Tasmania Sites to See, Attractions and Things To Do
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  • Macquarie Island World Heritage Area: Macquarie Island, one of Australia's subantarctic islands and a site of outstanding geological significance on a world scale, has recently been added to the World Heritage List. It provides evidence of the rock types found at great depths in the earths crust but also for plate tectonics and continental drift, the geological processes which have dominated the earths surface for many millions of years.
  • Maria Island: Maria Island has undergone many changes since the first crude camps of whalers and sealers were set up on its shores in the early 1800s. The now tranquil island has been, amongst other things, a setting for convict stations, a stronghold for the varied enterprises of Italian entrepreneur Diego Bernacchi, and a base for the National Portland Cement Company.
  • Mount Field National Park: The Mt. Field National Park is approximately an hour's drive past New Norfolk out of Hobart. Close to the park entrance are three waterfalls: Junee Falls, Marriotts Falls, and the most popular and well-known Russell Falls.The park itself is one of the prime habitats of the Tasmanian Devil. Some of the eucalypt trees in the park are over 400 years old, 90 metres high and 20 metres around the base. Mount Mawson, west of Lake Dobson, is the state's best skifield behind Ben Lomond. It is covered for approximately four months of each year, and chains will be needed.
  • Port Arthur Historic Site: Port Arthur is the pre-eminent symbol of the convict system in 19th century Australia. Begun in 1830 with timber constructions, the site was chosen because the narrow neck of land up the road at Eaglehawk Neck made it easy to cut off escapees. Guided walking tours of the site are available or you can wander through the ruins of the penitentiary, the church and more at your leisure, soaking in the atmosphere.
  • Salamanca Place: Salamanca Place , on the waterfront of Hobart, consists of rows of sandstone buildings, formerly warehouses for the port of Hobart Town, but now used as cafés and offices. Kelly's Steps, between two of the buildings, leads to the historic suburb of Battery Point. Each Saturday morning, roads leading to Salamanca Place are closed for the Salamanca Market. Local traders sell everything from honey to straw dolls, and buskers provide entertainment.
  • Sarah Island: The Sarah Island Historic Site is Tasmania's oldest convict settlement, operating from 1822 to 1833. Located on the rugged west coast and separated from the settled east by a vast tract of mountainous wilderness, Sarah Island was proposed by Lt Governor Sorell as a "place of banishment and security for the worst description of convicts" and as such developed the reputation as one of the severest of the penal settlements established during the history of transportation.
  • Seachange Online: Port Arthur is the main reason visitors come to the Tasman region, but this unique area offers so much more. At this site you can discover some of the many activities that are available to visitors to the Tasman region... enough to make the Tasman Peninsula a total holiday destination. Everything from bushwalks and scuba diving to abseiling and steam train rides.
  • Tamar Valley: Learn about this beautiful area in the north of Tasmania. explore the Tamar Valley's fine food, wine, history, heritage and natural attractions.
  • Tasmanian National Parks: Tasmania has some of he best wilderness areas in Australia and the world. From lakes, the ocean to rugged mountains, you will find it all here.
 

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