7 Natural Attractions to Explore in Tasmania This Spring

Famous for its rugged wilderness and natural parks, Tasmania is a destination worth visiting all year around—whether you’re a thrill seeker or a chilled-out traveler. Between September and November, the Australian island blooms into spring with pleasantly cool weather, noticeably longer days, and the beautiful colors of its changing seasons.

Looking to spring right into action? Here are seven activities to look out for, on your next visit:

Table Cape Tulip Farm. Photo: Tourism Tasmania/Tony Crehan

1. Marvel at the vibrant flowers, food, and wine

At this time of the year, flora takes center stage with its vibrant hues and fresh scents. Mark your calendar for the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival, which takes place on October 12 and is renowned for its spectacular display of tulips at Table Cape. Alternatively, make a beeline for the Hobart Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens premiere festival, where visitors will find an overflowing abundance of entertainment, food, and wine. Travelers making a day trip to local wineries can also rejoice in the roadside stalls laden with fresh produce.

Located at Relbia, a 15-minute drive south of Launceston. The estate includes a 61-hectare vineyard and newly-completed state-of-the-art-winery, producing elegant wines from premium cool climate fruit. Photo: Osborne Images

2. Appreciate Tasmania’s nature

Adventurous travelers will be spoilt for choice by The Great Walks of Tasmania‘s selection of multi-day hikes, which are famous for their stunning sceneries. For a breezy way to see the island, consider embarking on a hot air balloon ride with Liberty Balloon Flights—the route lets one float over Launceston, Deloraine, and the Northern Midlands to see sweeps of lush farmland, scattered vineyards, and picturesque villages. Truly the perfect way to appreciate Tasmania’s springtime beauty.

The Pieman River was named after Danyule Pearce, “the pieman”, a baker transported to Macquarie Harbour as a convict, who escaped, and killed and ate his companions to survive.  Photo: Tourism Tasmania/Michael Walters Photography

3. Paddle with the platypus

Go on a paddling adventure that takes you to spot a platypus in its natural environment. An egg-laying mammal with the bill and webbed feet of a duck, the tail of a beaver, and the fur of an otter – these creatures have to be seen to be believed. Via a gentle current on the River Derwent, paddle past hop growing fields and farmland in the Derwent Valley (west of Hobart) to a specific stretch of the river, only accessible via kayak, where platypuses are very active through the warmer months of the year. No kayaking experience is required for this family-friendly adventure.

More information here.

The lush Lake Chisholm Reserve. Photo: Jess Bonde

4. Explore the rugged wilderness 

Located on Tasmania’s west coast, the Tarkine’s unbounded locality is situated in an area of wilderness that is rich in convict heritage and has a history of logging and mining that dates back to the 1800s. If you are looking for a remote wilderness experience amongst ancient rainforest, with waterfalls and button grass plains, Tarkine Quad and Side by Side Adventures offers 1-day/overnight/3-day rides with all food, fuel, and accommodation included. In May, for instance, there is a single day Winter Waterfalls Tarkine Adventure which brings you to three scenic waterfalls that are only accessible on a buggy or quad bike.

More information here.

Highland cattle. Photo: Lusy Productions

5. Go on a highland getaway ATV farm tour

If you’d like to see farm animals up close and personal, go on a farm adventure tour with Julie and her 6-seater ATV which will bring you to the 51-hectare Highland Getaway in Huon Valley where you can walk among the Instagram-friendly highland cattle, feed ever-smiling alpacas and spot birds in the air such as wrens and wedge-tail eagles. The two-hour tour also includes a trip to the Summer House on the dam that overlooks the Huon River and lastly, to the homestead for refreshments.

More information here.

The massive Stringy Bark tree. Photo: Tourism Tasmania/Joe Shemesh

6. See giant trees up close

Have you ever seen monster trees taller than a high-rise building? If not, Great Tree Expeditions offers a tour through a variety of ancient forests in southern Tasmania where you will get to see and touch some of the world’s tallest trees and largest flowering plants. Picnic lunch and observation gear are included with day trips departing from Hobart, Maydena, Geeveston, and Huonville.

More information here.

The Tasmanian devil. Photo: Rob Burnett

7. Spot wildlife after dark at Cradle Mountain 

One of the best ways of observing Tasmania’s native wildlife is to embark on an after-dark wildlife spotting excursion to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park where you have a good chance of spotting creatures such as wallabies, wombats, possums and maybe even a Tasmanian Devil or two when they are most active. Suitable for all ages, most tours will provide guides, flashlights and hotel transfers.

More information here.

This article was brought to you by Tourism Tasmania.

 

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