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10 Best places for seniors in Tasmania

The smallest state of Australia, Tasmania is isolated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. It is an island of wonderful landscapes, rich heritage, unique wilderness and world-class food and wine. Life thrives without the presence of pollution! Tasmania is a great place for most travellers but its serenity makes it especially attractive to senior travellers.

Since it is separated from mainland Australia, you get to enjoy the stillness and beauty of nature.

There are many things to do in Tasmania for seniors, including hiring a car and driving around or joining a guided tour for convenience. It’s great to have all the nuts and bolts of a trip planned out for you.

Pristine beaches, ancient rainforests and stunning alpine peaks; beautiful gardens, rich history and culinary delights. Although Tasmania has so much to offer visitors of all ages, the Apple Isle’s old-fashioned charm, quaint historic villages and leisurely pace make it all the more attractive to mature travellers.

Whether you choose to travel independently or with a group, you can expect a Tasmanian holiday to be natural, epicurean, historical, luxurious and wild. Here are some top things to do and best places for seniors in Tasmania.

Tasmania has a fabulous choice of activities, attractions, tours and cruises for senior travellers. Here my 10 best places for seniors in Tasmania

1- Hobart

Hobart Waterfront Henry Jones Art Hotel

Photo: Tourism Tasmania

Enjoy culture and history in Australia’s southernmost capital city. Salamanca Place is a delight to explore and Hobart’s waterfront has a great deal of charm.

Of Tasmania’s many heritage attractions and historic sites, Live History is one that brings the past into the present through a strolling theatre performance.

You walk alongside actors in period dress as they re-enact history and conditions in the Female Factory where female prisoners were held.

Bring history to bed by sleeping in a historic hotel such as The Lenna, once owned by Scottish shipbuilder Alexander McGregor, or the sleek avant-garde Henry Jones Art Hotel, converted from the old IXL jam factory.

There’s a Cider Trail you can do while staying in Hobart and Tasmanian whisky is making inroads on the world stage.

2- Tamar Valley

For the foodies, Tasmania’s temperature climate makes it a gourmet heaven for seafood, gourmet food and wine. Enjoying Tasmanian food and wine in the Tamar Valley.

A drive around the island offers a cornucopia of tastes; speciality cheeses, mouth-watering seafood, beef, leatherwood honey, handmade chocolates, truffles and apples.

3- Freycinet National Park

Freycinet National Park 1

Photo: Tourism Tasmania

Bushwalking, fresh mountain air and gazing at beautiful views of Wineglass Bay are something you shouldn’t miss when visiting Tasmania. There are plenty of shorter day walks in this pristine part of the world.

4- Cradle Mountain

Photo: Adrian Cook & Tourism Tasmania

Photo: Adrian Cook & Tourism Tasmania

Touring Cradle Mountain reveals stunning views and plenty places to stop along the way, including Tasmanian devil sanctuary devls@cradle where you can learn about the plight of the Tassie devil.

5- Launceston

launceston attractions

Photo: Tourism Tasmania

Launceston is a city that has a warm heart and plenty for travellers who love museums, art and culture. A wilderness area right in Launceston, Cataract Gorge is a lovely spot for a picnic. There are hiking trails, the world’s longest single-span chairlift, a swimming pool, restaurant and café.

6- Huon Valley

hobart walking tours

Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Ilona Scheider

Follow your tummy on the Huon Food Trail and visit farms and find fresh produce. The Cygnet Art Trail offers those interested in arts and crafts the chance to meet the regions talented artisans and see their wonderful paintings, crafts, pottery and recycled furniture.

7- Saffire Tasmania

Saffire

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If you’re looking for somewhere to treat yourself then this is the place. Check out these photographs and find out more about Saffire Tasmania.

8- Explore Tasmania’s gardens

allandale gardens

Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Tony Hogg

Tasmania has plenty of beautiful gardens, including English-style gardens devoted to roses and tulips. There are valleys of lavender. Take a guided tour of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical gardens or stay in a cottage with a beautiful garden. Botanica World Discoveries has a garden tour of Tasmania.

9- Barnbougle Dunes

tasmania barnbougle dunes

Photo: Tourism Tasmania

If you’re a golfer then this is a golf course to put on your list. Barnbougle Dunes is one of the best public golf courses in Australia. It’s simply stunning and northern Tasmania is such a picturesque spot.

Since the 1830s when homesick Scottish settlers created Australia’s oldest golf course, Ratho Links, on a farm in Bothwell Tasmania’s golfing credentials has continued to grow.

There are 80-plus golf courses including the Scottish-style links of Barnbougle Dunes, ranked as Australia’s top public-access course by Golf Australia magazine.

The problem about golfing holidays is that it doesn’t always suit couples. But combining a golfing and spa holiday could be the ideal solution.

10- Western Wilderness

Corinna wilderness

Photo: Christina Pfeiffer

Tasmania’s Western Wilderness is a pristine region with plenty of nature and history. It’s a fabulous region to just take off on a driving holiday stopping to explore along the way. Make sure to leave time to visit Queenstown and the Western Wilderness Railway on the way to Strahan.

So if you’re after a relaxing destination, head across the water to this impressive island called Tasmania.

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Roger Barrett

After 50 years in the Television Broadcasting Industry I retired in 2012 to enter the frightening and foreign world of the internet and social media.