Tasmania was the last part of the Australian continent to separate from the great southern landmass of Gondwana 45 million years ago. This, together with 10,000 years of isolation from mainland Australia, has resulted in Tasmania’s environment being significantly different to the rest of the country.
Tasmania’s coastline embraces fjords, large bays, magnificent beaches and dramatic sea cliffs. On the east coast the granite peaks of the Freycinet Peninsula mark the southern end of the land bridge that once linked Tasmania to mainland Australia. The loss of this land bridge served to protect Tasmanian wildlife hence the island is the last bastion of several mammals. Tasmanian Devils, Eastern and Spotted-tailed Quolls, Tasmanian Bettongs and a variety of smaller marsupials are frequently seen.
Coastal wildlife includes Fairy Penguins, fur-seals, sea-lions, dolphins, Humpback and Southern Right Whales as well as the occasional visitor from further south – King Penguins and Leopard Seals.
The southwest corner is one of Australia’s most pristine wilderness areas, accessible only on foot or by scenic flight. Most of this region and the Central Plateau are comprised of heath covered mountains and peaks rising above beautiful mountain lakes. The lakes and rivers of the high country are renowned for their trout fishing.
In 1803 the first settlers arrived to establish a penal colony on the island and the ensuing settlement resulted in conflict with the small Tasmanian Aboriginal population. Much of the original colonial and convict architecture remains today and is amongst the finest of its kind in Australia. Less obvious, though no less significant, is the evidence of Aboriginal culture in the middens that dot the State’s coastline.
Tasmanians pride themselves on top quality food and wine and the island’s produce is evident in the gourmet cuisine which is an integral part of welcoming Tasmanian hospitality.
68,401 sq km (26,410 sq miles)
Flight time from London
GMT +11 (AEST)
When to go
More than anywhere else in Australia, Tasmania enjoys four seasons, each with its own unique appeal.
Summer (December, January, February) sees warm and sunny days and is festival season.
Autumn (March, April, May) is a mellow season with calm, sunny days, and the best time to sample some of the best, fresh Tasmanian produce at events like the Taste of the Huon
Winter (June, July, August) is the time to relax indoors by a log fire, or head out for an invigorating walk and then sit down to a delicious Tasmanian meal but in can also be wet.
Spring (September, October, November) is the season of cool, fresh and green countryside, the sweet scent of gardens in bloom and the bite of fish on a lure. Blooming Tasmania begins with tulip festivals in the north and south and continues through until May.
- High Season
- Mid Season
- Shoulder Season
Where to stay
These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.
Pepper’s Cradle Mountain Lodge
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions. The perfect haven to escape, rejuvenate, indulge and explore.
Red Feather Inn
The Red Feather Inn is a charming place to relax, share and enjoy, the staff ready to meet your every need as a luxury retreat from the hustle of everyday life. Explore the region then enjoy their unique dining experience showcasing the very best seasonal Tasmanian produce on offer and cellar of local cool climate Tasmanian and Australian wines.
Saffire Freycinet is a luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’s East Coast, delivering sophisticated and intimate style and an inspirational experience. Discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty.