When contemplating island adventures, most people picture a tropical paradise with white sandy beaches and sugar rimmed daiquiris served seaside with tiny umbrellas. While Tasmania is considered the twenty-sixth largest island in the world, it is home to dry midlands, temperate rainforests, waterfalls, mountains and inactive volcanoes. With rocky coasts surrounded by both the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this Australian island is a breathtaking step back from almost any other destination in the world. And with Tasmanian summer occurring when most people are experiencing winter, it is a great way to escape the harsh cold and explore a wildly untouched landscape.
Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and the singular epicenter of culture to be found on the island. While the Salamanca Market has been one of the most popular and frequented sites in the city, the new Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) has skyrocketed tourism since it opened in 2011. A controversial museum since inception, the unique displays are matched only by the strange architecture that was designed to shock and surprise visitors from beginning to end. From orchestra to theatre, music to museums, Hobart has a wide variety of attractions to capture the mind of any traveler. And if it’s food you’re after, the rich soils of Tasmania produce some of the best vegetation and thereby some of the highest quality restaurants, coffee shops and wineries to be found in Australia.
Once outside of the city limits, Tasmania is a vast expanse of nature that covers almost every imaginable terrain one could hope for. One of the most visited wilderness destinations is Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, located near the heart of Tasmania. Everything from walking, hiking, biking, bird and wildlife watching, and so much more are available in the park, unfortunately for a relatively high price during peak seasons. (And remember, the seasons here are nearly backward from the rest of the world, so peak means December and the surrounding months.) Depending on the time you go and how long you plan to spend, passes can be acquired that will allow access into all the major parks from Mt. Wellington to Mt. Field National Parks and everywhere in between. But if you are after a great climb, Mount Ossa is the tallest Tasmania, weighing in at 1,617 meters, and is worth every penny to those brave enough to conquer it.
Not only is Tasmania beautiful for its plethora of terrain, but the wildlife that can be encountered is truly unique to the island. From the vicious Tasmanian Devil to the adorable little penguin, there is nothing ordinary about Tasmania. Apart from being one of the closest rainforests to Antarctica, this beautiful island is home to dozens of plant and animal species that won’t be found anywhere else in the world. The scenery, plants and animals are truly a photographers dream, and for the adventurer in you, there is no where else in the world quite like it. If you are searching for incomparable nature and a strange experience beyond the down under, Tasmania is a place you surely don’t want to miss.