Top 5 Things to Do in Southern Tasmania

Tasmania is a place like no other in the world, full of vibrant culture, breathtaking mountains and landscapes, and unique animals and plants. If you’re planning a trip to Southern Tasmania, there are a few absolute must-dos and sights to see to make sure you’re getting the most out of your visit. You may not be able to do everything in one trip, but this top 5 we have compiled for you makes a great itinerary for any trip to Tassie. 


Located on the banks of the Derwent River is Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art. Mona is an exciting and enriching experience for anyone visiting Southern Tasmania. This cultural icon is Australia’s largest private museum and hosts three levels of underground galleries. For easy, fun, and fast travel to Mona, take the Mona Roma ferry from Hobart’s Brook Street Pier on a short 25-minute journey.  As you walk past the tennis court to the museum’s mirror-polished stainless-steel entrance, you will take an elevator underground and be transported to a museum unlike any other in the world.

If you visit Southern Tas in June, you can book tickets for Dark Mofo. Dark Mofo is a renowned festival created by the museum which celebrates Tasmania in winter with music, interactive art installations, and local food and wine.

Salamanca Market

Held every Saturday in the historic Salamanca Place, Salamanca Market is one of Australia’s oldest-running and well-loved street markets. Peruse the numerous offerings of food, drinks, and handmade items provided by local stallholders and take a piece of Southern Tasmania back home with you. Fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers are also available, and with live buskers performing, you don’t want to miss this uniquely Tasmanian experience on a sunny Saturday morning or afternoon.

Hastings Caves

Explore one of the oldest dolomite caves in Australia at Hastings Caves. These wondrous caves are sure to ignite your imagination and captivate you. At these enchanting caves, you can receive a guided tour, swim in a thermal pool, have a picnic, or go on one of the short walks through the lush forest surrounds. Hastings Caves are close to Dover, Southport, and only 90 minutes away from Hobart, so make sure you make the trip when you’re next down in Far South Tasmania.

Hartz Mountains

The majestic Hartz Mountains are a popular destination for tourists, bushwalkers and of course, locals. Formed by ancient glaciers, breathtaking views await you when you make the journey to explore these handsome mountains. During winter you will get the opportunity to see a snow-covered spectacle, but visitors in spring will be treated to beautiful wildflowers and other bright flora which covers the mountains.

Visit a Vineyard

When visiting Southern Tasmania, a full experience wouldn’t be complete without a trip to one of our many world-class wineries and vineyards. Relax and enjoy yourself with a wine tasting, stroll through the grapevines or have lunch at a cellar door.

Hartview vineyard as its name suggests has stunning views of Hartz Mountains. Located in Gardner’s Bay, this vineyard produces cool climate wines, fruit ports, liqueurs, and spiced apple liqueur mead. A visit here is sure to delight your senses.

You can take in the stunning views of surrounding pastures, livestock, and mountains while enjoying an award winning wine and meal at Homehill winery, another fabulous Southern Tasmania winery.

Need Somewhere to Stay?

Essentially Tas has many excellent properties in Dover, Brooks Bay and Southport. Wherever your travels in Southern Tasmania take you, we have luxurious and family friendly properties close by these attractions and other iconic Tasmanian spots. At our deluxe properties, you can enjoy the picturesque surroundings of the Huon Valley and Far South relaxing in front of a wood fire or in the jacuzzi.

To get around, it is recommended you hire a car for your visit so that you can easily travel to all these stand-out attractions. Book early and check availability, as there can be car shortages around peak tourism times.