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If you’re planning to visit to Tassie and have your list of nature attractions complete, then it might be time to add some quaint towns in Tasmania to your list, too.
It’s a unique part of Australia with stunning scenery, unmatched history, and a food and wine scene that will make your taste buds EXPLODE.
Tasmania is famous for its clean air, unique native wildlife, unspoiled nature, and relaxed vibe.
But when you’re done exploring for the day, you’re going to need a place to lay your head, which is why we recommend you head out of the cities and visit some of the charming Tasmania towns.
The towns in Tasmania are where you’ll find the friendliest locals, the slow-paced lifestyle that beckons you to stop and take a breathe, as well as a rural, community charm you won’t feel anywhere else.
But what towns do you visit? In this guide, we’ve shared our favorite Tassie towns!
The Best Towns in Tasmania To Visit
So plan on a good old fashioned Tasmanian road trip, and below are my favourite towns I suggest you highlight on your map to plot your journey.
Historic Richmond is a small town within easy reach of Hobart (25 kilometres north east).
We enjoyed half a day exploring the historic sites and taking a stroll along the river before grabbing a bite to eat at the Richmond Hotel followed by coffee and cake at the popular bakery.
Richmond is home to Australia’s oldest bridge (built in 1825) and Australia’s oldest Roman Catholic church, St John’s.
You should also check out the Richmond Gaol and just wander around town looking at the numerous heritage-listed buildings. Richmond is lovely.
2. Coles Bay
Coles Bay is set in a spectacular location with uninterrupted views of the red and pink granite peaks known as The Hazards.
It’s a small town with a few shops and cafes – don’t miss Tombolo Restaurant and coffee bar for great coffee + wood fired pizzas with stunning views. Another place you must visit is Freycinet Marine Farm, where you can find some of the freshest oysters in Tasmania.
This town is mostly known as the main entrance point to Freycinet National Park (our favourite place in Tasmania). Nearby Honeymoon Bay is a brilliant and consider going kayaking in the beautiful bay.
We could easily spend a week based here exploring Freycinet and all it’s walks.
Getting to Strahan involves a decent half to full day of driving (depending on where you’re coming from) as it’s all the way over on the west coast, but definitely worth the effort.
It’s a small port town and from where we did our cruise down the famous World Heritage Gordon River, one of the highlights of our month in Tassie.
Another reason to visit Strahan is to embark on the famous West Coast Wilderness Railway, which travels between Strahan and Queenstown. It’s one of the most scenic routes in Tasmania and an attraction not to be missed.
We also saw one of the best sunsets we have ever seen anywhere setting over Strahan.
Situated on the shores of Bass Strait, Penguin is the best town to base yourself to explore the north west region of Tasmania.
We really enjoyed the vibe of the town, Kalyra liked the big Penguin dressed in a Santa suit, and the local markets were a hit with Caz.
Nearby don’t miss Turners Beach Berry Patch (great for the kids), Hellyers Road Distillery in Burnie, the coastal drive to Ulverstone, and the Nut in Stanley.
We stayed at the Penguin Waterfront Escape Apartments right in the centre of town with awesome views over Bass Strait.
Corinna is remote, quiet, small, and a true wilderness experience. It’s a former mining town on the banks of the Pieman river and at the end of the Tarkine (the largest temperate rainforest in Australia) and the northern most point where the famous Huon pine grows.
Stay in a rustic cottage at Corinna Wilderness village, walk amongst the rainforest, kayak down the river or take a cruise on the historic Arcadia II.
Access to Corinna is by barge boat (if coming from Strahan) and is a unique experience in Tasmania away from the mass tourism.
When you arrive in Evandale you feel as if the clock has been wound back 100 years.
It’s a National Trust classified Georgian village with unspoiled heritage buildings making it a popular place for tourists and easily accessible from Launceston.
Clarendon House, just outside of the village, is said to be one of Australia’s greatest Georgian houses.
We devoured a coffee and cake at the Ingleside licensed bakery cafe located inside the old Council chambers built in 1867. There is a pretty courtyard bursting with flowers or, in the winter, a cozy roaring fire.
We only stayed for lunch in Bicheno but wished we’d planned a night. The beach was a pleasant surprise, as was the coastal walk around to the rocky headland overlooking the bay.
The town is primarily a fishing port popular with holiday makers and retirees for its mild climate and sunny weather. It’s also a well known place for seeing the fairy penguins.
8. Port Arthur
Looking for a complex history and lots of drama? Port Arthur is where you’ll find it in spades.
Known for its historic Georgian architecture and historical landmarks, Port Arthur has a story to tell. It was once a penal settlement for some of Australia’s hardened convicts.
Today it’s an open-air museum where visitors can wander around the ruins and see the old prison quarters and learn about the lives of the prisoners all those years ago.
It’s one of the best things to do in Tassie and you’re based in Hobart it’s accessible via a day trip since it’s located in the heart of the Coal River Valley.
For a great bite to eat, don’t miss the Doo-Lishus food truck at nearby Eaglehawk Neck for the best fish and chips in Tasmania, plus homemade scallop, rabbit, and venison pies.
9. Binalong Bay
Binalong Bay is a small coastal town in north-east Tasmania, and the main reason for visiting is because it’s situated at the southern end of the spectacular Bay of Fires.
Once you’ve photographed the Bay of Fires and played on the beach at Binalong, be sure to hit up the Binalong Bay Cafe for great coffee and delicious desserts, complete with an awesome view of the beach.
Head around the bay to St Helens Point for more relaxing, coastal scenery.
Not a town, no, but you must visit Hobart. It’s a lovely, walkable city on the harbour with a gentle pace of life and lots to do in and around the area – we spent 6 days here.
Walk the historic Battery Point, wander Salamanca Place and admire the sandstone buildings, check out the famous Salamanca Markets and visit the craft shops and stalls by local producers.
Another top attraction is the fascinating MONA museum, and that’s a recommendation coming from us non-museum people.
There’s not much going on in the town of Launceston, but it’s a great base to explore some excellent places nearby, and it’s also the cheapest city to fly into from the Australian mainland.
Once you’ve seen City Park, the James Boags Brewery and done the Saturday Harvest Market, the best nearby attraction is beautiful Cataract Gorge.
From Launceston, make sure you explore the Tamar Valley wine region, the Tamar wetlands walk, World Heritage Brickendon Estate and Josef Chromy Winery.
You’ve got to visit Deloraine in Tasmania. It’s a charming town nestled on the banks of the Meander River, surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.
The town is rich in history and has a deep love for arts and crafts. You can explore the fascinating Yarning Circle and enjoy a cozy fire pit experience.
You can also take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque River Walk and admire the stunning Statue Walk.
Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre and immerse yourself in the local culture at the Deloraine & Districts Folk Museum.
It has a warm and welcoming atmosphere that captivates anyone who comes here.
Triabunna is a little gem located on the stunning East Coast, just a short drive from Hobart and Launceston.
Triabunna is surrounded by beautiful beaches, coastal reserves, and lush forests, making it an outdoor lover’s paradise.
Triabunna was once a prosperous fishing port and timber town, with a fascinating history dating back to the 1830s when it served as a whaling base. Today, it’s a charming rural residential area that has retained its old-world charm.
When you visit, make sure to hop on the Encounter Maria Island ferry and explore the incredible Painted Cliffs on Maria Island. This tour can take you there!
Stop by the Triabunna Visitor Information Centre for some helpful tips and grab a cuppa at the Coffee Palace for a cozy break. And don’t forget to wander around MacLaines Creek Conservation Area, a peaceful green space that will soothe your soul.
Triabunna truly offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and laid-back vibes. Trust me, you won’t regret a trip to this little slice of paradise.
If you’re looking for a unique and historically rich destination in Tasmania, Bothwell is the place to be. This small country town has a population of around 485 and is nestled in the picturesque Clyde River Valley.
Bothwell has a fascinating history dating back to the 1820s when it was settled by Scottish farmers.
Imagine fire-and-brimstone sermons being delivered in Gaelic from the town’s pulpits in its early days! Today, you can still see the remnants of this history with over 60 historic buildings and locations to explore.
One of the must-visit spots in Bothwell is Ratho Farm, which offers a stay that combines history, golf, and stunning views. You can soak up the interesting Tasmanian history while enjoying a game of golf or simply relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, you’ll love exploring the fertile farmlands and scenic landscapes surrounding Bothwell, such as walking along the Clyde River or hiking in the nearby highlands for some breathtaking views.
Bothwell is a hidden gem that shouldn’t be missed.
Known as The Town of Murals, Sheffield is a charming town located inland from Devonport on the northwest coast of Tasmania and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty.
Sheffield is famous for its incredible murals that adorn the town’s buildings, creating an outdoor art gallery like no other. Stroll through the streets and immerse yourself in the vibrant colors and creative expressions of rural life and history.
But that’s not all! Sheffield is also nestled under the majestic Mount Roland, offering breathtaking views and fantastic hiking opportunities. Lace up your boots and embark on a hike to the summit for an unforgettable experience.
While you’re there, make sure to visit the Kentish Museum and learn about the area’s rich history. And don’t forget to indulge in some delicious local produce, as Sheffield is known for its dairy farming and high-quality products.
If you’re up for an adventure, you’ve got to check out Derby. This small town in the northeast of Tassie is a hidden gem with a rich history and plenty of things to do.
Derby was once a bustling tin mining town in the 1800s, and it still retains its old-world charm. The town sits along the picturesque Ringarooma River, offering stunning riverside views and a peaceful atmosphere.
Today, Derby is known for its world-class mountain biking trails. The Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails wind through the temperate rainforest, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience for riders of all skill levels.
If biking isn’t your thing, don’t worry. You can also explore the enchanting Derby Tunnel, visit the Tin Dragon Interpretation Centre and Cafe, or even relax in the Floating Sauna Lake Derby.
So, whether you’re a thrill-seeker or someone who appreciates history and natural beauty, Derby has something for everyone.
Ross is a charming village located in the Midlands of Tassie and offers a perfect blend of history and natural beauty.
Ross is steeped in colonial history, with well-preserved Georgian buildings that will transport you back in time. Take a stroll through the village and admire the beautiful architecture while imagining life in the 19th century.
But that’s not all there is to do in Ross! You can explore the stunning Macquarie River, which runs through the village, and enjoy some peaceful moments by its banks.
Don’t miss out on visiting the famous Ross Bridge, one of Tasmania’s most fascinating bridges.
If you’re looking for a picturesque and laid-back town in Tasmania, Cygnet should be your first choice. This charming town is nestled in the Huon Valley, surrounded by rolling hills and stunning waterways.
Cygnet has a rich history as a thriving apple-growing region, and you can still see remnants of its agricultural past today.
But what makes Cygnet truly special is its creative and artistic community. The town is filled with galleries showcasing local artwork, craft shops, and even a vibrant live music scene.
When you visit Cygnet, make sure to explore the beautiful Cygnet Coast Road, which offers breathtaking views of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. You can also take a leisurely stroll along the Cygnet Esplanade and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.
For foodies, Cygnet is a dream come true. The town boasts a range of fantastic cafes, restaurants, and farmers markets where you can indulge in delicious local produce, including the famous Huon Valley apples.
Cygnet is also the gateway to Bruny Island, where you can see the islands top attractions such as Cape Bruny Lighthouse and The Neck Game Reserve.
Don’t miss a chance to get out to the Hartzview Vineyard, producer of some of Tasmania’s best wines and also the most southern vineyard in the country today.
Map of The Best Towns of Tasmania
To help you plan which towns to visit in Tasmania, here is a helpful map showing you their locations…Click on this link to access the map, save a copy of it, and then edit it to suit your trip, including adding in driving directions.
Final Thoughts on The Towns of Tasmania
The towns of Tasmania are a trove of hidden treasures waiting to be discovered. They offer a glimpse into the authentic local life and culture that you won’t find in the bustling cities.
One of the best things about these small towns is their proximity to the best natural beauty in the country, from stunning coastlines to lush forests and rolling hills.
But it’s not just about the scenery. These towns have a charm of their own, with friendly locals and a laid-back atmosphere. You can visit quaint cafes, browse through local boutiques, and immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and crafts scene.
We hope this guide helped you pick a few towns to visit on your next trip to Tasmania.
Tours of Tasmania
We have two Tasmania group tours to recommend if you don’t want to travel independently. These are with our preferred partner, Globus tours which also include Cosmos. Be sure to use our discount code when booking!
- Ready to discover what all the fuss is about? Serving up waterfalls, wine tastings, and rustic, resort lodges within a stone’s throw of some of Australia’s most spectacular sights, this 9-day Tassie tour will introduce you to the favorite features and creatures of this idyllic island state.
- Consider yourself a bit of a foodie? This escorted tour of Tasmania with Cosmos Tours is the one for you! Embark on the adventure of a lifetime during this 7-day culinary-focused Tasmania tour from Hobart to Launceston.
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