Wilderness Trail: Discover Untouched Wilderness
Tasmania’s wilderness areas occupy 20% of the state’s geography and paint a picture of sweeping countryside, dramatic snow-capped mountain ranges, lush national parks, vibrant harbours and protected World Heritage areas. There are many locations in the treacherous south west of Tasmania still untouched by mankind.
Wilderness adventurers discover glaciated landscapes, rocks from every geological period, flora and fauna not found anywhere else on the planet and ancient archaeological sites demonstrating Aboriginal occupation in Tasmania for more than 20,000 years. Tasmania is a stunning and energetic panorama of iconic mountains, lakes, bays, islands, rivers, valleys and plains.
History Trail: Discover Tasmania’s Dramatic History
Tasmania’s inhabited history began over 20,000 years ago when Aboriginal explorers migrated south from the mainland of Australia. After discovery by explorer Abel Tasman in 1642, Tasmania was settled and established as a penal colony by the British Empire. Between 1803 and 1853 nearly 75,000 prisoners were transported from the mother-land.
For many years, modern Tasmanians tried to forget about the state’s murky beginnings even though convict labour gave the state a significant economic and population kick-start. Sandstone ruins from this era are waiting to be explored at stunning sites like Port Arthur, Old Hobart Gaol, the Cascades Female Factory, Sarah Island, Richmond, and other locations across the state.
Antique Trail: Discover Tasmania’s Thriving Antique Halls
Tasmania’s passionate antique importers and second hand dealers provide a unique and colourful collection of local and international antiquities from many periods. In halls, shops and galleries across the state antique hunters find rare stamps, old coins, period jewellery, vintage crockery, silverware, collectibles, records, glassware and more.
Two antique auction houses are present in Launceston alongside a scattering of shops and halls across the north of the state. Hobart features antique appreciation societies while the town of New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley has the largest number of antique shops in the state. Leave your credit card in the car.
Market Trail: Discover Tasmania’s Vibrant Markets
Tasmania’s markets are a kaleidoscope of local and national craft, culture, produce and people. Wander through a Tasmanian market and discover the fruits of our labours: fresh food, handmade crafts and souvenirs, inspiring photography and fresh locally grown produce.
The Salamanca Market held every Saturday in Hobart is popular for local handicrafts, fresh food and produce, antiques, and souvenirs. Wander through Salamanca and experience the energy and culture of the Tasmanian people. Another popular market in Tasmania is the Penguin Market located in the northern town of Penguin. This market is the largest undercover market in Tasmania where more than 80 stalls sell handcrafted items, antiques, jewellery and locally grown produce.
Brewery Trail: Discover Tasmanian Beer
Tasmanian beer makers carefully transform the cleanest water in the world into the greatest beer in the world, using homegrown ingredients, secret recipes and extensive taste testing. Tasmanian beer is internationally recognised and would be served in every pub of the world, if we had it our way.
Brewing beer is an art in Tasmania. Master brewers combines age-old traditions with the latest technology to produce lagers, ales, ciders and other craft beers. Large scale breweries like Cascade (est. 1832) and Boags (est. 1883) produce legendary lager and ales while smaller micro-breweries provide Tasmania and the world with delightful craft and session beers.
Railway Trail: Discover Tasmania’s Heritage Railways
Tasmania’s early settlers established stunning steam railways to assist in the development of mining and timber industries. Nowadays, these networks tracks and steam engines have been lovingly restored to their former glory and visitors can explore wilderness, coastlines and historic places through guided rail journeys.
Tasmania’s West coast features the Abt railway, offering a narrated rail journey through stunning wilderness from Queenstown to Strahan. The Wee Georgie Wood Steam Railway, Ida Bay Railway and the Redwater Creek Steam Railway also offer picturesque rides in vintage coaches. Visiting one of these railways is a must for any rail enthusiast.
Whisky Trail: Discover Tasmanian Whisky
Tasmanian whisky is rapidly gaining recognition on the world stage, and according to the World Whisky Awards we turn the world’s purest water into… the world’s best whisky. In 2014, Tasmanian whisky distillers knocked the Scots off their perch to win the world #1 malt title.
Early European settlers first introduced whisky to Tasmanian and in 1822 the first distillery was established. Unsurprisingly, it soon became a thriving enterprise. Today, the Tasmanian whisky industry is driven by colourful and passionate drunks distillers. Visit them in our historic distilleries and learn about the unique stories behind every malt.
Cruise Trail: Discover Breathtaking Cruises and Waterways
Tasmanian rivers, harbours, channels and waterways are open doorways into our wilderness, natural scenery and wildlife. Step aboard a Tasmanian made eco-cruiser vessel and discover breathtaking natural and man-made scenery, ancient and modern history, whales, seals, penguins and other unique wildlife… all while enjoying Tasmanian produce or sipping on Tasmanian wine.
Half day or full day cruises depart daily the Hobart waterfront and visit southern natural attractions. Full day cruises depart from Strahan and visit Hell’s Gates, Sarah Island and the untouched Gordon River World Heritage area.