by convicts in 1823.

Visit the town of Richmond in Tasmania to see Australia's oldest bridge. It was built by convicts in 1823.
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Australia’s oldest bridge can be found in the town of Richmond, Tasmania.

Click here to download the Convict Trail Self Drive Itinerary.

Walk among the Trees

Visit the Huon Valley and walk among the trees on the Tahune Air Walk.  If you are feeling adventurous, try out their Eagle Hang Gliding Adventure or Kayaking & Rafting Adventures.

Walk among the trees on the Tahune Air Walk
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Walk among the trees on the Tahune Air Walk.

Photograph one of Tasmania’s 230 waterfalls

Tasmania has 230 known waterfalls. Our favourite so far is Russell Falls at Mt Field National Park.

To learn more about Mt Field National Park, click here to read about Hiking at Mt Field National Park and Searching for Quolls at Mt Field National Park.

The beautiful Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park.
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The beautiful Russell Falls, Mt Field National Park.

Take in some culture

While you are in Hobart you should take in some culture at either Mona; Tasmania’s Museum of Old and New Art or the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Visit the Lavender Fields

Visit Bridestowe Lavender Farm or Port Arthur Lavender Farm  and take the opportunity to walk among the lavender flowers. Both farms offer the opportunity to learn how lavender oil is extracted.

Walk among the lavender flowers at Bridestowe Lavender Farm.
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Walk among the lavender flowers at Bridestowe Lavender Farm.

Sample some delicious lavender flavored foods like lavender ice cream, lavender hot chocolate and even lavender tea.

Eating a lavender ice cream should definitely be on your list of must do activities in Tasmania!

Click HERE to download your FREE guide to the ‘Top 8 Foods to Try in Tassie!’

Spend a relaxing Saturday at the Markets

Visit the Salamanca Markets and spend a relaxing Saturday browsing through a wide range of Tasmanian Arts & Crafts. Visit the many food and beverage stalls and try some local Tasmanian produce.

Do a Cave Tour

At Hastings caves and thermal springs you can take a guided tour of the caves and learn about subterranean formations. When you are done, swim in the 28 degrees Celcius thermal pool.

Photo of Hastings Caves
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Hastings Caves

Swim in a Gorge

Only a 15 min walk from the centre of Launceston and you will find yourself at the spectacular Cataract Gorge.

The gorge has many activities on offer. You can; go for a swim, walk on a suspension bridge, have lunch at the cafe, go hiking, see the Duck Reach Power Station, admire the peacocks, have a picnic lunch, go on a chairlift.

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Drive up into the Clouds

Take the 21km drive to the summit of Mt Wellington which stands at 1271m and is known to often sit up above the clouds.

See Australia’s first operational coal mine

Visit the Coal Mines Historic Site  and learn about Australia’s first operational coal mine. From 1834 the mine was used as punishment for the worst criminals at Port Arthur.

Visit Australia's oldest coal mine to learn the history of using convicts to mine for coal.
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Visit Australia’s oldest coal mine to learn the history of using convicts to mine for coal.

If you are interested in the history of mining in Australia you should also visit the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre.

Eat some delicious Tassie Food

While in Tassie make sure you take the time to sample some of the local foods like these amazing Thai Fusion oysters on Bruny Island.

Click HERE to download your FREE guide to the ‘Top 8 Foods to Try in Tassie!’

Thai Fusion Oysters on Bruny Island

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