Free things over-60 travellers can see and do in Tasmania

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Tasmania is becoming an increasingly popular holiday destination, particularly for travellers over 60. There’s so much to see and do from magnificent rainforests to the history of Port Arthur and the beauty of Cradle Mountain. But getting there, especially from the mainland, can be costly, which is why the last thing you want to do is spend a fortune when you get to Tasmania. Luckily, there are plenty of fun adventures and activities you can do free. Here are just a handful of the free things travellers over 60 can see and do in Tasmania.

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1. Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum

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If you’re in Hobart and you want to get a taste of Tasmania’s rich history, then why not visit the Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum? Not only is entry free, the museum is open seven days a week and has a large collection of historical items and artefacts. If you want to know more about the infamous  Tasmanian Tiger or see the latest works from some of Tasmania’s best artists, then a day at the Tasmanian Art Gallery and Museum is perfect for you – and it won’t break the bank!

2. Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens

There's nothing quite like a nature's colour palate on a sunny Autumn afternoon in Tasmania. @tassiegrammer snapped this stunner on an afternoon stroll along the vibrant pathways of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Established in 1818 on the western banks of the River Derwent, the Botanical Gardens cover 13.5 hectares and showcase more than 6,500 varieties of plants, including over 400 Tassie species. They are the second oldest Botanical Gardens in Australia and are home a wide variety of fascinating exhibits, including the largest public conifer collection in the southern hemisphere, a peaceful Japanese garden and a stunning Conservatory. And with views like this, why would you want to spend an Autumn afternoon anywhere else? Thanks for tagging #discovertasmania, Jason! #RoyalTasmanianBotanicalGardens #Hobartandbeyond #tasmania #seeaustralia

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While you’re in Hobart, check out the Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens. If you love gardening or look at plants and flowers, there’s plenty to see and do at the botanic gardens. The botanic gardens in Hobart are the second oldest in the country, featuring unusual collections of plants and a Subantarctic Plant House. Why not take a stroll through the gardens and sit down for a picnic? The best part is it’ll cost you nothing!

3.Visit the Salamanca Market

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Each Saturday, Salamanca Place in Hobart comes to life with the vibrant Salamanca Market. From 8.30am to 3pm you can enjoy free live entertainment by buskers, browse a range of stalls and buy fresh fruit and veggies.

4. Enjoy Hobart’s beaches

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If the weather is warm and you’re looking to soak up some sun, a day at one of Hobart’s beaches will cost you nothing. While Tasmania isn’t renowned for its beach culture, if the sun’s shining and it’s warm enough, why not pay the beach a visit? Some of Hobart’s best beaches include Clifton Beach, Long Beach, Short Beach and Seven Mile Beach. There’s also the Bellerive Beach Park, where you can stop and have a barbecue or take a walk along the Clarence Foreshore Trail.

5. Go for a hike at Mount Wellington

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So you’ve hired a car and you’re not sure where to go? Well, if you’re in Hobart, why not go for a short 20 minute drive to Mount Wellington? It won’t cost you a thing to take a hike around the bush or walk up to the summit to take a great photo of Hobart from a distance. 

6. Talk a walk on the Cataract Gorge Walking Trails

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If you’re looking for something free to do while you’re in Launceston, then take a hike along the Cataract Gorge Walking Trails. A two or three hour walk will take you from King’s Park to the Zig Zag Reserve.

7. Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

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Another great free activity in Launceston is the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Complete with a planetarium inside, Launceston’s museum and gallery has a large collection of art and historical items that tell the story of Tasmania’s rich history.

8. Cradle Mountain

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Lovers of the great outdoors will be in their element at Cradle Mountain. Like any other national park, Cradle Mountain is free for you to enjoy. The wild and untamed landscape of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park make it one of the most popular natural features for you to visit in Tasmania. 

Have you been to Tasmania? What free things did you see and do?


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