The only island state of Australia is often compared to Corsica for us French as its landscape contrasts with the rest of the Australian continent. Tasmania is famous for its wilderness classed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and its unique flora and fauna.
In one week we had to make choices on where to go and places to visit and we have decided to explore the east coast from Launceston to Hobart.
We take you to the biggest island of Australia, the land of devils, snakes and penguins, put on your sneakers, we'll walk !
D1 | Launceston
To maximize our time we decided to land in Launceston and take off from Hobart. It takes approximately 1 hour 45 minutes of flight from Sydney.
We chose Virgin Airline for our trip, it was the best value for money if you have checked-in luggage.
Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania but it won't take long to visit it. Do not hesitate to walk along the Cataract Gorges, in the park surrounding the gorge, you can probably see small wallabies and peacocks.
Continue your walk on the sea front to the city port, to watch the sunset. We were lucky, the clouds gave us a great show.
Be careful, the restaurants close relatively early do not delay for dinner. On the recommendation of Lonely Planet, we stopped at the Pickled Evenings an Indian restaurant. It was a very good choice, the waiters are very nice, the food is very plentiful (no chance to take a dessert) and it's very good ! The only place we ate very well for a very fair price in Tasmania.
D2 | Binalong Bay
The next day we take the car to Binalong Bay (about 2 hours from Launceston).
Unfortunately the weather was not with us. More generally, be aware that the weather can change very quickly in Tasmania, plan a rain suit.
Once you arrived at the Bay of Fires, you can admire the famous fire-colored stones. Surprisingly, know that the color of the stones has nothing to do with the origin of the name of the bay ! Indeed it is the captain Tobias Furneaux who in 1773, arriving at the bay saw the fires ignited by the natives, who decided to name it this way.
In good weather, the contrast between the fire-colored rocks and the turquoise blue of the sea is striking.
If you don't know where to spend the night, stop at Scamander at the Santuary Holiday Park for a night in a luxury tent !
D3 | Bicheno & Freycinet National Park
For our third day, we head to Freycinet National Park.
Definitely one of our favorite day. The park is really beautiful and the various hikes will allow you to enjoy it to the fullest. Count 1h-1h30 for the shortest walk, up to 8h for the longest.
The park entrance is $24 if you come by car and $ 12 / person if you are by foot.
We chose the 4h30 to 5h hike, which makes a loop from Wineglass Bay to Hazard Beach, through the lookout that allows you to observe the famous beach crescent.
It took us 3h of walk, overall indicated time are wide.
On the first part to Wineglass Bay Beach, you will meet a few people, the second part to Hazard Beach is much less crowded.
If you are attentive, you will surely see some wallabies, but they know how to hide in the forest so keep your eyes open.
But these are not the only inhabitants of the park, snakes, including the famous tiger snakes are also present in the park ! Be careful where you put your feet!
After visiting the park, we head back to Bicheno to spend the evening. As for restaurants, choice is quite limited, have a picnic and go eat in front of the ocean. The best view for a dinner, right ?
We end this incredible day with a penguins watching tour where you can observe them in their natural habitat, an experience that is clearly worth doing.
To know more about this expedition, it's here 🙂 !
D4 | The Tasmanian peninsula
The road to the Tasmanian peninsula, located on the south-east of the island, offers many views of the cliffs: Tasman Arc, Devils Kitchen, Blow Hole... In the end they all look a little bit the same.
Take advantage of your presence in the peninsula to visit the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Tanarra, where you can meet John, his team and the famous Tasmanian devil !
The Unzoo is so called because it is not a zoo but rather a reserve where animals are free, there is no enclosure except for the Tasmanian devils.
This tour was very enriching, you will be able to see many birds, including eagles, feed the kangaroos and especially learn more about the history of Tasmanian devils and see some in real life! Be aware that it is almost impossible to observe them in the wild.
The Unzoo is worth a visit, away from the crowd, with a pleasant and passionate team, you will learn a lot about Tasmanian wildlife ($ 35 per person). One of our favorite of the trip.
D5 | Hobart
We finish our stay in Tasmania by the largest city of the island: Hobart.
Take your time to explore the city, walk around the harbour and stop for an ice cream at Van Diemens Land Creamery.
If (and only if) the weather is clear, climb up to the top of Mount Wellington, the view of the city and its surroundings is breathtaking and spectacular. At sunrise you will have beautiful colors.
Don't forget to bring your sweater (at least), you will lose about 10 degrees when reaching the top!
We didn't have the chance to do it, but be aware that it is possible to go down the mountain by mountain bike.
From Hobart, it is possible to take the ferry to Bruny Island to observe, among other things, the colonies of seals that live on the island. However, remember to check the weather and book your excursion in advance.
Tasmania is a really wild island, you'll probably be less out of touch than by certain regions of continental Australia, it remains nonetheless unique and rich in its fauna, it's worth the detour:).
Watch your driving: 100,000 animals are run over every year on Tasmanian roads...
It won't take you long to figure it out. Let's try to protect wildlife as much as possible, drive during the day, avoid sunrise and sunset and at night. Drive carefully and pay attention to the signs.
Do it for them 😉
- Freycinet National Park
- Penguin watching tour
- The visit of the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo
To find out more about our adventure in Tasmania:
* Penguin watching in Bicheno Tasmania
If you want to getaway from Sydney, find out more about our weekend aux Blue Mountains :
* A hiking weekend in the Blue Mountains
Feel free to ask us questions in the comments, we'll be delighted to answer