Our little “Apple Island”, Tasmania is easy to overlook when travelling
in mainland Australia. On my first trip around
the continent, I did.
Then I realised that my favourite cider, Mercury,
comes from Tassie, and I’ve since discovered that the island is a very
interesting place to visit. A lot of people come here to bushwalk in
famous national parks of Tasmania. Australia's only
island state has some large temperate rainforests, and almost half of
the island is covered by
national parks. But what if you are not a
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Tasmanian Convicts and Aboriginal History
Tasmania has got some very interesting convict history, and a long
Aboriginal history – when Aboriginal
people first came here,
what is now Tasmania was still connected to the mainland Australia.
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has got some unique animals found nowhere else - Tasmanian Devils. It
has got the largest lavender farm in the world, and lots of other
clever businesses - you can visit local wineries, honey companies,
dairy, tulip, mushroom, berry, salmon and walnut farms, and cheese and
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Wildlife experiences -
where to see Tasmanian Devils:
Hobart Travel Information - Tasmania
Hobart, the state capital, is a lovely little town on the foot of the
beautiful Mount Wellington. East from Hobart's
city centre around the
Elisabeth Street Mall is the Elisabeth St Pier and King’s Pier Marina.
South is the historical Battery Point, and Salamanca Square with some
charming Georgian buildings housing galleries, shops, cafes and
restaurants. It’s here the famous Salamanca Markets are held in
Saturday mornings. North of the city is the recreation area called
King’s Domain with Hobart's Botanical Gardens, and south is the Cascade
Brewery where you can sample the famous Cascade beer and Australia's
best cider, Mercury.
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Southern Tasmania National Parks - Tasmania
Eleven kilometres south of Hobart is Kingston Beach. The
historic town Richmond, 24km northeast, makes another nice day trip,
Field National Park, 80km northwest of Hobart, has some good
bushwalking, beautiful scenery and many lovely waterfalls.
bushwalking can be done on Bruny
Island off the southern coast
of Tasmania, and in the Hartz
Mountains National Park. Here is also the famous Tahune
Forest Airwalk where you can walk through the canopy of some tall
rainforest 45m above the ground.
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Port Arthur Tasmania - Tasmania
East from here is the Tasman peninsula with Port
Arthur - the island's
number-one tourist attraction. It was here as the Tasmanian convict
colony started, but it wasn’t like any convict colony - it was the
prison for the worst of the convicts, who after having been sent to
continued committing crimes. They lived a hard life, building a prison
for themselves and pushing railway carriages along the 7km (Australia’s
first) railway. It’s not to wonder the restless souls left the place
pretty haunted. Port Arthur Historic Site contains about 30 buildings
and ruins of the prison town. There are some interesting tours such as
Arthur Tour, and the Grand
Historical Walking Tour, both departing from Hobart.
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Tasman Peninsula - Tasmania
On the way from Port Arthur to Eaglehawk Neck are some dramatic rock
formations like the Tessellated Pavement, the Blowhole, Devils Kitchen,
Tasmans Arch and Waterfall Cave. Here are also the Tasman
Peninsula National Park and
the Tasmanian Devil Park,
which contains, as the name says, Tasmanian
Devils, but also other Australian
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Freycinet NP and Maria Island - Tasmania Travel
North from here is the beautiful Maria
Island, Swansea, and the
stunning Coles Bay with Freycinet
National Park. Further north is Bicheno with a penguin
rookery, the historic
whaling town St Helens and the magnificent Bay of
Fires. Inland from here is Launceston
- north Tasmania’s
commercial centre that has some museums and a nice brewery, and
Beaconsfield - the town that became famous in April 2006 when three
miners were trapped one kilometre underground after an earthquake
caused a rockfall. One of them was killed in the rockfall, but two
survived and were still alive when rescue workers reached them by
drilling two weeks later. It was an exciting day for the whole
Australia when they were finally rescued.
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Western Tasmania National Parks - Tasmania
And then, there is the wilderness in the west. Except some coastal
and small inland townships that mostly serve as gateways to the
national parks, the western half of the island is taken up by some
great wilderness in Cradle
Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, Walls
of Jerusalem National Park, Franklin
Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, and the South
West National Park. The Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair
National Park is the most famous of them and contains one of
Australia’s best bushwalks – the Overland Track; the island’s highest
peak Mt Ossa, and Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake, Lake St
Clair. You don’t have to be a keen bushwalker to enjoy visiting
Tasmania, but you’ll love it more if you are.
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Tasmania Travel Information: Flinders Island and King Island Australia
Between Tasmania and the mainland Australia are Flinders
Island with lots of
wildlife, seafood and wineries; and King
Island - known for its
cheeses, which you can taste at the King Island Dairy.
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