Tasmania is Australia's island state. Located of the south east coast it is separated from the mainland by Bass Strait. This is one of those unique places in the world that should be visited by every tourist. Hobart is the capital and it is situated at the foot of mount Wellington and on the estuary of the Derwent River. Hobart is a modern city but it is alive with old world charm and reminders of its convict past pop up everywhere. It is a relaxed city with many historical old sandstone buildings, especially around Constitution Dock and Salamanka place. This area comes alive each year at the completion of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race when all the contestants are berthed together in the dock. This area is also home to many quaint and elegant cafés and restaurants which add to its old world charm.
In Tasmania there is an enormous range of natural attractions. In the north lies the Tamar valley and the city of Launceston nestles on the banks of the Tamar River. You should take a cruise on the river and visit nearby Cataract Gorge. Tasmanian wines from this region also have an excellent reputation. Ben Lomond is located within an easy driving distance and here you will find a modern ski field. There is also some magnificent mountain scenery, as you would imagine, and local forests and waterfalls must be seen to be believed. In the North West lie the towns of Wynyard and Stanley. This area is also famous for its magnificent coastline, forests and waterfalls.
The wilderness areas of the West coast are world famous and spectacular. The towns of Strahan, Zeehan and Queenstown should be on the itinerary of every tourist and it is essential to take a cruise visiting the Gordon and Franklin Rivers and Macquarie Harbour. This region is dominated by world heritage listed ancient forests and the famous Huon Pine. The region features mighty rivers and waterfalls, windswept coastline, beautiful harbours and lakes and the region is one of the most pristine world heritage listings anywhere on earth. Extended overnight or day cruises are available this experience is definitely not to be missed.
In the Midlands area of Tasmania you will find the true country feeling of this fantastic state. Running between Hobart and Launceston is the Heritage Highway and along its length you will find many historic villages all of which you will want to explore. The area is filled with historic homes and villages and the countryside is rich with magnificent farmland and filled with the islands history. The mountainous areas in the midlands should not be missed and there are a number of magnificent lakes, rivers and National Parks to visit. Cradle Mountain is a must see and Cradle Mountain lodge is a great place to stay. Fishing for trout and salmon in the local rivers can also be exciting and productive.
The South East is home to much of the history of Tasmania's convict past. Port Arthur and Eaglehawk neck lie on the Tasman peninsular and there are spectacular ruins from the convict days to be explored. Old Churches and jails and many other historic buildings provide the tourist with a real insight into what life would have been like for our early inhabitants. This area is also famous for its wildlife and you can visit the Tasmanian Devil Park or view the Tiger Snakes at the World Tiger Snake Centre at Tarrana. Along the windswept coastline you should also visit the Tesalated Pavement, The Blowhole, The Devils Kitchen, Tasman Arch and the Remarkable Cave. In this website you will find lots of information to assist you in planning and booking your Tasmanian holiday. Tasmanian accommodation, campervan and motor home rentals, information on hotels or even finding you a discount hotel, motels and holiday apartments together with airline, coach and holiday car rentals is all listed. www.tastravel.net.au is your one stop shop for all your Tasmanian holiday needs. Our specials website at www.holiday-deals.com.au displays information on holiday specials and packages.