Head south of Australia to the rugged island of Tasmania and discover a treasure trove of travel experiences.
The island has a lot to offer the curious traveller, from the rugged scenery of Cradle Mountain to the peaceful beaches of the east coast to the completely wild south. “Tassie” (as the Australians call it) also has bountiful wildlife, a thriving arts scene, and many gourmet restaurants. The main city of Hobart was the second European settlement in Australia, and contains many well preserved historic sites.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
There is no doubt that one of the best things about Tasmania is its natural beauty. This island is absolutely overflowing with stunning views and wild places untouched by man. There are many opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors in Tasmania, such as bushwalking, kayaking, rafting, cycling and more.
Fishing: Several tour companies offer guided trout fishing expeditions, lead by experienced guides. Look for guides who have been approved by TGALT (Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania Incorporated).
Hiking:A truly gorgeous track stretches from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair, and can be hiked during the November to April season. It is a six day walk which will take you past waterfalls and mountains and through many different ecosystems.
Scuba Diving: This Island is home to some of the best temperate zone diving in the world. Under the surface of the ocean around Tasmania you will find enormous kelp forests, fascinating ship wrecks, and many species of marine creatures. Some of the most popular areas to go diving include Bicheno, Maria Island, and the Bay of Fires.
Taste the Local Flavours
Foodies will be in heaven in Tasmania, as the wine, cheese, seafood and other local products are fantastic thanks to the warm climate. Tasmania is famous for its farm fresh apples, oysters, scallop pies, Valhalla ice cream, and much more. The seafood is incredibly fresh, and the local salmon here is of particularly high quality. Be sure to check out the Salamanca Market in Hobart where you can find local goodies such as homemade cheese and fudge, organic vegetables and deep-fried battered mushrooms.
Soak Up the Culture
The major city of Hobart is a beautiful historic centre, founded in 1804 and featuring many fine examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture – While you are in Hobart, be sure to check out one of the excellent museums that this city has to offer.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery has an amazing coin collection and displays about animals unique to Tasmania such as the Tasmanian Devil and the Tasmanian Tiger. The Maritime Museum of Tasmania will teach you all about the sea-faring history of this Australian state, and the Museum of Old and New Art will present some alternative and controversial art that will make you think.
Enjoy exploring the unique and beautiful island of Tasmania!