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8 Top locations to visit in Tasmania this holiday season

Tasmania ranks as one of Australia’s favourite destinations for touring ‘Grey Nomads’. It is no wonder, with the vast array of rich heritage, beautiful countryside and pristine scenery. With open roads and hundreds of uniquely beautiful camping sites, a caravan or camping trip is a great way to immerse yourself in the Tasmanian way of life. For the more refined, there are thousands of accommodation options, from friendly cabin parks to boutique bed and breakfast like this one we built in the foothills of the Western Tiers.

We are hard pressed to pick the best destinations for you, but here is a start….

Strahan - One of three main centres on the remote West Coast of Tasmania, Strahan is a beautiful town, nestled amongst dense rainforest, and built around the Macquarie Harbour, home of the notorious convict station, Sarah Island. We highly recommend booking a seat on the Gordon River Cruise http://www.gordonrivercruises.com.au/ , for breathtaking scenery and a glimpse of Tasmanias convict history. Hold your seat when you get to Hells Gates…!

Hobart – A vibrant city packed with culture and history. Visit the bustling Salamanca Markets http://www.salamanca.com.au/ , a street market that is held every Saturday, just near the iconic Hobart wharfs. The market is a bringing together of Tasmania's unique culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers, and is a perfect way to experience the colours, tastes, sounds and smells of Tasmania!

Launceston – Tasmanias second largest city, built around the base of the Tamar River. Home of what is believed to be the longest single span chair lift in the world – buckle in if you dare and glide over the majestic Cataract Gorge and Basin. For a more low level look at the scenery you can book a seat on the cataract gorge boat tour http://www.cataractgorgecruises.com.au/ , and then follow up with a tour through the Boags Draught Brewery https://www.jamesboag.com.au/tours/ , established in 1881

East Coast – The scenic trip that you will never forget - From St Helens and the Bay of Fires, down through Bicheno, out to Coles Bay, through Swansea, and down to Triabunna and Orford. Camping sites, white beaches, lichen covered boulders, turquoise waters, clear air, fresh seafood…the list goes on. A short boat ride takes you to Maria Island , or you can tackle the walk to Wineglass Bay. Don’t fancy the walk? There are charter flights and boat cruises http://www.wineglassbaycruises.com/ if you rather😊

Stanley – Home of the iconic vertical shaft of rock known as the Nut, the remains of an ancient volcanic plug. There is a short sharp walk to the top, or the option of a chairlift. Once at the top there are a range of short walks with panoramic views across the Bass Strait. There is also a range of sea-life tours with seal and penguin viewing.

Port Arthur – The Port Arthur Historic Site http://www.portarthur.org.au/ is the best preserved convict settlement in Australia, and is world heritage listed. The stunning ruins transport you back through the centuries, and if you have the stomach for it you can book a ghost tour during the night hours. Not for the faint hearted…

King Island – Long know for its famous cheese and beef, King Island is now also home to two world class golf courses http://capewickham.com.au/ . The wild west coast shoreline with its rugged cliffs and blustery weather is the perfect setting for these inspirational courses. A short flight from Wynyard or Melbourne, King Island is the place to take of your watch, turn off your phone and forget about deadlines…nothing happens in a hurry!

Flinders Island – Pristine beaches, much like the East Coast beaches of mainland Tasmania, but far from the crowds and bustle. Flights are available from Bridport and Launceston. Pack plenty of supplies, as stock on the island is sometimes limited. The clear waters make this island a snorkelling paradise, and a fisherman’s heaven


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