The island of Tasmania The smallest best Australian state to visit in 2020

The island of Tasmania

The island is one of the Australian states. This is a real earthly paradise. Tasmanian preserved rain forests are home to two-thirds of the animals that inhabit the planet. It is believed that the forests of Tasmania are home to up to a million species of living things not yet known to science. The island is home to such rare species as the marsupial marten and the wombat – the largest burrowing mammal on Earth. The Tasmanian island is famous for The world’s tallest eucalyptus trees, eucalyptus trees grow up to one hundred meters high. An impressive sight.

The island of Tasmania
The island of Tasmania

The population of Tasmania is only 500,000, with beautiful scenery and warm and hospitable residents. In the beautiful capital city of Hobart, you can explore the world-famous art galleries for its charm and interest. At the same time, Launceston in the north is also one of the few cities in the world surrounded by canyons. This is an island state suitable for self-driving. You can drive from the beautiful coastline with dense beaches to any place on the island, and within a few hours, you can reach the mountain area listed as a World Heritage Site. Along the way, you will pass hospitable farms, wine cellars, and restaurants that insist on using local fresh produce as ingredients.

Visit the cultural capital of Hobart and its famous museum of ancient and modern art MONA
Stroll the picturesque and white sandy Wineglass Bay
Feed the Tasmanian devil in the safari park

What will surprise our Tasmania?

  • The oldest rain forests on the planet
  • Relic ferns and giant eucalyptus trees
  • Unique fauna
  • Environmentally friendly corner of the earth
  • Mesmerizing landscapes and unforgettable landscapes
  • Spectacular karst caves
  • Tasmanian cuisine with rare seafood
  • Fine wines and exclusive whiskey 

The smallest Australian state is located 240 kilometers from the mainland. The entire territory of the state consists of islands: the eponymous island of Tasmania, King, Flinders, and Macquarie. More than half a million people live here, most of whom (80%) identify themselves as Anglo-Australians, descendants of British immigrants. The indigenous population is only 1% of the total population of the state.

The island, the heart of the state, was discovered long before the first English colony in Australia. In 1642, the Dutch navigator Abel Tasman arrived here with his expedition. However, then the island was named Van Diemen’s Land – after the governor-general of the Dutch colony in the East Indies. According to legend, the latter sent Tasman in search of new lands in the hope that he would not return – the official really did not want to become his father-in-law.

Tasmanian devil,tasmania,marsupial
Tasmanian devil,tasmania,marsupial

British colonialists began to develop the future here at the turn of the 18th-19th centuries. In 1803, the second British colony in Australia was founded here. Created to exile convicts, the territory was originally part of New South Wales. Only in 1856, the first parliament renamed the island Tasmania, and in 1901 a separate state was formed.

Tasmanian territory

The island of Tasmania

its territory, which is a plateau and highland, half-covered with forests and separated from the continent, is truly unique not only in Australia but throughout the world. It is on this island that representatives of rare species of animals and plants, which have long been exterminated all over the world, have survived. These are the famous koalas, little penguins, dingoes, platypuses, echidnas, and Tasmanian devils. In local forests, there are eucalyptus trees, southern beeches, rare species of mosses, and lichens.

As the wettest temperate state in Australia, The island is a great place to grow orchards and vineyards. However, not all of the state’s territory is available for agriculture. A fifth of the land is protected areas and national parks. True, the state’s economy is based not only on agriculture and tourism but also on the extraction of minerals – iron ore, copper, gold, and tin.

The island of Tasmania
The island of Tasmania

No matter how hard the residents of Tasmania tried to forget about the “convict” origin of the colony, such sights of the state still attract the interest of tourists. The famous Port Arthur Historic Site – a former prison, a walled city, annually receives thousands of travelers on excursions.

Those who prefer “prison attractions” natural monuments will gladly accept luxurious reserves and parks of the state of Tasmania. You can admire the untouched territories from a bird’s eye view in the Southwest Reserve, making an aerial excursion over tropical forests, gorges, and waterfalls. Walking through the Freycinet National Park, you should definitely visit the Wineglass Bay – the concentration of the cleanest beaches of white sand and clear seawater.

The island of Tasmania
The island of Tasmania

Like many other Australian states, Tasmania has its own wine region, the Tamar River Region, where the major wineries St. Matthias Vineyard, Rose ears Estate, and Strathlynn.

Hobart, the capital of the state of Tasmania, is the oldest Australian city after Sydney. The region’s main city combines centuries of tradition with a modern, energetic lifestyle. The Hobart government develops arts and crafts. One of the main attractions of the capital is the Salamanca Arts Center, which brings together several dozen organizations, including galleries, art studios, and concert halls. Perhaps one of the most memorable can be a visit to the Moorilla Museum of Ancient Monuments, located 12 km from the city, surrounded by vineyards.

The island of Tasmania
The island of Tasmania

On Fridays, the courtyard of the Salamanca Arts Center turns into a concert venue for musicians of various styles and backgrounds. Here you can hear live national music not only of Australia but also of other continents.

Hobart buildings are also of cultural significance, more than 90 of which are protected by the National Society for the Conservation of Monuments. Not far from Salamanca, there are many cozy cafes, restaurants, pubs, serving their visitors with multinational cuisine.

Like the capitals of other Australian states, Hobart enjoys lush celebrations. Tasmanian boat builders and sailors are honored here annually in February with the Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Keeping in mind that the state of Tasmania is a wholly and entirely island territory, local celebration lovers organize the Ten Days on an Island festival dedicated to the culture of the islanders.

Two large and, perhaps, the most beloved festivals by Tasmanians – the Summer Festival in Hobart and the Sydney – Hobart Sailing Yacht Race – come to an end on New Year’s Eve.

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