July 20, 2017

Tasmania

Untouched natural wilderness
Tasmania is an island with a fascinating heritage, beautiful landscapes, a spectacular wilderness and wonderful food and wine.

When to visit?
The best time to visit Tasmania is between October and April, when the weather is at its best. By May, nights get cold and days shorter. Winters (June-Aug), especially in the high country, is quite harsh.

Must see attractions:
Hobart – Tasmania’s capital. Hobart’s main attraction is its wonderful harbour and the colonial cottages that line the narrow lanes of Battery Point. The harbour is the city’s focal point, attracting yachts from all over the world.
Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair National Park – The national park and World Heritage area, that includes both Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair, is one of the most spectacular regions in Australia. Mount Ossa, in the centre of the park, is Tasmania’s highest point. The Overland Track linking Cradle Mountain with Lake St. Clair is the best known of Australia’s walking trails.

Queenstown – This area is famous for the infamous “lunar landscape” – check it out. Queenstown has been a mining centre since 1883, when gold was discovered at Mount Lyell. Underground tours of the Mount Lyell Mine run daily.
Mt Field National Park – The park is well known for its spectacular mountain scenery, alpine moorland, abundant wildlife and spectacular waterfalls. The major attraction is the magnificent Russell Falls. In winter there is snow on the park’s highest peaks, and a low-key ski resort has grown up around Mt Mawson.

Freycinet National Park – The Freycinet Peninsula is a place of craggy pink granite peaks, spectacular beaches, wetlands, coastal dunes, and dry eucalyptus forests. You can spot sea eagles, wallabies, seals, dolphins, and humpback whales during their migration.

Dining out:
Some of the most exotic seafood in the world is available in Tasmania, including Angasi oysters, crayfish, scallops, Atlantic salmon and ocean trout.
The island’s cheese is excellent and renowned among connoisseurs. Goat, quail and venison are the area’s speciality meats.

Some restaurants serving mouth watering cuisine:

  • Meadowbank estate
  • Toro’s on York
  • Pear Ridge
  • The Hilltop Granton
  • The Nosh Pit
  • Blue bell inn

Nightlife:
Tassie will give you a different sight – at night!
Tasmanians love to play the night-owl, no matter what the time of year.There are casinos in Hobart and Launceston.
Salamanca Place, in Hobart is the home of many night haunts in its old stone warehouses. Small, traditional-style pubs, open all day and into the wee hours of the morning, are a special feature here.
You can also take a ghost tour at Port Arthur or Hobart’s Penitentiary Chapel.

Some well known clubs here:

  • Klub Kangaroo
  • Fire God Dance
  • House of Blues via Tasmania
  • Best house of blues on the planet

Public Transport:
The public bus system serves Hobart and Launceston metropolitan areas. Bus also operates in Burnie and Devonport, but the coverage is not so extensive. Sometimes tourist-oriented seasonal services are offered to places like Richmond and Mt. Wellington.

Coaches run between all major cities and to tourist areas such as Cradle Mountain.
The best way to get around Tasmania is to hire a car.

Riding a bicycle around Tasmania is popular and can be an excellent idea during the warmer months, but remember Tasmanian terrain is not flat.