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Southern Tasmania
Key Attractions

Hobart: The southern-most and second oldest state capital, Hobart is an historic port situated in a picturesque natural setting beside the deep Derwent River estuary and in the shadow of the mass of Mount Wellington. Hobart's suburbs climb its foothills and those of neighbouring Mount Nelson. Hobart has retained its links with its maritime past by retaining its Georgian colonial stone buildings and fishermen's wharves that are lined with sandstone warehouses.

Georgian Era Villages: Picturesque settlements dot the green countryside to the north-west of Hobart along the Derwent Valley; north and along the Midland Highway and surrounding regions - New Norfolk, Richmond and Oatlands are the most visited.

Tasman Peninsula: one of the most accessible and stunning stretches of Tasmania's coastline, Tasman Peninsula is a place of great natural beauty with towering cliffs and capes, natural arches and ocean vistas. It can be explored by car, on foot via numerous walking trails, or by ocean cruise. The peninsula is also home to some of Australia's most significant historical convict sites, including the Port Arthur Penal Settlement and the convict coal mines on Norfolk Bay.

Port Arthur: Tasman Peninsula, with its sweeping pasture and a coastline of sheltered bays and towering cliffs, is home to Port Arthur, the most complete colonial era convict settlement in Australia. Tasmania's biggest tourist attraction, this historic site set amid convict buildings features interactive displays and tours.

Huon Valley: A popular day trip destination from Hobart, the Huon River winds its way through orchards, wineries, lush green pastures, set against age old forests of Huon Pine that cling to the side of rugged glaciated mountains. Agricultural and fishing villages dot the tranquil landscapes of the valley and peninsula. The road south on the valley's western side terminates at the most southerly point in Australia accessible by motor vehicle.

Bruny Island: A place to give shelter and take on water by seafarers of days gone by, including Abel Tasman, James Cook and William Bligh, Bruny Island still retains much of its wilderness charm. Its many natural attractions include remote beaches, wildlife, rainforest, wetlands, and a spectacular, brooding, rocky coastline. The island is home to thousands of fairy penguins.

Visiting The Region: The Facts

The Best Time To Visit:
Southern Tasmania's climate is mild and pleasant with four distinct seasons, each with its own special pleasures. Summer is mild and pleasant, with warm afternoons and long twilights. Autumn is calm, sunny and cool. Winter is brisk and bracing with snow dusting the high peaks and the air is crisp and clear. Spring is cool, fresh and green with daffodils and apple blossom brighten the countryside.

How to get there:
By car, Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. Drive south from Devonport to Hobart (22om).
Drive south from Hobart via Huon Highway to Bruny Island and the Huon Valley; east via Arthur Highway to Tasman Peninsula and the south east coast.
By coach,
Tassielink Coaches services all major centres throughout Tasmania, including the Huon Valley.

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