Tasmania stole a little piece of my heart. During my year in Australia I spent a week travelling around the small island state that lies off the coast of Melbourne with my family. Whilst this wasn’t enough time to see everything, it was enough to give us a taste of what Tasmania has to offer, and I was loving what I was seeing! The beautiful landscapes, the pristine beaches, the unique wildlife…
Whilst exploring the mainland, however, I’ve noticed that Tasmania is often overlooked by travellers. And I understand why; it’s not exactly like Australia’s east coast with its transportation links. The easiest way to access Tasmania is through an epic road trip, which, if you’re travelling solo could cost a lot of money.
My advice would be to gather together a great group of friends or family to join in the adventure with you. Whilst I love that Tasmania is quieter and less-touristy, I just can’t help but promote it to other travellers and anyone who asks me ‘so where was your favourite place in Australia?’
It feels different to the mainland
I’ve often heard Tasmania being linked to New Zealand rather than Australia, and I completely understand why.
Tassie is all about scenery. Seriously. You’ll be driving along and won’t know which direction to look! Compared with the mainland, it’s national parks are more varied, its landscape is more mountainous and the weather is more unpredictable!
Read More: The Ultimate Tasmania Road Trip Guide
The White-sandy Beaches
The east coast of Tasmania is just… wow.
Being an island state means that Tasmania hosts an abundance of beaches and the east coast has a lot to offer in this sense. Here you’ll find gorgeous locations such as The Bay of Fires, known for its abundance of striking-orange rocks, and Binalong Bay with its crystal-clear waters and incredibly white sand.
The charming cities
Tasmania’s two largest cities are significantly smaller in size than Sydney and Melbourne; you won’t find any skyscrapers here! What you will find is an abundance of character and charm. In the capital, Hobart, you can walk along the waterfront, shop at the weekly Salamanca market and drive up Mt Wellington, and don’t miss the Cataract Gorge in Launceston!
The abundance of National Parks
Tasmania is known as a natural state due to its abundance of natural reserves. In fact, did you know that almost 45% of Tasmania lies in its national parks and World Heritage Sites? Tasmania’s 19 national parks offer various different landscapes to explore; from vast mountain ranges and nature reserves to cool rainforests and isolated beaches!
Tasmania also has this great thing called The 60 Great Short Walks, which provides details of the walking opportunities on offer. Seriously, go check it out!
The unique wildlife
Tasmania is a wildlife haven, where – if you’re lucky like I was! – you can spot wild Bennett’s wallabies, Little Penguins, Wombats, Pademelon, Platypus and more!
It’s the only place in the world where you might spot a wild Tasmanian Devil (and no, they don’t look like what Looney Tunes led you to believe). Be warned; Tassie Devils are nocturnal and are therefore quite difficult to find! They are primarily scavenges, and road kill is their main source of food. Road kill is rife in Tasmania, and unfortunately Tasmanian Devils end up becoming it themselves as they scavenge.
Check out the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna to learn more about the fascinating species.
Its laid-back little towns
There’s so much to love about Tasmania’s laid-back lifestyle, especially in its little towns! If you stay in Tas long enough the phrase “No Worries” will more than likely make it into your own vocabulary. The towns host unique and charming accommodation – just make sure you always book ahead to avoid disappointment!
Cradle Mountain National Park
This rugged mountain range was one of the highlights of our road trip, even if our hike to the summit was where I first realised my fear of heights!
If you decide not to hike to the summit, the national park offers various other scenic walks which provide incredible photo opportunities of Dove Lake with the menacing mountain as its backdrop.
Believe me, Cradle Mountain should not be missed.
I really hope I’ve persuaded you to add Tasmania to your travel list! Check out my other posts on the island state, including my epic road trip itinerary and my climb up Cradle Mountain!
Have you been to Tasmania? What did you love about it? Let me know in the comment section below!_
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