Tasmania: Trending Eco-Friendly Travel Destination in 2024
After spending most of the epidemic closed off to tourists, with just a few foreigners permitted in, Australia has now resumed regular entrance criteria. As a result, it is recovering from the Covid collapse and drastically increasing in popularity for 2024, particularly among Americans looking for some sun as the cold sets in. This destination is particularly trending because of numerous reasons. Firstly, the reopening of borders and the resuming of nonstop flight routes that had been banned for over three years, essentially isolating Australia from the rest of the world and its TikTok popularity, may have been trigger factors. Moreover, Tasmania's diverse natural landscape includes tropical rainforests, deserts, mountain ranges, marine parks, and the Great Outback, making it an ideal road trip and eco-camping destination. Let's round up its beauty and the most famous places to see in Tasmania.
Did you know that the people of Tasmania have been working hard to protect their beautiful natural spaces for over a century? It all started in the late 1800s when they set aside lands for conservation. And in 1916, they took things to the next level by declaring not one but two national parks - Freycinet National Park and Mount Field National Park! At the moment, there are 19 national parks, covering around 40% of Tasmania, so you'll likely want to visit at least one of Tasmania's stunning natural reserves during your trip. To access these parks, you'll need to purchase a National Parks Pass, which can be bought per person or vehicle. You can find all the necessary information about entry fees and the different types of national park pass on the website.
Fast forward to today, and you'll be amazed to hear that almost half of the island is now protected. That's right, nearly 45% of Tasmania's 92,610 square kilometers are under some form of natural protection! Can you believe it? And the best part is, these protected areas aren't just on land - the waters surrounding Tasmania are also some of the most unique and special in the world. With an underwater ecosystem that has been isolated for 35 million years, more than 80% of its marine life is endemic. Tasmania's waters are home to some incredible creatures, from kelp forests to giant sponges, sea pens to sea dragons, and even Right Whales.
The government has also stepped in to protect these fantastic marine landscapes, with nearly 135,100 hectares of marine areas under protection. With almost 5,400 kilometers of coastline, over 7.9% of Tasmania's coastline is also protected in some form. Tasmania proudly boasts seven marine reserves and 14 different marine conservation areas.
Interesting Fact: Tasmania has some of the cleanest air in the world. It's true! The Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station keeps a close eye on the air quality, and it's consistently ranked as some of the purest air around. And guess what? This isn't just luck! Tasmania's location in the Southern Ocean means it's far away from other landmasses, which helps keep the air free of pollution. So, breathe easy and take in that clean air! And know let's jump to must-visit places in Tasmania.
1.Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park is a must-visit place when you're in Tasmania. This breathtaking park, located on the east coast of Tasmania, is home to one of the world's most beautiful beaches, Wineglass Bay. The water is so crystal clear that you might think it's photoshopped! Don't miss out on stopping at Coles Bay to learn about the exciting activities happening in the park or to rent a kayak or hop on a cruise to experience Wineglass Bay from the water. But if you're looking for a more peaceful experience, there are plenty of hiking trails to explore that wind through the park. You might even find yourself alone on your own secluded beach or at the top of a peak if you decide to take the Mount Amos walk, which we highly recommend!
As you explore the park, keep an eye out for the friendly wallabies that roam around the area. They might even pose for some amazing selfies with you!
2.Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Have you heard of Cradle Mountain? It may not be the tallest mountain in Tasmania, but it's definitely the most well-known. In fact, it's probably the second most recognizable symbol of Tassie (after the Tasmanian Devil)! If you're an adventurous backpacker exploring Tasmania, climbing Cradle Mountain is a must-do experience. The trek is manageable for most fit people but take into account the final ascent. You'll need to scramble over boulders to reach the top.
But even if you don't plan on reaching the summit, don't miss out on the stunning scenery surrounding Cradle Mountain. It's part of the UNESCO World Heritage Tasmania Wilderness, and the jagged peaks of the mountain range are truly breathtaking (when you can see them through the clouds!).
3. Lake St. Clair
Another gem in Tasmania that definitely deserves a spot on your must-visit list! St Clair lake is actually part of the same UNESCO World Heritage Park as Cradle Mountain, but it's so beautiful and unique in its own way that it deserves its own spotlight.
The lake was created by glaciers two million years ago, and today it offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can go kayaking or boating, or simply immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings.One of the most famous hiking trails in the world, the Overland Track, ends at Lake St. Clair. If you're up for the challenge, plan ahead and take on the 6-day trek. It's an experience you'll never forget! Or at least your muscles.
4.OMG-ish Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires on Tasmania's east coast is a stunning sight, with orange-red rocks that seem to light up in the sunset. It's hard to believe that the rocks' unique color comes from moss! You might think that the bay's name came from the rocks' fiery hue, but it's actually a reference to the Aboriginal people who lived in the area. A ship captain named the bay after seeing the fires the Aboriginal people built on the beaches. It's a reminder of Tasmania's rich history and the traditions of the people who have lived there for thousands of years.
5. Charming Hobart city
Hobart is full of amazing things to do and see! Start your journey by wandering through the lively Salamanca Market, where you can find unique treasures and soak up the bustling atmosphere. Take a relaxing stroll through the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and marvel at the stunning flora and fauna. Who doesn’t like greenery!
For a bird's-eye view of Hobart and the Derwent River, head up to the top of nearby Mount Wellington. It's a breathtaking sight that you won't want to miss! Finally, don't forget to check out the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which is far from a typical museum. Prepare to be amazed by the interactive and thought-provoking exhibits. And the journey to get there is just as exciting as you'll arrive by ferry from downtown Hobart!
Just a short drive north of Hobart, you'll find Richmond Bridge, Australia's oldest bridge. Stop and take a look at this impressive piece of history. And if you're looking for a place to stay, the Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse is a backpacker's dream and consistently ranks as one of the world's best hostels. However, don’t forget to use RatePunk in order to get the best price.
6. Russel Falls at Mount Field National Park
If you're looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of Hobart, then Mount Field National Park should definitely be on your list. Just a short drive away, it's a convenient option for experiencing the magic of the Tasmanian wilderness. The highlight of the national park is undoubtedly Russel Falls. This gorgeous cascade of water is easily accessible via a short and leisurely stroll from the visitor's center. The view of the falls is breathtaking, and the sound of the water crashing down is mesmerizing.
But wait, there's more! If you want to experience something truly unique, return to Russel Falls after dark and turn off your flashlight. You'll be treated to an incredible show of thousands of glowworms lighting up the nearby trees. It's a truly magical experience that you won't forget. So remember to add Mount Field National Park to your Tasmania itinerary, and make sure to bring your camera and good mood!
The Best Time To Visit Tasmania
Tasmania offers something special all year round, depending on what you're looking for in a visit. If you want to bask in the warm, dry weather and participate in some exciting festivals, then December through February is the perfect time to visit. For those interested in yachting, wine, and fresh seafood, March through May is the season to plan your trip. Suppose you're on a budget and want to save some money. In that case, May to September is a great time to visit, as you can enjoy Tasmania's winter offerings, including truffles and scallops, and the chance to witness the Aurora Australis. From September through November, you can catch the tulips blooming season, taste delicious lobster, and get up close and personal with Tasmania's unique wildlife, including wombats and devils, all while enjoying the thinner crowds.