Explore lush green valleys, uncrowded villages and undeveloped coastlines. Come face to face with unique wildlife, including the eponymous Tassie inhabitants of the island, whilst the bustling towns today thrive on fishing and wine production.
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Tasmania is one of the world’s most mountainous islands and the ideal destination for hikers, bikers, kayakers wildlife lovers and birdwatchers, with over 40% of the island protected as national parks and reserves. Immerse yourself in the Devil, and discover a fascinating history of convicts, miners, piners and Antarctic exploration.
The quaint settlers’ cottages and grand colonial mansions stand as a testament to the early temperate rainforest for a few days or enjoy the marine-life and walking trails of some of the off-shore islands – either way you will be sure to enjoy a true escape.
The small capital of Hobart combines a distinctive colonial heritage with the vibrant Salamanca Market against a spectacular backdrop of the Derwent River and snow-capped Mt Wellington. Within easy reach of Hobart are the historic ruins and restorations of Port Arthur and the marine wildlife of Bruny Island. Hobart’s deep harbour is a regular embarkation point for voyages to Antarctica.
Launceston boasts a mixture of Victorian buildings and contemporary architecture, but it’s the nearby natural wonders that are the real draw card. Beautiful Cataract Gorge is just 15 minutes walk from the city centre and the surrounding Tamar Valley is scattered with lavender plantations, vineyards, strawberry farms and orchards.
Freycinet National Park
Situated on a peninsula on the east coast of Tasmania, spectacular Freycinet National Park is dominated by the pink granite of the Hazards Mountains. Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay offer idyllic beaches and as well as hiking and climbing the area is famous for its diving, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing.
Cradle Mountain National Park
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is home to Tasmania’s highest mountain, Mt Ossa, at 1617 metres. Popular with hikers, the National Park offers the chance to stroll through dense rainforest, alongside cascading rivers in the shadow of the mountains. Lush vegetation includes the pandani and the fagus – the fagus is endemic to Tasmania and is Australia’s only deciduous tree.
Situated on Tasmania’s west coast, Strahan is a busy fishing village from where it is possible to join a cruise on the tranquil Gordon River into the Tasmanian wilderness. Strahan also boasts a fascinating history from convicts to piners to miners, making this an interesting area to spend a couple of days exploring.