Hobart located on the mouth of the Derwent River, is the capital and the main gateway to this stunning island, with its own unique blend of heritage, arts and lifestyle all captured in this small city. Explore the converted colonial warehouses of Salamanca, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or a short ferry ride takes you to Mona, one of the world's largest private collections of art and antiquities.
From here take a day cruise on pristine waters to Bruny Island for spectacular landscapes, incredible wildlife and delicious artisan produce or tour Port Arthur Historic Site, Australia's most intact and evocative convict site comprising more than 30 buildings, ruins and restored period homes, dating from the prison's establishment in 1830 until its closure in 1877.
Launceston, with historic streetscapes and Cataract Gorge just a few minutes' walk from the city centre, is surrounded by rich farmland and premier wineries. A 2.5 hour drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park with its ancient rainforests and alpine heaths is part of The Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. Take one of the many walks through the ever-changing vegetation around Dove Lake or Lake St Clair to gain a full appreciation of the magic of this area.
Freycinet National Park on the island's east coast, is a peninsula of pink granite mountains, pure white sandy beaches, secluded bays, coastal dunes and dry eucalypt forests. The park is famous for the most photographed views of Wineglass Bay with pure clear turquoise waters that are perfect for sea kayaking, swimming and scuba diving. Take one of the many short walks leading to white sandy beaches, secluded bays or the short trek to Wineglass Bay lookout — well worth it for the magnificent view of the beautifully curved beach.