50 Ideas for Adventures in Southern Tasmania

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Are you thirsty for adventure? We’ve put together a big list of adventurous things to do in Southern Tasmania. Now, hop to it!


1. Head up the mountain, discover the walks and mountain bike tracks in Wellington Park, and take in the view from the summit of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.

2. Explore the many walking, cycling, mountain biking, horse-riding and dog-friendly trails in the Greater Hobart region.

3. Catch the ferry out to Mona for an eclectic, mind-warping adventure (and some posh food).

4. Head to the beach for a walk, swim or surf (wet suit required).

5. Test your smarts and sleuthing skills at Evolo Room Escape.

6. Enjoy a thrilling eco-cruise with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys or join their Tasmanian Seafood Seduction full-day foodie cruise.

7. Go whale watching (May – Nov).

8. Do go chasing waterfalls in Southern Tasmania.

9. Take to the skies on a scenic helicopter ride with Rotorlift Aviation, in a light plane with Par Avion Wilderness Tours, or in a seaplane with Above & Beyond Tasmania.

10. Enjoy a day trip from Hobart to Maria Island (wombats!) with East Coast Cruises & Maria Island Shuttle.

11. Join Hobart Historic Cruises on one of their scenic tours or join Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures aboard one of their luxury catamarans.

12. Delve into Tasmania’s colourful history while exploring on foot with Hobart Historic Tours.

13. Hop-on and hop-off Red Decker‘s double-decker bus to explore all the hot spots around Hobart.

14. Embark upon the ultimate road trip into Tasmania’s Western Wilds.

15. Ride your heart out at Maydena Bike Park, with trails to suit many levels.

16. Abseil down the 140 metre Gordon Dam wall at Strathgordon with Aardvark Adventures.

17. Go for a drive to Strathgordon to see the Southwest National park.

18. Go kayaking on Lake Pedder and the River Derwent with Tassie Bound Adventure Tours.

19. Explore the walking trails (there are over 14 ranging from easy short walks to hard day walks), find all the waterfalls, watch for wildlife, and make use of the picnic areas at the Mount Field National Park (Parks Pass required).

20. Have a bush picnic at the Steppes Historic Site.

21. Take a self-guided driving tour of the Highlands Power Trail for an insight into the history of hydro power in Tasmania.

22. Visit Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, in the heart of World Heritage Wilderness Area (Parks Pass required).

23. Jump aboard the Peppermint Bay Cruise and take in the scenery (keep an eye out for white-bellied sea eagles).

24. Explore the Tinderbox Marine Reserve (or just relax on the beach).

25. Walk the sculpture trail at Art Farm Birchs Bay.

26. Sail the scenic Huon River aboard the Yukon, a traditional sailing ketch.

27. Catch the ferry from Kettering across to Bruny Island for an adventurous getaway.

28. Climb all the steps to Truganini Lookout at The Neck and enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the top.

29. Enjoy a scenic flight over Bruny Island in a Cessna 182 with Island Scenic Flights.

30. Join Bruny Island Safaris on one of their Food, Sightseeing and Lighthouse Tours.

31. Eat all the food on the Bruny Island Traveller day trip from Hobart.

32. Find the natural rocky archway at Mars Bluff on the Cape Queen Elizabeth Track.

33. Explore the South Bruny National Park (keep an eye out for white wallabies).

34. Go for a spin—literally, you’ll be doing 360s—up the Huon River with Huon Jet Boats.

35. Walk to scenic glacial lakes⁠—or conquer the more challenging Hartz Peak⁠—in the Hartz Mountains National Park (remember your Parks Pass).

36. Get up close and personal with cheeky highland cows on the Highland Getaway ATV Farm Tour Safari.

37. Visit Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs for a mesmerising cave tour and relaxing float in the thermal forest pool.

38. Explore the scenic waterways of Far South Tasmania in a sea kayak with Esperance Adventures.

39. Jump aboard Peninsula Cruising at Dover and explore Esperance Bay and beyond.

40. Drive to Cockle Creek (the end of the southern-most road in Australia), find the whale sculpture, and walk to the Fishers Point Navigation and Light Station ruins.

41. Discover the unspoiled southern coastline on the South Cape Bay track from Cockle Creek or conquer the challenging 85 km multi-day South Coast Track between Melaleuca and Cockle Creek (experienced, well-prepared hikers only; Parks Pass required).

42. Take a scenic flight into Melaleuca, in the Southwest National Park, with Par Avion Wilderness Tours or experience Port Davey from the water with Tasmanian Boat Charters, Hobart Yachts, SailTas, or Roaring 40s Kayaking.

43. Join Tasmanian E-Bike Adventures for a full-day tour of Bangor, a privately-owned working farm on the Forestier Peninsula.

44. Go diving off Eaglehawk Neck (Eaglehawk Dive Centre can hook you up with a tour and/or gear hire).

45. Walk the epic four days / three nights Three Capes Track on the rugged Tasman Peninsula.

46. Take to the skies above Port Arthur with Osborne Heli Tours.

47. Brave the spooky ghost tour at the Port Arthur Historic Site.

48. Take in the giant sea cliffs from the water with Tasman Island Cruises or Roaring 40s Kayaking.

49. Find a cave at the Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary.

50. Take a Par Avion helicopter ride to 200-year-old Shene Estate & Distillery and taste their award-winning Poltergeist Gin.


Check out our guide to what’s on this spring or browse our up-to-date list of upcoming events.

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:
Go into the Wild at Strathgordon
Where to See Wildlife in Southern Tasmania
Things to Do in Southern Tasmania this Spring
The Ultimate Road Trip: Tasmania’s Western Wilds
Craft a Tasman Peninusla Getaway Around the Three Capes Track
50 Things to Do with Kids in Hobart & Surrounds

Header image:
Huon River | @esperance_adventures_tasmania/Instagram

Words:
Isabel Galloway

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