Tasmania may be the smallest of Australia’s six states, geographically, but what this lovely island lacks in physical size, is more than made up for with its great natural beauty and diverse recreational opportunities.
Separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, Tasmania packs a lot into its relatively small size. Its vast mountain ranges, densely forested landscape and clear, fresh-water lakes provide some of the most scenic vistas in Australia. Not only is Tasmania the most mountainous, but it possesses the deepest lake as well as the single largest rainforest area.
With four distinct seasons, Tasmania is the perfect year round destination. Gold and amber hues decorate the landscape as autumn leaves begin to fall, while spring delights with a colourful array of wild flowers. Summer temperatures provide the perfect climate for swimming, hiking and other outdoor sporting activities and though the crisp winter may seem inhospitable, the seasonal festivals, skiing and cosy fire side hideaways add to the charm of Tassie.
Tour Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart and you’ll find a wonderful collection of museums, charming historic districts and beckoning bays and harbours. Enjoy the city’s celebrated character at Salamanca where restored 19th century warehouses are today home to quaint shops and restaurants. Battery Point is another enduring neighbourhood where the unique, heritage listed buildings reveal the historic character of Australia’s second oldest capital city.
Where to stay in Tasmania
The accommodation scene on the Apple Isle is an exciting blend of properties designed to enhance the natural, rustic, even artful and sophisticated appeal of Tasmania. Deluxe, five-star city hotels and bed and breakfasts can be found inhabiting historic mansions and elegant 19th century homes while the uber stylish and contemporary boutique and eco style hotels appeal to the modernist in us all.
There’s no reason you can’t enjoy the height of luxury in the wilds either. Whether it’s a deluxe cabin in the mountains, a cosy cottage on a lake within the forests or a secluded home on one of the many captivating beaches, the invigorating nature of Tasmania is only enhanced by such warm and comfortable surroundings.
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