The Tasmania Bucket List

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

#90 - Indulge at Home Hill Winery

Where is it? Ranelagh, TAS

This award-winning vineyard is one of the standout offerings in terms of both wining and dining in regional Tasmania, and it's a venue where both the food and drink are treated with equal care, quality and attention to detail. This quality is hinted at immediately upon arrival by gazing upon its surrounds; the vineyard's grounds are immaculately kept with the lawms a healthy green and perfectly manicured, the vines healthy and the building well decorated and tasteful. Approachable and welcoming staff for whom nothing is too much trouble set the scene, while the scenery on offer while dining is wonderful - open windows look out to the staff tending the fields, while an open kitchen allows guests to see the chefs hard at work.

Unique wine styles are done with some individualistic flare at Home Hill, wilth their Pinot a standout and an extensive wine list on offer for those looking to dine. The menu on offer is likewise fantastic, being both inspired and offering tremendous value for money compared to other similar venues. Meals themselves are beautifully presented and well-plated, with generous portions that won't need you leaving to order sides. Come for the wine, stay for the views, and leave with a satisfied stomach - that's the Home Hill experience in a nutshell. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania and Chris Crerar

#89 - Thrills with Cradle Mountain Canyons

Where is it? Cradle Mountain NP, TAS

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While the average tourist gets a light sampling of what the Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park has to offer, some of its most dramatic wonders can only be seen by going truly "off track". Adventurous travellers and those with a bent towards adrenaline can join Cradle Mountain Canyons for an extended dose of physical challenges and personal discovery, embarking on trips that incorporate the likes of abseiling, climbing, jumping and swimming through your way through this pristine part of Tasmania. Divided up by levels of difficulty, participants make their way through narrow gorges, through ancient pine trees, and past native wildlife in completely natural surroundings with some truly beautiful scenery along the way.

Experienced guides take their guests on routes to suit their skill and confidence levels, ensure they're feeling safe and are comfortable in their wetsuits and helmet gear. While these adventures require a decent level of physical fitness, they're not only limited to athletic freaks or those who live and breath extreme sports; beginners can also take part, and will soon find the physical investment well worth it. If the average bus tour just doesn't "cut it" for you, then a canyoning experience will help showcase the wilderness at its untouched best. Image credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

#88 - Sample some Sullivans Cove whisky

Where is it?Cambridge, TAS

Multi-award-winning and increasingly growing in international renown, this now-Cambridge-based distillery has long produced some elite-level, finely-crafted whiskeys that has earned it much acclaim. While some of the top bottles on offer will be well out of the financial reach of the average visitor, those with an interest in a quality drop can visit Sullivans Cove's excellent cellar door to take part in one of their regular guided tours to see some of the process behind what goes into creating a world-famous whiskey. Incorporating slower, old fashioned techniques that are labour intenstive but result in the high standards for which the distillery is known, with a tour here it's obvious to see the level of passion the staff have for their endeavours of craftsmanship.

Those looking to take part in a Sullivans Cove visit have two options - one for a tasting only, and one including the guided tours for further insight - with the venue open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm on each day. Taking a tour od the distillery, buying some gorgeous whiskey, and relaxing in pleasant surrounds is a joy that's easy to appreciate for any whiskey aficionado visiting Tasmania, and as a result Sullivans Cove is an essential visit. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Ian Jeanneret

#87 - Seahorse World

Where is it? Beauty Point, TAS

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This is another Tassie-specific attraction that's also one of the most unique; while it could be lumped into the general “wildlife park” category, Seahorse World is special in that its main attraction are one of the most fragile and delicately beautiful creatures in the water. Seahorses have a mystical quality, and this attraction is dedicated to uncovering their secrets while preserving the balance between entertainment and education of these strange-yet-charming creatures. Seahorse World features a variety of touch pools that allow children to put hand-on-creature with not only seahorses but crabs and other marine life as well.

One thing to note is that Seahorse world is most definitely more of a “tour” than a free-ranging, wandering experience; you'll receive a guided explanation of all the animals and their environments, and the friendly guides do a good job of bringing the complicated topic of marine biology down to a level that kids can understand. Tour sessions run every hour on the hour, and despite the fairly small size of the attraction there's enough variety in the tanks and animals on offer to make for a satisfying visit.

#86 - Visit Callington Mill

Where is it? Oatlands, TAS

A historic windmill first built back in the early-mid 1800's, Callington Mill has recently undergone significant restoration and now stands as a rejuvinated showcase of Georgian architecture. Immediately bringing to mind the landscapes and buildings of the Netherlands, the mill stands unassumingly in the middle of a quaint village and is surrounded by some lovely gardens while augmented with a shop selling freshly-milled produce. The smells emanating from the mill are tantalising, and its large white blades rotating in the wind make for a serene and charming spectacle that's a testament to the hard work of those who took part in its renovations.

Those interested in a mode up-close look at its inner workings can take part in a tour of the mill and its interior, encompassing its various components as well as the processes by which a number of milled products are created. A lovely little cafe selling baked goods such as scones utilising the mill's wonderfully fresh flour is the icing on the proverbial cake of a visit here. In a town teeming with charming examples of architecture, Callington Mill stands out as its signature landmark and is old-world charm incarnate. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania, Pen Taylor & Centre Staff

#85 - Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm Cheese

Where is it? Elizabeth Town, TAS

Tasmania has a more-than-justified reputation as one of Australia's best produce-creating states, with cheese standing out as one of its most preeminent products. While there are numerous quality places throughout the state in which to indulge, few boast the combination of sheer variety as well as craftsmanship tha Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm can offer. Specialising in all-things-dairy, the products avilable here are incredibly rich and creamy including its milks, butters and ice creams, with its cheeses being the standout. There's a superb range of cheese types and flavours to choose from here, and guests visiting have the opportunity to sample a number of them distributed via the typical tooth-pick sampling method.

Visitors to Ashgrove can observe cheese being made and peer into the production room, while a video with staff commentary provides further insight into the cheese production process. With its quirky cows - both real and painted - setting the scene for a visit just rightly, and its lovely cafe that makes full use of the farm's milk to produce some delectable coffee and other taste sensations, this is an excellent itinerary item for those who want to chase Tassie's famed cheese scene all in one spot. Image credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

#84 - Tarkine Forest Adventures (Dismal Swamp)

Where is it? Tarkine, TAS

This unique geological formation is a sinkhole in the middle of immense greenery, which is remarkable in and of itself; however it's the man-made additions to this unusual location that make it an "attraction" in its own right. Consisting of a number of constructed boardwalks that take walkers throughout, there are a number of plaques and signs which help document some of the interesting features of this distinctive place. Many of the trees - including the signature Blackwoods - are huge and tower far above, and the area is pretty in and of itself with some striking greenery to take in along the way. The main building at the complex is teeming with information, too, providing further context to this part of Tasmania.

Perhaps its most crucial attraction its Tarkine Forest Adventures' signature slide that takes participants on a high-speed - and quite scary! - descent into the forest floor below. It's one of the msot unique adrenaline rushes to be had in the state, and worth visiting for trying your hand at it alone. Once at the bottom, you'll have the chance to see numerous forest birds and even wallabies within easy reach, while once back up top a charming cafe offers freshly-prepared food and desserts. A unique attraction that's unlike anything else in Tasmania. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Kathryn Leahy

#83 - Attend the Cygnet Folk Festival

Where is it? Cygnet, TAS

A multi-day folk music festival that offers an incredible array of domestic and international musical talent who flock to this tiny regional part of Tasmania to participate, the Cygnet Folk Festival has been running for several decades and shows no signs of slowing down. It's an excellent venue for aspiring younger musicians to showcase their stuff to an enthusiastic public, and has gained a reputation as one of the premier cultural events in Tasmania for the sheer variety of artists and genres on display. The entire town becomes consumed by all-things-musical during its annual run, and hundreds of individual musicians will perform thier craft throughout.

Atmosphere, food, and entertainment are the themes of the event, with the entertainment rounded out by other acts such as dance, poetry, and a number of other artforms. It's a slightly hippie-esque environment (or is that "hipster-esque" these days?) in which the alternative prevails and is encouraged, and in which creativity comes to the forefront. The festival takes place in early January each year, with tickets selling out quickly in advance. Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Steven Pearce Photography

#82 - Kayak Coles Bay with Freycinet Adventures

Where is it? Coles Bay, TAS

The gorgeous offerings of the Freycinet National Park (mentioned elsewhere on this list) can be explored in a number of fashions including scenic flights and some epic hikes on foot, however given that its waters are one of the park's main drawcards, paddling their beautiful surface is marvellous in its own right. Those visiting can take advantage of this sunny part of Tasmania by joining Freycinet Adventures for a kayaking tour whilst surrounded by all this natural beauty, getting a sea-level view of its contrasting vibrant waters against a characteristic pink-granite mountain backdrop. Conducted at a relaxed pace and through largely sheltered waters, it's a serene way to take in the Hazards that's suitable for all ability levels and ages.

The kayaks themselves are purpose-built and incredibly stable which helps to create some extra reassurance, while the guides offer plenty of chances to learn about the surrounding area, its history and local wildlife. With crystal-clear and inviting waters below and a wonderful beach environment nearby, this is a leisurely and insightful way to experience Freycinet and Coles Bay in particular from the water that simply feels more "real" than a boat cruise does. Image credit: Freycinet Adventures

#81 - Go Hands-on at ZooDoo

Where is it? near Richmond, TAS

ZooDoo Wildlife Park, located near Richmond around half an hour's drive to the north of capital city Hobart makes for a great all-round wildlife offering that makes up for its relatively small scale with some outstanding animal variety. Boasting a large range of native, agricultural and exotic animals - from the likes of simple rabbits and guinea pigs all the way up to rare African white lions - to more traditional Aussie offerings such as kangaroos, farm animals, and of course, wombats. Zoodoo thus offers a uniquely hands on experience with both native and exotic animals that makes for an engaging day out for families, adults and kids alike, particularly given the rare opportunities for interaction with certain species that most zoos and wildlife parks can't offer.

The entire process of a visit here is designed to put guests into contact with as great a range of different creatures as possible, including its great safari conducted via an open-sided bus that runs for roughly 20 minutes, ferrying visitors round to encounter more of the animals in short order. Interaction includes feeding, of course, with the chance to hand-feed the likes of kangaroos, sheep, and even emus (don't be scared!). In all it's a great way for both locals to get in touch with wildlife while also serving as an excellent venue for overseas visitors to get acquainted with some Aussie animals. If passive observation just doesn't cut it when you've visited zoos and wildlife parks in the past, be sure to head to ZooDoo where you'll have one of the highest levels of interaction any any animal attraction. Image credit: ZooDoo

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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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