Renowned for its heritage, wildlife, scenery and adventure, south east Tasmania is home to the popular attractions of the Tasman Peninsula, the penal settlement of Port Arthur, the charming town of Richmond and a fantastic range of wildlife parks. Whether you want to drive the stunning 90 minutes of the Peninsula, explore the haunting and historic penal sites, explore the hidden treasures of quaint friendly towns or see famous wildlife up close at the Taranna Tiger Snake Centre or Tasmanian Devil Park, there's plenty to see and do here. The sprawling scenery is also home to a fascinating range of spectacular rock formations and caves including the Devil's Kitchen, Remarkable Cave, Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Arch, Blowhole and Pirates Bay Lookout which are all worth a visit.
• Gateway to Tasmania's southeast, Sorell is just 30 minutes from Hobart and offers lovely antique shops and heritage buildings.
• Copping, 24km south, is home to an amazing collection of Colonial and Convict artefacts in an Exhibition.
• Follow the Convict Trail with a stop at Eaglehawk Neck to view the Officer's Quarters and the Dog Line.
• Eaglehawk Neck is also popular for surfing, game fishing, scuba diving and dolphin spotting.
• Enjoy the local produce at Bream Creek, the Orani Vineyards, Sorell Fruit Farm and a number of restaurants offering some of the best local meat and seafood including Tassie's famous Barilla Bay oysters. • Visit the steepest steam railway in Australia at the Bush Mill pioneer settlement.
• Allow plenty of time for the haunting, historical site of Port Arthur where every brick tells a story and evening ghost tours will test your courage.
The Baidarka Experience allows you to explore Port Arthur via sea kayak with scenic flights and horse rides can also be arranged.
• If you're heading to the east coast or have some spare time, take the Wielangta Forest Drive turnoff at Copping to Orford for sweeping ocean views, stunning forests and the chance to spot rare parrots.