14 of the Most Beautiful Places in Tasmania
Posted by Megan Osborne on Thursday, July 20, 2017
From breathtaking beaches to ancient forests, caves, and mountains, Tasmania has some of the most stunning sights in Australia. Add to that plenty of seclusion, endangered wildlife, and an abundance of national parks; you’ve got one seriously beautiful state.
So where are the best photo-ops, we hear you ask? We’ve rounded up the top 14 most beautiful places in Tasmania. Whether you’re a professional photographer or a travelling Instagrammer, these sights are sure to blow you away.
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
Regardless of which angle you spy it from; Wineglass Bay (Coles Bay) in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park is absolutely breathtaking. The unique coastline boasts white sand sheltered by pink granite mountains. There’s plenty of hiking opportunities to grab a lungful of fresh air and an eyeful of beautiful.
You can also check out the view from the air, or simply enjoy it at sea level with activities such as fishing, boating or kayaking. Some might even say it’s on the list of Australia’s best beaches, oh but wait, it is on our list! (Read our best beaches article here!)
Photo credit: @tscharke on Instagram
The Hazards, Freycinet National Park
While you’re basking in the beauty of Freycinet National Park, make sure you visit The Hazards. This chain of mountains is best viewed in Golden Hour (one hour prior to sunset), where the rock formations shimmer and glisten with sepia-toned lighting.
Photo credit: Stuart Fox for Tourism Tasmania
Cradle Mountain, also known as Lake St Claire National Park makes up part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Traverse the six-day overland track, or one of the shorter more leisurely walks through verdant rainforest. Take in historic Aboriginal sites, spot wildlife such as Tassie devils, quolls, platypus, echidnas and birds, and in spring and summer get your cameras out for blooming waratahs, orchids, banksias, hakeas and leatherwoods.
Photo credit: Graham Freeman for Tourism Australia
Eaglehawk Neck is a small town that plays host to the Port Arthur Historic Site, and the mesmerising geological phenomenon; the Tessellated Pavement. The unique geometric lines are created by rock fractures that have been eroded by water and sediment from the Tasman Sea.
Photo credit: @bjornbaklien on Instagram
Bay of Fires
Situated on the north east coast of Tasmania, between Binalong Bay and Eddystone Point is the Bay of Fires. From natural sea gardens to abundant bird and sea-life, the striking red rocks sit in stark contrast to deep blue water.
In 1773 British sea captain, Tobias Furneaux caught site of burning fires in the bush, set by the indigenous inhabitants. Naming the bay after the event, this now conservation reserve is a popular tourist spot – observed from either the ocean or shore.
Photo credit: Graham Freeman for Tourism Australia
Bridestowe Estate, Nabowla
Brave the tourists and be rewarded with a perfumed breath of fresh air. The Bridestowe Lavender Estate is home to mesmerising winding fields of vibrant purple flowers, the seeds of which were brought to Tasmania in 1921, sourced from the southern French Alps. Pick up plenty of soothing floral products, including the famous (especially on Instagram) Bobbie the Bear – trademarked to Bridestowe Estate with limited purchases allowed to ensure everyone can snuggle up to this scented soft toy.
Photo credit: Bridestowe Lavender Estate
The Tamar Valley is well known for gourmet produce and some fantastic cool-climate wines such as pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and even gewürztraminer. The endless sloping vineyards are pretty spectacular to behold – and that’s before putting on your wine goggles!
Photo credit: Joseph Chromy Wines Pty Ltd
Painted Cliffs, Maria Island
Maria Island is a secluded atoll off the east coast of Hobart, and while most of the year is super quiet, during the summer months tourists pour in to see the endangered wildlife. The entire island is a protected national park, meaning you’ll see lots of birdlife as well as wombats, kangaroos and wallabies. Maria Island (pronounced like Mariah Carey) is great for a day trip or an overnight stay, but make sure you get down to the beach to photograph the mesmerising Painted Cliffs. It may not be a vision of love, but it’s sure a spectacular sight regardless. And who knows, maybe all you want for Christmas is to visit?
Photo credit: Graham Michael Freeman for Maria Island Walk / Great Walks of Australia
Tulip Farm, Table Cape
Not just any floral farmland, the Tulip Farm at Table Cape is a pretty amazing cliff-top stretch along the Tasmanian coast. Pop by to experience the beauty of the tulip fields in full bloom, and stay for a Devonshire tea. It’s not just vibrant tulips growing though; you can also catch a glimpse of some gorgeous Dutch irises and fragrant lilies. Time your visit for October to catch the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival.
Photo credit: Table Cape Tulip Farm
The Neck, Bruny Island
Bruny Island is a short ferry trip from the mainland, and boasts one of Tasmania’s best beaches. I mean, would you look at that beauty? Bruny Island is home to an abundance of wildlife – particularly the bird variety. Watch the fairy penguins come in to nest, or climb the timber stairs to The Neck viewing platform to sear this stunning vista into your memory (card).
Photo credit: The Neck, Bruny Island. Andrew Wilson for Tourism Tasmania.
Mount Wellington, Hobart
Mount Wellington is 1270 metres high, and it’s the perfect place to overlook Hobart, the Derwent River and the Tasman Peninsula. Hobart is a pretty stunning city to spy from up-high, and as the sun sets is the perfect moment to capture the scene.
Photo credit: Tourism Australia
Southern Aurora Australis
You don’t need to travel to Scandinavia to experience the Aurora! In order to catch a glimpse of this solar phenomenon, head out of town away from city lights. The best place is debatable, but some suggestions are the South Arm Peninsula, Dodges Ferry and Cockle Creek. To the naked eye, you’re looking for white flashes of light, however if you’ve got the right equipment—we mean camera—then you want to shoot this with a long exposure to capture the greens and purples that occur. Hopefully you’ll shoot something that’s worth framing, but the experience alone should be pretty awe-inspiring.
Photo Credit: Yihan Yin from the Aurora Australis Tasmania Facebook Group.
Otherwise known as Sea Sparkles or Noctiluca, bioluminescent plankton is not location specific, but it is commonly found in Tasmania, especially southern Tasmania due to the urban pollution, agricultural runoff and aquaculture, combined with the slower water flow via Storm Bay and the Derwent. You’re more likely to spy this phenomenon in warmer nights when they glow almost fluorescently, but you can also see them during the day as a soft pink cloudiness to the water. Keep your eyes peeled on a calm sunny day post a recent heavy rain, and hopefully these sci-fi-esque beauties will be in full bloom!
Photo credit: Joanne Paquette
What better place to see something spectacular than at the Museum of Old and New Art? MONA has made a few controversial headlines since opening, but let’s be real—it’s an art gallery, so we think it’s doing what it’s meant to do!
Get excited and ready to be inspired by the huge amount of art on display, including plenty of immersive and interactive experiences.
Well worth a visit on your next trip, you shouldn’t be wondering about things to do in Tasmania when there’s this mind-expanding institution practically on Hobart’s doorstep.
Photo credit: Leigh Carmichael for MONA