If you’re getting ready for a holiday to Tasmania and want to ensure that you tick off the quintessential experiences while you’re there, then read on for the top four “must do” experiences to try in the state.
Travel on the Spirit of Tasmania
One of the best ways to travel to Tasmania is onboard the Spirit of Tasmania. Either travel by yourself or with your family (special ticket prices can start from $5 for children and $79 for adults) or take you car with you as well (prices from around $89). The stately cruise ship accommodates passengers in a variety of deluxe cabin choices when sailing during the night. While onboard passengers can enjoy the ship’s cinema, restaurants and bars; research their destination at the tourism information desk; spend some time in the gaming lounge or looking for gifts in the shop; and catch up on work or entertainment using the vessel’s internet access or portable entertainment players. Kids are also kept amused with a playroom, and various entertainment acts during day sailings.
Port Arthur ghost tour
Adults and older children alike can seek out “what goes bump in the night” on a Port Arthur ghost tour. Running for approximately 90 minutes, the tours (located around 90 minutes’ drive from Hobart) take visitors on a lantern-lit walking tour throughout the Port Arthur Historic Site at night. Professional guides recount cases of ghost sightings and unexplained events at the site, and regale guests with stories dating all the way back to 1830. Tickets cost $15 for children and $25 for adults.
The breathtaking $150 million Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is carved out of a sandstone cliff in Berriedale, just outside of Hobart, and is a definite must see attraction for tourists. The fantastical art museum features work from Australian artists such as Brett Whiteley and Sidney Nolan as well as huge international names like Pablo Picasso and Damien Hirst. MONA is also home to the Moorilla Estate Winery and cellar door; a French-inspired restaurant; a wine bar; micro-brewery and eight luxury Pavilions for overnight accommodation. Adult visitors to the museum can wander its surrounds all day for the price of a $20 ticket, while children under 18 can visit for free.
If you’re keen for some outdoor adventure on your holiday to Tasmania then make sure you fit in a trip to Cradle Mountain, part of the Cradle Mt – Lake St Clair National Park. Passes to this awe-inspiring national park (part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area) start from $30 for eight weeks of access. While visiting or hiking Cradle Mountain tourists can revel in the splendour of the mountains, ancient rainforest, alpine heathlands, glacial lakes, icy streams and a diverse array of wildlife. Hikers can also use the area as the starting point for the infamous Overland Track, a six day walk through pristine wilderness.