Hobart is the capital of the state of Tasmania and is the second oldest city in Australia after Sydney. Port facilities, jetties and warehouses testify to the city’s strong connection to the sea. Tasmania’s history is illustrated at Van Diemen’s Land Memorial Folk Museum, the Maritime Museum (website: www.maritimetas.org ) and the Allport Library. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery is worth seeing (Internet: www.tmag.tas.gov.au ). See other countries in Oceania on eningbo.
Tasmania’s unique wildlife can be admired in 17 national parks, including the world’s last temperate rainforest (website: www.parks.tas.gov.au ). The most famous national parks include Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair Park, famous for the Overland Track Walk, Mole Creek Karst with its colorful rock formations in King Solomon’s Cave, Freycinet Park on Tasmania’s east coast, the Aspestos Range in the North, Southwest and Walls of Jerusalem Parks. Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers Park has a variety of hiking trails, campgrounds and scenic views.
The most important sights of the island, located south-east of Tasmania, include the Cape Bruny Lighthouse, the two sandy beaches of Adventure Bay and Cloudy Bay and the South Bruny National Park, which is home to numerous albino wallabies (Internet: www.brunyisland.org.au ). The north of the island is a popular sailing area. Bruny Island Premium Wines in Lunawanna is Australia’s southernmost winery. Bruny Island is a few minutes by ferry from Kettering.
The waters around Tasmania are world-renowned sailing grounds. The port cities of Launceston and Hobart and the offshore islands are popular destinations for sailors. Tasmania’s south-west coast is best explored from Strahan.
Horseshoe and Russell Falls
About 70 km northwest of Hobart in Mount Field National Park, the scenic Horseshoe Falls draw many visitors. Just 100m away are the 45 tall cascades of Russell Falls, which are arguably the most photographed falls in Australia.
The former convict colony has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From 1833 to 1877, criminals were imprisoned here. Today the prison is a popular tourist destination. There is an exhibition where visitors can learn about the convicts of yesteryear (website: www.portarthur.com.au ).
Australia’s best-known long-distance hiking trail runs across Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park from Cradle Mountain in the north of the park to Lake St. Clair at the southern end. You should plan 5-7 days for the approximately 80 km long route, prior registration is required (Internet: www.overlandtrack.com.au ).
Tasmanian Transport Museum
In Glenorchy, a suburb of Hobart, you can admire all kinds of historic vehicles in the railway museum. Run by volunteers, the museum is open on weekends and bank holidays, and offers regular rides on the ancient trains (website: www.railtasmania.com ).
Shelter for devils
At Devils @ Cradle Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary at the foot of Cradle Mountain, you can see the infamous Tasmanian devil in its natural habitat on day and night feeding tours (website: www.devilsatcradle.com ).
Freycinet National Park
Tasmania’s oldest national park is located on the east coast of Tasmania. With its rolling hills, rugged granite cliffs and colorful wildflowers, it attracts numerous nature lovers every year. A Bennett wallaby can also often be seen here. The special highlight of the park is the picturesque Wineglass Bay with its white sandy beaches.
The 37 m high Tahune AirWalk leads straight through the treetops (Internet: adventureforests.com.au ). You can extend the hike to an approximately one-hour loop trail, where you have a fantastic view of the Huon River and Picton River valleys from two suspension bridges.
Hastings Caves State Reserve
Hastings Caves State Reserve is home to Australia’s largest open dolomite caves. All kinds of grotesquely shaped stalagmites and stalactites await visitors to the spacious and well-lit stalactite caves. Natural hot springs feed a tree-and-fern-lined pool at the visitor center, where you can swim in a comfortable 28°C water temperature.
Naturally created attractions such as the Blowhole and Tasmans Arch as well as stunning coastal scenery await visitors to the Tasman Peninsula. Eaglehawk Neck offers incredible views of Pirates Bay. Tasmanian devils can be seen at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park (website: www.tasmaniandevilpark.com ). Cape Roaul, Roaring Beach and Shipstern Bluff offer ideal conditions for surfers.
Launceston, Tasmania’s second largest city, has all the nostalgia of an old English colonial town. Excursions in the area, e.g. B. to the gorge Catarac Gorge (website: www.launcestoncataractgorge.com.au ) and the wildlife sanctuary Launceston Wildlife Reserve, offer themselves. The historic town of Evandale is nearby.
West of the city of Hobart is the 1270 m high Mount Wellington with secluded hiking trails and picnic areas. The viewing platform at the summit (approx. 20 km by car) offers a magnificent panoramic view of Hobart, the suburbs, the Derwent Estuary and Storm Bay.
The Ben Lomond mountain range near Launceston is Tasmania’s largest ski area (website: www.skibenlomond.com.au ). The Creek Inn is also located here – the highest pub in Tasmania. During the summer months, numerous well-developed hiking trails invite you to take a tour. There are also some ski slopes on Mount Mawson.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Tasmanian and Aboriginal art can be seen at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery in Launceston (website: www.qvmag.tas.gov.au ). In the permanent exhibition Tasmanian Connections you can learn all sorts of interesting facts about the history of Tasmania, this includes an impressive dinosaur exhibition.
The six-day international motorsport festival attracts numerous visitors every year. The 2,000 km long route leads across Tasmania on paved roads. Spectators can follow the sports and touring car races from designated observation points (Internet: www.targa.com.au ).