Tasmania may be small but its appeal to travellers is mighty, and there has never been a better time to give into that temptation and see all the Apple Isle has to offer. Tourism is a lifeline for many of Tasmania’s most popular destinations; both its two biggest cities and some of its smallest regional communities. And the loss of travellers visiting, staying, eating and buying in the area is hitting local economies hard.
With travel now slowly opening for many Australians, the time has come to rally behind these communities and show your support. One of the most effective and rewarding ways to help is heading to these towns and spending time there – especially when you have the tips and advice of locals and past travellers to help guide your itineraries. While an overnight or even longer stay is ideal, even a day excursion to tackle a popular hike, wander an independent gallery or have a picnic plays a part in helping with regeneration efforts. Hone in on small or family-run businesses as you book accommodation, dine out, grab hot pies or pastries as on-the-go snacks, and shop for keepsakes to take home. Use Launceston as a springboard for sipping your way through the cellar doors of the Tamar Valley, or venture out from Hobart on trips to Bruny Island or Port Arthur. Strap on sturdy shoes for walks through Freycinet National Park, around Cradle Mountain, or up the Nut in Stanley.
To help get you thinking about where you might like to make your first trip in Tasmania, take a look at the shots below.
Check out the top Australia Day weekend stays:
Hobart & South East
- Places to keep in mind: Bruny Island, Cockle Creek, Port Arthur, Glenorchy
East Coast & Freycinet National Park
- Places to keep in mind: Wineglass Bay, Maria Island, Spring Bay, Swansea, Triabunna
Launceston & Tamar Valley
- Places to keep in mind: George Town, Beaconsfield, Grindelwald
Devonport & Cradle Mountain
- Places to keep in mind: Cradle Country, Central Coast, Deloraine, Latrobe
Stanley & North West
- Places to keep in mind: Cape Grim, Corinna, Circular Head, Burnie, Smithton
When to go & weather:
- High Season (December - January): Warmest weather, festival season and busy attractions
- Shoulder Seasons (February - April, October - November): Harvest time, great produce, busy school holiday periods
- Low Season (May - September): Cool temperatures, ski season & overall much quiter time of year
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