Spend your final morning in Hobart at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Australia’s second-oldest museum has been collecting and preserving the state’s natural and cultural heritage since before it opened in 1848. Permanent exhibitions include ningina tunapri, which explores Tasmanian Aboriginal cultures, the Islands to Ice Antarctic showcase, and the Thylacine gallery, which reveals the Tasmanian Tiger’s tragic demise.
Break up the 3.5 hours’ drive north to Devonport along Highway 1 in some tiny towns steeped in colonial history. At Ross, discover heritage sites such as the 1836 stone bridge embellished with handsome carvings, and visit Ross Village Bakery, whose original wood-fired oven produces outstanding pies, pasties and sweet treats.
Oatlands’ many historic buildings include the Callington Mill, a restored windmill built in 1837, while Richmond boasts Australia’s oldest bridge, whose foundation stone was laid in 1823. Other reasons to pause in this charming village include Richmond Gaol, whose construction began in 1825, as well as shops offering antiques and handcrafted items that make unique souvenirs of your Tasmanian cultural journey.
Head back to Devonport, where you’ll board Spirit of Tasmania for your journey home.