The A-Z guide to Tasmania

Written by in Property News on December 3, 2018

A Tasmanian Devil sitting on the ground, sniffing the air.


Antarctic Research – Hobart is a hub for Antarctic explorers, with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, the CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere department, and the Australian Antarctic Division all based there.


Bridge – The stone arch bridge in the town of Richmond, on the outskirts of Hobart, is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia, built by convicts in 1825.


Cradle Mountain – A popular holiday spot, Cradle Mountain the Central Highlands boasts amazing views and walking tracks.


Dark Mofo – This festival is held in Hobart to coincide with the winter solstice each year, exploring all things quirky and confronting using food, films, music, art and light.

A dark hall filled with eerie lighting, neon crosses and candles, with people sitting down for a meal.

Photo credit: Dark Mofo


Eastern Shore – The local slang for the suburbs on the eastern side of the River Derwent, such as Bellerive and Lindisfarne.


Foodie Festival – The Taste of Tasmania is held over the Christmas and New Year period each year, with a mouth-watering array of decadent local produce.


Gordon River – This 172km-long river flows through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area from Strahan to Macquarie.


Howrah – An upmarket suburb on the “Eastern Shore” where homeowners enjoy stunning river views.


Invermay – This Launceston suburb is home to York Park, also known as UTAS stadium, where AFL matches are held.


Jericho – No, not the one in Palestine! This historical town lies in the centre of Tassie, just off the Midland Highway, and has some fine examples of convict-era stone architecture on display.


Kunanyi – Also known as Mount Wellington, this imposing mountain rises up beside the Tassie capital and looks especially pretty in the winter, when it gets a dusting of snow.


Launceston – Tassie’s second city, Launceston, has a lot to offer, including City Park, which has a display of monkeys free of charge for the public.


MONA – The Museum of Old and New Art is the largest privately-funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere, and hosts an eclectic array of ancient, modern and contemporary art with risqué themes from the collection of David Walsh.

Photo Credit: Discover Tasmania

Photo Credit: Discover Tasmania


North Hobart – Directly north of the CBD, as the name suggests, North Hobart has a fabulous dining strip along the main road, Elizabeth Street, with loads of great cafes and restaurants.


Orford – 70 kilometres from Hobart on the Prosser River, Orford is a quaint village with few permanent residents, but lots of holiday homes.


Penny Royal – Located in Launceston, Penny Royal is a world of adventure, with rock climbing, zip-lines and bushranger-themed barge rides the whole family will enjoy.


Queenstown – The largest town on Tassie’s west coast, Queenstown has a rich mining history and a unique landscape likened to that seen on the moon.


River Derwent – Beginning 700 metres above Hobart and flowing out into the Tasman Sea, “The River”, as it’s known by the locals, can be traversed using either the Tasman or Bowen Bridge.


Salamanca Place – The place to be on a Saturday morning in Hobart if you want to experience the ultimate street market.


Tassie Devil – These cute, carnivorous little creatures are found all over the state, but you’re unlikely to stumble across one in the wild as they are nocturnal.

Photo Credit: WikiCommons

Photo Credit: WikiCommons


Ulverstone – On the north coast of Tasmania, Ulverstone is one of the largest towns in the state, and a popular tourist destination.


Valley – The Huon Valley is the name given to the geographic area around the town of Huonville, famous for apple growing.


Wharf – Princes Wharf is the where you’ll need to head if you’re looking for a gastronomic feast. There are some amazing restaurants down there, not to mention the Taste of Tasmania every December.


XI – Wild Oats XI holds the record for the most Sydney to Hobart wins, taking line honours nine times in the famous race since 2005.


Yachts – The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race ends, unsurprisingly, in Hobart each December, with tourists and locals flocking to the dock to watch the boats come in.


Zeehan – Located on the west coast of the state, Zeehan has a long and fascinating history since it was first settled as a base for mining operations.