Nature and wildlife
Tasmania is home to huge diversity of plants and animals and 40 per cent of Tasmania is covered by national parks and reserves.
From mountains, cool temperate rainforests, waterfalls, beaches, coastal areas, you can explore all facets of nature within our small island
Here are some great places to explore in Tasmania.
Cradle Mountain is the best place in Tasmania to have a winter wonderland experience. The Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park is a diverse landscape which includes grassland, rainforests and a rich wildlife habitat. Whether you want a rugged holiday with challenging hikes and camping, or you prefer a comfortable stay in front of a fire, with a hot drink and stunning views, Cradle Mountain is the destination for you.
Wineglass Bay and Freycinet
Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast is full of amazing bushwalks (short and long), spectacular views and turquoise water. Enjoy peaceful moments on the white sandy beaches with a view of The Hazards mountain range. Home to the famous Wineglass Bay, the Freycinet peninsula will not disappoint.
Hobart’s vibrant city sits at the foothills of kunanyi/Mount Wellington. At 1,271 m above sea level, the mountain is impressive to watch from any angle across the city. Or why not catch a ride to the top and get a spectacular birds-eye view of Hobart and beyond. There are 18,000 hectares of wilderness and diversity of plants and animals. You can experience this mountain by walking its many tracks - from easy walks to ones that needs a bit more grunt. - Winter may also give you a time to play in the snow.
What makes Launceston a perfect place to study is its proximity to the Cataract Gorge. Only a 10- minute’ walk from the city centre, this amazing place offers, panoramic views, walking trails, a swimming pool and a great spot for a picnic or day out. You can even purchase a scenic chairlift ride across the gorge.
Maria Island is a natural wildlife sanctuary located off the east coast of Tasmania. You will experience Tasmania’s native wildlife, incredible bays, beaches and stunning cliff formations. With no cars on the island, this is the perfect place for waking and bike lover s- only a short ferry ride to experience this paradise.
Mount field is one of Tasmania’s oldest national parks and one of its most diverse. Waterfall chasers are bound to be impressed by the three-tiered Russell Falls. Mount Field National Park is just over an hour’s drive from Hobart. It’s a favourite winter escapade for Hobartians, with spectacular snowfall on some winter days.
Bruny Island, just off the south east coast of Tasmania has a bit of everything for any visitor. Be it bushwalks, beach strolls or a picnic with artisan cheese and cheese and produce, you can do it on Bruny Island. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you should look out for little penguins, white wallabies, fur seals and other endemic species.
Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires, in the North east cost of Tasmania is a striking coastal area with clear blue seas, white sandy beaches and orange-coloured boulders lining the coast. The Bay of Fires is located about three hours from Launceston and is a perfect camping spot to enjoy one of the most beautiful sunrises you’ll see.
To get to these places, look for Tasmanian regional bus services- our jump onto a tour. Most tour companies will have student rates.