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Now's the Time to See Tasmania

By Viator, April 2016

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With its wind-whipped headlands, wild peaks and omnipresent wildlife, the remote island of Tasmania offers the perfect antidote to big-city life. Australia's smallest state no longer plays second fiddle to its mainland neighbors, and adventurous travelers will find a captivating mix of heritage sites, hiking trails and charming villages to explore. 

With the coolest climate of all Australia's states, Tasmania can be visited at any time of year given the right wardrobe. Head here in summer to hit the beach and enjoy Hobart's lively festival season, or visit in winter to see the landscapes dusted with snow. Whenever you plan to visit, there’s no time like the present to book your trip, and with the Australian dollar falling, US and European travelers have all the more reason to book soon and take advantage of the favorable exchange rates.

Ready to start planning? Here are five things not to miss: 

Take a day trip to Bruny Island
Less than an hour's trip south of Hobart, Bruny Island has long been the top summer retreat for city dwellers and an ideal choice for a day or multi-day trip. Spend time hiking, fishing or surfing along the coast; take in the views from the landmark Cape Bruny Lighthouse; and keep a look out for native wildlife like penguins, echidnas and cormorants.

Cruise the Gordon River
Escape the beaten track and set sail along the remote Gordon River for a real back-to-nature adventure. The 117-mile waterway winds through Tasmania’s UNESCO-listed wilderness, passing ancient rain forests, the former convict settlement of Sarah Island and natural landmarks like Hells Gates.

Explore Hobart
Tasmania's lively capital is an obvious home base, and there's plenty to see and do in Hobart. Admire the colonial buildings along Battery Point; visit the bustling weekend Salamanca Market; and explore the Maritime Museum before climbing neighboring Mt Wellington for a jaw-dropping ocean view.

Take in an Ultimate Winery Experience
Follow the advice of the Ultimate Winery Experiences of Australia (UWEA) and discover the secrets of Tasmanian wine at some of the island's most prestigious wineries. Combine fine Chardonnay with award-winning cuisine at Josef Chromy Wines in the Tamar Valley or mix wine tasting and modern art at the Moorilla Estate, just outside of Hobart.

See historic Port Arthur
Uncover the truth about Tasmania's convict history at the island's most-visited attraction, the UNESCO-listed Port Arthur. Explore the fascinating ruins and interactive exhibitions of the former convict settlement; take a cruise to the Isle of the Dead or brave a lantern-lit ghost tour of the notoriously haunted ruins.

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Bruny Island Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour from Hobart Including Guided Lighthouse Tour, Hobart, null
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Bruny Island Sightseeing and Gourmet Tour from Hobart Including Guided Lighthouse Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 244 Reviews

Discover everything that makes Bruny Island amazing with this Sightseeing, Food & Lighthouse Tour departing Hobart, including a scrumptious island lunch. ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.95
Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart, Hobart, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur Historic Site from Hobart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 110 Reviews

Explore the Tasman Peninsula from both land and sea on a full-day excursion from Hobart. See the Tasman Peninsula from the water on a three-hour wilderness ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $198.83
Gordon River Cruise from Strahan, Strahan, Day Trips
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Gordon River Cruise from Strahan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 591 Reviews

Glide past ancient rainforests aboard a morning or afternoon Gordon River Cruise from Strahan. With a choice of seating levels, departure time and duration, ...  Read more

Location: Strahan, Australia
Duration: 3.5 to 6 hours

From USD $95.59
Port Arthur Tour from Hobart, Hobart, Day Cruises
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Port Arthur Tour from Hobart

4.5 star rating: Recommended 179 Reviews

Do you enjoy historical tours? This full day tour from Hobart has been designed to allow as much time as possible to explore Port Arthur. Formerly a convict ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.95
Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart, Hobart, Day Trips
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Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 142 Reviews

Discover Tasmania’s Bruny Island on this full-day tour from Hobart. Feel the awesome power of the Southern Ocean on a three-hour coastal wilderness cruise ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $172.07
Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Southwest National Park by Air with Bush Walk and Harbor Cruise, ... 
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Tasmania Wilderness Experience: Southwest National Park by Air with Bush Walk and Harbor Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Fly to Southwest National Park, Tasmania’s largest national park, and discover the beauty of this Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Enjoy views of ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $302.08
Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston, Launceston, Air Tours
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Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston

4.5 star rating: Recommended 52 Reviews

Awaken your senses to the magnificent splendour that is Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park on this full-day tour from Launceston.

Location: Launceston, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.83
Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission, Hobart, Nature & Wildlife
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Hobart City Sightseeing Tour Including MONA Admission

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Combine a Hobart city sightseeing tour with a Derwent River cruise and visit to Australia’s newest and most controversial art museum, MONA, the Museum of Old ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $82.59
Tasmania Super Saver: Hobart Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour plus Port Arthur Tour, Hobart, City Tours
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Tasmania Super Saver: Hobart Sightseeing Coach Tram Tour plus Port Arthur Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 Reviews

Over two days, enjoy a half-day tour of Hobart’s major city-center attractions, plus a full-day walking tour of Port Arthur! Ideal for first-time visitors to ...  Read more

Location: Hobart, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $106.45
Josef Chromy Wines Winery Tour Including Tasting and Lunch, Launceston, Super Savers
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Josef Chromy Wines Winery Tour Including Tasting and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy a winery tour, tasting and lunch at Josef Chromy Wines, a state-of-the-art winery located near Launceston. Surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens ...  Read more

Location: Launceston, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $107.06

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