I would like to start by saying that 3 days won’t be nearly enough time to explore Tasmania. If you can swing it, try to stay at least a week (or month)! It’s one of the most stunningly beautiful places in the world. “The most ancient communities in Tasmania have an ancestry that extend back to a time when the Earth’s continents were all joined as single landmass known as Pangea which existed beyond 200 million years ago. Pangea split from east to west into Laurasia, comprising North America and Eurasia, and Gondwana, the two remaining connected at Gibraltar with the Tethys Sea separating them. The presence of closely related organisms in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres cannot be accounted for by migration.” I pulled that bit from Wikipedia. 🙂 For more info about Tasmania’s Flora & Fauna click that link! Isn’t that incredible, though?! PANGEA. And in case you didn’t know, Tasmania is named after the infamous Tasmanian Devil. I was glad to find out that if I were to come face to face with an actual Tasmanian Devil, that it wouldn’t attack me (unless provoked). Phew! The following info is best if you plan to stay in or around Hobart and plan on renting a rental car.
*All photos were taken using my iPhone.
Downtown Hobart, pier and promenade. How to describe Hobart? An urban and hip hotspot in one of the most distant places on earth. Most would agree that Hobart really makes the most of it’s isolation. No shortage of shops or restaurants here! Something for everyone. Everything in this area is pretty close, so walking isn’t too big of a deal. I highly recommend spending the day just wandering around. I think the best way to truly experience a place is to see it by foot.
Check out MONA (the Museum of Old and New Art). This is a must do! Even if you aren’t a fan of museums or art, this is unlike any art museum you’ll ever visit. I have a hard time finding words to describe just how insanely cool this place is. Oh, and did I mention they have a vineyard on sight? Yeah, art AND wine! Oh, and did I also mention that they have a Brewery on site as well? Moorilla Wine and the Moo Brew Brewery offer quality beverages (beer and wine tastings, too)! We did both tastings and I can assure you that it’s delicious. You’ll definitely crave this stuff once you’ve gone home. I know I do. Luckily depending on where you live, you can buy it online and have it shipped to you.
You can drive to MONA or they offer a ferry ride that takes off from the Pier in Downtown Hobart and shuttles you up to the museum. We chose to ride the ferry, totally worth the cost. It’s a gorgeous ride, and you get to sit on sheep (I’m not lying). They offer normal seats as well, but we couldn’t resist.
How do you not take (an awkward) selfie in a place like this?
Trowunna Wildlife Park! It might be touristy but who cares? We had a blast! You are free to roam amongst Kangaroos and Wallabys! It feels like you’re wandering into the natural habitat of the animals. Honestly, an unforgettable experience. There were way more Kangaroos/Wallabys than there were people. There are also tons of other animals, including Tasmanian Devils and WOMBATS! Oh, and how do I not mention the sound of a Tassie Devil? It’s like a pig squeal and car screech in an oddly adorable, vicious little bundle. The wildlife park is about three hours from Hobart. We left in the morning and spent most of our day there. It’s very much worth the drive. Afterwards, we drove over to Launceston. A charming place! We spent time relaxing at Prince’s Square downtown and grabbed dinner nearby at Saint John’s Craft Beer Bar (awesome). After dinner we drove out to the coast and walked along the beach as it got dark.
Here’s the Trowunna Wildlife Parks website for hours, pricing and such:
Mount Wellington! The views are unreal up here. I recommend visiting during sunset. You’ll never see anything remotely comparable to this location. If you can find the time or depending on the weather, definitely go here if possible. Aside from our awesome Airbnb, I think it was my favorite place during my stay.
One more thing! Please enjoy your time in Tasmania. I know that we’ll never forget it’s unique beauty.
For more info about Tasmania, check out these links: