Tasmania is an ideal destination for self-drive holidays, with endless reasons to stop, explore and create an itinerary as you travel.
In Tasmania you will also find rare species of plants and animals in Tasmania's 20 national parks. It has spectacular views, world renowned wilderness, clean air, cool fresh water, rich soil and gourmet produce. Tasmania's pristine environment enables it to manufacture high quality delicacies. Tasmanian beer is brewed from some of the cleanest water in the world, and the green pastures of King Island ideally suit the area to cheese making.
The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area protects one of the last true wilderness regions on Earth and encompasses a greater range of natural and cultural values than any other region on Earth. Landscapes range from mountains, waterfalls, glassy lakes and alpine tarns to tannin rivers, vast plains and beaches. Forests comprising native rainforest and open eucalypt forest, and plantation - now cover about 3,317,000 hectares (8,192,990 acres), or 49 per cent of Tasmania.
Bring your own car on the overnight ferry, the Spirit of Tasmania, or hire a car or campervan. There are over 1,000 kilometres of bushwalking tracks and routes in Tasmania. Photographers around the world have commented on how Tasmania's light makes craggy mountains loom closer, seas carve out a deeper coastline dramas along wild beaches, and blue skies with a wider reach.
Cradle Mountain Lodge is an iconic, unique wilderness experience and is the closest you can be to the entrance of the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. A signal station was set up at Low Head in 1805. It is Australia's oldest continuously used pilot station. The light station, established in 1833, was Australia's third and Tasmania's second.