- I was here one week between December 2005 and January 2006 and another one in March 2012.
- Recommended number of days: at least one week.
- My score: 4/5.
Although this island is more reminiscent of the neighboring New Zealand, it is a spectacular redoubt of unique nature in Australia. Despite the short distance that separates it from the main island (13.000 years ago, in the ice age period, you could have walked from one to the other), this state has a much more inhospitable climate, which conditions its flora and orography. The best mountains, spectacular coasts and beaches, areas of rainforest, some of the tallest trees in the world and the highest concentration of wild animals make Tasmania an interesting, original and peaceful destination, since not even many Australians have ever visited it:
- The northeast coast: Bay of the Fires is a succession of attractive coasts with reddish granitic rocks next to white sand beaches, that sadly can be enjoyed few days to the year given the usual temperatures. Further south we will find Freycinet National Park, with the impressive Wineglass Bay.
- The south is defined by its capital, Hobart, much less interesting than it claims to be. To the east we can highlight the beautiful Bruni Island with its symmetrical beach called The Neck, and Port Arthur, a very recommendable experience for its coastal landscape and as far as historical subjects are concerned. Further west we will find Mount Field National Park, with the largest eucalyptus on the island and some of the largest in the world. And occupying a large part of the southwest of the island, the Franklin – Gordon Rivers National Park, an extensive and recondite area of land full of forests and rivers.
- In central-west, the most famous National Park, Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair, with its sublime mountains and glacial lakes. The best (and hardest) way to visit it is hiking the Overland Track, one of the best considered multiday-treks in the world.
- Wallabies, wombats, echidnas and other marsupials are frequent and easy to see, adding appeal to the experience. The only elusive one is precisely the famous Tasman devil.
You have already realized that to this state people come for two things: to travel it by car and to hike. Both are not only recommended but essential and not exclusive, which makes it a paradise for drivers and hikers. Tasmania will hook you forever.
WHAT TO SEE
- BAY OF FIRES
- FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK
- PORT ARTHUR
- BRUNI ISLAND
- MOUNT FIELD NATIONAL PARK
- CRADLE MOUNTAIN – LAKE ST. CLAIR NATIONAL PARK AND THE OVERLAND TRACK
- WHEN TO GO
- HOW TO GET THERE
- HOW TO MOVE AROUND
- DANGERS AND ANNOYANCES