For a start, you can arrive early and bag iconic peaks. You can drive to the top of Mount Wellington. Or climb Cradle Mountain. You could even scale the Freycinet Peninsula’s Mount Amos (or hike up to the look-out above Wineglass Bay): Discover Tasmania.
Then, plan to arrive in Launceston on the Friday before the first event. Not only can you pre-register for all of the Carnival, you can also explore Cataract Gorge and spot peacocks: Tourism Northern Tasmania (Launceston).
Next, during the Carnival itself, you’ll have every afternoon to explore around St Helens, Bicheno, the Bay of Fires and the Blue Tier: East Coast Tasmania Destination (St Helens).
And finally, you can stay longer. There’s convict heritage, food and craft markets, nudity at MONA and more: Discover Tasmania.