Culture and Convicts

Tasmania is a melting pot of heritage and human resilience dating back to the darkest days and indeed the darkest corners of the 19th c. British Empire.

Just two decades ago a whispered taboo, convict ancestry is now a badge of honour. One that has shaped the life of almost every islander and still pervades every aspect of daily life.

In extraordinary contrast, the 21st century has thrust Tasmania into the bright lights of art and culture the likes of which has not been seen anywhere else in the world. The arrival of David Walsh’s MONA to worldwide acclaim put even modern-day marvels such as The Guggenheim into the shade.  All this and much more in an island the size of Ireland with a ninth the population.

In 2011, five of Tasmania’s Convict Sites were inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. These form a riveting convict trail which can be easily followed in a ten-day or two week holiday. So powerful, authentic and seemingly untouched by time that it is quite possible to forget that you are still in the 21st Century, and not transported back in time some 150 years.


The Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Peninsula
The Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasman Peninsula

This world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a 90-minute drive from Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula, remains one of Tasmania’s top tourist attractions yet there is so much more here than meets the eye. Read more...

Darlington, Maria Island

Head a couple of hours up the east coast from Port Arthur, and a 30-minute boat ride from the little town of Triabunna brings you to one of the lesser-known of Tasmania’s five convict sites. Read more...

Darlington, Maria Island
Brickendon and Woolmers Estates
Brickendon and Woolmers Estates

One can literally step two centuries back in time within a 15-minute drive of arriving in Launceston. Read more...

Sarah Island via Strahan

Escape was all but impossible. Malnutrition, disease and death were rampant. Today, Sarah Island can be visited only as part of one of the two Gordon River Cruise trips that run daily from Strahan. Read more...

Sarah Island via Strahan
Salamanca Market, Hobart
Salamanca Market, Hobart

Over 300 vibrant and eclectic market stalls are crammed into Salamanca Place forming a gathering place for buskers, chefs, entrepreneurs, artists, lovers and families. Read more...

The Wall in the Wilderness

‘The Wall’ is the lifetime’s work of just one remarkable man, artist Greg Duncan, and it is without question Australia’s most ambitious piece of art. Read more...

The Wall in the Wilderness
The West Coast Wilderness Railway, Queenstown
The West Coast Wilderness Railway, Queenstown

Travel through some of the steepest gradients of any railway in the world, with half-day and full-day trips telling the stories of mining and hardship that have shaped the region of Tasmania widely regarded as ‘The Edge of The World’. Read more...