Separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, Tasmania is known for its wild natural beauty and historic sites. This island state was settled as a penal colony and contains both preserved convict ruins and World Heritage areas. Read more...
Tassie is a nature lover's seventh heaven
The Port Arthur Historic Site, on the Tasman Peninsula, is Australia's best maintained convict site with various significant buildings to explore. Other historic towns include Ross, Queenstown and Richmond. For natural beauty, Bay of Fires is a secluded coastal spot providing the opportunity for a range of outdoor pursuits. With many national parks including Tasman, Freycinet and Cradle Mountain, a holiday in Tasmania is a popular with cyclists and hikers and offers iconic tracks, bushwalks and organised rides for the outdoor enthusiast. Tasmania is also the destination of choice for those wanting a wedding and honeymoon with a spectacular natural backdrop and a cooler climate.
Despite Tasmania's historical significance, the capital, Hobart, is making a name for itself as a progressive city with the bustling Salamanca art and craft markets and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) which houses some confronting pieces! For the gourmand, a Hobart specialty is freshly caught seafood paired with regional wine from many established and renowned wineries.