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Take A Holiday To Tasmania

20 June 2011 No Comment

Hobart at DuskIf you are visiting Melbourne and looking for a memorable addition to your holiday, why not consider taking a trip to Tasmania. The island’s unspoiled nature,  combined with a vibrant and  active  local Arts scene, creates both a relaxing and intellectually stimulating environment. Located just one hour’s flight from Melbourne , the island is the perfect weekend retreat,  or  you can  stay longer and enjoy all that this fine State has to offer.

Tasmania is  the 26th largest island in the world and has a wide range of natural environments just waiting  for you to explore .  Think wilderness, wildlife, fantastic untouched beaches and history, including the tragic dark tales of Aboriginal persecution and convict settlement.

Island events include the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a Taste of Tasmania, and the  road rally Targa Tasmania.  A particular highlight is the 10 Days on the Island Arts Festival, when  more than 250 different artistic events occur across the island during an exhilarating 10 Days on the Island.  Why not take the opportunity to enjoy a performance by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra or tingle to the sounds of Southern Gospel Choir.  A great treat for both young and old is a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art, which is the largest privately owned museum in Australia.

Tasmania has it all, and there is something interesting and exciting on offer for everyone every month of the year right across this amazing State.

Adventurous travellers who love being in the outdoors and exploring  ancient and  wild places should consider hiking the Tarkine, the largest rainforest in Australia, or  exploring the wondrous and unique Overland Track that meanders from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair.  For details on how to enjoy this iconic 6 day walk,  or any of the many easier short day walks around Cradle Mountain,  check out the great variety of maps and activity details in our Cradle Mountain Travel Guide.

Noisy but charming little marsupials called Tasmanian Devils call the island home. Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, and when you see one, you might think at first you are looking at a dog.  Devils are hunters by nature, and their diet includes road kill and human household items.  In 2009 the species was declared endangered, because of  a cancer called Devil Facial Tumor Disease.  This disease causes animals to starve, but you can see healthy Devils at a number of sanctuaries on the island, any of which are worth visiting and supporting.

There are two ways to travel to Tasmania from mainland Australia. The main airports located at Hobart, Devonport and Launceston offer daily services to mainland Australia cities. For a leisurely night on the high seas of Bass Strait, you can sail between Melbourne and Tasmania on The Spirit of Tasmania ferry, which departs Melbourne at 8 p.m. and arrives in Tasmania at 7 a.m.

There is a great selection of accommodation available all across Tasmania, ranging from backpacker to boutique B& B and everything in between.  Visitors who stay  in Hobart ,  Cradle Mountain or Strahan will find a treasure trove of coffee shops and boutiques.   Symphony music concerts and theatre performances can be enjoyed in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania.   Travellers to the rest of this beautiful island are rewarded with  visits to scenic vineyards, acres of berry farms, hand crafted cheese and chocolate factories, with spotting a Tasmanian Devil, or looking out over dark historical waters from Port Arthur in the southeast city of Sorrell.

At any time of year visitors can admire the Victorian-era architecture or stroll through rainforests and gorges in the second largest city, Launceston.   After a brisk afternoon  rock-climbing or white-water rafting, the hungry traveller can indulge in very fine  cuisine in the city’s bistros and restaurants.

Every part of Tasmania is a holiday destination in itself.  Nature lovers will enjoy Tasmania’s many national parks;  gourmets relish the fresh natural produce available right along the East Coast, families will delight in the magnificent beaches and wildlife habitats  in the North East.

Come to Tasmania to tramp along the many walking paths around Cradle Mountain before relaxing and a delicious meal in any of the warm and cosy accommodation on offer in Cradle Valley, or marvel at the largest working craft festival on the Southern Hemisphere, held in the island’s North West.

On your visit you will see ancient and unique rainforest, enjoy a bountiful selection of the freshest seafood, take in spectacular scenery, find an abundance of  wildlife, enjoy fresh island gourmet food and immerse yourself in cultural events that together all make the perfect reason to make Tasmania your next holiday destination.

Hobart landscape at Dusk by Eloise Claire (CC via Flickr)

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