Photo: Salamanca Place, South West Tasmania. See Hobart Places to Visit
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You can find that on the East Coast of Tasmania there is wonderful scenery, nature at its best and wildest, great food and fine fishing. Amongst the many places to visit:
Explore Sullivans Cove and Salamanca Market. On Saturday mornings, there is a great market held here with fresh local produce, as well as books, places to eat and live music. More about Hobart Tasmania.
Take a cruise from Hobart to Peppermint Bay on the luxury high-speed catamaran for spectacular views of the city, surrounding mountains and the Channel. Enjoy lunch at the Peppermint Bay restaurant phone 6267 4088 for reservations (necessary). You can also drive there on the Channel Highway, about 30 minutes south of the city.
There are a number of vineyards close to the city. More about the Hobart Surrounds.
Off the south east coast of Tasmania, Bruny Island offers excellent nature walks, eco cruises and plenty of wildlife, including fur seals, penguins, wallabies and countless birds. Ferries depart from Kettering Daily, a small town just south of Hobart.
There is plenty to do, in fact you could spend a whole holiday just enjoying the island and the South Bruny National Park. Accommodation that allows you to enjoy the natural splendour of the island is available, from camp sites to luxury accommodation.
In the Channel District and the Huon Valley, you can experience waterways, wilderness and deep soaring forests. This compact region is known for beaches, its pioneering history, fishing, fruit orchards and wine vineyards, in many ways it encapsulates what Tasmania is really about.
At Geeveston, south of Hobart, is the gateway to the Hartz Mountains NP. The bulk of Tasmania’s apples are grown here, as are many other fruits. It was also an important centre for the state’s wood forestry industry till 1982. You can visit the Forest & Heritage Centre here to find out more about the region’s history and attractions, including the Hartz Mountains.
Further south: Dover is a centre for fishing, auqafarming, orchards and forest industries. Another forty minutes south attractions include the Hastings Cave State Reserves, with thermal springs and its caves more than tens of millions years old.
Another attraction is the Tahune Forest airwalk near Geeveston where you can walk in the treetops. You can even go hang-gliding if your feeling adventurous.
Another place to visit, east of Hobart and on the way to the Port Arthur Historic Site, is the Sorell Fruit Farm. You can pick cherries and berries in summer and autumn. They also have a good selection of fruit wines to try.
An important but tragic insight into Australian convict history can be found at the Port Arthur Historic Site. See more about the Tasmania’s Historic Sites.
Coalmines historic site, further along east from Port Arthur, is on the National Heritage List and worth visiting for its use of cheap convict labour and the very extreme conditions the prisoners had to endure.
The Hartz Mountains National Park offers fantastic views of mountaineous tree covered ranges all the way to the south coast of Tasmania. Declared part of the Wilderness World Heritage Area, this vast region has wet eucalypt forests, crystal clear waterfalls and rainforests in the valleys to alpine heath on the high mountain tops.
At the Tasman NP, there is the Tasman Coastal Trail. One of the great walks of Australia, it takes you along the cliffs on the coast to Fortescue Beach, then to Cape Hauy and Cape Pillar. This is for experienced walkers, you will need three to five days, as well as water, food, tents and warm wet weather gear.
Camp sites exist at Waterfall Bay, Bivouac Bay, Fortescue Bay, Wughalee Falls, Bare Knoll, and Perdition Ponds. Bookings are necessary for the Fortescue Bay Campground. There are a number of tour guide companies offering tours of the park.
At Maria Island NP you can spend days exploring this stunningly beautiful environment, the historic ruins, bays, mountains, beaches and coastal areas.
See more about the Tasmania National Parks.
Tasmania accommodations see: Australia Hotels.
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