Studying for a PhD is extremely rewarding but it’s a lot of work. That means it’s important to take breaks to rejuvenate and relax, so you can return to your research refreshed and with renewed determination.

Tasmania is a place with fresh air, fresh ideas, and the freedom to enjoy and explore both. That makes it one of the best places in the world for a stunning study break! Here are our top picks.

1. Coffee, cuisine and culture: Hobart’s waterfront

Hobart’s iconic waterfront combines food, coffee and entertainment with lovely water views. It’s close to our Hobart campuses and student accommodation, and that means it’s convenient for a quick relaxing lunchbreak if you have to get back to campus. Leave your laptop in your office and spend some time gazing at the water as you eat, drink and recharge. 

You’ll especially love it if….You’re studying marine science, media, or if you’re just a connoisseur of good coffee.

2. Soaring high: Cataract Gorge Reserve

Imagine yourself soaring high in air, relaxed and confident, with your ideas forming clearly…a visit to Launceston’s “Gorge” can make this a reality! 

Just a short walk from Launceston’s city centre, the Gorge is well-known for its stunning natural beauty. With a chairlift, cafe, and amazing views, it’s the perfect place to relax on the lawns and watch the beautiful peacocks. And if you drop by at dusk, you might be lucky enough to spy some wallabies hopping around and possums scampering in the trees.

You’ll especially love it if….You’re studying geography, environmental science, or if you just love exploring nature. 

3. Art on the boardwalk: The Makers’ Workshop

The Makers’ Workshop is right on the beautiful beach at Burnie, and just a five minute drive from our Cradle Coast campus. The Workshop showcases the local creative talent and also gives insights into Burnie’s paper-making past by way of some amazing sculptures. Seeing the creativity of the artisans showcased in the Markers’ will inspire and motivate everyone who visits. And afterwards, take a stroll on the boardwalk right outside. It’s particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset and a great way to clear your head if you’re a bit stressed about your studies.

You’ll especially love it if….You’re studying creative arts, history, or if you just like some gentle exercise to break up your day of study.

4. The hoppiest place in Tassie: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

Bonorong is one of the best places to relax in Tassie, and it’s beloved by locals and tourists alike. A visit to Bonorong gives you the chance to pat kangaroos and wallabies, see koalas, Tasmanian Devils, wombats and more. Most importantly, you’ll get to learn about the important wildlife rehabilitation and conservation the sanctuary is known for.

You’ll especially love it if….You’re studying biology or zoology, or if you just love the environment and conservation.

5. Standing on top of the world: kunanyi/Mount Wellington

The enormous kunanyi/Mount Wellington is one of Tasmania’s most extraordinary sights. Visitors can drive up the top of the mountain, frolic in the snow and take photos of the amazing view. There are also bushwalking tracks on the mountain for all skill levels. And there’s no better way to take a breather from study than to stand at the top of the mountain, breathe deeply, and see the city of Hobart laid out before you.

You’ll especially love it if….You’re studying philosophy, English, biology, zoology, or if you just love bushwalking and sightseeing.

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