6 Unique Adventures to Embark on in Tasmania

Here are some things you didn’t know you could do in the vast and wild Australian island, from midwinter festivals to ghost tours.

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1. See a scenic gorge on the world’s longest single-span chairlift

The scenic Cataract Gorge is one of Tasmania’s key attractions, and what better way to take in the views than by being on the world’s longest single-span chairlift? Covering 457 meters, an eight-minute ride on the chairlift allows passengers to fully appreciate and photograph sights like the South Esk River, tree rhododendrons, and fern glades. If a nice stroll is preferred, Walk Cataract Gorge offers “The Jewel of Launceston” experience, an hour-long walk starting from Kings Bridge, taking you through the gorge, across first basin before ending at basin cottage. A tour guide will also be around to share more about the area’s unique flora and fauna, as well as the wildlife.

More information here.

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2. Embark on ghost tours at Australia’s most well-preserved convict settlement

Located an hour southeast of Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula, the Port Arthur Historic Site is a must-see for history buffs. Here, visitors will be able to understand how a feared convict settlement became a World Heritage Historic Site by exploring more than 30 historic buildings, ruins, restored houses, heritage gardens, and walking trails spread over 40 hectare of open land. Thrill seekers can also embark on the nightly ghost tour which will bring them to some of Port Arthur’s more infamous buildings and ruins where paranormal activity has been known to occur.

More information here.

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3. Zipline 50 meters over a forest

Located a 20-minute drive from Launceston, the Hollybank Treetops Adventure makes a fun-filled day trip destination for both adults and children. The adventure park lets visitors experience a close-up view of the surrounding forest via a series of zip lines. The zip lines take one soaring through the trees some 20 meters above ground level, with the longest individual section of zip line roughly 100 meters long and the tallest point reaching almost 50 meters high.

More information here.

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4. Check out a midwinter festival of music and art

Avid festivalgoers ought to add Dark Mofo to their check list. Hosted by Mona (Museum of Old and New Art), the annual winter festival celebrates the dark through eccentric public art, music, light, and sound. Highlights of this year’s event include performances by international musicians and artists; a new program Dark and Dangerous Thoughts comprising a curated showcase of literature, film and ideas; and the annual Nude Solstice Swim where hundreds of brave souls plunge into the River Derwent in their birthday suits to welcome back the return of the light after the longest night.

More information here.

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5. Enjoy a four-day guided nature tour

Nature lovers will enjoy the Freycinet Experience Walk, one of the 12 designated Great Walks of Australia. Spanning four days, the guided walk covers the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast, including the iconic Wineglass Bay. Limited to 10 persons per group, the walk lets participants discover pristine beaches, hike through pink granite mountains, and immerse themselves in forests of towering white gums. After the walk, return to the Friendly Beaches Lodge for blissful showers, comfortable beds, and candlelit dinners.

More information here.

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6. Witness a fiery autumn spectacle

If you’re visiting Tasmania in late April and early May, be sure to whip out your cameras when the native fagus tree presents its spectacular seasonal display. As Australis’s only cold climate deciduous tree, the fagus is found only in the remote highland regions of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. As the leaves change color, they show off brilliant hues of red, yellow, orange, and gold. The best spots to witness this sight are at the northern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and Mount Field National Park around Lake Fenton.

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