The hillsides climb from the water, some stretching to the summit of Mt. Wellington where you can stroll around the boardwalk. If you are lucky you may get a clear day, or you can feel the cool air surround you as a cloud passes you by.
The Salamanca Markets and area are a must see for yummy meals, weekend markets and the harbor that offers cruises on small boats and tall ships. The working fishermen leave their boats anchored and you can walk around and see the tradition.
MONA, the museum of old and new art is a journey all by itself. You can reach it by car or by ferry from the main harbor. Quite an interesting piece of work itself, the entrance at the top is a funhouse mirror that leads you inside to a rock wall left bare and some of the most enticing, strange and bizarre things you will see in a museum.
If you take a walk through the neighborhoods the roses grow large, the gardens are stunning and the trees tall and reaching. Battery Point has a tribute and a tree dedicated to Matthew Flinders, the young navigator who literally put Australia on the map.
The Tasman Peninsula boasts Port Arthur . This penal colony left its mark, causing the citizens to try and hide by renaming the town. Now they embrace their history and have begun restoring the old fort. It is an incredible journey into the past and what life must have been like in the day for a prisoner held there.
Wine Glass Bay and the Bay of Fires are natural wonders that inspire you to be a photographer.
Cradle Mountain has a host of things to see including the Devils at Cradle, where you can see and watch them being fed. They are really quite cute and not as scary as they are made out to be. You can also walk the 6 kilometer board walk through some beautiful scenery with Cradle Mountain in the distance.
Launceston, along with its historical beauty has, Cataract Gorge, a multi purposed place where you can picnic, swim in a pool, have lunch in a café or restaurant, ride a chair lift and hike the gorge.
So there you have it. Tasmania should be on your to do list. It is small enough to get around and large enough to feed your sense of adventure, make your gourmet giddy and honor the hiker in you. There is so much more than what I have written - go and explore and totally fall in love with Tasmania.