Known colloquially as “Tassie”, Tasmania is an Australian island-state situated south of the continent proper. Almost half of Tasmania is set up as a reserve, National Park, or World Heritage Site since most of the area is unspoiled, natural land. Named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, the island of Tasmania was actually connected to Mainland Australia until 10,000 years ago.
There are actually four distinct seasons in Tasmania, but neither the summers or winters hit extreme temperatures. Magnificent limestone caves dot the landscape in the northwest and mineral rich rock is found on Mount Read. The central highlands area is the most mountainous, and there is also a temperate rainforest in Tasmania. Due to the rocky terrain, there are a large number of rivers flowing through the island.
Tasmanian beer is especially popular with brands like Boags and Cascade brewed locally. To eat, Tasmanians love seafood like crayfish, salmon and oysters. Two major tourism events are the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day, as well as the Taste of Tasmania food festival. For sport, there is the Tasmanian Tigers cricket team, as well as Australian Rules Football played on the island.
Beyond the topography, one of the main tourist attractions is the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) which opened in 2011.
A few areas worth visiting and staying in Tasmania:
Hobart: The capital of Tasmania. You’ll find plenty of culture, excitement, and energy in Hobart. Experience the island through the eyes of its inhabitants. You can eat delicious food and see plenty of entertainment galore in Hobart.
Launceston: Situated between the North Esk and South Esk rivers, Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania. The central hub of the north houses the Tasmania Zoo, featuring yes, you guessed it, Tasmanian Devils.
Bruny Island: The ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience can be found on Bruny Island. Water activities and inland adventures are plentiful in this area of the island.