There’s something special about Tasmania. Located only a short flight or ferry ride from mainland Australia, this small island state is easily accessible if you’re travelling around the country. Even though its often overlooked, Tasmania has a lot to offer, especially its beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches and abundance of unique wildlife. If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, Tasmania definitely won’t disappoint!
1. 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. 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.
1. White-Sandy Beaches
There’s no denying the popularity of the east coast of Australia as a backpacking route, most likely due to its laid-back lifestyle and sun-blazed beaches. But if anything, the east coast of Tasmania is even more spectacular, hosting an abundance of absolutely stunning white-sandy beaches. 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.
3. 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!
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. 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.
Have you been to Tasmania? What did you love about it? Let me know in the comment section below!_
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