You have to love Hobart. This vibrant city has the best of all worlds – a tangible history mixed with scenic surrounds; a rich cultural vein intertwined with a wealth of gastronomic delights; a bursting social calendar coupled with proud, passionate locals.
What more could Hobartians want? Well, when the desire to get out and explore more of Tasmania beckons, it’s a hassle-free task.
There is so much to see and do right on the doorstop of the Tasmanian capital. It’s time for exploration…
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Want a break far removed from city life? Head to Coles Bay. This idyllic seaside village exudes a relaxing vibe that’s so strong it will hit you in an instant. Its positioning on the edge of calm and colourful Oyster Bay, complete with a backdrop of granite mountains, is simply irresistible.
Best outdoor attraction: It’s hard to top Freycinet National Park, home to a wealth of natural beauty that’s led by famous Wineglass Bay.
Best rainy-day attraction: Swap raindrops for drops of the good stuff at Freycinet Vineyard.
Underrated attraction: Get your fill of fresh and tasty seafood at Freycinet Marine Farm. Delicious!
Budget tip: A walk along inviting Muirs Beach won’t disappoint.
Accommodation: BIG4 Iluka.
A host of options are served up to visitors on a short break to Launceston. Tasmania’s second-largest city has top-shelf attractions to suit all, no matter their tastes or age, or the weather conditions. The ease of getting around Launceston adds to the appeal.
Best outdoor attraction: Cataract Gorge Reserve. This action-packed area provides a wilderness escape just a stone’s throw from the CBD.
Best rainy-day attraction: You could spend all day wandering around Queen Victoria Museum. Visit even if the sun is shining!
Underrated attraction: The National Automobile Museum of Tasmania has an excellent collection.
Budget tip: Picnic in one of Launceston’s many inviting parks. City Park is top pick thanks to its Japanese macaque enclosure.
Accommodation: BIG4 Launceston.
If you're prepared to spend a bit longer on the road, a handful of exciting destinations with BIG4 parks await. The following places are all roughly 3.5hr from Hobart.
Set on glorious Georges Bay, this vibrant fishing port turns on the charm. Its easy access to brilliant beaches and other natural beauty makes it perfect for a weekend away from Hobart. And as the largest town in the region, there are still plenty of amenities for those who crave creature comforts.
Essential attractions: A short drive takes you to the famous Bay of Fires where colourful granite rocks, white sand beaches, and beautiful waters await. Or tackle the world-class St Helens Mountain Bike Trails.
Accommodation: BIG4 St Helens.
Tasmania's prized wine region creates the perfect setting for a much-needed short break. Spotted in the north-east of the state, the sub-region features a superb selection of wineries that is dotted on either side of the picturesque Tamar River. This is an area where the feeling of being on a break is induced instantaneously.
Essential attractions: Aside from the obligatory cellar-door hopping, explore engrossing sites that include the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, Seahorse World, and Platypus House. And don't overlook the majestic coastline!
Accommodation: BIG4 Kelso Sands.
Found within the North West region, Ulverstone enjoys a wonderful setting. It is spotted at the mouth of the Leven River, so water vistas abound. Endless coastal outlooks and riverside views help create an ambience that's perfect for a short getaway. Better yet, this alluring town is within easy reach of amazing, variable attractions.
Essential experiences: Venture to nearby Gunns Plains Caves, witness breathtaking views from Leven Canyon, or spy little penguins at Lillico Beach.
Accommodation: BIG4 Ulverstone.