Absorb the tranquillity as you wander through the largest cool temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere. This vast expanse of pristine wilderness is home to countless marsupials, birds, freshwater critters and thriving plant life, as well as unbelievable views, ancient relics, crystal-clear streams and rugged coastlines.
Visit the historic village of Stanley and catch a chairlift over The Nut, an enormous, eye-catching and ancient volcanic plug. On top of the Nut you’ll see sweeping, spectacular views across Bass Strait. Stanley is the perfect base from which to explore the forests and coastlines of the region, where you can witness seals, penguins and sea birds in their natural habitats.
Step back in time aboard this fully restored and totally luxurious steam train. There are a range of journeys on offer. Depending on your taste and your schedule, you can be carried across breathtaking gorges, over misty rivers, through tall forests and into historic mining settlements. You’ll enjoy gourmet refreshments as you travel, as well as countless photo opportunities.
Head to the West Coast and stay in the beautiful village of Strahan, perched on the edge of Macquarie Harbour. Here you can catch a cruise that takes you across the tranquil harbour and into the wild Franklin-Gordon National Park. You can even meet a few ghosts at Sarah Island, one of the most infamous penal settlements in colonial history.
Stretching from the pretty town of Deloraine through rolling hills, lush farmland and historic villages all the way to the crystal waters of the North West coast, this is the perfect day trip for food lovers. You’ll take a truly gourmet drive as you stop at cellar doors, cafes, tasting sheds and restaurants to sample the fresh produce that has made this region famous.
Inside a stunning national park and on the edge of the globally famous Overland Track, Cradle Mountain has a huge range of experiences that cater to every taste. Whether you take an invigorating stroll around Dove Lake, relax in Waldheim Alpine Spa, get to know the furry locals (including Tasmanian Devils) or just take in the breathtaking views, you’re sure to go away with unforgettable memories.
Photo credits: Tourism Tasmania and in order of photo appearance; Jason Charles Hill, Adam Gibson, Jason Futrill, Rob Burnett & Nick Osborne