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Must see in Tasmania: 10 places to visit

Tasmania is home to incredible landscapes, wildlife, taste and art. If you are a backpacker in Australia, here is a list of 10 places you must see: 

  1. Wineglass Bay beach and Hazard beach 

First of all, Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park is definitely THE place to go if you are travelling Tasmania. In fact, you will need 45 minutes to walk to get to the lookout and 30 minutes more to reach the beach. Most of the people stop there, but, Wineglass bay beach is nothing compared to the next one. Indeed, there is another paradisiac beach a few minutes away from Wineglass Beach: Hazard Beach. This place will make you feel special and the 4hours walk along the coast is stunning.

Wineglass Bay - Tasmania
Wineglass Bay – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Hazard Beach - Tasmania
Hazard Beach – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Coastal Walk - Freycinet Nat. Park - Tasmania
Coastal Walk – Freycinet Nat. Park – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
  1. Hike to the Cradle Mountain Summit

At the Cradle Mountain National Park, there are different options. First of all, the easy one: follow the walking path and stop at every lookout around Dove Lake. However, the harder option (way better in my opinion) will lead you on longer tracks, even to the summit if you choose the hardest path. But, take plenty of water and food, because these tracks could take you into an 8 to 10 hours trek. But, you won’t regret it! 

Cradle Mountain - Tasmania : CRedits : iamabackpacker
Cradle Mountain (1,545m)- Tasmania : Credits : iamabackpacker
Cradle Mountain - Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Cradle Mountain (Hansons Peak – 1,185m) – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
  1. MONA: the museum of experiences you won’t forget 

Accordingly to its owner, the Museum of Old and New Art is a ‘subversive adult Disneyland’. Also, Artworks are controversial, thought-provoking, quirky or even crazy. Whether you like them or not, they will definitely transport you into another world.

Artwork from German artist Julius Popp - Mona
Artwork from German artist Julius Popp, a waterfall that monitors the internet so that words popular on Google News cascade in the water / Credits : iamabackpacker
The Cloaca by Wim Delvove
The Cloaca by Wim Delvove – the machine mimic the actions of the human digestive system, from eating to producing faeces. / Credits : iamabackpacker
Christopher Townsend's sound installation tunnel
Christopher Townsend’s sound installation tunnel / Credits : iamabackpacker
  1. Salamanca Market in Hobart

The Salamanca Market is taking place in Hobart every Saturday from 9 is until 3 pm. And the atmosphere is very friendly. Walk from stand to stand, taste, try, smell, … Open your senses.

Credit : @salamancamarket
Credit : @salamancamarket
  1. Explore the remarkable cave at Port Arthur

The Remarkable Cave is a must to visit if you are around Port Arthur. On the way to the cave, you should stop at a different lookout and enjoy the coast. Then, when you get there, the main lookout is literally breathtaking. Finally, take the stairs to go down and explore the remarkable cave.

Remarkable Cave - Port Arthur - Tasmania
Remarkable Cave – Port Arthur – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
  1. Find the Tasmanian devil in the Tasman National Park

If you don’t have the time or don’t feel adventurous, you can go to a zoo. But, as I don’t like Zoo, I suggest you go to the Tasman National Park at the end of the afternoon and you will see plenty of Devils of Tasmania and even the pademelon. However, be patient they won’t come to you easily and most important don’t get too close, you really don’t want them to bite you.

Tasman National Park - Tasmania / credits : iamabackpacker
Tasman National Park – Tasmania / credits : iamabackpacker
Tasmanian Devil / Credits : by Ian Waldie
Tasmanian Devil / Credits : by Ian Waldie
  1.  Get the best coffee of Tassie with an amazing view 

Having a cup of the best coffee in Tasmania is perfect before visiting Eaglehawk Neck. More than enjoying a coffee, the Cubed Expresso Bar will offer you the best view ever on the bay. And don’t forget to try one of their wonderful handmade sweet and savoury treats.

the Cubed Expresso Bar
the Cubed Expresso Bar / Credits : iamabackpacker

Then, go to Tessellated Pavement (early morning or late afternoon, otherwise it’s crowded) which is a natural rock formation. Next, drive along the coast on Blowhole road and stop at any time to take great pictures of the beach. And finally, go to the Devils Kitchen for the Tasman Arch.

Tassellated Pavement - Eaglehawk - Tasmania
Tassellated Pavement – Eaglehawk – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Pirates Bay - Eaglehwak - Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Pirates Bay – Eaglehwak – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Stewarts Bay - Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Stewarts Bay – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
  1. Sleep at Friendly beach

If you like camping, Friendly Beach is the best place to camp in Tasmania. Firstly, it’s free (if you bought the National Park Pass, which gives you access to any National Park in TAS)! But, you have to come early to get a spot. And secondly, this campsite is literally 20 meters from the beach and full of wallabies. But the most exciting part if you wake up early in the morning, is to watch dolphins swimming along the beach.

Friendly Beach - Freycinet National Park - Tasmania : Credits : iamabackpacker
Friendly Beach – Freycinet National Park – Tasmania : Credits : iamabackpacker
Dolphins swimming at Friendly Beach - Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Dolphins swimming at Friendly Beach – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
  1. Mount Wellington: the best view on Hobart

About 45 minutes’ drive from Hobart, Mount Wellington will give you a terrific view of the city and more.

Mount Wellington - Tasmania
Mount Wellington – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
Mount Wellington - Tasmania
Mount Wellington – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker
  1. Get a view at night: South Arm

If you like taking pictures, you will love this part of Tasmania. Only 30 minutes from Hobart, this place offers a great view of the city at night.

Jetty at South Arm - Tasmania
Jetty at South Arm – Tasmania / Credits : iamabackpacker

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