Sparsely populated, steeped in convict lore and containing some of the world’s great wilderness reserves, Tasmania has a strong sense of identity which is quite different to its bigger neighbour. Before you go booking that plane ticket, remember that these are the 5 best things to do in Tasmania, so you’ll have some ideas to do for the upcoming Easter weekend.
1. Dreamy Trip Through Lavender Fields at Bridestowe Estate
An other worldly heaven on earth, with true French lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, the only variety suitable for use in perfume and cooking—a true paddock to plate experience. Be sure to check out the blossoming season before you go.
2. Artistic Trip at Museum of Old & New Art (MONA)
You may have heard of MONA – David Walsh’s Museum of Old and New Art. It is everything that people say it is and more. Here you’ll find contemporary art jockeying for position next to astonishing antiquities, iconic works next to works from emerging Tasmanian artists.
3. Walk the Three Capes Track
When the Three Capes Track opened two days before Christmas 2015, it immediately set a new benchmark for Australian bushwalks, creating a hike that's both heady and hedonistic, combining the raw beauty of the southern hemisphere's highest sea cliffs with comforts and interpretation unsurpassed by any other trail in the country.
4. Explore Underground Caves
The Mole Creek Caves are a popular attraction for travellers making their way up to Cradle Mountain (usually from the city of Launceston). If you have the chance to stop for a few hours, be sure to book a tour in advance.
5. Cradle Mountain National Park
The UNESCO World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park is perhaps the singular “must see” attraction in the whole state of Tasmania. While there is plenty more to see and do, this is by far one of the most pristine, serene, and completely surreal experiences to have in Tasmania. It is here where you can breathe the world’s cleanest air and experience the untouched wilderness of the little island state of Tasmania, Australia.
Photographs courtesy of World of Wanderlust