As well as being the state capital and the largest city on Tasmania, Hobart is also the second oldest city in Australia. Nestled at the foot of Mt Wellington on the shores of the Derwent River estuary, it enjoys a picturesque backdrop and Georgian and Victorian architecture. The historic waterfront provides the city’s hub with attractions including Salamanca Markets, the Cascade Brewery (Australia’s oldest) and the lookout from Mt Wellington. Discover the wild beauty of Bruny Island on a day trip.
Tasmania’s second city, Launceston is typically encountered at the beginning or the end of a journey around the island. The city lies at the heart of the state’s agricultural economy and also acts as gateway to the wineries, highlands and lakes of the north. Popular sights include Cataract Gorge – which spectacularly disgorges the Esk River into the centre of the city, the Tamar Island Wetlands and the Tamar Valley wineries. Attractions further afield include the beaches of the north and Narawntapu National Park.
One of Tasmania’s most famous landmarks, craggy Cradle Mountain casts an imposing shadow over peaceful Dove Lake and the untamed wilderness of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Forming part of the UNESCO World Heritage Tasmanian Wilderness Area, this is a utopia for lovers of the great outdoors. Serious walkers might like the challenge of the six-day Overland Track.
Freycinet National Park is a real highlight of any visit to Tasmania. Pretty Coles Bay is the park’s main gateway, from which trekkers and tourists voyage to discover a rugged, untouched landscape fringed by some of Australia’s most picturesque coastal scenery. Beautiful Wineglass Bay is the park’s most famous landmark, with its lovely beach often voted amongst the world’s best. The bay is accessed only by boat or a three-hour walk from the car park near Coles Bay.
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