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Tasmania has six distinct regions – Hobart and the South East, Launceston and the North East, Devonport and the North West, the East Coast, the Midlands and Lake Country, and the West Coast.  The main gateways are Hobart, Launceston, and Devonport.

Tasmania Cities and Regions


The capital of Tasmania is a small, picturesque city nestled along the River Derwent estuary and known for its sandstone colonial cottages, waterfront marketplace, and restaurants.

Port Arthur

The extensive remains of Tasmania’s largest colonial penal colony are the island’s number one tourist attraction. Nearly 13,000 of Australia’s most notorious convicts were incarcerated here between 1830 and 1877.

Freycinet National Park

The island’s east coast encompasses craggy, pink-granite peaks, curves of chalky sand, wetlands, and coastal dunes. Wallabies, seals, dolphins, whales, and sea eagles call this area home.


Tasmania’s second-largest city is set in undulating farmland in the northeast. It’s crammed with elegant Victorian and Georgian architecture and is the last stop on the Heritage Highway from Hobart.

Cradle Mountain

This World Heritage-listed area in the Midlands and Lake Country is marked by ice-carved crags, alpine forests, trout-filled lakes, button-grass plains, and hoards of scampering marsupials. Australia’s famous Overland Track hiking trail is here.


This fishing town on Tasmania’s West Coast is an anchorage for crayfish, abalone, and shark fishing fleets, and also the starting point for rainforest river cruises and scenic flights over vast areas of pristine wilderness.


A major regional center on Tasmania’s northwest coast, Devonport is mostly known as the entrance point for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries from Melbourne. 

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