Tasmania has so many diverse and stunning national parks on an island that is only a two hour drive from top to bottom. This is a nature lover’s paradise, where the ones who slow down to experience its breathtaking landscapes, will be the ones who reap the biggest rewards.
Here’s a glimpse at what Tasmania’s wilderness has to offer!
Cradle Mountain National Park
One of Australia’s most famous national parks (and for good reason), the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is a must do on a Tasmanian visit. Located in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain is renowned for its stunning variety of landscapes and wildlife.
Wander through moss-covered rainforests, climb its recognizable snow-covered mountain peaks, and stroll alongside its glacial lakes and through its river gorges. It’s a real treat to explore its many walking trails no matter the season you visit. Keep your eyes peeled for Tasmanian devils, wombats, echidnas, quolls and so much more.
Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay
Secluded bays filled with white sand and pristine water. Towering pink, granite peaks. Sleepy coastal towns and bird-filled lagoons. The Freycinet National Park is home to many beautiful coastal walking trails that have made the region world famous.
From Coles Bay in the North to the iconic Wineglass Bay in the South (which is the magical jewel of the region), Freycinet National Park is the perfect place to become lost in the peaceful tranquillity of Tasmania’s East Coast.
Bay of Fires
This 50km stretch of the East Coast is famous for its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and orange lichen-cloaked boulders that can be discovered on the award-winning Bay of Fires Walk.
Take your time to indulge in the many bays and beaches of this area, with a dip in its cool ocean waters and a sunrise viewing to watch its colours light up with the day. The Bay of Fires is an exciting location fit for exploration and relaxation.
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Just as impressive as Tasmania’s East Coast is the wild landscape of the West. Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers is a destination full of surging rivers, dramatic mountain peaks and overgrown vegetation that deserves your attention.
The rugged terrain can be explored via a number of rainforest walks, or try a river cruise to float amongst the lush, forested area.
A tranquil island located on Tasmania’s East Coast, Maria is known for its sandy beaches overshadowed by impressive sandstone cliff sides carved out by the elements. Many walking trails will net youself fantastic views of the coastline, where the oceans contain diving birds and even whale migrations.
Make sure to wait for low tide so you can explore Maria’s most remarkable spectacle, the Painted Cliffs, where the power of the Southern Ocean is shown off in all its might.
Tasman National Park
Tasman National Park is an easy trip from Hobart, where the towering forests are met by the spectacular sea cliff formations of the Tasman Peninsula.
Whether viewing its stunning dolerite spires via the many award winning coastal walks, a relaxing ocean cruise, or from high above in a seaplane, enjoy witnessing the dramatic landscape that collides with the cool Southern Ocean waters.
Mount Field National Park
Known as ‘the park for all seasons’ this national park is full of stunning natural sites that shine any time of the year. Witness serene waterfalls, such as the iconic three-tiered Russell Falls, passing some of the world’s tallest eucalypt forests amongst the glaciated landscape.
Expect a range of beautiful colours depending on when you visit. Whether it’s the glistening white snow in the Winter, or the red and gold leaves of Autumn, the flora and fauna shine in what is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks.
Join a tour from Hobart or drive one and a half hours to get here.