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Travel & Holiday Tips Tasmania Australia
 
 
 

General

Lush rainforests, soaring peaks, white-sand beaches and dense bushland characterize Tasmania, Australia's island state. Enchanting forests feature the world's tallest and rarest trees, and some of the most beautiful spots in Australia are to be found on this, the smallest of the country's six states.

Situated south of mainland Victoria in southeast Australia, Tasmania was named after a Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, who sighted the island in 1642. Today it is home to half a million people, of which nearly half the population lives in and around the state capital, Hobart.

Tasmania harbours distinct wildlife, many of which are endangered or extinct elsewhere; the infamous Tasmanian devil, the spotted-tail and the eastern quoll are the three biggest carnivorous marsupials on the planet.

Places of Interest

Hobart

Tasmania’s capital is Australia’s second-oldest city after Sydney and is situated on the south side of the island. The city has strong links with the sea, typified by the wharves, jetties and warehouses – some dating back to the 19th century – which cluster around the waterfront. Hobart itself is an intriguing blend of heritage and lifestyle, scenery and culture. Examples of the island’s history can be seen in the Maritime Museum of Tasmania, the convict-era buildings of Battery Point and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. The sweet-toothed will enjoy touring the Cadbury Chocolate Factory. Salamanca Market is a must-see, held every Saturday and a vibrant affair offering arts and crafts, local produce and environment. Mount Wellington, towering 1270 m (4170 ft) to the west of the city, provides the backdrop to Hobart. From the lookout at the top (about 20 km/12 miles by road) the clear air offers a spectacular view of Hobart, its suburbs, the Derwent Estuary and Storm Bay. Apart from the view, the area has picnic facilities and walking trails. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer a long walk through beautiful scenery.

Outside Hobart

The popular Tahune AirWalk is a one-and-a-half hour’s drive from Hobart, offering a suspended 37 m-high walkway above spectacular forest canopies. It is part of the Huon Trail which includes the Hastings thermal pool, caves and sheltered bays of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. AirWalk admission fees are A$11 for adults and A$7 for children. The Tasmanian Peninsula provides a great day trip from Hobart, offering natural wonders such as the Blowhole and Tasmanian Arch, spectacular coastal scenery, the Tasmanian Devil Park and Australia's most significant convict site, the Port Arthur Historic Site. Visitors can enjoy guided walking tours, a cruise to the Isle of the Dead, restored buildings and beautiful gardens, or perhaps even embark on a spine-chilling ghost tour.

Launceston, Tasmania’s second-largest city on the north of the island, retains much of its colonial Georgian/Edwardian flavour. It is the natural gateway for the rural beauty of the island, including the Cataract Gorge and the Launceston Lake Wildlife Sanctuary. City Park is frequented for its Botanical Conservatory and Monkey Island featuring Japanese mecaque monkeys. The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery at Inveresk features original Tasmanian and Aboriginal art as well as various temporary exhibitions; entry is free.

National Parks

Tasmania is an island of wilderness; there are 20 accessible national parks, including the world’s last temperate-climate rainforest, and its wildlife includes the unique and fearsome little marsupial, the Tasmanian Devil. Some of the more notable national parks include Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair, famous for the Overland Track walk; Mount Field, known for Russell Falls, the Tall Trees Walk and autumnal colours of the only deciduous Australian tree – nothofagus gunii; Freycinet on Tasmania’s east coast, which contains Wineglass Bay (one of the world’s top-10 beaches); Narawntapu (formerly Aspestos Range in northern Tasmania, renowned for its wildlife; Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, with walks, camping grounds and incredible views; Ben Lomond, Tasmania’s main ski resort; the Southwest, a major part if the World Heritage Area; and Walls of Jerusalem.

 

 
 

 



 


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