Tasmania is a beautiful island state of Australia where the bounty of nature is the rule rather than the exception. A largely undiscovered paradise, visitors are greeted by natural beauty and many small, lightly populated towns, making the atmosphere one of relaxation and harmony.
Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, has a wonderful mix of the historical mingled with the cosmopolitan and offers a variety of attractions including art galleries, fine dining, a lively music and theatrical scene and plenty of outdoor activities nearby. If wine tasting is on your agenda, just outside of the city are some of Tasmania’s best wineries.
Hobart from Mt Wellington.
As a central point for a holiday, Hobart offers ample dining and accommodation options while just a short distance from the city the unique features of the area are waiting to be explored.
Nearby Mount Wellington offers spectacular views of the area from its high vantage point, offering a panoramic look at the city of Hobart and its harbour, the Derwent Valley, Kingston, Bruny Island and the Tasman Peninsula. On a clear day it presents a great opportunity for photos and is well worth the 21 km drive.
A bit further from the city, a great experience is waiting at Devil’s @ Cradle. Located near the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park, this sanctuary is dedicated to the preservation of the Tasmanian Devil and is a wonderful addition to a holiday itinerary. The best time to visit is during the evening feeding, as the Tassies are very active at that time and you might even get a chance to pet one of the cute creatures. Contrary to popular myth, the Devils are typically more curious than aggressive. The sanctuary is run by a dedicated and knowledgeable staff with the goal of protecting the species and educating the public.
Walking along the treetops is a fantastic adventure and not to be missed if coming to Tasmania. Tahune Forest Airwalk at Geeveston, which is about a 90 minute drive from Hobart, allows visitors the chance to traverse the Airwalk and gain a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area and the forest canopy from several steel walks suspended at 20 meters above the forest floor. There are also suspension bridges that overlook the Huon and Picton Rivers with beautiful views of the mountains off in the distance. Once completing the Airwalk, there are plenty of walking paths on the forest floor that offer beautiful scenery throughout the area.
There are many other destinations worth exploring. Hobart is a wonderful destination for the entire family and Tasmania is a bit of Heaven on Earth.