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7 alternate holiday ideas when visiting Tasmania

Kayak along the Three Capes for a different perspective of Tassie
Kayak along the Three Capes for a different perspective of Tassie

Whether it's your first time or your third, Tasmania is one of those places where one trip just isn't enough. There are so many experiences to uncover on the Apple Isle and while we still have our list of favourites, these alternate holidays offer an active experience that breaks away from popular trails. 

Think more wilderness and fewer visitors, so you can join us knowing our truly sustainable adventures will unlock local gems in the company of our fantastic guides.

Here's where to venture instead when rediscovering this beautiful Australian state.

If you delight in thrills and spills ↷ switch your boots for a paddle

Rafting through the World Heritage wilderness along the Franklin River |  <i>Justin Walker/Outside Media</i>

Raft the Franklin River, one of the last wild rivers in the world sustainably, and see why it was voted the ‘Best white-water rafting journey on earth’. If you prefer a more comfortable adventure on the shores, make a splash on a range of kayaking trips – from the Three Capes to Bruny Island – with opportunities to spot Australian fur seals, dolphins and fairy penguins, amongst other wildlife.

If you loved the Overland Track ↷ visit the Walls of Jerusalem

Pool of Siloam, Walls of Jerusalem National Park |  <i>Luke Tscharke</i>

Trek through a natural fortress of peaks and crags in the region dubbed as the 'Land of a Thousand Lakes' – venture the epic Walls of Jerusalem guided or self-guided (no permits required!).

If you want a new challenge ↷ bucket the South Coast Track

Expect river crossings when trekking Tasmania's South Coast Track |  <i>John Dalton</i>

Traverse 85km of pristine, wild and ever-changing landscapes with an experienced team backing you across every muddy moor and steep ascent. Check out the epic itinerary.

Not for the fainthearted, expect creek and river crossings that could be waist-deep while carrying a full pack of up to 20 kilograms, which increases the difficulty. It is an extremely demanding trek but one of Australia's finest long-distance walks.

If you enjoyed coastal walks on Maria Island ↷ explore the Flinders Island

Flinders Island's spectacular coastline

With three of Tasmania's listed 60 Great Short Walks found on Flinders Island, it's island walking at its finest. Highlights include the opportunity to summit the dramatic granite peaks of Mt Killiecrankie and Mt Strzelecki, giving you spectacular 360-degree views, as well as an amazing array of ecosystems from dunes and lagoons to woodland and mountainous granite ridge.

If you can't get enough of Tassie's fresh produce ↷ take a foodie pilgrimage with Peter Kuruvita

Tasmanian lobster with truffle sauce creme |  <i>Peter Kuruvita</i>

Set amidst Tasmania's icons – Bay of Fires, Freycinet Peninsula and Cradle Mountain, join one of Australia's foremost chefs, Peter Kuruvita, for a hands-on, deluxe culinary adventure. It's the ultimate food lover's tour of the Apple Isle which includes a once in a lifetime seafood tour in Hobart, truffle hunting, savouring Tasmania's boutique wine and whiskey, and plenty of cooking experiences.

If you enjoyed the alpine wonders of 'the Walls' ↷ head to the 'wild west' of the Tarkine

The Tarkine rainforest provides a sanctuary for at least 60 rare species

Explore a sanctuary for at least 60 rare or endangered species which brims with a natural history dating back 100 million years. Discover incredible river systems and dramatic coastlines as you venture off the trails in the Takayna/Tarkine region.

If you want more activity on your holiday ↷ traverse Tasmania's top East Coast highlights on foot, by bike and by kayak

Amazing views of Wineglass in Freycinet National Park |  <i>Toni Wythes</i>


When you can't decide whether to hike, bike or head for a paddle, why not do it all? Our Cycle, Kayak and Walk Tasmania trip offer plenty of time to enjoy various activities and take in the island state's spectacular surrounds.

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