South East

Hobart has access to a number of beach areas including those in the Derwent estuary, where the road follows the beautiful Derwent River to Tasmania's central highlands and the grandeur of Lake St Clair and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Tasmania is known for its wild beauty and unique wildlife, but did you know that the south-east region of the island is home to some of its best attractions? Whether you're looking for a great place to hike, explore a historic site, or just relax in nature, there's something for everyone in South East Tasmania. Read on to discover all the hidden gems that this stunning part of Australia has to offer.

Natural Wonders

The south east coast of Tasmania boasts incredible natural wonders like no other. From the rugged cliffs at Cape Raoul to the spectacular Blue Tier waterfall, you'll be awestruck by the breathtaking beauty of this part of Australia. And if you're looking for a spot to unwind and take in some incredible views, head over to Narawntapu National Park where you can find secluded beaches, tall sand dunes and lush green forests.

Historic Sites

For those interested in history and culture, South East Tasmania has plenty to offer. The ruins at Port Arthur are an iconic part of Australian history; it was once a prison colony used as punishment for convicts who had committed serious crimes. Today it's open as a tourist attraction so visitors can explore some of the original buildings where prisoners were held and learn more about Australia's past. Don't miss out on visiting the Coal Mines Historic Site either; here you can learn about how coal was mined during colonial times and see how life had changed since then.

Experience Nature

If nature is more your cup of tea, then South East Tasmania is definitely worth checking out! Take a stroll through Dove Lake National Park and admire its tranquil beauty or go bird watching at Little Swanport Reserve where many species of native birds can be found. For an unforgettable experience, head over to Maria Island National Park where you can observe rare wildlife like Tasmanian Devils and Eastern Quolls up close! With so many amazing opportunities for outdoor activities like fishing and surfing too, there's something for everyone in South East Tasmania!

During the summer Hobart has the most hours of sunlight of any city in Australia, with up to 15.2 hrs on the Summer solstice. Just think how full your days can be!

A Penal Colony

Hobart was founded in 1803 as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the eastern shores of the Derwent River, and is Australia's second oldest capital city after Sydney. In 1804 it was moved to its present site at Sullivans Cove in Hobart. Hobart was initially known as Hobart Town or Hobarton and was named after the Colonial Secretary, Lord Hobart. Hobart Town became a city on 21 August 1842, and was renamed Hobart in 1875.

Hobart Seaport

Hobart is a busy seaport and serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations.

South East Tasmania has so much to offer both locals and visitors alike – from exploring historic sites and admiring nature’s wonders to taking part in outdoor activities such as fishing or surfing. Whether you’re looking for adventure or just want to relax in one of its beautiful parks, make sure that South East Tasmania is part of your next trip down under! You won’t regret it!



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  • Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
    Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
    Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with Cradle Mountain being its crown jewel.
  • Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
    Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
    Bruny Island is a popular day trip from Hobart, the north is flat grazing land and the south is hilly and heavily timbered.
  • Bridport
    Bridport
    Bridport is known for its excellent fishing - scallop, trout and lobster, its wonderful beaches and fantastic holiday atmosphere.
  • Port Arthur
    Port Arthur
    Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula.
  • Campbell Town
    Campbell Town
    Campbell Town is located about half way between Hobart and Launceston & well known for it's heritage buildings.
  • Coles Bay
    Coles Bay
    Coles Bay is a small town gateway to The Hazards, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula with a small population of 110.
  • Freycinet Peninsula
    Freycinet Peninsula
    Freycinet Peninsula is well known for its white sand beaches and the most beautiful clean water in Tasmania.
Tasmania - Overview
About Tasmania

Tasmania is an ideal destination for self-drive holidays, with endless reasons to stop, explore and create an itinerary as you travel.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur

Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula.

Tasmania Surf Spots
Tasmania Surf Spots

In Tasmania & want to find out the best surfing spots? We have them for you.

Coles Bay
Coles Bay

Coles Bay is a small town gateway to The Hazards, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula with a small population of 110.

Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Peninsula

Freycinet Peninsula is well known for its white sand beaches and the most beautiful clean water in Tasmania.

Bridport
Bridport

Bridport is known for its excellent fishing - scallop, trout and lobster, its wonderful beaches and fantastic holiday atmosphere.

Campbell Town
Campbell Town

Campbell Town is located about half way between Hobart and Launceston & well known for it's heritage buildings.

Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder

Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with Cradle Mountain being its crown jewel.

Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
Bruny Island / Adventure Bay

Bruny Island is a popular day trip from Hobart, the north is flat grazing land and the south is hilly and heavily timbered.


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