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9 natural wonders of Tasmania.

Simon Kruit

Lost for words? A glimpse of the Southern Lights, a triple rainbow, the turning of the fagus and a bay of fires will do that.

Paddle in solitude

A person kayaking on Lake Rosebery, TasmaniaOliver Khedun

Peak hour on Lake Rosebery

In the middle of Lake Rosebery you will hear nothing but the gentle splash of your paddle as it hits the dark water. This large tannin-stained lake derives its colour from the surrounding button grass plains and provides the perfect cover for rainbow trout, which thrive in its depths.

Catch the Southern Lights 

Aurora Australis in TasmaniaTourism Australia & Graham Freeman

Swirls of colour dance across the sky when the Aurora australis comes out to play at Cradle Mountain

Venture into the dark to catch the magic of Tasmania’s Southern Lights (Aurora australis). The best months for display are May to September, and while it’s possible to see the lights from anywhere in Tasmania, the best locations are free of light and have unobstructed views to the south. Even better, pack a camera to capture the show.

The rainbow connection  

Par Avion, TasmaniaMatt Donovan

Somewhere over the rainbow is untamed wilderness of the north west

Do you love chasing rainbows? Here you will see nature’s most fleeting phenomenon fill the skies on a regular basis. This is because Tasmania has the ideal combination of latitudinal coordinates, cloud patterns, low hanging sun and clear skies to create rainbows. Don’t be surprised if you see more than one spectacular display of colour a day. We don’t just do rainbows, we do double and triple rainbows.

Step back in time 

A person standing at the edge of Pierman River in TasmaniaRob Mulally

Who will you meet on the stairs to Lovers Falls on the Pieman River?

You are standing in one of the most untouched temperate rainforests in Australia, the Tarkine. Here you’ll discover plants and animals that live nowhere else in the world and fossils up to 1000 million years old. The ancient landscape and Aboriginal heritage originate in a time when our island was part of the Gondwana megacontinent. Breathe deep, this is living history.

Dive into a Bay of Fires

a woman walking on the empty beach at Bay of Fires, TasmaniaMelissa Findley

Drift among fiery granite boulders in larapuna / Bay of Fires

Head to larapuna / Bay of Fires just before sunset to see the coastline transformed by a stunning crimson glow. The granite boulders on the east coast are covered by an orange lichen, a stunning contrast with the white sand and azure water in the Bay of Fires. Go boulder-hopping or float freely.

Turn up for fagus turning

a woman standing around the turning of the fagus in Cradle Mountain, TasmaniaEmilie Ristevski

See Australia’s only deciduous native transform a Mount Field mountainside into gold

Watch the mountains shimmer in gold in autumn. Between late April and May is the ‘turning of the fagus’ when the leaves of this ancient endemic tree turn red then bright gold for a few weeks. This Deciduous Beech is very rare and fossil records date back 35 million years. Pack your walking boots to find the fagus in the Mount Field and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair national parks. It’s worth the trek.

Star light, star bright 

stargazing in Ben Lomond, Tasmania Melissa Findley

At Ben Lomond National Park there’s just you and the stars when the sun goes down

A million stars will shine upon you in Tassie. Our southern skies put on quite the show. July to early spring is the best time to see the Milky Way in all its glory. The moon rises later, creating perfect viewing conditions. Head away from the city to avoid light pollution and look up – in Tasmania you don’t need to follow a track too far to witness a mind-blowing star spectacle.

Island life

A man standing at an empty beach contemplating the island life in Flinders Island, TasmaniaRob Mulally

Contemplate island life on a deserted beach on Flinders Island

Visit an island off an island. Wander white sandy beaches to see Castle Rock, fossick for Killiecrankie diamonds and paper nautilus shells. Feast on freshly caught rock lobster, trek to the craggy peaks of Mount Strzelecki, or just stop and chat with the locals. You can do as much or as little as you like on Flinders Island.

Enter the wilds

Clouds in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania Matt Donovan

Reflect as you wait for Cradle Mountain to emerge from the clouds

No two days are the same on Dove Lake in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The movement of clouds and the changing light play out before your eyes. From the Dove Lake Circuit Track, follow the tracks that lead to Crater Lake. Pass mossy green waterfalls, alpine plants and wildlife, and end at an expansive canyon – the impact point of a prehistoric meteorite.

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