Gateway Guide to Tasmania: The Beautiful Apple Isle


Tasmania, the island state of Australia, is a vibrant blend of pristine nature, unique wildlife, world-class food and wine, and rich history. This island that sits south of the mainland Australia is a true haven for any traveler, with experiences that cater to a variety of interests. This gateway guide to Tasmania provides links to various articles about the gorgeous Apple Isle.

Cultural Attractions

Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Located in Hobart, the state’s capital, this museum showcases a wide range of exhibits that illustrate Tasmania’s cultural and natural history. Its collection includes Aboriginal artifacts, maritime memorabilia, and local art. It is a must-visit for culture and history enthusiasts.

Port Arthur Historic Site: As one of Australia’s most significant heritage areas, this open-air museum provides a poignant look into Tasmania’s past as a penal colony.

MONA (Museum of Old and New Art): A visit to Tasmania wouldn’t be complete without seeing MONA, famous for its often provocative and thought-provoking exhibits. It is Australia’s largest privately funded museum and is renowned worldwide for its modern and contemporary art. 

Salamanca Market: Held every Saturday, Salamanca Market in Hobart is one of Australia’s best-known outdoor markets. You’ll find local artwork, craft, design, gourmet foods, and fresh produce.

Environmental Attractions

Tasmania is known for its breathtaking landscapes, and more than 40% of the island is protected as national parks and reserves.

Freycinet National Park: Home to the iconic Wineglass Bay, one of the top 10 beaches in the world. It also has stunning granite peaks, known as The Hazards, that border the bay.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park: This park offers a vast wilderness experience, with a range of walks to suit all abilities. Its centerpiece is Cradle Mountain, a must-see for all nature enthusiasts. 

Bruny Island: A food and nature lover’s paradise. Enjoy the diverse wildlife, stunning cliff-top views, and delicious local produce. 

Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area: This area covers nearly 1 million hectares and represents one of the last true wilderness regions on Earth. 

Food and Wine

Tasmania is Australia’s gourmet island, known for its fresh produce, seafood, fine wines, and whisky.

Hobart’s Farm Gate Market: Every Sunday, this market comes alive with the best of local produce from across Tasmania. It is an authentic farmers market, with all produce sold by the people who grow it.

Tamar Valley Wine Route: Known as one of the world’s top wine routes, this area is home to numerous vineyards and wineries, producing world-class cool-climate wines. Read more

Cascade Brewery: Australia’s oldest brewery located in Hobart, offering guided tours and tastings.

Bruny Island Cheese Company: Here, traditional techniques are used to make artisan cheeses from cow’s and goat’s milk.

Read more about Tasmanian Food and Wine Experiences

Adventure Activities

From walking to cycling, from kayaking to diving, Tasmania offers an array of adventure activities.

Tasmanian Overland Track: A six-day trek that takes you through the heart of some of Tasmania’s most breathtaking wilderness.

Diving in the Tasman Peninsula: Tasmania offers some of the best temperate water diving in the world, with shipwrecks and kelp forests to explore.

Mountain Biking in Blue Derby: Home to world-class mountain biking trails set amidst stunning landscapes.

See 11 Tasmanian Adventure Activities to Get Your Adrenalin Pumping


Tasmania hosts numerous festivals throughout the year.

Taste of Summer: A seven-day festival held in Hobart during late December and early January, celebrating the best of Tasmanian food, wine, and beer.

Dark Mofo: An annual winter festival held in Hobart during June. This festival features large-scale public art, music, film, light and sound shows, and indulges the darker side of the arts.

Festival of Voices: Australia’s premier celebration of the voice, attracting thousands of singers to Tasmania in July for workshops and performances.

SEE 9 Tasmanian Festivals to Excite Your Senses


Tasmania is an enchanting destination offering a blend of cultural richness, stunning landscapes, gastronomic delights, and adventure-filled activities. Its captivating heritage, flourishing arts scene, and the charm of its bustling markets make it a must-visit location for any traveller.

Please note that due to the dynamic nature of attractions, always check the availability and any restrictions before visiting.


  1. Discover Tasmania, Official tourism website –
  2. Salamanca Market –
  3. Port Arthur Historic Site –
  4. MONA –
  5. Tamar Valley Wine Route –
  6. Taste of Tasmania –
  7. Dark Mofo –
  8. Festival of Voices –

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