- Discover Tasmania
Not as big or as old as Hobart, Launceston is still worth a visit. Again the city centre is compact and enjoyable to get around. There's a good museum, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, there's the Boags Brewery on William Street (again a very nice beer). A highlight of Launceston is Cataract Gorge. It's only a short walk from the city centre and you would normally only expect to see something like this in the wilderness. Take a walk along the gorge up to the suspension bridge or get the chairlift across the gorge.
Irish Murphys' (Brisbane Street), Royal on George (George Street).
Hotel Tasmania (Charles Street), Fish ‘N Chips (Seaport Boulevard)
If you like the outdoors, you will love Tassie. You will soon hear of the Overland Track in the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. The park itself is a world heritage area and is full of lakes (including Lake St Clair, Australias' deepest lake), gorges, big mountains, and vast wilderness. The Overland Track takes around a week at the most to complete. You will have to pay a fee at the Cradle Mountain visitors centre, and you will receive a map and some info on the walk. You would normally start your trek at Ronnie Creek. Summer is the best time to do the trek, although it can get quite crowded. There are huts along the way in which you can sleep but because of the crowds, you might be better off taking your own tent. At one point of the track there is an option of getting a ferry across a part of the Lake, saving you a 6 hour walk. This ferry is between Cradle Valley and Cynthia Bay. It's an incredibly popular walk but that doesn't mean that it isn't tough and you will feel proud of yourself when you have completed it.
Southwest National Park is the largest national park in Tassie, there are probably many undiscovered places in here. You might even spot the elusive Tasmanian Tiger, which is assumed to be extinct, but there have been reported sightings. The South Coast Track is less well known than the Overland Track but a lot more challenging. In fact do not even try this if you are not an experienced hiker. You will have to be flown into the starting point.
Try white water rafting on the Franklin River, if you dare. You can go on short rafting trips or raft the length of the river which could take up to two weeks, what an adventure!! This is in the west under Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair NP.
Check out the Bay of Fires in the Northeast of the state. The beaches are wondrous but stick to the lagoons for swimming as they're safer due to the dangerous rips in the sea.
Drive down the east coast to enjoy some fabulous beaches such as Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay.
An island off the coast of Victoria, the state of Tasmania is one quarter National Park. Tasmania is around the same size as Ireland, with a population of only 400,000, which makes it perfect to drive around and explore for yourself.. Not many backpackers make the effort to get to Tasmania and it's a shame. It's quite beautiful and there are not many places on the mainland that can match it. It's especially worthwhile if you can't make it over to New Zealand, as they are quite similar in places.
Tasmania has direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane into Hobart and Launceston.
The Spirit of Tasmania will bring you by sea from Melbourne to Davenport.
Getting a car and driving around the island is highly recommended. Tasmania is the size of Ireland but far less populated. Be careful of wildlife on the roads, especially at dusk.
You can also take the bus or get on a coach tour that will bring you to all best spots.