10 Reasons to add Tasmania to your Australian Road Trip

Whenever people ask us ‘what was your favourite place in Australia?’ Tasmania is always one of the first places that comes to mind. With beautiful pristine beaches to the east, jagged green mountains and tranquil lakes to the west (a rarity in Australia), Tasmania can be easily travelled within a two week spell so it’s hard to overlook it.

Here are our top 10 reasons why we think you should visit Tasmania if you’re travelling around Australia.

The Wildlife

Echidna, Tasmania

You’re sure to find all of Australia’s strange marsupial creatures in Tasmania including the echidna, wombat, kangaroo, wallaby, platypus, possum, and many more.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain reflecting over Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair NP

Explore the numerous trails around Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair national park. Main attractions are the overland track, Cradle Mountain Summit Walk, Walls of Jerusalem and Lake St Clair itself (keep an eye out for the platypus). You may also get lucky like we did and see the endangered Spotted Quoll.

Bay of Fires

Bay of Fires, Tasmania

The contrast in colours here makes for a great photo. The red rocks, white sands and turquoise waters are a beautiful sight.

Freycinet National Park

Campsite at Hazards Beach, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

Make sure you do the Freycinet peninsula circuit. You will be rewarded with a private beach to yourself with water that has more shades of blue than you can name.

Wineglass Bay

Lookout at Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

I know it is a part of Freycinet but if you don’t have time to do the peninsula circuit then you have to at least hike the Wineglass Bay walk to see it in all its glory. You won’t regret it.

Maria Island

Tasmanian Devil, Tasmania

The best place to see the famous Tasmanian Devil. Sadly Devil numbers are rapidly decreasing mainly due to an infectious cancer and roadkill, it is feared that they will soon be extinct. A recent relocation of healthy Tasmanian devils to Maria Island has seen great results especially as there are no roads/motor vehicles on the island. Another reason to visit.

Port Arthur

The historic town of Port Arthur is Tasmania’s number one tourist attraction, a former prison built by the convict’s it housed. Prison tours start from $37AUDpp.

Tasman National Park

Lookout at Cape Raoul, Tasmania

Do not miss the not too strenuous 14km return hike to Cape Raoul. It leads through different terrain and finishes at these huge dolerite columns rising dramatically out of the ocean.


Meander through the sandstone streets and take a wander through Salamanca Place for the Saturday market. Take a look at the wacky and wonderful art exhibitions of MONA. Hobart has just the right blend of heritage and modern architecture and has plenty to offer for  everyone’s needs.

Bruny Island

View from the Neck, Bruny Island , Tasmania

Take the ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island. Prices starting from 33AUD per vehicle and free for all passengers. With boardwalks and viewing platforms it’s a great place to get up close to the little fairy penguins. You can also get 360° views of the island from the neck (a thin piece of land connecting north to south Bruny Island)

Do you agree with our list  or is there something you think we missed out? Let us know what you think or even tell us about your favourite place in Australia.

Jamie Richardson

3 Responses to “10 Reasons to add Tasmania to your Australian Road Trip

  • Absolutely gorgeous! I want to add this to my Australia/New Zealand trip… whenever that is.

    • SallyHoward
      2 years ago

      Definately worth it, it’s so beautiful. Hope you get out there soon!

  • Australia & New Zealand have been on our travel bucket list for some time now, being pushed back because of the awfully long flight from Europe for a rather short trip. One day (rather sooner than later) we definitely will go, and that trip will include Tasmania!

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