12 Top Tourist Attractions in Tasmania

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Russell Falls

Located in Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, the Russell Falls is one of the most spectacular attractions in the state. Formed by the falls, the day rate to be a tourist is eleven dollars, which is a steal for the views alone.

The falls are a huge waterfall, which is up to 40 meters high. The waterfalls can be viewed from below or with a walkway that follows the edge of the waterfall. The famous Tasmanian Devil is often sighted at Russell Falls.

The waterfall also makes the perfect location for a swim. Downstream, there is a pool and a private beach with a slide. This photo below was taken from Russell Falls Bus Information Centre about the history of the waterfall.

Rebecca Falls is another one of Tasmania’s most famous attractions. The name comes from a spectacular view of the waterfall, which is 120m high. The day rate is also eleven dollars.

This waterfall is part of the Valley of Falls National Park in the north-east of Tasmania. Rebecca Falls is surrounded by high rainfall mountains, which is why it falls so spectacularly.

Just outside of Hobart, there is a green area with wild kangaroos and wallabies. You can feed them and take photos.

Gorrie’s Creek Falls is one the best on what is a growing list of waterfall destinations.

Bruny Island

Bruny Island covers 92 km2 and is a popular place for tourists to visit with 740 visitors (both domestic and international) in July and August alone. It’s a well-known spot for diving and snorkelling. It’s also home to the world’s famous shipwreck, the SS France, which was wrecked 180 metres offshore in 1911.

Boat trips to the island include access to the wreck and a guided tour of the island’s diverse flora and fauna.

Visit the Bruny Island Golf Club (award-winning!) October…January.

Tasmanian Underground

The Tasmanian Underground is the world’s only legally protected underground wilderness.

Tasmania’s unique geological history means there are vast caverns, galleries and mines in a variety of locations across the state.

The resulting attractions range from refreshing underground pools to a broad range of caverns and mines.

The St John and Cardigan coal mine averages 50,000 visitors per year.

The underground adventure site Downhill Adventure Park (DAP) is located near the town of Mt Field National Park.

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Located in the south of Tasmania, this sanctuary is centred on the point of Bonorong, a famous landmark for divers in Jisgads. The sanctuary is home to many endangered animals, including the Tasmanian devil, the one-eyed laughing kookaburra, the Magenta Honeyeater, the northern species of the Bell Miner and the nationally endangered Tasmanian Grass Owl. The sanctuary is one of the few places that these species can survive in the wild.

Mole Creek Karst National Park

Castledale, Mole Creek:

Walking around in the bush is the best way to get an insight into how native Tasmanians lived. In the Mole Creek Karst National Park is an area of caves and springs, with an underground river system.

It’s one of the most spectacular tourist attractions in Tasmania. There are no hiking trails to follow, so just let your imagination fill in the scenery.

It’s located in the Mole Creek car park 50km northeast of Strahan.

Freycinet National Park

The Freycinet National Park is the second largest national park in an Australian State and it is Tasmania’s largest national park. There are plenty of adventures to be had here, and with the outstanding appeal of the Freycinet National Park, you are sure to enjoy your stay no matter what your interests are.

The central valley of the park is home to many species of bird, so bird lovers are going to love it here. The best time to come here is a day before low tide as this is when the penguins come into shore so you can get up close to them.

The Penguin Parade begins at 9:00 and lasts for about an hour where you can catch a glimpse of the Penguins that have made the long crossing in to be with their mates and breed for the season.

You can also see the nesting caves of the seabirds which are located in the scenic reserve which is open for tourists without the wildlife.

Visitors can tour the caves at their own pace. One of the caves is big enough for up to ten seabirds to nest at a time with various species of seabird ranging from the South Polar Skua to the Plumed Whistling Duck.

Cascades Female Factory Historic Site

The Cascades Female Factory Historic Site, located in Tasmania’s North Midlands region, has witnessed many changes over the past 160 years, and many that never change. This site was first established as a female factory in 1851, the same year the female factory at Maria Island was established.

The Female Factory opened at Cascades in 1884, with up to 1000 women, predominantly Chinese, working here as victims of the convict transportation system. History records that the Female Factory was attended to by up to 90% of the female population in the region in its peak years.

It was a law on the premise that no free man shall associate with a female slave and that all the children born in the Factory shall be the property of said factory. It was an ironic law, as children born outside the Factory, such as those on the farms of convicts not forced to live on the premises, were born free.

Cascades Female Factory became one of two Female Factories in Tasmania. It closed in 1982, and in 1988, it became a heritage site.

The Cascades Female Factory was built to house women who were brought in by contract from the China seas between 1834 and 1852, to help in the development of the communities, as the settlers felt that they were best suited to doing the hard and dirty work, and without the necessary skills.

MONA

Located in the capital of Tasmania, the only place in the world where you can visit all of the attractions of Mona Foma. It’s known as the “world’s largest art installation” and is home to over 150 sculptures, at least one for each day of the year. Each sculpture was created by a famous artist that lives in Australia.

MACQUARIE HARBOUR

Macquarie Harbour is home to a natural phenomenon known as the James Ross Bay tidal bore which occurs because of the tides of the Southern Ocean. It can reach up to 18 metres high and is the second strongest tidal bore in the world. It’s the perfect spot to witness this natural phenomenon.

WATERFALL WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

This is a sanctuary for Tasmanian devils, an endangered species, with one male and one female in residence. Recently, the female was introduced to a new male. This is part of a captive breeding program that aims to increase the number of Tasmanian devils in the wild.

SALTWATER RAIL

This was the world’s first attraction to be powered entirely by solar energy. It is operated by the Tasmania Gunns, a timber company. Instead of coal, the train runs on solar panels which is great for the environment.

Port Arthur Historic Site

A national park at the mouth of the Arthur River, Port Arthur has been preserved because it was once the convict settlement for Tasmania. It is accessible only by ferry from Hobart. Among the buildings are a prohibition theme park, a historical museum, and a gold mine.

Seal Bay

This tiny settlement has a glacier-influenced bay with deep water and saltwater pools perfect for snorkeling. In winter, the bay is home to the Emperor penguin.

Ayers Rock

The Aboriginal people of Australia believe that Ayers Rock was made by the great spirit, Uluru. More closely connected with the early days of Australia has been the creation of the monoliths known as the Uluru rock arrangements.

Nyora Riverside Walk

A hot springs, a rain forest, a river and a walk over a bridge make this walk a good choice. From the bridge, good views of King George Sound can be enjoyed.

Captain Bligh Point Lighthouse

This lighthouse is named after the famous British captain who journeyed to Tasmania in 1777. It’s one of the best lighthouses for long-range viewing of Bass Strait.

Seal Bay Conservation Area

This area has 80,000 acres of coastal wilderness for walking, horseback riding and fishing. This is also a good place to spot the Australian fur seal and the southern right whale.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Location: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is located on the east coast of Tasmania in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is located on the east coast of Tasmania in north-east Tasmania. This national park is open all year round.

Cradle Mountain, located at the highest point in Tasmania at 4609 feet, is a 200-square-kilometre region of wilderness, untouched by humans. The park has over 1300 lakes and 1.5 million hectares of unbroken wilderness. The park is home to the largest area of trail in Tasmania and is home to the famous Cradle Mountain Great Walk in the Mercury Track.

Notable feature: The Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park is distinctive for its landscape of granite mountain ranges, world heritage valleys, ice-sculptured lakes and snow-capped mountains. The park also features some of the best backcountry camping in Australia, which is guaranteed to be a wonderful experience for those who love the outdoors.

Shopping: The Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park has a variety of shopping huts on offer. Visitors can purchase a diversity of goods such as beverages, food accessories, maps and other souvenirs. The park’s huts are situated on the Way Way Bay and Cradle Mountain Roads.

Cataract Gorge Reserve

Tasmania Cataract Gorge is located in the middle of nowhere, 2 hours from Hobart in the Cradle Mountain. It is located near the junction of the Ten Mile and Clyde River valleys. What makes it special is that the gorge is a “living landscape”. The limestone walls of the gorge are covered with plants and trees, and some of their roots have grown right through the limestone. The result is a beautiful, vaulted roof of foliage. It is one of the most unique and beautiful places in Tasmania for sightseeing and exploring the natural beauty of the island. Early visitors watched in amazement at the glorious sight of the luminous rocks as cataracts cascaded into the valley below and rainbows sparkled in the distance.

The Cataract Gorge is a relatively easy walk and you can choose a variety of ways to get there. At the base of the Valley, you have the option of walking up a track to the waterfall, walking through thick and thin sand along the wooded Serpentine Track, or taking the shorter route to the Valley through the sandy Cradle Mountain Track.

Salamanca Market

The Salamanca market, is the largest open air market in Australia and one of the largest in the world – it was featured on a recent list of the World’s Best 40 Street Markets. With the 20-minute walk from the CBD, you can get a glimpse of the inner workings of the city from the comfort of one of the many nearby seating options.

The market began in 1881 as an initiative by the then mayor of Hobart to alleviate street congestion, remove animal waste and encourage healthy food habits in the city residents.

The market underwent a major revamp in 1992 and was named the world’s best open-air market.

Before making your way to the market, head to Salamanca Zoo. The zoo doesn’t have many animals in it as it focuses on the conservation of local wildlife.

You can spot more wildlife at the Salamanca Library, nearby the market. It is the largest public library, boasting a seating capacity of 2000.

Buy Australian souvenirs at Salamanca’s shopping malls – Salamanca Malls. It houses some of Australia’s biggest brands. Also known as the four elephants of Salamanca, it houses the largest Woolworths, Kmart, Citizens Bank and Coles (Australia’s largest supermarket) in the southern hemisphere.

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington

Mount Wellington is unique because if you look straight up, you will find more things to look at than you can possibly take in.

The only way to stand on the summit of the mountain is to actually climb around it. This is because the peak only marked with stones, known as “cairns,” and winding footpaths through the heather-covered mountain range.

Once you make it to the top, you’ll find a 360-degree view of the Australian wilderness. The view will take your breath away because you will see the entire state of Tasmania.

The easiest way to view the Lookout is to take a bus to the Mountain Inn Car Park. With the help of an experienced guide, you can then follow the winding path through the mountain to the top.

The hike up will take around 40 minutes and is a moderate hike. However, if you’re still feeling fresh, you can return the same way. The path is a little less steep, so you should be able to complete it in less than an hour.

Make sure to wear appropriate clothing for hiking, especially in the winter months when you may have to cross streams.