The Tasmania Bucket List

You haven’t truly “done” Tassie unless you’ve done these 100 experiences.

#100 - Visit the Wooden Boat Centre

Where is it? Franklin, TAS

The state of Tasmania and maritime history and seafaring have long gone hand-in-hand, and those looking for extra insight into both the past happenings and skilled craftsmanship that go into making old-era vessels can pay a visit to Franklin's excellent Wooden Boat Centre. Based around making use of native Huon Pine for construction, the boats here are an exercise in sheer talent, while the centre is a non-profit operation that aims to pass down the art to future generations. It's a lost art that metalwork has largely replaced, but its easy to appreciate the skill and physical beauty that results of the crafting of a wooden boat.

Visitors can be escorted buy a guide who explains both the intricacies of boat building as well as the history of the Franklin region in general, going into detail about restoration methods all broken down into easy-to-understand laymen's terms. The centre itself sits right on the banks of the Franklin River making for a picturesque location in its own right, and combined with the friendly attitudes of the volunteers on hand makes for an overall warm and welcoming environment. Don't let the name fool you: the Wooden Boat Centre is anything but boring; instead it's a fascinating insight into the past dragged skillfully into the present day. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Nick Osborne

#99 - Live History Hobart

Where is it? Hobart, TAS

Conducted at the Cascades Female Factory detailed elsewhere on this list, the Live History of Hobart is brough to life via two actors who help document the trials and tribulations of the convict area using displays of emotion that static information plaques simply can't match. Dubbed "Louisa's Walk" (or the shorter "Her Story"), this is a tale of the life of a young Irish female convict and the hardships she endured after being transported to Hobart in the early 1800's that aims to get travellers truly involved in the story and add an additional layer of context to the buildings and ruins of the Female Factory complex by providing a human element.

The talents of the two actors play a large part in bringing such a story to life, and it's a rare experience in and of itself - a sort of "walking theatre" that displays elements of struggle, spirit, determination and hope. They do a fantastic job playing the roles of multiple people in a believable and convincing manner, and the way this combines elements of architecture, history, drama and education all combined make it for an essential item on any itinerary for the first-time visitor to Hobart's historical sites. Image credit: Visit Esperance

#98 - Have a Flutter at Country Club Tasmania's Casino

Where is it? Prospect Vale, TAS

This venue serves as a focal point for a variety of forms of entertainment all in one; it's part accommodation complex, part quality dining experience, part golf course, part live performance hub and part casino, all set amongst some immaculate grounds and encircled by signature Tasmanian greenery. The interior of the Country Club Tasmania has a charm all of its own with a strong old-world feel; think lush red carpets, gold-painted ceilings, plenty of oaken furniture and various other trappings of a bygone era intermingled with modern conveniences. As a result, visitors of a variety of different dispositions will find something to keep themselves occupied here, regardless of if they be simply popping in for lunch or committing to a multi-day stay to make full use of its offerings.

Those with a desire to have a punt will find the Club's casino a key highlight, with a split-level layout offering all the staple table games as well as an expansive array of electronic gaming machines. Dining here comes in a myriad of forms as well, with simple bar-style food a solid go-to budget option extending all the way up to some true four-star dining utilising fresh local Tasmanian produce. The resort's general ambience, cleanliness and efficiency make it a pleasant venue to base oneself at regardless of your personal leanings, and the fact that it's merely a 10 minute drive from Launceston make for an easy stop or diversion on trips further afield.

#97 - Admire St David's Cathedral

Where is it? Hobart, TAS

A distinct historic building standing out amongst the various low-rises of Hobart, St. David's Cathedral emanates an aura of peace and tranquility that makes it inviting to enter. Showcasing some beautiful examples of stained glass created with intricate attention to detail, they're some of the best of their kind travellers can see outside of the grand buildings of Western Europe. It's a typically impressive example of Gothic architecture on the outside made of sandstone and timber, whilst inside its sloping archways and oaken seatings and screens are warm and pleasing to the eye, too.

Particular attention is paid to honouring the sacrifices and participants of soliders during the First and Second World Wars, which is a tasteful and moving part of the cathedral's history, and has a dedicated section to those who lost their lives in the Port Arthur massacre as well. Pamphlets are available with information on each of the cathedral's elements for those wanting to conducted self guided tours. It's a well maintained and peaceful building that does not require one to be religious in order to fully appreciate, and its location in reach of most accommodations in Hobart makes it easily accessible for those exploring the city for the first time. Image credit: Creative Commons

#96 - Visit Melita Honey Farm

Where is it? Ranelagh, TAS

In Tasmania and have a sweet tooth? You'll want to pay a visit to Chudleigh's Melita Honey Farm, where you'll be presented with a staggering array of honeys and honey-related products that you never previously knew existed. Variations such as rose, jasmine, wildflowers, Tasmanian-specific leatherwood, and even chilli honey are all on the cards here, and free tastings are offered for visitors to sample a wide cross section and then hand-pick those that appeal to purchase for taking home. The honeys are taken and made into some truly wonderful icecream as well, with the flavours on offer original and unlike the majority of other stock-standard types you've no doubt tried before.

The working beehive that's on display behind glass is fascinating to watch, and kids in particular will get a "buzz" out of seeing the insects frantically plying their trade. Other products such as soaps, nougats and numerous gift-worthy items round out Melita's offerings which combine with the friendly, efficient and helpful staff to make visiting here an overall pleasant experience. Indulge your tastebuds, and grab a keepsake unique to this part of Tassie by visiting here. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Adrian Cook

#95 - Catch a Showing at the State Cinema

Where is it? Hobart, TAS

Hobart’s State Cinema is an iconic venue that has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years and is still going strong to this day. The place to go if you’re after a dose of enjoyable culture and the chance to view the type of films you simply won’t find in mainstream cinemas, the building itself is almost as much of a star as its offerings that can be found within. It’s a lovely, art-deco style facade that belies the culture to be encountered inside, with its own sophisticated book shop and cafe providing the perfect pre-or-post viewing relaxation for visitors attending a show.

The State Cinema boasts an intimate feel, with each of its theatres only seating a small number of people in plush, comfortable chairs that give the viewing experience a much more engaging atmosphere than can be found elsewhere. Decor used throughout is also suitably quirky, soft yet modern, and intelligently laid out with a sense of warmth and spacing that add to the overall “snug” feeling of the cinema. Located on the northern end of Hobart’s main restaurant strip, it’s a great way to package together a complete evening with a meal followed by a stroll down to the State Cinema for a bit of drama-or-comedy-infused fun. Image credit: The State Cinema

#94 - Turners Beach Berry Patch

Where is it? Turners Beach, TAS

A haven for all-things-berry, Turners Beach Berry Patch uses their fruits to craft a wide range of incredibly fresh foodstuffs that are all not only wonderfully tasty, but well-priced too. The ability to pick your own berries is not only fun in and of itself, but serves as a way to keep things affordable before indulging on some of the more advanced culinary concoctions available within. While the ingredients largely focus around the signature strawberries, blackberries and raspberries that can be found in the fields, the Berry Patch also offers wonderful cafe-style food that can be dined on in both indoor and outdoor tables - including some excellent wood-fired pizzas that represent amazing value for money given their size and quality.

Kids will no doubt love helping pick the berries themselves, however there are little side attractions to keep children occupied while parents enjoy an tasty coffee such as a mini playground with a sand pit, and maze made out of hay bales. Overall this makes for a great family activity just outside Devonport, and given it requires just a little side trip off the highway, stopping by Turners Beach Berry Patch will put smiles on the faces of all attending. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Melinda Ta

#93 - Shuck Oysters with Get Shucked

Where is it? Bruny Island, TAS

Bruny Island is renowned as one of Tasmania's premier hubs for indulging in gourmet experiences, and seafood lovers in particular will be well catered for with a visit here. Locally-owned and operated Get Shucked is one of the standouts amongst its offerings, specialising in mouth-wateringly fresh seafood - specifically their signature oysters. In terms of the balance between price and quality, it's hard to beat the oysters on offer at Get Shucked; meaty, juicy and undeniably fresh, the oysters can be had in a variety of fashions (cooked, served in pate form, done Kilpatrick or with a variety of interesting Asian influences) but are marvellous across the board.

What's more, the beautiful setting it resides in makes enjoying the ocean's bounty even more pleasurable; a bright and cheerful interior along with wonderful greenery-and-water views make diving into a dozen (or two) oysters here all the more special. This is a great "first stop" when initially venturing to Bruny Island and helps set the scene for what the rest of the island has to offer; eat your fill of oysters, then set off to explore... before returning again for more. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Joe Bennett

#92 - Cradle Country Adventures Horse Riding

Where is it? Ranelagh, TAS

Exploring the Cradle Mountain National Park is enjoyable regardless of which method one chooses to do so, however given the pristine and untouched natural surrounds it offers, it's only natural to want to take part in some natural exploration as well. Enter Cradle Country Adventures, who offer a number of horse riding experiences to showcase some of the area's best, with routes winding their way through alpine forests and transitioning out onto open grassy plains. The combination of friendly and talkative rider-guides along with well-trained and friendly-dispositioned horses makes for a great starting point, and a willingness to start with the basics on their farmland before heading out to Cradle Mountain is a big help for novices and first-time riders.

Horses are chosen to fit their riders combination of physical size and personal ability levels, which makes for extra comfort while soaking in all the great scenery and the majestic backdrop of Cradle Mountain itself. Other riding routes as well as ATV/Quad Bike rides are also on offer here, and provider both alternative angles on different Tasmanian landscapes as well as extended lengths and options for meals and other inclusions. Regardless of if it's a single shorter ride or a multi-day trip, this is an excellent way to see some key Tassie geography with an added personal touch. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam

#91 - Tasmania Zoo

Where is it? Riverside, TAS

While it might pale in size compared to the likes of larger Aussie zoos and wildlife parks such as Taronga Zoo or Australia Zoo, Tasmania Zoo – located around half an hour's drive outside Launceston – still does a good job of satisfying all your animal-viewing needs and is always a hit with the kids. The zoo is small and still developing, but still serves as home to a fair range of animals both native Australian and exotic. Expect to come across the likes of koalas, kangaroos, monkeys, plenty of birds and, of course, Tasmanian Devils which, despite their predatory, meat-eating ways are just too darn cute!

Tasmania Zoo follows a more “open” type of format than most, which allows you to get up fairly close with many of the animals, while there are also various feeding sessions throughout the day conducted by the zoo keepers who allow you to follow along closely to get a better view. One of the main hits of the zoo for children is, in fact, actually not the animals themselves (well, not living ones anyway) - its “dinosaur walk” track, which winds its way along the zoo features a bunch large model dinosaurs that the kids will no doubt love posing with. While not fully life-size, the dinosaurs are surprisingly realistically modelled and both big and well-made enough to be a pleasant sideshow to the main wildlife event – the Triceratops in particular looks very lifelike. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Sarajayne Lada

 

Tasmania MapTasmania is a state that’s quite separate from the Aussie mainland – both literally and figuratively. Not only is it Australia’s only island state, but the majority of its environment and landscape convey the sense of being in another country altogether; one that blends together the best of both Europe and the United Kingdom into a single, pristine and largely untouched whole.

Tassie is the state of choice for those looking for an escape from the crowds without skimping on the sightseeing prospects – this is far from a land of overcommercialised theme parks and bustling harbours and is instead a destination where escapism and “stopping to smell the roses” is the name of the game.

Of course, it also doesn’t hurt that Tasmania is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes in all of Australia; with a topography that often brings to mind the likes of Switzerland albeit with several dashes of characteristic Aussie beach beauty thrown in, your camera will get more than a mild workout when travelling around the Island State.

Much of the natural wonder on offer in Tasmania is summed up by its many National Parks, which rank amongst some of the most gorgeous in the country, and each of which has its own individual character and cavalcade of highlights. From the coastal beach beauty of Freycinet to the pristine water-and-mountain duo of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair, and the inland watery majesty of Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers to the accessible forest-and-waterfall panorama on offer within Mt. Field, the parks of Tasmania are reason enough alone to make the trek down south for several weeks.

It’s also a state that’s rich in history, having been one of the focal points of early European colonisation of Australia and home to many architectural remnants of that period that still remain in remarkably good condition to this day. From prisons to administrative buildings to everyday residences, Tasmania offers the traveller plenty of opportunities to step back in time for a day.

Add in the charming aspects of many of its regional towns and cities, as well as the vibrant seaside-and-mountain character of capital Hobart and its many intriguing attractions, its numerous epic walking tracks, and slices of coast on both sides that offer some ruggedly beautiful magic, and it’s clear that while Tasmania may be relatively small on size, it’s far from lacking in majesty.

In our Ultimate Tasmania Bucket List, we highlight 100 of the most essential experiences that we feel best sums up the diverse and incredible highlights of our Island State. While much of it will be known to locals, we hope to both inspire travellers from afar to visit wonderful Tassie while also hopefully encouraging residents to get out and explore the best of their own, lovely, backyard.

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