When exploring Tasmania, a visit to the state’s south is a must. Not only does the capital city and surrounding region have a rich food and art culture, it is also home to some of the most impressive geological formations in the country.
On this three-day itinerary you will explore wild coastlines, walk in rugged mountains, discover unique art and dine on Tasmania’s finest produce.
Today we will be exploring the rugged beauty of the Tasman Peninsula. This incredible coastline is home to some of the tallest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, towering 300 metres above the water, along with some of Australia’s finest coastal walks. The region also highlights Tasmania's interesting and tumultuous convict history.
Leaving from Hobart, the first stop of the day is the Tessellated Pavement. Crafted by nature over thousands of years, the Tessellated Pavement is a natural wonder and named after its man-made tile-like appearance.
If you are an early riser, head to the Tessellated Pavement at sunrise to watch the colourful morning sky light up the rock pools in the pavement.
After exploring the pavement, drop into Cubed Espresso Bar to dose up on caffeine and enjoy the stunning view of Pirates Bay before heading to the incredible rock formations of the Tasman Arch, Blow Hole and Devils Kitchen. Easily accessible via a short walk from the car parks, The Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen are spectacular geological formations created through years of water and wind erosion. To explore more of the coastline, enjoy the walk to Waterfall Bay (around 60 minutes return).
Following your morning adventures, head to Port Arthur to discover the Port Arthur Historic Site and learn about Tasmania’s convict history. The Port Arthur Historic Site is the best-preserved convict settlement in Australia, and among the most significant convict era sites worldwide.
Alternatively, for those keen to explore more of the coast, jump onboard Pennicott Wilderness Journeys’ Tasman Island Cruise. The 3 hour cruise takes you around the coastline where you will discover sea cliffs, archways and deep-sea caves. Along the journey look out for an array of local wildlife including seals, sea birds and dolphins.
Head back to Hobart for the evening and enjoy dinner at Bar Wa Izakaya.
Today it is time to explore the city. Hobart is filled with wonderful museums and galleries along with some fabulous cafés, restaurants and bars.
Start the morning with a tasty breakfast from Room for a Pony in North Hobart before driving up kunanyi/Mt Wellington and enjoying the views over the city. On your way back down the mountain, stop off at The Springs to enjoy a coffee at Lost Freight Café and a walk to Sphinx Rock.
Back down at sea level, take a wander around the Salamanca boutiques and galleries. Stroll the historic streets of Battery Point, enjoy a pastry at Jackman & McRoss or lunch at Ti Ama.
In the afternoon, board the Mona Ferry from Brooke Street Pier and head out to MONA to explore the unique museum. Filled with weird and wonderful art, you’ll need at least two hours for this experience.
While you're waiting for the ferry back to Hobart Waterfront, enjoy a drink at the Void Bar.
Hit the road and enjoy the picturesque 90 minute drive to Mount Field National Park. Home to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Tasmania, Mount Field National Park is also the perfect place to experience Tasmania’s vast wilderness.
Begin your Mount Field journey with the gentle but scenic 10 minute walk to Russell Falls. Cascading over multiple tiers, Russell Falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Tasmania, and it won’t take you long to discover why… A little further along the trail and you will find Horseshoe Falls, another beautiful waterfall surrounded by lush green ferns. For those with a little extra energy, continue the walk to Lady Barron Falls to complete the Three Falls Circuit.
Back at the car park, head up the mountain toward Lake Dobson. Here you will find an alpine wonderland filled with day walks, mountain huts and, in winter, snow covered peaks. For those keen to fully explore the park, the Tarn Shelf Circuit is a great walking track and takes around 6 hours to complete (bushwalking experience recommended). Alternatively, enjoy a gentle 40 minute stroll around Lake Dobson via the Pandani Grove Circuit.
When visiting Mount Field be sure to rug up with warm and waterproof clothing. Conditions in the mountains can change rapidly, even in the summertime.
On your way back to Hobart, visit the pretty town of New Norfolk. Take some time to wander around the quaint stores, parks and antique shops. Patchwork Café and Black Swan are the perfect places to enjoy a coffee and a quick snack. For a longer, fine dining lunch experience, be sure to visit The Agrarian Kitchen. Featuring fresh, local produce and a menu that changes weekly, The Agrarian Kitchen is the perfect place to relax and reflect on your Mount Field experience.
Back in Hobart, stop and have a chat to the locals at Cool Wine while picking up a bottle of Jansz Tasmania sparkling for the road.
Got time for a trip up north? You can find our travel tips for North East Tasmania below.