A state of it's own, Tasmania is often known as the "Apple Isle". Situated across the dangerous Bass Strait, Tassie enjoys a cool climate and sparse population. Much of the state is dense wilderness and is therefore popular with naturalists.
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Being another island, Tasmania has a charm all of its own. There are no deserts or sunburnt plains, it is in fact covered with mountains, streams, rivers, forests and swamps. Enjoying a small population for its size, more than 25% of the island is protected by National Parks and reserves. World Heritage areas take up one fifth of the island in a region stretching from Cradle Mountain in the north to South West Cape and the island beyond. This area contains pristine wilderness, raging rivers and more than 1000 km of walking trails. It is the most wooded and rugged state with much of the southwest still unexplored. With very few roads, Tasmania remains a naturalists delight.

For scuba divers that can brave the cold Tasmania's water are full of fascinating marine creatures. Deep water sponge gardens are plentiful and much more colourful than any coral reef. Kelp forests, caves, pinnacles and shipwrecks make diving Tassie memorable. Encounters with dolphins, seals, whales and penguins are also highly likely, so the fact that the cold diving conditions keep people away is infact a blessing for nature.

Separated from mainland Australia by the treacherous Bass Strait visitors come either by plane or ferry. Two vehicle ferries operate from Melbourne to Devonport daily which is a great way to continue your self-sufficient tour of Australia.

Devonport sits on the northcoast of Tasmania, with Hobart the state's capital on the lower south-east coast on the Derwent River. The trip south along the east coast is delightful through rolling rich green farmland before reaching the rugged mountains around Hobart.

4WD highlights include Bruny Island, just 35km from Hobart; the St Helens - Launceston loop in the North East taking in Mt William National Park and Bay of Fires; the World Heritage wilderness area around the Franklin Gordon Wild Rivers NP and Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair; and the Lake Pedder region on Gordon River Rd.

Much of the interior is high country, with rocky mountains and large snow fields. Snow is guaranteed during winter and occasionally during summer. Many unique plants and animals survive on the island due to its isolation including the Huon Pine, one of the world's best timbers; the leatherwood tree that results in leatherwood honey; and the now extinct Tasmanian tiger.

Walls of Jerusalem NP is a sub-alpine wilderness where 5 steep mountain peaks form a natural amphitheatre. Mount Field NP 75km west of Hobart also contains glacier lakes, alpine moorlands and rainforests. Freycinet NP 60km from Swansea on the east coast has mountains, wetlands, lagoons, beaches and rocky shores that are home to a diversity of wildlife and is popular with bushwalkers, and scuba divers. Bicheno is the favourite scuba diving site with kelp gardens and inquisitive seals that love to swim alongside divers. Bicheno is a small holiday and fishing town on the east coast. Known as the Sun Coast this area boasts the warmest climate and the most sunshine in Tassie. The surrounding area is marked by virgin beaches, granite headlands and scattered islands.

Tasmania's historical significance is well preserved with many stone buildings, ruins and memoirs of our early convict beginnings that began with just 49 settlers in 1803. You'll notice the distinct English charm of many of these rural areas with apple crops, potato farming and beautiful cottage gardens.

Tourism contributes greatly to Tasmania's economy. The natural beauty of the island is astounding. Visitors can explore remote wilderness areas, raft the wild rivers, ski the highlands, tour the historic ruins at Port Arthur, visit museums and art galleries, fish for trout, observe native wildlife, take a scenic flight or enjoy local crafts.

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Arthur River to CorinnaArthur River to Corinna
This 2WD trek, also known as the Western Explorer, will offer plenty of attractions, side trips and driving challenges as you journey from Arthur River to Corinna. A good majority of this trek will take you through the tranquil and protected Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area before reaching Corinna - a town surrounded by thousands of hectares of pristine Tarkine wilderness.[Feature Story]
Bay of FiresBay of Fires
Bay of Fires is a conservation area in the northeast cost of Tasmania, situated between Policemans Point and Binalong Bay. It is fast becoming one of Tasmania’s hotspot tourist destinations - having being dubbed the world's best emerging destination for 2009.
Bruny IslandBruny Island
Bruny Island lies off the east coast of Tasmania and is accessible by vehicular ferry from Kettering - 33km south of Hobart. This trek features many attractions including: Cape Bruny Lighthouse, Historic Adventure Bay, Fairy Penguins at the ‘The Neck’, and much more.
Climes TrackClimes Track
The Climes Track provides a unique opportunity to drive the wild coastline of Tasmania's west coast between Granville Harbour and Trial Harbour, avoiding a long inland detour on bitumen roads. The Climes Track is 4WD only.
Devonport to Cradle ValleyDevonport to Cradle Valley
This trek takes you on the wonderful ‘Treasure Trail’ - a diverse region of charming old towns, farmlands, forests and World Heritage Area wilderness, and welcoming people of Tasmania.
Freycinet National ParkFreycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park is part of the Freycinet Peninsula featuring everything paradise is made of. Majestic lush forests, pink-tinged granite cliffs, tranquil white beaches and peaceful walking trails are just some of the things to see and do. This trek takes in attractions such as Cape Tourville, Bluestone Bay, and Friendly Beaches to name a few.
Montezuma Falls and Ring RiverMontezuma Falls and Ring River
The magnificant Montezuma Falls lies deep in state forest between Zeehan and Roseberry with many rivers and creeks to cross along the way. It is a delightful place to visit both for the excitement of the journey and for the experience of seeing Tasmania's highest fall up close.
Sandy Cape TrackSandy Cape Track
The legendary Sandy Cape is one of those inhospitable places that most people only hear about. Similar to the challenges akin to treks such as the Canning Stock Route or Cape York, Sandy Cape is Tasmania’s extreme 4WD destination.
Sarah Anne and Couta RocksSarah Anne and Couta Rocks
Set amongst colourful coastal scenery, buttongrass moorlands and small communities of fishing shacks semi-sheltered from the untamed seas - lies the magnificent Sarah Anne Rocks. This trek, which is roughly 13kms south from Arthur River takes in Sarah Anne and Couta Rocks.
Strahan to Wynyard via Murchison HwyStrahan to Wynyard via Murchison Hwy
The Murchison Highway is a sealed road in Tasmania’s northwest that starts at Rayna and heads north to the town of Somerset on the coast. This trek passes through many old mining towns such as Zeehan and Rosebery, while offering spectacular mountain scenery, cool thick forests and gentle plateaus.
Zeehan Spray TunnelZeehan Spray Tunnel
A short one-way loop track out of Zeehan that takes in some history and is a bit of fun for everyone. This is only a 30 minute return trip but is well worth it if you are passing through Zeehan enroute to the nearby 4WD Montezuma Track.

Go to top Tasmania Weather & Climate

Closest Weather Station

Hobart at 28/11:00am EDT
Distance from Hobart 0.84km S
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Hobart (Ellerslie Road)
Distance from Hobart 0.84km S
Mean Max. °C21.721.720.117.314.412.011.713.
Mean Min. °C11.912.
Mean Rain mm47.340.


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