Some Basic Safety Tips
- Tell someone where you are going before heading into the bush.
- Bring a jacket, sensible shoes, and a sunhat!
- Water and snacks are essential.
- Don’t delay booking hotels, tours, and vehicles, as they do often sell out in summer.
- Be careful on the roads at night – watch for wildilfe. There’s a phenomenal amount of roadkill in Tassie, and colliding with even a small animal can be cause a fatal accident for both animal and driver.
- Any wild snake in Tasmania is poisonous. Don’t disturb them and be careful walking in sunny patches.
- Avoid all ants, especially the jack-jumpers with brown jaws. They have a poisonous sting that can cause allergic reactions.
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. It’s cosy and you will always feel welcome in the heart of the city.
- In Port Huon just near Geeveston, you can check out the beautiful historic Kermandie Waterfront Hotel, one of the most impressive buildings in the Far South.
- 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?
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.