Tasmania – a state off the coast of Australia known for its wilderness and natural wonders. It is a place largely made up of protected parks and reserve, home to countless flora and fauna that you won’t get to see anywhere else. If you’re planning a trip to Australia anytime soon, this is the perfect first stop because it takes you away from the bustling city and to white-sandy beaches and azure waters. And you know what will make your Tasmania tour even more exciting? Making a road trip tour out of it! So here are some of the best places to visit on your campervan travel around Tasmania.
It’s going to feel like time stood still when you visit Hobart. This is one of Australia’s oldest cities, with 19th-century architecture still pretty much preserved in most of their sandstone buildings and the colonial mansions that can be found all over the city. You will see cottages, cafes, restaurants, and artist performance and studio spaces sprawled around the city. Then, towering over the Hobart, you will see Mount Wellington which stands 1,271 metres high. And through the heart of the city runs the River Derwent which empties at Storm Bay and ends in Tasman Sea.
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Take a solemn trip down Australia’s history as a penal colony in Port Arthur. Here, you will feel a mix of beauty, history, and a bit of sorrow. You will find the preserved 19th-century penitentiary and solitary confinement cells where convicts were subjected to mental and physical torture. Indeed, Port Arthur is where you will learn about the country’s violent history. Yet, it will also seem like an echo once you get to visit caves, flower farms, and more.
Out of all the stops in Tasmania, your visit to Coles Bay might be a little short since it’s a small town with few key places to see. However, this is where you will be able to see uninterrupted views of the red and pink granite peaks of The Hazards, located in Freycinet National Park. If you want to go kayaking, you can head on over to Honeymoon Bay, a place perfect for bird watching, snorkelling, and picnic dining too.
Freycinet National Park
From Coles Bay, you can easily drive to Freycinet National Park, one of the top places to visit in the whole of Australia. This is where the famed pink granite peaks of the mountain ranges of Mount Wellington is located, known as The Hazards. There is a trail that leads up to a lookout where you will be treated to a sweeping view of Wineglass Bay.
Located in the St. Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park, this is one of Tasmania’s most iconic destinations. This is perfect if you’re looking to trek since the 20 self-guided tracks here range from 20 minutes to almost a 9-hour climb. This where you’ll also the Overland Track, a hike that takes, at most, 6 days to finish and will take you to the best of the mountain’s terrain.
There’s still so much more of Tasmania to see. In fact, when you find a campervan hire in Tasmania, make sure you get to drive through the destinations in between the cities listed above. There are beaches, historic towns, and various dining options all ready for your visit.