Just 150 miles from the southern tip of Australia’s main continent, Tasmania is an island roughly the size of West Virginia.
Visitors can take a direct flight there from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, or choose to take the overnight ferry trip departing from Melbourne. The island is rich in culture, heritage and luxury with a wide range of accommodations for travelers from resorts to cozy bed and breakfasts. Whatever your preference, Tasmania provides – outdoor adventure and activities to a laid-back beach experience, world-class food and wine, and a fascinating history.
Because of the island’s size, you can stand atop a mountain and feel sand between your toes on the very same day. The options for outdoor adventures are many: world-class fly fishing, sea-view golf courses, plenty of hiking trails to explore, and always the gorgeous beaches and the surrounding ocean. Cruise the coasts or inland waterways – again, with options – the luxury of a yacht or the simplicity of a raft, kayak or canoe. From May into the summer you’ll spot humpback whales coasting through the clear waters of Oyster Bay. Take a wildlife cruise from Coles Bay to watch them follow ancient migration routes through the Tasmanian Sea. It’s here that the whales and their calves often stay for extended periods, surrounded by exquisite scenery that includes forests, pink granite cliffs and secret white beaches.
Over 40% of the island of Tasmania is a World Heritage Area and protected as national parks and reserves. One of the most popular and inspiring activities is a walk through the island’s ancient rainforests. With such accessible wilderness, it’s an ideal place to get up close to the native Australian animals at home on the island: wombats, wallabies, pademelons, exotic birds…and the one place on earth you can find a Tasmanian Devil in the wild! The size of a small dog, the Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial – characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, loud screech, and ferocity when feeding. It’s capable of surprising speed and endurance, and can climb trees and swim across rivers.
In Tasmania you’ll find numerous roadside stalls selling plump locally-grown berries, shuck oysters fresh from the sea, and be offered fine local wines that are so excellent they are often compared favorably to those from the Champagne region of France.