Tasmania, Australia's Southern-most state and a self-contained island, provides a variety of different attributes to its mainland-located brethren. Separated from the south coast of Victoria by the Bass Strait, Tasmania (or "Tassie") is often promoted as the "natural state" due to its large number of green features and unspoiled natural environment. With some of the greenest areas in Australia, including spectacular waterfalls, picturesque islands dotting the coastline, and abundant winery fields blanketing the landscape, the "natural" label seems truly appropriate.
Tasmania was also heavily colonised as a port of call for early British settlers and used as a base of operations for several expeditions, leading to a number of historical, colonial-style architecture that is still mostly intact today and makes for popular sightseeing visits. Hobart, the state's capital city, is the second-oldest Australian capital after Sydney and thus likewise contains a range of historical sites for tourists to peruse, with its proximity to nearby Mount Wellington also proving to be a significant drawcard for tours, walks and other sightseeing activities. Key areas of interest throughout Tasmania include:
One will find that most places in the state of Tasmania provide a focus on all things green and an innate connection to nature and history.
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What is Tasmania Famous for?
Its' combination of "blue meets green" areas where either sea or ocean clash vibrantly with the nearby greenery of the land can be seen in multiple different locations around the state, each of varying degrees of beauty. The fertility of its land has also lead Tasmania to fame for its fine foods and cuisines, especially high quality cheeses, wines and chocolate. Tassie is also home to breweries of some of Australia's most respected modern beer brands, such as Cascade and Boags.
The national parks that cover various areas of Tasmania are renowned for their lush contents and are home to unique - and appropriately named - Tasmanian Devil. The Tassie Devil is the largest meat-eating marsupial in the world and is found in the wild only in Tasmania, with their cute features belying their natural ferocity and aggressive natures. Wildlife parks that feature the Tasmanian Devil are a staple of any visit to the state. Some of Tasmania's most famous attributes are:
Unique flora and fauna, with an emphasis on lush greenery
Native wildlife (especially the Tasmanian Devil)
Wines, cheeses, chocolate, beers and fine dining in general
Historic colonial architecture
When is the best time to visit Tasmania?
Tasmania's climate is generally cool and temperate, and has four distinct seasons, with maximum temperatures rarely breaking into the 20's during the day time. The weather in Tasmania is commonly compared to that of England, and the physical dynamics of the countryside are a visible reflection of the climate. Winters can be cold, with snowfall common in most high-lying areas.
Who should visit Tasmania?
Those who enjoy cooler climates and who would like to have a different experience than most of what is offer on mainland Australia. If you would like to enjoy a variety of quality foods and drink while taking leisurely tours to and through lush scenery, Tasmania is the place to go.