The Best Tasmania Itinerary
Tasmania is an island state in Australia known for its rugged landscape, sparse population and of course Tasmanian devils. Affectionately called “Tassie” by Australians, it is rugged and wild and easy to fall for. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the awesome hiking opportunities and city lovers will appreciate the rich foodie and art culture.
In this guide, we want to help you plan the best Tasmania itinerary with our tips for the best things to do in Tasmania and how to make the most of your Tasmania road trip.
Tasmania’s weather is very different from what most people think of when they think of Australia. Tasmania experiences four seasons and parts of the island see snow in winter. Christmas through to early February is peak time on the island as it is school holidays and temperatures are the warmest – a comfortable low 20s (C). If you are looking to avoid the crowds, the shoulder seasons are a great time to travel (March-April and October-November). Winter offers the best value, but will require lots of layers and winter clothing. Weather in Tasmania can be very variable and change quickly regardless of which time of year you visit. Pack lots of clothes to layer and be prepared for swift weather changes. We experienced 12 degree weather and lots of rain at Cradle Mountain, even in January.
Tasmania is Australia’s smallest state and with a maximum width and length of 300 km, it is manageable to explore many of the highlights on one visit. You could race around and see the east coast sights in one week, but 10-14 days will give you a chance to slow down and explore a little bit deeper. This 1 and 2 week itinerary includes the Tasmania must see highlights and the best places to visit in Tasmania.
Hobart is the capital and largest city of Tasmania with a population of 220,000. It’s walkable, has a relaxing vibe, a huge arts and culture scene and plenty of farm to table foodie restaurants. It’s harbourside setting with mountains and valleys surrounding the city make it a great base to explore the outdoors. Start your visit by wandering the city, climbing Kelly’s Steps to the Battery Point neighborhood with its quaint cottages and views. Hobart is best known for its famous Salamanca Markets, held every Saturday. The markets are a food lover’s gem with beautiful fresh produce, local honey, preserves, oils, spirits and many food trucks and stalls to tempt you. The market also offers unique handcrafted goodies from wood carvings to merino socks to handmade clothes. Try to organize your Tasmania itinerary to include a Saturday in Hobart so you can visit the markets, as this is one of the best things to do in Hobart.