Things to do in Tasmania

RedBalloon AU The same size as Ireland, and subject to the same foul weather, Tasmania was (and still is) the closest thing to Britain on the south side of the equator. Its capital city, Hobart, is almost as old as Sydney and the landscape is dotted with buildings and ruins dating back to colonial times with some amazing historical attractions for the family to see.

The rugged coastlines are dark and stormy in winter and pristine in summer, while the heart of the Island is World Heritage listed rainforest of epic proportions.

Naturally, (that being the operative word), the best things to do in Tasmania are the ones involving the many national parks and historical attractions which rise up from every corner of the state. Cradle Mountain is perhaps the jewel in the crown and should be on anyone's to-do list, while Hobart's historic Constitution Dock is also a must see. History buffs will love Port Arthur's melancholic charm and nature-lovers shouldn't miss the Freycinet Peninsula. Art lovers will enjoy a visit to MONA - the Museum of Old and New Art, which won the 2011 Qantas Australian Tourism Award for best New Tourism Development in the country! Browse the complete list of things to do in Tasmania below - just select a region to start with.

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