10 Tips for Visiting Tasmania

1. Don’t underestimate how much there is to see

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can see Tasmania in a few days. Yes the Island is comparatively small but there is a lot to see and explore.

Tasmania is made up of multiple regions including

  • North West
  • Launceston and the North
  • East Coast
  • Midlands
  • Hobart and the South
  • West Coast
  • Flinders and King Islands

Some regions are very remote, particularly the West Coast, and each region has its own special attractions that shouldn’t be missed.

Tasmania's rugged South West mountains

2. Hire a car

If you plan to get out and explore Tasmania you’re going to need some wheels. There is limited bus service to regional Tasmanian areas and passenger trains don’t exist.

A bend in the road on Tasmania's Great Eastern Drive

3. Book a tour

If driving is not your thing there are some great tours you can book, and if driving is your thing then book a tour anyway. They can give you an insider's taste of what lies within, and beyond, our cities and towns.

There are a few great tours covered on this blog

  • All Artisan Shopping tours
  • Roaring 40’s Kayaking
  • Tasmanian E-Bike Adventures
  • Weston Peony Farm

Visit the Discover Tasmania website for more ideas.

Wandering through peonies at Weston Farm

4. Call ahead if there are specific businesses you want to visit

Some businesses don’t operate year round. Tasmania only has a small population so businesses in regional areas, that rely on busy tourist seasons, will vary their trading hours or even close over certain periods - particularly winter.

If there is somewhere you really want to visit for lunch or dinner, a site you want to explore, or a shop you want to see then call ahead so you can plan your trip accordingly.

Tasmanian eggs for breakfast

5. Pack layers - even in summer

Tasmania has a cool, temperate climate. It can get hot in summer but usually only for short bursts. The weather can be unpredictable in any season so make sure you pack layers. Even on hot days the evenings will cool off considerably.

If hiking and outdoor adventures are your thing then make sure you find some credible advice about what you need to bring and be prepared for. There is information on the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service website.

Something else to note is the intense summer sun in Tasmania. It may not get as hot as other places in the world but the extremely high UV levels in summer mean your skin can get burnt easily. Make sure you bring or buy sunscreen and ensure you have a light shirt to cover up bear shoulders and arms if you’re exposed to sun for long periods.

on top of Mount Wellington kunanyi

6. Get out of town

Don’t fret if you can’t get accommodation right in the centre of town. Sometimes things book out but it can actually be a good thing. Making your base a little further out of the city means you can get a really good taste of the Tasmanian countryside. You’ll see some beautiful sights, meet some gorgeous locals, get a taste for what Tasmania is really like, and probably get spoilt rotten.

This is the exact experience I had staying 45 minutes out of Hobart at Stanton Bed and Breakfast.  

facade of Stanton bed and breakfast

7. Taste the local produce

There are so many cafes, restaurants, and markets that will ensure you only eat the freshest and best that Tasmania has to offer.

Tasmanian food
Quality Tasmanian pizza

There is a great selection of venues covered on this blog.

For more mouth watering inspiration check out #editas on instagram.

Also make sure you keep your eyes peeled if you’re driving around Tasmania in the summer months. Perhaps the most fun way to explore Tasmanian produce is to stop at roadside stalls or pick-your-own farm experiences. There’s nothing better than a freshly picked strawberry that’s still warm from the summer sun!

Fresh Tasmanian strawberries

8. Start planning early

Tasmania is a popular destination and things can book up. This is especially true in Hobart during peak summer periods, and when popular festivals and events are scheduled. Make sure that you book accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
 

9. Tasmanian Biosecurity

Tasmania has some of the strictest biosecurity (quarantine) rules in the world. The Biosecurity Tasmania website has detailed information if you’re unsure about what you can bring with you.

Tasmanian East Coast beach and dunes

10. Don’t try to pack too much in

It’s a common holiday dilemma - you want to see it all but you also want to feel refreshed and invigorated after your holiday.

Tasmania is known for it’s slower pace and lots of people visit to “get away from it all”. Make sure you leave yourself some time to breath in the world's cleanest air, wander through our renowned wild places with unique flora and fauna, and maybe refresh yourself and reset your mind with a skinny dip in our pristine waters. Have some fun and, above all, enjoy yourself.

boardwalk detail in Tasmania's wilderness
swimming Tasmania's dramatic coastline