When you think of Australia, and Tasmania doesn’t immediately come to mind, it means that you’re definitely missing out on something essential in your itinerary. Tasmania is Australia’s rugged, wild, yet dramatic beauty. Its landscapes are tranquil and unspoiled, its wilderness trails are challenging and stunning, and its coastlines and white-sand beaches have remained pure and pristine. Needless to say, it is the mecca for the naturalists. But Tassie, as Tasmania is affectionately called, is not only for those who seek nature. It is the perfect destination for gourmands looking for Australia’s best food and wine, and for travelers who appreciate untouched spirituality, culture and art. Make Tassie your top pick. Australia banks on it to make your travel unforgettable.
Best Time to Visit
Tasmania is one of those few places where traveling is great any season of the year. During summer which occurs from December to February, tourists enjoy warm weather and a variety of events to choose from. Autumn is calm, sunny and full of excitement. Winter is the perfect time to cuddle by a fire and participate in Tasmania’s winter activities. In spring, Tasmania is in bloom with fresh green foliage and multi-color flowers. Whenever you choose to travel, Tasmania is a delight. It always has something to offer to travelers who delight in challenging nature, exploring different cultures and appreciating masterpieces and art.
Photo Credit: http://www.metrotas.com.au/park-rideTasmania has a good bus system connecting main cities and locations. The trips during the weekend, however, are scarce and buses may not ply the routes you might want to take. For that reason, it is best to travel within Tasmania by car. Car rental is more affordable in Tasmania than anywhere in Australia. By taking a car, you can fit more activities into less time since you have complete control over which places you would want to see, activities you want to engage in, and how much time you would like to spend there. Make sure to bring a GPS or get a good map to avoid wasting time getting lost.
The Festival of Voices takes place from July 5th to the 14th in Hobart, Tasmania. The festival has a variety of performances put up by cabaret artists, choirs, singers, actors, and speakers. During summer, there are festivals both in Launceston and Hobart. Taste of Huon and Agfest take place during the autumn season. During the winter you can’t miss the Chocolate Winter Fest for the ultimate sweet chocolate experience. Spring is the time for the famous Tulip Festivals taking place all over Tasmania.
What to Do
Tasmania is that place on the edge of the world where you will discover the most exhilarating adventures and feel freedom in every bend. Whatever your passion, Tassie’s outdoors have something for you. There are roaring surf waves, white water in the rivers, and kelp forests in its oceans with which you can test how far you can push yourself.
1) Go Ziplining
Photo Credit: http://en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwiki/354600If you are looking for a thrill or simply a great view, why not get both on one of Tasmania’s zip lines? Glide over lush treetops, forests and mountaintops. It is the adventure of a lifetime and the nearest thing to flying. Have a great ride at Hollybank’s Treetop Adventure. If the idea of hanging for dear life by a steel cable is too scary for you, you can try a cable car zip-line at Cataract Gorge.
Have you ever wanted to try rappelling? Well, take Tasmania by the rope. Descend from above with a patient guide who will assist you ensuring that you have the best experience as a beginner. If rappel is something you are familiar with or have mastered, then conquer Tasmania or let it conquer you. There are plenty of spots to do so. The white water wall and the cliffs of Cataract Gorge are the classic places to rappel at. Make this your one-of-a-kind adventure.
3) Rock Climb
For those who enjoy climbing, Tasmania is your Australian challenge. Reach for the top of the world by climbing Mount Ossa, Cradle Mountain and the taunting Totem Pole.
Kayak in peace along the pristine coast of Tasmania. If you want some guidance you can hire a professional guide to lead your way. This is especially good for those seeking to learn a few things about the area while paddling. Make sure to explore Tasmania’s rivers on your kayak, offering a more adventurous ride, and definitely more fun. World Heritage Wilderness’ rivers are perfect for a fast-paced ride.
Some of the best waves in the world are found in Tasmania and if you go ahead and explore the beaches you are sure to find the perfect one. Park beach and Clifton beach have great waves for surfing. However, do consider that the waves here are best for those with at least some experience. On your trip, you can’t forget your wetsuit.