1. Take a soak in the world’s most scenic bathtub.
Take in the beauty of the (freezing cold) ocean off the east coast of Tasmania, while lying in a warm bath enjoying a glass of wine. The tub can be found at the luxurious resort Thalia Haven which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
3. Fly over Wineglass Bay.
Sure, you’ve seen a million and one Instagrams of the stunning Wineglass Bay. But how many have you seen with a bird’s-eye view? You can take short flights over the Freycinet Peninsula which is one of the most scenic coastlines in the world.
6. Do a six-day trek up Cradle Mountain, staying in private huts along the way.
Hiking can be a lot of fun. Camping in freezing cold temperatures after a whole day of walking is not so fun. This walk has heated huts at every stop along the way, with hot water, books, and warm drinks to help you relax those muscles before you start off again.
9. Go berry picking.
Live out the ultimate paleo fantasy and pick your own berries! Hillwood Berry Farm grows strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, and loganberries, which all grow at different times of the year. You pay a small fee, but get to keep everything you pick, and it’s a lot cheaper (and fresher) than buying your berries from Coles.
10. Eat raspberry-flavoured everything at a raspberry farm.
If all that picking has made you hungry, head to Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm just down the road from Hillwood, near Launceston. From chocolate french toast and wallaby bacon burgers with raspberry relish, to raspberry lattes and iced tea, it’s certainly an experience.
11. Visit a town called Penguin.
And take a photo with the Big Penguin, because it isn’t a real Aussie road trip if you don’t visit a big thing. Penguin, on the north coast, was named after the huge number of penguin colonies that can be found along the coast near the town.
12. Go penguin-spotting.
At Low Head, near Launceston, you can go on night-time penguin tours, where you can see these teeny tiny Fairy Penguins make their way into their burrows. The tour is ecologically friendly and makes sure that the penguins aren’t disturbed, and will also teach you about the little guys.
15. Go on a ghost tour of Port Arthur.
There are countless ghost stories surrounding Port Arthur, which used to be a convict settlement. Why not scare yourself shitless by going on a 90-minute candlelit tour, and decide for yourself just how much truth there is in these stories.
20. Explore convict history.
Campbell Town was settled on the Elizabeth River as a stopping point for travellers between Launceston and Hobart. It still serves the same purpose, and is a great place to while away an afternoon mid-road trip. The town is full of old colonial buildings, and has a self-guided walk following the Convict Brick Trail, which gives an insight into convict history in Tasmania.
21. Laugh at funny house names.
Doo Town, near Port Arthur, is a strange little town, where almost every house has “Doo” in it’s name. It started when an architect named his house “Doo I” back in 1935, and everyone thought it was hilarious and jumped on the bandwagon. It’s a great stop on a road trip, if you’re in the area.
24. Spend the day with platypuses and echidnas.
Just down the road from Seahorse World is Platypus House, a place where you can get up close and personal with platypuses and echidnas (who are possibly the cutest little animals on the planet). You also can learn all about these animals and see them in what is very close to their natural habitat.
25. Climb the neck of Bruny Island.
If you’re visiting Bruny Island in the state’s southeast, make sure you visit The Neck which connects the north and south of the island. It gives a stunning view of the surroundings and the viewing deck will let you see fairy penguins and other birds if you visit at the right time of day.
26. Go whisky tasting in the Derwent Valley.
The Derwent Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Tasmania, and so is the perfect place to partake in some day drinking. Redlands Estate actually takes you through the whole process of making whisky, from farming barley, to pouring it into the bottle, all of which is done on-site.
27. Enjoy the quiet on car-free Maria Island.
The island can be reached by a ferry on the east coast, about an hour and a half from Hobart. Once you’re there, it feels like the most peaceful place in the world, thanks to the lack of cars. There are a ton of walks, bike trails, camping sites, and places to swim. If you keep your eyes peeled at night, you might see a Tasmanian devil!