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Tasmania, an island at the edge of the world, was made for outdoor adventure and seeing wildlife up close. With nearly half of its territory protected by national parks and reserves, it is one of the last great temperate wilderness areas on Earth.

Epic adventures abound in Tassie: whether it is walking among lush green forests, rugged alpine plains, or dramatic natural formations, taking a dip at white sandy, uncrowded beaches or kayaking to spot platypus.

Explorers and adventure seekers can enjoy wildlife spotting, mountain biking, iconic walks, fishing, surfing, yoga and wellness.

The island state’s reputation for incredible local produce, particularly cheese, seafood, cool climate wines, artisan beers, whiskey and gin ensures visitors will be well-fed (and lubricated).


Adventure Highlights

Walk in the pristine, remote untouched wilderness and ancient rainforests
Photo © Paul Fleming
Tasmania boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the world, with rolling valleys and beaches to explore
Photo © Stu Gibson
Explore of the deepest and longest caves in Australia
Photo © Paul Fleming
Discover cute and cuddly creatures
Photo © Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett
Go off-the-grid on Australia's most treasured river into World Heritage wilderness teritory
Photo © Tourism Tasmania & Franziska Ruetz
Explore the dramatic and diverse beauty of the island of Tasmania from the air
Photo © Paul Fleming
Jump, swim and abseil through ancient canyons at Cradle Mountain
Photo © Tourism Tasmania and Rob Burnett
Kayak Cape Hauy with resident Australian fur seals
Photo © Sean Scott
See the bountiful wildlife on Maria Island including Tasmanian devils, wombats, kangaroos and wallabies
Photo © Tourism Tasmania & Masaaki Aihara


Interesting Facts

  • Tasmania, is Australia’s only island state and is also the smallest and most southerly state.
  • Tasmania is around the same size as the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia, Hokkaido and Switzerland.
  • The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia, covering almost 20 per cent of Tasmania.
  • More than 40 per cent of Tasmania is made up of World Heritage Area, national parks, conservation areas and reserves.
  • Tasmania's has 19 national parks encompassing a diverse range of habitats and ecosystems, offering refuge to unique plants and animals, found nowhere else on Earth.
  • Tasmania is a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals, including survivors of the ancient southern super continent, Gondwana and widlife now extinct on mainland Australia.
  • The main island of Tasmania is at the centre of a cluster of 334 islands with a coastline of more than approximately 5400 kilometres.
  • Tasmania is home to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, rising three hundred metres from the ocean.
  • Australia’s heaviest waves can be found at the legendary Shipstern Bluff.
  • Tasmania has more than 2000 km of walking tracks and 19 national parks.
  • Tasmania's Central Highlands are home to thousands of inland lakes and waterways.
  • Tasmania is home to some of the best temperate diving in the world. Dive shipwrecks and giant bull kelp forests with seals and leafy seadragons.
  • Mona, arguably the most controversial private collection of modern art and antiquities in the world is located in Hobart, Tasmania.
  • In 2008 the Tasmanian devil was declared to be endangered with a facial tumour disease threatening the survival of the species. Breeding and isolation programs have been relatively successful ensuring a future for the cute and feisty mammals.
  • Though the Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) is considered extinct, there have been many unsubstantiated sightings by those who have ventured into Tasmania's remote south west wilderness.
  • Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney.
  • Crossing the Bass Strait to Tasmania is easy. Take a direct flight departing a major Australian city, it's only a one-hour flight from Melbourne or 2 hours from Sydney. Or travel by sea on the passenger ship, Spirit of Tasmania.

Goway Travel

Tasmania is Australia’s most mountainous state and is made up of wilderness, spectacular scenery and interesting cities, a wonderful combination on any Australia vacation, start one of our Tasmania travel ideas today. Image credit: Luke Tscharke


Wilderness Travel

Join Wilderness Travel to discover the best of Tasmania, from Cradle Mountain Park to the Freycinet Peninsula, hiking stunning trails and savoring Tassie’s wonderful food and wine scene. Image credit: Luke Tscharke


World Expeditions

For more than 40 years, it's been our passion at World Expeditions to create memorable, responsible and experience-rich adventures that allow travellers to explore the remote, rugged and iconic parts of Tasmania. Image credit: Jason Charles Hill


Plan A Trip

The adventure travel operators listed below are members of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and are committed to values that drive a necessary movement to change travel so that it benefits the businesses, the people and the environment of the places we travel. Connect with any of them to start planning your trip.