Some Basic Safety Tips
- Tell someone where you are going before heading into the bush.
- Bring a jacket and a sunhat!
- Water and snacks are essential.
- Don’t delay booking hotels, tours, and vehicles, as they do sell out in summer.
- Be careful on the roads at night – watch for wildilfe
- Any wild snake in Tasmania is poisonous
- Avoid all ants, especially the jack-jumpers with brown jaws
Places to eat
- In Geeveston, you certainly should check out Masaaki’s Sushi. It’s world-famous and has been lauded as the best sushi in Australia.
- The Old Bank of Geeveston is properly phenomenal for good meals, and has a lovely deck where you can watch the town from a central spot.
- In Huonville, try the funky cafe/bookshop DS Coffee House just near the bridge, or The Local just off the main turning circle in the town centre.
- If you are in Maydena, have a go at the Possum Shed right by the river in the town of Westerway. Whatever you do. don’t miss the Raspberry Farm!
- In Hobart, you should have a go at the wonderful Pigeon Hole Bakery near the Royal Hobart Hospital or the also-wonderful Jackman & McRoss in the heart of Battery Point.
Places to stay
- Try the Alabama Hotel – a boutique art hotel in Hobart downtown
- The town of Franklin midway between Geeveston has a lovely caravan campsite on the shore of the Huon River.
- The campsite at Mount Field National Park is strategically located for several kinds of mountain adventures
- If you are looking for a nice change of scenery and protection from the weather, have a visit to the old hydro-electrecity town of Strathgordon.
- There are about half a million people in Tasmania, with half living in Hobart
- Tasmania is home to several thousand Tasmanian Aboriginals with ancestral ties to the island stretching back at least 40,000 years
- The majority of Tasmanians have English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, with recent immigration from around the world proving new cultural perspectives
- Tasmania takes pride in its distinct identity from the mainland of Australia, and in some ways is more similar to New Zealand. Many Tasmanians are living on mainland Australians, and many Tasmanians have spent a period of their lives on the “North Island”
- There are no restrictions for residents or visitors as to religious faith, political expression, or sexual orientation
- Tasmania is a safe and friendly place. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make friends.
Mountains to climb
- You could spend a lifetime exploring the high summits of Tasmania.
- In Geeveston, you are close to the well-marked trail to the summit of Hartz Peak in Hartz Mountains National Park.
- Maydena is surrounded by mountains, most notably the complex plateau of Mount Field with several interesting summits. But for a very different experience and a taste of the far Southwest, try the trail up The Needles.
- In Huonville, why not go up-river to the Snowy Range and Mount Snowy?
Beaches to explore
- If you are in the south of the State, keep travelling south on the main east coast road to reach Cockle Creek, the very southeastern part of the Australasian road network. From here a half-day’s walk will get you to the South Coast of the island, where the beaches face towards Antarctica. This is a wild, stormy, and cold beach, so be prepared!
- In Hobart, the closest swimming beach is at Long Beach in Lower Sandy Bay, but you can also head further afield to Kingston and Blackman Bay, where you’ll be able to see the open horizon.
Caves to discover
- Tasmania has a number of excellent show caves. In the heart of the Southern Forests is the massive Hastings Cave, well worth a visit in a very interesting geological region of the island.
- If you are in the north, you can make your way to the north side of the mountains where the famously decorated Mole Creek Caves National Park lies, or inland from Penguin, to the marvellous Gunns Plains Caves
- For sandstone caves and shelters that have been utilised for many thousands of years, a good place to explore is Chauncy Vale Wildlife Sanctuary about 40 km north of Hobart.