Just sitting at 515,000 people in population, it’s no wonder Tasmania is full of natural treasures. With the highest proportion of state protected lands within Australia, most of the 68,401 km2 is brimming with untouched lands awaiting exploration. Not only that, but the lack of tourist crowds makes for a landscape photographer’s paradise. Here are a few of the many hidden treasures you don’t want to miss when visiting Australia’s smallest state.

Binalong Bay

About a 4-hour drive from Hobart, this sleepy coastal town is a “do not miss” in my books. Renown for startling turquoise waters, fine white sands and uniquely hued granite rocks, it’s a quiet retreat from the outside world. With no cell service, the only thing you can do is enjoy the moment, appreciate the breathtaking views and work on capturing the perfect shot.

Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain National Park

 

Tucked away in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain National Park steals the hearts of those who dare to venture outside of urban comforts. With the region being carved out by ancient glaciers, the landscape reflects the unique conditions through its vegetation and animals. Among the dozens of activities, the highlights include climbing Cradle Mountain Summit for stunning views of Dove lake, taking a multi-day hike on the Overland Track or staking out at sunset for wombats at Ronny Creek Valley.

Mt. Paris Dam Tasmania

Mt. Paris Dam

This abandoned dam is literally off the beaten track. A gravel road leads about 6km into the woods to a small wooden post that marks this spot. Originally built in 1935 for mining activities, the dam was decommissioned over 60 years ago. Its remaining structures have given way to Cascade Rivers’ natural current and have been slowly reclaimed by the surrounding flora. Damp and cool with only the chirping stream to prevent deafening silence, it’s an incredible spot for exploration and a wild imagination.

Little Blue Lake

You can find Little Blue Lake just two hours away from Launceston, the second largest city in Tasmania. A mining hole left by pioneering miners of Tasmania, Little Blue Lake get its color (and name!) from the minerals in its base. Although it’s very tempting, the elevated mineral content makes the lake unadvisable for swimming since it used to be a quarry. Instead opt in for a stroll or a picnic with this dreamy 5-star view.

Mt. Wellington

OK, this one is not really hidden. It’s actually quite hard to miss as it looms over the capital city of Hobart. However, this panoramic view is not shared nearly enough! The winding, one car road leads you 30 minutes to the pinnacle and from here all of Hobart unfold before you. At the summit, temperatures are usually 10 degrees less than in Hobart City and with regular bone chilling winds, only those bold enough to confront natures’ beating are greatly rewarded.