Tasmania

As a formula one racing driver, flying around the world is part of my job. But Tasmania is one of my favourite places. It is planet amazing.

Plan Your Own Tassie Adventure

Tasmania is Australia’s adventure Island. With over one third of Tasmania protected in National Parks and World Heritage Areas, Tasmania lends itself to adventure enthusiasts. Wet or dry, extreme or gentle, Tasmania has something for every type of adventure-seeker.

Rafting, Kayaking & Canoeing

Some of the best parts of Tasmania look even more beautiful from the water – forested banks of World Heritage Rivers, offshore islands that are havens for wildlife and fluted cliffs towering 300 metres above the sea.

Tasmania has many rivers renowned for their heart-stopping beauty, controversial history, and the epic rafting they provide. Journeys range from one to ten days and feature all grades of rapids - ideal for beginners through to experts.

Tasmania is made for kayaking and canoeing. Whether it is a gentle paddle along Hobart’s foreshore, a kayaking adventure in the heart of Tasmania’s remote southwest wilderness, or a journey at dusk along the spectacular Freycinet coast – Tasmania caters for all.

Diving and Snorkelling

On the edge of the great Southern Ocean, Tasmania’s marine environments contain some of the most biologically diverse and unique floras and faunas in the world. The island’s spectacular coastline and clear, pristine waters have all the ingredients for superb diving.

Well-travelled divers regard Tasmania as the best temperate-water dive site in the world. And it’s easy to see why: forests of giant kelp up to 30 metres high, excellent visibility, exceptional sea caves, exquisite sea dragons, and an abundance of deep-sea creatures enticed into the shallows by plankton-rich waters close to shore.

Tasmania’s varied coast includes rocky shores with extensive reefs, more than three hundred islands, marine reserves, sheltered sandy inlets and bays, dramatic underwater caves and historic shipwrecks.

Cycling

With spectacular scenery, relatively quiet roads, temperate climate and its small distances between towns, Tasmania just might be Australia’s premier cycling destination.

You can pedal your way about all the best characters of Tasmania. From relaxing (well, reasonably) tours of wineries to forested mountain passes. Tour a city cycleway, cruise by century-old country hedgerows, or swoop downhill on the awesome Mt Wellington. Then, from Hobart, cycle east to beaches or west to wilderness.

Hiking and Walking

Tasmania has hundreds of managed walking tracks, covering more than 3000 kilometres, through a variety of landscapes, all in one compact island. From World Heritage wilderness, to dramatic coastlines, remote mountain ranges and sparkling alpine lakes – in Tasmania you can see it all on foot. 

There are a range of multi-day expeditions to challenge the seasoned hiker, and also a variety of shorter walks, where spectacular waterfalls and stunning vistas can be reached within an hour of leaving the car.

Guided bushwalks are also available in some areas, where an experienced guide with specialist knowledge of the flora, fauna and natural heritage of the area will enrich the walking experience.

Fishing

Surrounded by the cool, clear waters of the Southern Ocean, Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea, and brim-full of lakes, rivers, streams and lagoons, Australia’s island state is a fisherman’s paradise.

The Tasmanian fishery is an extremely valuable resource – the delicate ecosystems within the state support fishing as a vibrant sport and a thriving industry.

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