Southern Tasmania

Tasmania’s south is home to Australia’s second-oldest capital city, Hobart, and many other early towns and settlements. Hobart is well-known for its sandstone colonial architecture, including the vibrant waterfront precinct, home to the Salamanca Market, Taste of Tasmania, and Dark Mofo.

Out of town, southern Tasmania is a varied mixture of pristine forest, rugged mountains and lush agricultural land. The Huon Valley, known for its orchards, helped Tasmania become known as the Apple Isle, and in recent years has become known widely for its eco-tourism. Visit Hastings Caves and the Tahune Airwalk in this beautiful part of the state.

Glimpse Tasmania’s history as a penal colony at the world-renowned Port Arthur Historical Site and see how convicts lived in the 1800s. The nearby Three Capes Walking Track is an acclaimed experience, while the Georgian village of Richmond contains Australia’s oldest bridge and gaol, with a number of award-winning wineries on its doorstep.

This story Southern Tasmania first appeared on The Advocate.