This is currently the state’s number one tourist attraction and has been for the past several years. Established in 1830, it served as Australian’s largest penal settlement until 1877. On a visit you get to explore all the ruins including the penitentiary, the prison and the church. Or, for something a little different why not try one of the nightly ghost tours to the convict ruins incorporating a cruise to the Isle of the Dead. And, if you can afford to take an entire day to see Port Arthur, you should also visit the nearby Tasmanian Devil Park and Remarkable Cave which lies just to the south of the ruins.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Situated about ninety minutes from Devonport, this is Tasmania’s most popular national park. And, a visit to the area will soon show you why. With an area of about one hundred and sixty thousand hectares and officially recognised as a UN World Heritage area, this is the perfect place to unwind and leave the chaos of urban life far behind. With a variety of bush walks through various terrains and some spectacular scenery, this is another location you really should try not to miss during your visit to the island.
Taking place in the Tasmanian capital of Hobart, the Salamanca Market takes place between 8.30am and 3.00pm every Saturday. In operation since 1972 when it had just ten stalls, it now consists of over three hundred selling arts, crafts, food and flowers. And, as well as the wonderful array of items for purchase, the location itself is also pretty impressive. Set against the backdrop of numerous historic Georgian warehouses dating back to the 1830s which have since been converted into galleries, theatres, cafes and restaurants, the market is the perfect place to while away a Saturday morning or afternoon.
Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural and Art Centre
The north west coast of Tasmania is home to several Aboriginal cultural centres, the most important of which is the Tiagarra centre. Located at Mersey Bluff in Devonport, this particular attraction is home to over two hundred and fifty images of Aboriginal rock engravings and is also situated nearby the real thing. Tiagarra means ‘keep’ in the native language and as well as the carvings, you will also get to see numerous artefacts and displays which are designed to paint a picture of the lifestyle of the Tasmanian Aborigines for the visitor. The centre also offers excellent views of the river and the coastline. A fascinating place to discover more about the island’s past inhabitants and its history.
Cataract Gorge Reserve
Situated less than two kilometres outside the centre of Launcestown, Cataract Gorge consists of two main gardens, the First and the Cliff Grounds. Connected by a chairlift which has the longest single span in the world measuring over three hundred metres, the gardens offer numerous activities to their visitors. You can explore one of the many walking trails, try your skills at abseiling or rock climbing or attempt white water rafting. Or, for those of you who fancy something a little easier you can swim in the Reserve’s outdoor pool or cruise the Gorge in the paddlesteamer, MV Lady Stelfox. Whatever your choice the Reserve will not disappoint.