The Great Outdoors of Australia - Tasmania!

Tasmania is the smallest state in Australia, but it is big on experiences and only about an hour away by flight from Melbourne. Aside from the major tourist attractions on the mainland of Australia, Tasmania offers treasures of its own. Seek and you shall surely find.

 

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania. Thrills and spills come in the form of a jet boat ride on Hobart's Derwent River and if the views don't take your breath away, the thrilling 360 degree spins will, with some exciting twists and turns along the way.

 

If your kids have not heard of Tasmania yet, they might be more familiar with the cartoon character - the Tasmanian Devil - which is a caricature of the real Tasmanian Devil, a unique creature, native to Tasmania. The Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park located in Tarrana on the way to Port Arthur gives you a chance to come face-to-face with Tasmania's most famous marsupial and even carry them with guided supervision from the park's rangers, for an exclusive photo moment! Meet the other animals at the conservation park: little endemic quolls and pademelons, hand-feed friendly kangaroos and watch parrots perform in Tasmania’s only free-flight bird show.

 

 

Salamanca Place, in Sullivans Cove, is the city’s bustling, waterfront heart; a picturesque cobblestone square that is a destination for food, art, shopping and music, lined with quaint-looking art galleries, souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Shop for fine Tasmanian craft in the Salamanca Markets and dance outdoors in the courtyard of the Salamanca Arts Centre. Here Hobart’s cultural life meets its rich history. If your kids are with you, there is The Fairy Shop for your little ones and an affordable gourment chocolate shop for the older children. Not far away is Battery Point. Take a short stroll through its quiet, narrow streets to admire its beautiful architecture and some of Hobart’s most popular restaurants.

 

In the vicinity of Hamilton, the Curringa Farm is an established attraction that gives visitors a taste of life on a working sheep farm and a better understanding of wool production, sheep husbandry and cropping activities. Not only will you learn about best practice land-care and farming techniques, but it is also a charming setting for a delicious lunch.

 

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is located in the Central Highlands area of Tasmania, 165 km northwest of Hobart. The park contains many walking trails, and is where hikes along the well-known Overland Track usually begins. Major features are Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff in the northern end, Mount Pelion East, Mount Pelion West, Mount Oakleigh and Mount Ossa in the middle and Lake St Clair in the southern end of the park. The park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

 

The weather on Cradle Mountain is changeable and unpredictable, with an average maximum temperature of 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) in summer and 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter. Temperatures can go into the minus degrees Celsius during winter when it snows – especially at night. The freezing temperature is optimum for building a snowman.

 

Neither the last nor the least on the must-go list, is - Launceston, with its graceful Victorian buildings and elegant streets. It is packed with vibrant cafes, museums and century-old parks. It is also the gateway to the internationally acclaimed boutique vineyards of the Tamar Valley where you will discover some of Australia's finest cool-climate wines. Be enchanted by the historic villages of Evandale and Longford, with their grand old farms and mansions.

 

There are many more sights of Tasmania to explore. To discover more, visit http://www.discovertasmania.com.au

 

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