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orange bulletHobart & South East Tasmania Holidays

The river estuaries, bays, inlets, peninsulas and islands of Storm Bay are the most obvious features of this region. The area is rich in convict and early settler history, much of it preserved, which forms a major focus for tours and holidays in the region.

The western parts of this area contain beautiful national parks of mountain forests, streams and waterfalls. The northern area is part of the agricultural heartland rising to the Central Highlands and lake district.

The east area is an imposing coastline with only a few small towns and villages along the way.

orange bulletPlaces Of Interest - South East Tasmania

Hobart & surrounds - Hobart is Australia's second oldest city after Sydney. It is a harbour city situated at the mouth of the Derwent River with a busy deep-water harbour. The city receives national prominence in early January each year at the conclusion of the famous Sydney-Hobart yacht race. Hobart has managed to retain much of it's colonial historical sites. More than 90 buildings have been classified by the National Trust with the majority being in the Macquarie and Davey Streets area.

Spectacular views of the river and city are possible from Mt Wellington. There are historic Georgian buildings, sidewalk cafes and markets at Salamanca Place on the waterfront. Try your luck at the Wrest Point casino. Cruises on the Derwent River are a popular tour. Take the Hobart Ghost tour and then visit the Cascade Brewery to settle the nerves.

Take a guided walk at the historic Battery Point Village. The Cadburys chocolate factory (bookings essential), Maritime Museum, Anglesea Historic Barracks, Gasworks Village and The Shot Tower are some of the most popular attractions in the Hobart area.

Nearby Bruny Island, south of Hobart, is home to the Bligh Museum, Fairy penguins and a large reptile population. Head south from Hobart to Huonville for jet boating tours on the river and wilderness tours.  Travel further south to Geeveston for rafting on the Picton River and access to the Hartz Mountain National Park.

In the opposite direction, enjoy the nearby Georgian village of Richmond with it's cobbled streets, crafts and convict gaol. Continue on to Copping with it's colonial and convict museum and access to the Weilangta Rainforest walk.

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Tasman Peninsula - home of Australia's oldest historical site at Port Arthur with relics from Australia's penal colony past, The Bush Mill and Narrow Gauge Railway. This is Tasmania's number one tour destination. The eroded coastal formations around Eaglehawk Neck and the surrounding game fishing and some of Australia's best scuba diving sites. The Tasmanian Devil Park at Taranna and the convict coal mine relics at Saltwater River.

The Midlands - the township of Bothwell is an historic village which hosts a golf museum and Australia's oldest golf links course. Oatlands offers tours of the largest collection of Georgian architecture in Australia. The oldest is the convict built courthouse. There is an agricultural museum and the restored Callington Mill.

The National Parks - Hartz Mountains National Park sits at the southern tip of Tasmania. It is a mountain wilderness park offering several walks ranging up to a full day. Mount Field National Park is north-west of Hobart and has The Russell Falls, Tall Tree Walk and a trout farm. Some winter skiing depending on snow fall. Walks range from an easy stroll to alpine wilderness trails.

Maria Island National Park sits off the east coast and requires ferry access. It offers wildlife, scenery and history. Accommodation is available in former convict quarters.

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