Tasmania – Australia’s smallest and only island

Tasmania is Australia’s only island state and its smallest state, though the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) is the smallest territory. Tasmania can be roughly divided into five sections, each so vastly different from the other.

Getting around

Hire a car. A cheap small fuel efficient car will not cost a lot and commence a driving holiday which gives you the freedom to stop wherever you want and being as Tasmania is so compact you will never have long trips

Hobart and the South

Visit Battery Point an historic maritime village and Salamanca Place located on the harbour shore. They are awash with arts and crafts and have the famous and popular Saturday markets where much of the produce from all over Tasmania is sold, as well as the various handicrafts.

Walk along Constitution Dock, the finale for the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race – one of the most treacherous races in the world.

Drive up Mt Wellington along a very narrow, though sealed road for 22 kms until you reach the summit. Regardless of the season, rug up as it can be bitterly cold even in summer. Here you are afforded some magnificent views over a lot of the south of Tasmania
Travel to Port Arthur along the tourist route ensuring you see Doo Town where all house names have Doo in them. This is a very enlightening experience about Australia’s brutal convict past. It is very informative but also very confronting.

The East coast

Think beaches, fishing, national parks in the very laid back towns of Bicheno, Scamander, Maria Island, Freycinet etc.
Eat freshly caught seafood along the casual drive along the coast. Stay wherever takes your fancy from B&BS, to country pubs, to simple motels and high end resorts.

The North Coast

Drive across to Launceston from St Helens and check out Cataract Gorge, known as the ‘Wilderness in the City’ as it is only a 15 minute walk from Launceston. Bushwalk, see the various birds and animals as well as the spectacular gorge itself.

Travel along the North Coast through Devonport and Burnie, noted for their quaint towns, excellent food and hospitality. See The Knob at Stanley, locally called the nut.

West Coast

Wild, windswept and rough, yet strangely exhilarating. Head through some of the most unusual landscapes until you get to Queenstown and the greatest shock – an old copper mining and smelting town that still retains that tough veneer but in fact is also very welcoming. It is certainly still a frontier town in an eerie setting. From here divert over to Strachan, a beautiful coastal town and take the Gordon river cruise into Tasmania’s world Heritage listed park.

The Centre

Cradle back Mountain – a bush walkers paradise – from wild landscapes, to alpine conditions – it has it all. Rustic overnight cabins to luxury resorts in a seriously beautiful and magical area.

Tasmania is small but it has so much to offer. Tasmania is a very achievable destination in terms of getting around efficiently, with a myriad of options for food and accommodation. It is so worth it. Tasmania is a real hidden gem.

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