Tasmania Holidays

Experience wild and rugged landscapes, breathe in the cleanest air in the world, bathe on pristine secluded beaches, drive past rolling hills and alongside untamed rivers, visit historic towns and sample an abundance of great wine and culinary delights. No matter where you go in Tasmania, you'll be delighted by what you find.

Tasmania may only be 150 miles away from mainland Australia but it is a whole world apart. It has glacial lakes, lush green valleys, undeveloped coastlines and amazing mountains, not dissimilar to New Zealand, there are also faint echoes of England with old fashioned B&Bs, fish and chip suppers and delicious cream teas.

It's also Australia's smallest state and for visitors the compact nature of the island is a great advantage. With good roads and few cars, it's possible to drive from one end of the island to the other in a single day. However, with a unique wilderness, historic convict sites, national parks featuring a diversity of habitats and ecosystems, and iconic places such as Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay all to discover, you'll definitely want to stay longer than just a day!

Most Tasmanian adventures begin in Hobart, the small capital city, which sits at the foot of Mount Wellington and combines 19th century heritage, charm and a modern lifestyle in an exceptional setting. Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city and a vibrant hub for food and wine. Located at the head of the picturesque Tamar Valley there are many captivating attractions to experience and enjoy.

From Hobart, discover Bruny Island's wildlife and walking trails, or drive the East Coast Escape to the perfectly shaped Wineglass Bay in spectacular Freycinet National Park. Launceston is your base for the Overland Track through Cradle-Mountain-Lake-St Clair National Park and the untamed rivers and rapids of the west coast.

Also not to be missed is the well-preserved Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia's most intact and evocative convict sites; the family seaside town of Bicheno; St Helens on the north east coast, which is within easy reach of some incredible beaches; or the harbourside village of Strahan, the gateway to World Heritage listed Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Why visit Tasmania?
  • Wild and dramatic landscapes
  • Empty white beaches
  • Heavenly food and wine
  • Superb national parks
  • Historic convict sites
  • Charming cities
Essential facts about Tasmania
Local Time

GMT +10 hours.

Currency

Australian Dollar

Travel information

Hobart is approximately 22 hours from the UK (including two stopovers).

Best time to go

Tasmania is a year round destination, although the weather is notoriously changeable. There are four distinct seasons with December to March being the warmest months with average temperatures between 17-23ºC, while winter temperatures are usually around 3-11ºC. Rainfall varies dramatically across the island with an average of 626mm in Hobart while the west coast has an annual average of 2400mm.

Visa information

British Passport Holders require a visa to enter Australia. This is called an eVisitor and is an authority to visit Australia for tourism purposes for a maximum of 3 months. eVisitor can only be processed online.

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Unmissable Experiences in Tasmania
Tamar River & Cataract Gorge Cruise excursion
Tamar River & Cataract Gorge Cruise

This 50 minute cruise passes historical Kings Wharf, Seaport and Launceston's riverfront precinct. Then, cruise into spectacular Cataract Gorge for unobstructed views of the sheer cliffs. Available daily from Launceston (excluding 25 Dec).

From £19

Hobart City Tour excursion
Hobart City Tour

A 3 hour tour with commentary of 40 historical sites and attractions. Stops include Anglesea Barracks, Cascade Brewery Gardens, Rosny Hill Lookout, Female Factory and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Available daily from Hobart (excl 25 Dec). Minimum age 4.

From £34

Port Arthur excursion
Port Arthur

Join a guided introductory tour around Port Arthur before ample free time to explore this fascinating and historically significant site. Stops also include Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen. Available daily (except Saturday) from Hobart (excluding 25 Dec). Minimum age 4.

From £87

Dine with the Devil Tour excursion
Dine with the Devil Tour

Experience amazing animals and a guided walk at the Devils@Cradle Sanctuary whilst feasting on some Tasmanian produce. Available daily from Cradle Mountain (excl Apr-Oct & 25 Dec). Minimum age 17. Includes cheese & meats platter with drinks.

From £88

Bay of Fires excursion
Bay of Fires

This full day small group tour takes you to Binalong Bay, also known as the Bay of Fires. Highlights include Bridestowe Lavender Farm, a picnic lunch on the beach (own expense) and cheese and oyster tasting. Available daily from Launceston (excluding 25 Dec). Minimum age 4.

From £95

Wineglass Bay Cruise Vista (inc lunch) excursion
Wineglass Bay Cruise Vista (inc lunch)

Discover Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet National Park on a four hour eco cruise. Enjoy stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and enjoy a Tasmanian seasonal grazing platter served at anchor in Wineglass Bay. Available daily from Coles Bay (excluding 25 Dec). Minimum age 4

From £95

Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse (inc lunch) excursion
Bruny Island Food, Sightseeing & Lighthouse (inc lunch)

Drive to Kettering for the ferry to Bruny Island for a day of exploration and delicious local produce. Highlights include the Neck Wildlife Zone, Adventure Bay, South Bruny National Park and Cape Bruny Lighthouse. Available daily from Hobart (excluding 25 Dec). Minimum age 5.

From £99

Queenstown Explorer - Heritage Carriage excursion
Queenstown Explorer - Heritage Carriage

A full day steam journey travelling the steep grades of the rack and pinion that the West Coast Wilderness Railway is renowned for. The King River gorge, old growth rainforest and time in Queenstown complete the experience. Available on selected days from Strahan.

From £118