Just the mention of Tasmania’s iconic locations can ignite the imagination of any traveller. 

Cradle Mountain, Salamanca markets, Mount Wellington, Port Arthur, Wine Glass Bay . . . the list goes on. Best of all, this array of wonders are clustered in one compact and accessible island, making it an equally appealing destination for a quick escape or for a languid sojourn.

Exploring the five regions

The island comprises five distinct regions, each with their own character and allure. Situated on the centre of the north coast, Devonport is the arrival point for the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne and is the gateway to the North West region. Travel west from there along the coast and you’ll discover a series of postcard-perfect seaside villages, with stunning views around every corner.
From the coast you can pierce inland to the rugged majesty of Cradle Mountain, while passing through rich farmland with plenty to please the palate.

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History and wilderness beautifully preserved

Launceston and North region is home to the towns of Mole Creek and Deloraine, which boast National Trust classified historic streetscapes. Travel from there toward Launceston and the temptations of the Tamar Valley wine region, with its premium cool-climate wines. South west of Launceston the charming villages of Evandale, Campbell Town and Ross take you back in time.

The East Coast region boasts some of the world’s greatest coastal scenery, featuring the magnificent Bay of Fires, Wine Glass bay and the imposing Pink Granite monoliths of the Freycinet National Park.


The Hobart and South region has it all, from the stunning wildlife and cliff-top views of Bruny Island, to the historic treasure of Port Arthur and the lush wine and fruit growing areas of the Huon and Coal river valleys.  

Move on to the West Coast and you discover quaint mining towns juxtaposed with world heritage wilderness country and eco-tourism havens. 

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Getting around

Tasmania has no rail system, but is well serviced with good roads, so it’s ideal for self-drive holidays or coach touring. Many choose to enjoy their visit by digging deep into one region, but if you do intend touring the whole island make sure you allow a good week or two in order to take it all in at a leisurely pace.

For more travel information go to discovertasmania.com.au