With 334 islands scattered around its fringe, Tasmania is brimming with places to escape, but which one to choose? These 6 Tasmanian island escapes are some of the most spectacularly wild and worth-it remote getaways that you’re ever likely to travel to…
1. Bruny Island
Known for: The Made on Bruny Island food trail (for cheese, whiskey, oysters, and berries), the narrow scenic isthmus that connects the north and south of the island.
Where: Separated from Tasmania’s mainland by the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, off the south-east coast. You’ll need to jump on the 20-minute Bruny Island car ferry at Kettering.
For Bruny’s foodie highlights, see: Eat and drink your way around Bruny Island
2. Three Hummock Island
Known for: This private island has crystal-clear water and white sandy beaches, perfect for aquatic activities and coastal walks.
Where: Just off the coast of north-west Tasmania. Getting here requires a chartered plane or boat.
Do it like the locals do, see: Get away from it all: Three Hummock Island
3. Satellite Island
Known for: A private island (that you can hire ) complete with two fabulous dwellings, the Summer House, a gorgeous Scandinavian-style design three bedroom guest house on the top of the island and the delightful Boathouse, an overwater bungalow on its own jetty.
Where: Directly across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel from Bruny Island off the south-east coast. Hobart to Kettering for the Bruny Island car ferry, then drive to Alonnah Jetty for a pick-up (which can also be arranged from Gordon on the mainland).
What’s it like to have an island to yourself? See: The private island diaries, 48 hours on Satellite Island
4. Flinders Island
Known for: 75 kilometres long, 40 kilometres wide, and with around 400 kilometres of roads winding through farmland and classic coastline this is road trip nirvana. Expect plenty of wildlife spotting, bush walking and beach combing in this natural nirvana.
Where: You don’t get too much more remote than Flinders Island, 54 kilometres north east of Tasmania’s mainland (fly with Sharp Airlines).
Just how wild is Flinders? See: How and why to get lost of Flinders Island
5. Maria Island
Known for: The Maria Island four-day walk, convict history, historic ruins, the beaches and wildlife (including the Tasmanian Devil).
Where: Off the east coast, it’s a 30-minute ferry ride from Triabunna, about 90 minutes from Hobart.
6. King Island
Known for: World-class surf beaches, delicious produce (beef, cheese, and seafood, of course), and golf courses with spectacular views.
Where: In the Bass Strait, off Tasmania’s north-west coast. Fly from Melbourne, Launceston or Burnie.
Why is it the King? See: King Island – Tasmania’s deliciously isolated isle