Australia's smallest state has a lot to offer. From pristine beaches with rugged coastlines to snow capped mountains and over 19 national parks, Tasmania packs a lot into a small space.
I spent two weeks exploring Tasmania in a motorhome and I can now officially declare that Tasmania is my favourite Australian state. Four to six weeks would have been perfect but hey, when it comes to holidays, you take what you can get!
Here are some of my favourite places in Tasmania.
The Bay of Fires
The Bay of fires is where torquoise water and white sand meets and rolling green pasture and orange lichen coloured boulders. You may just find your footprints are the only ones in the sand here.
The Freycinet Peninsula
The Freycinet National Park is home to white sandy beaches backed by pink granite peaks. There are some great hikes with amazing views here but if you visit in the summer months, you will need to book accommodation in advance.
Douglas Apsley National Park
The Douglas Apsley National Park is probably the most underrated in Tasmania. It's home to one of the few dry forests in the state and there are some great hikes with river gorges, waterfalls, dolerite cliffs, wildlife and eucalypt forests.
The Tasman Peninsula
Most people visit the Tasman Peninsula to experience the early convict history of Port Arthur. However, The Tasman Peninsula has a lot to offer in term of hiking and ruggedly beautiful coastlines. If you have the time, make sure you spend a few days here and don't just visit on a day trip from Hobart.
Tasmazia and the Village of Lower Crackpot
This series of botanical mazes and model village is a lot of fun for the whole family but you will need to bring a sense of humour. This complex is also home to a lavender farm and tongue in cheek model embassy garden.
Dove Lake in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is seriously picturesque. We visited in September and there was still a lot of snow around, including on the 6km walking track around Dove Lake.
The city of Hobart is Australia's second oldest capital but is surprisingly trendy with a bit of a hipster vibe about it. Make sure you visit on a Saturday so you don't miss out on the well known Salamanca Markets. It's a great opportunity to pick up some boutique locally produced Tasmanian products and produce.