Provided by: Tourism Tasmania and Brian Dullaghan
Section in Tasmania
Do and See
Detached from mainland Australia, the island of Tasmania offers a very different experience from your typical Australian holiday. There are luxurious guided walks into the wilderness, wild ocean cruises where you’ll enter sea caves and gaze at the tallest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, ocean kayaking, sailing, mountain climbing, bushwalking and wine tasting. The locals love to share stories of the island too. Expect ghost tours by candlelight, Aboriginal storytelling by campfires, and history that unravels as you explore mining towns and fishing villages of the island.
Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

The Bay of Fires Walk covers a coastline where there are more extraordinary white sandy beaches than houses. Immerse yourself in the pristine coastal environment teeming with wildlife. Accommodation is uncomplicated and luxurious of either the beach camp or exclusive Bay of Fires Lodge, an airy seaside cliff top lodge overlooking the azure ocean and blazing orange boulders. Walk through the bush to the spa, beginning your spa experience with a soothing soak in the outdoor bathing pavilion.
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Bonnet Island Experience

Bonnet Island Experience

The Bonnet Island Experience departing from Strahan visits a tiny island at Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's west coast. Cruise in comfort arriving on Bonnet Island just before dusk. Hear stories of shipwrecks, rescues, storms and survival. Visit a historic lighthouse, to learn how the keepers lived and worked, guiding ships into the harbour. The island is also home to a thriving colony of little penguins and short-tailed shearwaters. These amazing birds spend their days fishing at sea in all conditions, returning each evening at dusk, to their burrows on the island. Observing this phenomenon from close quarters is at the heart of The Bonnet Island Experience - a memorable and intimate encounter.
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King River Rafting

King River Rafting

Be swept away on the King River Rafting adventure on Tasmania’s west coast. Your journey begins aboard the 118-year-old West Coast Wilderness Railway, Australia’s only steam train of its kind. With rafts atop and rafters aboard, the train will travel through remote rainforests and incredible landscapes to Dubbil Barril where your journey takes a rapid turn. Here you’ll swap comfort for courage as you plunge into the rapids of the mighty King River, which flows as fast as the adrenaline. Along the way, when the waters are calm, your guide will share stories of the region’s fascinating history.
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Bicheno Penguin Tour

Bicheno Penguin Tour

See wild little penguins emerge from the ocean and head for their homes in a natural rookery on an after-dark tour. Established by locals to protect the penguin population, the tour lets you get close to the penguins without disturbing their nightly journey. These are wild birds, so penguin numbers and arrival times vary with the life-cycle activity and weather, with larger numbers of 100 -125 birds from September to January. You can expect to get very close to a penguin on this tour.
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West Coast Wilderness Railway

West Coast Wilderness Railway

It is an engineering marvel, the world's steepest steam-operated railway. This is Tasmania's West Coast Wilderness Railway, and it is 28 tonnes of special. Today, passengers are moved by the same locomotives that began the run from Queenstown back in 1896. They take a comfortable 16-kilometre run through the wildlands, uphill through spectacular landscapes and down to a place called Dubbill Barrill, with stops for a little gold panning and sightseeing. These locos were originally built to move copper ore for the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, delivering the mine's deep riches out of a massive, landlocked deposit at Queenstown to the port of Strahan, and from there, to the world. And every passenger is greeted by one of the line's original workhorses, a 28 tonne steam locomotive that's ready to roll – and guaranteed to raise a smile.
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