Welcome to Tassie! Australia’s smallest state, it is often overlooked as a destination. It shouldn’t be, with so much to see, do, experience. It also boasts having the cleanest air on earth. That in of itself sounds especially inviting.
Here are my other top reasons why you should visit (not listed in any order of importance).
#1 – The luxury of space and fewer crowds
It’s under the radar”, not as well visited as other areas of Australia which means less crowds.
Hobart is Australia’s second oldest city (Sydney is the oldest), where modern rubs shoulders with history. Established in 1804 as a British colony, the first European settlement began a year earlier as a penal colony. The work of penal labor is still very much woven through the fabric and history of Hobart. One example are the old sandstone warehouses built by the convicts to store a variety of goods. Today they are home to wonderful restaurants and small businesses.
Three things not to miss while in Hobart:
Salamanca Market, Aerial view Hobart (Photo credit Stuart Gibson), Exhibit MONA
#3: Port Arthur
Located 1.5 hours from Hobart, Port Arthur is the site of the former penal colony. An open air museum, it is also one of Australia’s most famous convict settlements and best preserved settlements. Insider tip – go at sunset and take one of the ghost tours!
#4: The Islands
There are 334 islands within the state of Tasmania, with two stand outs - Bruny and Maria Islands.
#4 Tassie’s National Parks
Tasmania is serious about their 19 national parks, covering 40% of the state. There is no shortage of exceptional wilderness. Several not to miss:
#5 – Luxury lodges and hotels
Tasmania has a good number of wonderful lodges and hotels, located all throughout the state – too many to list here. Three that quickly got my attention:
Photo credit - Tasmania Tourism and Wineglass Bay Cruises
#6, #7 and #8 - Wine, Whiskey and Beer (and cider)
Tasmania might be small, but that hasn’t stopped them from producing world class beverages.
Photo credit - Mitch Osborne (Tasmanian Wine), Rob Burnett (Shene Estate and Distillery), Rob Burnett (James Boag Beer), Tasmanian Tourism and Rob Burnett (Freycinet Marine Farm)
#9 – Heaven for Foodies
Tasmania has really jumped onto the food scene, though locals will tell you they have enjoyed farm to table experiences long before it became a popular term. The state has large organic farms, award winning cheeses and it produces amazing olive oil. And not to forget Leatherwood honey. Seafood options are pretty close to paradise - oysters, mussels, rock lobster, abalone, deep sea fish, freshwater trout, scallops and delicious farmed raised Atlantic salmon.
#10 – The Wildlife
Uniquely Australian wildlife abounds, starting with the iconic Tasmanian Devil, wombat and platypus to the Fairy Penguin, echnida and endemic birds, including the Green Rosella, Srubwren, Tasmania Thornbill and Forty Spotted Pardalote (endangered).
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Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder