Tasmania

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Tasmania

Animal Sanctuary

Fifty miles northwest of Hobart lies Mount Field National Park, a land of dolerite-capped mountains, glaciated valleys, alpine moorland, waterfalls, and forests. It's a veritable playground for birds, wallabies, platypuses, wombats, and Tasmanian devils.

Mount Field National Park, Hobart and South East; Near New Norfolk, Tazmania, 011-61-3-6288-1149, www.parks.tas.gov.au
Tags: things to do | outdoors | wildlife

Beach Hike

If you're in Freycinet National Park, you must make the half-day hike to Wineglass Bay. Not only is the water edged by a perfect sickle of white sand, but the views from through the pink-granite outcrops of the Wineglass Bay Lookout are breathtaking.

Freycinet National Park, Freycinet National Park, East Coast, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6375-1333, www.freycinetcolesbay.com
Tags: family | hiking | views | things to do | outdoors

Convict history

Learn more about Tasmania's convict history at Port Arthur Historic Site, where visitors tour the remains of the buildings including a church and guard towers. There's a nightly ghost tour, and a boat cruise to the Isle of the Dead, a convict burial ground.

Port Arthur Historic Site, Hobart and the South East, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6251-2300, www.portarthur.org.au
Tags: family | things to do | outdoors | history

Cruising the Gordon River

Drift down the wild river Gordon past thick rainforest where convicts once hewed Huon Pine to use as buoyant wood in ships. Visit salmon and trout farms, and explore convict ruins on Sarah Island.

World Heritage Cruises, West Coast, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6471-7174, www.worldheritagecruises.com.au
Tags: things to do | outdoors | tour | wildlife

Rafting the Franklin

The Franklin River is Australia's wildest and most unpredictable river. It runs for 78 miles through pure wilderness, passing through temperate rainforest and deep echoing gorges. White-water rafting trips take between 5-10 days, with camping stops en route.

Rafting Tasmania, West Coast; Franklin River/Sandy Bay, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6239-1080, www.raftingtasmania.com
Tags: sports and adventure | smart splurge | things to do | outdoors

The Female Factory

Tour this prison near Hobart and see where many female convicts ended up in the 19th century. Conditions were deplorable, with 17 out of every 20 babies born inside dying soon after birth, and women tossed into unmarked graves when their time came.

Hobart, 16 Degraves St., Tasmania, 011-61-3-6223-1559, www.femalefactory.com.au
Tags: historic | things to do | architecture

The Heritage Highway

By the 1820s several garrison towns had been established between Hobart and Launceston. Stay in a heritage cottage in one of Tasmania's best-preserved historic villages, Ross, which has a famous bridge and plenty of atmospheric buildings.

Midlands and Lake Country, Heritage Highway, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6381-5354, www.rossaccommodation.com.au
Tags: family | great value | things to do | history

The Overland Track

The crown jewel of Tasmania is this 53-mile Overland Track – Australia’s finest hike. The path wends its way through an ecosystem that is delicate, rare, and pristine. Go solo and camp out in simple huts along the way or join a guided trek with Cradle Mountain Huts and bed down in comfortable cabins each night.

Midlands and Lake Country, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, 011-61-3-6492-1133, www.parks.tas.gov.au
Tags: sports and adventure | things to do | outdoors | wildlife

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