Explore Southern Tasmania

The World Heritage-listed Port Arthur, when you can explore Australia s fascinating convict history, is one of many interesting destinations that are dotted around the countryside surrounding Hobart that are popular day trip destinations. Along the way visit some of Tasmania s finest wineries. At Woodbridge you can discover all the undersea world has to offer at the Marine Discovery Centre, or take a ferry from Kettering to beautiful Bruny Island, with its rainforest and wetland areas, sandy beaches and native wildlife.
Travel Options


By Car

Self drive tours in and around Hobart .

By Bus

Exploring Hobart and surrounds by Bus or Coach.

On Foot

Guide to the best walks in and around Hobart .

Tours

Guided tours and activities in and around Hobart .

Features and Attractions

Port Arthur

Of all the convict related historic sites around Australia, none so graphically tell the story of Australia's convict past that the ruins of the convict settlement at Port Arthur. The place is a window into modern Australia's beginnings, and paints a vivid picture of the lives and times of those poor wretches who were transported to Australia from Britain to start a new life on the other side of the world.

Tasman Peninsula

The Tasman Peninsula is an area of great beauty and natural diversity, including some of the most stunning coastal scenery anywhere in Australia. Not suprisingly, it offers some of the best coastal walks in the country. Many interesting rock formations can be found along the coastline, while the southern end of the park has some of the highest and most spectacular sea cliffs in Australia. The Port Arthur historic site is locvated on the Tasman Peninsula.

Bruny Island

Across the D Entrecasteaux Channel a short drive south of Hobart, Bruny Island is effectively two quite different islands connected by a narrow neck of sand. With its wild seascapes and sweeping surf beaches, rich maritime history, abundant birdlife and wildlife, tall forests and historic lighthouse, Bruny is an island paradise in Australia s deep south.

Huon Valley

The Huon Valley and the coasts of Port Huon and the D'Entrecasteaux Channel are places of natural beauty, perfect for a relaxing holiday, a short break or even a day trip from Hobart. Rich in maritime and rural heritage and populated friendly creative people, the region is known as much for its gorgeous scenery as it huon pine, apple orchards and boutique wineries and gourmet specialities. By big city standards, the roads are always quiet and there is something different around every corner.

Derwent Valley

A picturesque Georgian town (19km south east) set idylically on the banks of the River Derwent. New Norfolk is centrally located and is a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding areas. Mount Field National Park with its rugged beauty and seclusion is only 30 minutes away. New Norfolk is a recommended day trip destination from Hobart. The stretch of Lyell Highway between Bridgewater and New Norfolk is particulary pretty, especially in the early morning with the river is calm and the reflection on the water of the hills is mirror-like.

Richmond

Brimming with old world charm, Richmond is one of Tasmania's most loved and visited Georgian era colonial villagers. Rich in history and heritage and contains the oldest bridge and St Johns, the earliest Roman Catholic church in Australia, as well as a perfectly preserved colonial gaol. Established in 1825 to house the gangs of convicts used as labour in the area and prisoners in transit, the Gaol has been restored and is now a major tourist attraction.