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Beyond Hobart: Our Guide for Exploring Southern Tasmania

So, you’re visiting our pretty little city of Hobart. You’ve hopped on and off Red Decker Company’s double-decker bus, admired the view from the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington, toured the Cascade Brewery, gone bar hopping, tried out different restaurants, wandered the waterfront, strolled around Battery Point, and browsed Salamanca Market.

What now? Well, my friend, it’s time to put the ‘Beyond’ in ‘Hobart & Beyond’… Spread your wings and explore Southern Tasmania! We’ve put together some tips on where to adventure. Most places are only an hour or two’s drive from Hobart, but it’s well worth taking your time.

Greater Hobart

Okay, so this one isn’t too much of a stretch from the city, but you don’t have to go far to find gold.

Mona Museum

The Derwent Valley

Continue on past Mona to the beautiful Derwent Valley, home to historic townships, pristine wilderness, and adrenaline-inducing adventure.

  • Admire New Norfolk‘s fine collection of heritage buildings, browse the antique shops, and check out the view from Pulpit Rock Lookout.
  • Explore the Mt Field National Park, including the popular Russell Falls (fuel up at The Possum Shed Cafe nearby and maybe spot a platypus).
  • Make gravity work in your favour at Maydena Bike Park, Australia’s biggest gravity-based mountain bike and adventure park.
  • Head out on an adventure tour with Wild Pedder and discover the pristine wilderness of Southwest Tasmania (their signature tour combines bushwalking and kayaking).
  • Gaze in awe at the epic Gordon Dam—you can even abseil down the 140 m wall if you feel particularly fearless!
Gordon Dam

Tasmania’s Central Highlands

Fishing enthusiasts and outdoorsy types will love Tasmania’s Central Highlands.

Curringa Farm

The Heritage Highway

The Heritage Highway was the 19th-century traveling route between Hobart and Launceston, and is dotted with quaint historic towns that began as coaching stops and military outposts. Discover convict-built streetscapes locked in time, with many Georgian buildings now home to eateries, shops, galleries, and accommodation.

  • Spot 16 Shadows of the Past on the Heritage Highway Silhouette Trail between Tunbridge and Kempton.
  • Explore the charming heritage town of Oatlands. Take a self-guided tour of the old Oatlands Military Precinct.
  • Meet the locals, including Tasmanian devils, at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Find a cave at Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary, former home of children’s author Nan Chauncy.
  • Visit the Old Kempton Distillery at Dysart house (c. 1840s coaching inn), tour the distillery, relax in the beautifully restored rooms, and treat yourself to an amazing meal (our tips: the Ploughman’s Platter or Devonshire tea).
  • Tour the atmospheric Lark Estate and Distillery at Pontville, hear colourful tales from the last 200 years, and taste the internationally renowned Tasmanian whisky.
Old Kempton Distillery

The Tasman Region

The Tasman Region is home to pristine beaches, convict ruins, epic sea cliffs, breathtaking natural wonders, Tasmanian devils, amazing eateries, and the giant waves of Shipstern Bluff.

Port Arthur Historic Site

The Southern Trove

The Southern Trove is made up of the d’Entrecasteaux Channel, Bruny Island, Huon Valley, and Far South. Discover rolling hills, stunning coastal scenery, views of distant peaks, World Heritage Wilderness, pristine beaches, and artistic communities.

Willie Smith's Apple Shed

There are lots of amazing accommodation options throughout Southern Tasmania—see Where to Stay for an extensive list. If you’d like some more specific advice or help with booking attractions and accommodation, pop into the Tasmanian Travel & Information Centre.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

Related posts:
Weekend Adventure: 7 Things to Do on Bruny Island
Top 10 Things to Do in Hobart
10 Things to Do Along the Heritage Highway
Top 10 Things to Do in the Tasman Region
An Adventure in Tasmania’s Central Highlands

Header image:
Hobart waterfront | @aaronchingaling/Instagram

Isabel Galloway

For more great events in southern Tasmania, be sure to visit our Events page.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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As a destination that welcomes visitors to these lands, we acknowledge our responsibility to represent to our visitors, Tasmania’s deep and complex history, fully, respectfully and truthfully.

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people who continue to care for this country today. We pay our respects to their elders, past and present. We honour their stories, songs, art, and culture, and their aspirations for the future of their people and these lands. We respectfully ask that tourism be a part of that future.

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