Tasmania, officially the destination with the cleanest air in the world.
In our opinion, if you’re travelling around Australia, or looking for somewhere for a holiday – a visit to Tasmania should definitely not be missed.The Island is the 26th largest in the world and sits 240kms South of Melbourne. Almost half of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and world heritage sites. The stunning island is well known for its unique fauna, flora and diverse vegetation, many fauna species are in fact unique to Tasmania – meaning if you want to see it, you have to visit! Unlike parts of Australia, Tasmania has four distinct seasons and temperatures drop down relatively low during the winter months, so be prepared!
The capital and largest city in Tasmania (also referred to as Tassie) is Hobart, founded in 1804 as a penal colony. It stands as Australia’s second oldest city after Sydney and sits on the Derwent River in Tasmania’s south. Basically, if you’re located in Hobart you can drive for a maximum of 90 minutes and be in reach of the Island’s most visited attractions. WINNER.
The city sits with the beautiful Mount Wellington as a stunning backdrop and offers plenty of restaurants, bars and shops – which makes it even more appealing to holiday makers. If, however, you are looking to make the most of Tasmania’s raw beauty and you are keen to see what is on offer then you have plenty of options.
As mentioned above, Mount Wellington is a jewel in Tasmania. The mountain stands at 1271 metres above sea level and is a 25 minute drive from the centre of Hobart – the summit offers a 360 degree view and generally has clear blue skies. From the peak you’re able to make out the city, the boat covered harbour, Derwent river and the luscious green of Derwent valley. Make sure you bring a jacket as it can be as much as a 10 degree difference in temperature from the city to Mount Wellington!
There are plenty of hikes available to you around Tassie, the Pipeline Track from Fern Tree to Waterworks Reserve is a fantastic walk that has some great views but isn’t too challenging (it’s slightly down hill too – phew!)
For those of you that enjoy being outdoors Hobart also offers horse riding, The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Bonorong Wildlife Sancturary/Zoodoo – where yes, you can see real life Tasmanian devils.
Finally, if you’ve already come all this way, a trip to Bruny Island should not be missed. Voted for in the ’100 greatest trips in the world’, Bruny Island is one of Australia’s true wilderness retreats and remains to be a prime spot for sighting various wildlife such as; fur seals, fairy penguins, dolphins, albatross and occasionally even whales. This marine life thrives along the rocky and wild coastline and you can take your pick as to how you get there – high speed adrenaline pumping boat or on a slower eco cruise – giving you the chance to truly soaking up mother nature in all its glory.