For those of us who haven’t visited Australia’s smallest state, Tasmania or “Tassie,” seems to be shrouded in mystique. Perhaps it’s the state’s far-flung local – some 300 kilometres south of the Australian mainland across stormy Bass Strait. Or, perhaps it’s the vast expanses of windswept wilderness. Almost half of Tasmania’s land mass is situated in national parks as well as World Heritage Areas, with sparkling alpine lakes, wild rivers in addition to mist-cloaked peaks.
Maybe it’s the strange wildlife — from real life Tasmanian devils to the nonexistent thylacine, the Tasmanian tiger. Or perhaps is it the haunting convict history as well as beautifully preserved heritage towns, which seem frozen in time? Today, this mystique lures increasing numbers of tourists who are discovering the island’s many jewels.
As well as its richness of incredibly magnificent natural landscapes, Tasmania holds an fascinating place in Australian history as it was one of the first British penal colonies in the country. Around 75 000 convicts were sent ti Tasmania during the time it was a functioning prison.
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
You are able to hike to the visitor’s platform for a great view over wineglass bay, or tackle the harder (but better views) hike to the top of Mount Amos. Or if you want to grab a birdseye view, book yourself on a scenic flight.
Lake St Clair National Park
Another one of Tasmania’s most well-known National Parks is Lake St Clair National Park. Settled in the central highlands of Tasmania, this national park is an array of rainforests, steep gorges, alpine lakes as well as snowy peaks. This makes it any hiker’s dream. Experienced trekkers as well as day trippers alike will find something here to suit their needs, with everything from short walks to the famed 80km Overland Track.
The LAVENDER FIELDS, BRIDESTOWE ESTATE
If you’re visiting Tasmania at the beginning of the year, be sure that you don’t miss these impressive lavender fields in the North of Tasmania at Bridestowe Estate. While the fields are usually in full bloom in February, the season can sometimes be brought forward to late January.
Tasmanian Arts And Cultural Experiences
You don’t have to go far to find amazing arts as well as cultural experiences in Tasmania. There’s everything from tiny artist-run spaces to world-class museums, cutting-edge contemporary art galleries as well as festivals for almost every possible interest.
This depth of creativity is as amazing as playing online Bingo in Dubai and comes from an incredibly active community of artists, designers as well as performers who are motivated by Tasmania’s natural surroundings. Proof of this can be found just about everywhere you look:
- Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in Hobart
- Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston
- A number of different smaller art galleries and local venues around the state.
Found in Hobart, the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) combines all of these in a mind-blowing showcase of international treasures and contemporary art. The museum also hosts an impressive programme of events, which includes MONA FOMA in summer and Dark MOFO in winter.