1 Hobart

Whether at Salamanca Market or modern art sensation MONA, the state capital is quietly gaining a reputation for its alternative culture.

2 Tasman Peninsula

The infamous old penal settlement, UNESCO-listed since 2010, is haunting, but don’t overlook the jaw-dropping coast, seen on bushwalks or an eco-cruise.

3 Freycinet National Park

Tasmania’s great escape, whether the easy walk to Wineglass Bay or a four-day expedition deep into the bush.

4 Bay of Fires

A string of perfect beaches – azure sea and powder-white sands – with bushcamps that are free for up to four weeks. No wonder they call this the Lucky Country.

5 Food and drink

Tasmania’s astonishingly pure environment is a natural provedore for high-quality dining and drinking – Hobart and the area around Cygnet offers rich pickings, as do the vineyards of the Tamar Valley.

6 Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park

Famed for the six-day Overland Track bushwalk, the park’s rugged, glaciated landscape is littered with rewarding day-hikes.

7 Franklin River

Raft one of the world’s most thrilling whitewater roller-coasters – or see it from above on a seaplane flight.

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