08 July, 2021

Discover Tasmania’s most eye-popping places

From purple lavender fields to a vivid blue lake, get ready to colour-bomb your next Tassie escape.

With its rolling fields and lush rainforest, Tasmania is famously green. Go almost anywhere and you’ll find gorgeous shades of green to accompany your travels, but where can you flesh out your trip’s colour scheme? Put on those sunglasses – things are going to get beautifully bright.

Table Cape Tulip Farm. Photo: Tourism Tasmania & Scott Sporleder, Matador.

Spring’s living rainbow

Red, purple, pink, orange, yellow and white, spring brings the island’s most amazing riot of colour to Table Cape Tulip Farm. Row after row of blooming tulips stretch away, with the surrounding green fields, blue Bass Strait and a white lighthouse forming an ideal backdrop. It’s an explosion of colours like you’ve never seen before.

Open to the public during the peak flowering season from late September through October, the farm offers more colour indoors, including floral arrangements and potted tulips for sale. There’s also the annual Tulip Festival nearby in early October.

Little Blue Lake. Photo: Melissa Findley.

The bluest blue

In the state’s north-eastern corner, on the way to Mount William National Park, look out for Little Blue Lake. Created after an abandoned tin mine filled with water, this lake is the most vivid aqua imaginable thanks to the water’s reaction with exposed minerals. Keep an eye out for colour in the ground too. Gemstone fossickers find topaz, amethyst and smokey quartz in the area.

It’s a top spot for photos, and the blue water looks very tempting, but don’t venture inside the lake. The waters are contaminated with toxic heavy metals – so best to keep it to photos only.

Bridestowe Lavender Estate. Photo: Luke Tscharke.

Tassie’s purple heart

Bridestowe lavender estate is a stunning sight from December until harvest around late January or early February. Blooming in all their purple glory, 650,000 lavender plants stretch to the hills in neat, curved rows. No wonder it’s one of the most photographed places in Tasmania.

Have your camera at the ready, and breathe in the divine lavender scent as you find the perfect pic. More purple pleasure awaits in the cafe and shop, including lavender ice-cream and adorable teddy bears.

Aerial of Bay of Fires. Photo: Stu Gibson.

World renowned coastal colours

There’s a lot of white sandy beach beside clear blue waters on the island’s east coast, but nowhere are those colours so stunning as the famous Bay of Fires.

Its 50-kilometre stretch of sugar-white beach is not only kissed by turquoise waters but also scattered with boulders covered in bright orange lichen. Stay the night so you can add the colours of sunrise to an unforgettable bay watch.

Fagus in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Photo: Emilie Ristevski.

Autumn splendour

With so many deciduous northern-hemisphere trees, Tassie does autumn better than any other Australian state. From city parks to small-town gardens, you’ll see lots of colour when cooler weather kicks in. Even better, get up into the high country to witness Tasmania’s own deciduous beech tree turning golden yellow then rusty orange and red.

The turning of the fagus happens from late April to mid-May. Mount Field National Park and the northern end of Cradle Mountain National Park are the best places to find this seasonal sea of colour in the wilderness. Cradle Mountain Hotel hosted the inaugural Festival of Fagus in 2021 – stay tuned for future editions.

Before you go …

Thinking of visiting Tassie this spring? Plan your colourful trip around these inspiring things to do during this much loved season.


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