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Lonely Planet named Tasmania one of the world’s top regions to visit in 2015 – the only destination in Australia or New Zealand to make the list. Discover everything you've heard about Tasmania's food and wine is true. To a gastronome, it's heaven. To everyone else, it's mouth-wateringly irresistible. The island’s diverse and ancient landscapes offer accessible wilderness experiences that are unsurpassed and world renowned. Easily accessible from Sydney and Melbourne, the temperate climate, beautiful scenery and an abundance of experiences make Tasmania an ideal touring destination.

Cradle Mountain

Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania's most visited natural attractions. With a range of walks ranging from easy to challenging, there's plenty of opportunities to experience the beauty of Tasmania's wilderness first hand, and with all the comforts of home awaiting you at the end of your day. The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species.

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The pretty town of Coles Bay is a great base from which to explore Freycinet National Park with its spectacular coastal scenery that includes famous Wineglass Bay, rated as one of the ten best beaches in the world. The park is home to Tasmanian pademelons, white-breasted sea eagles, red-necked wallabies - and in season offers spectacular displays of a wide variety of native orchids. There's also a range of walks to choose from including an easy ten minute walk to the beach and rocks around Sleepy Bay, a one hour walk to the famous Wineglass Bay Lookout and longer hikes in the national park.

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Hobart and Launceston

Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. One of Australia’s oldest cities, Launceston has one of the best-preserved early cityscapes in Australia with its elegant colonial and Victorian architecture and century-old parks. The rich farmland of the Tamar Valley region west of Launceston is a premier wine-growing region.

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Port Arthur

Port Arthur is a quaint village best known for the well-preserved penal colony buildings of the nearby Port Arthur Historic Site. Set on the tip of the Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur is a great base to explore the historic site and the area's natural attractions including dramatic coastal rock formations and towering cliffs. The Port Arthur Historic Site was established in 1830 as a timber station and was soon built into a small town designed for the housing and punishment of over a thousand of Tasmania's most notorious convicts. Full of powerful stories of hardship and loss, it's one of Tasmania's most rewarding travel experiences

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Compact in size and diverse in its landscape and the range of experiences on offer, Tasmania is well known for its wilderness, fine food and wine, walking, rich convict heritage and its wildlife, including the highly endangered Tasmanian devil. Tasmania also has a rapidly growing arts and cultural scene.

Top 10 Things to See and Do:

  1. Hobart: MONA Museum of Old and New Art, Salamanca Market
  2. Tasmanian Devils
  3. Port Arthur Historic Sites and the Tasman National Park
  4. Cradle Mountain National Park
  5. Freycinet National Park and Saffire Freycinet
  6. Launceston and the Tamar Valley Wine Region
  7. Strahan and the Gordon River
  8. Bruny Island
  9. Walking and Hiking
  10. Golf and Fishing

Travel Tips:

Remote yet accessible locations and stunning wilderness make Tasmania a remarkable touring destination to explore on an escorted tour or self-drive vacation. The island is compact, the roads uncrowded and the scenery varied.

Weather/ Climate:

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius)  Seasonal Comments
Spring 5°C to 20°C Regardless of where you travel in Tasmania you should be prepared for changeable weather, especially if bushwalking. Always carry additional warm clothing, including a waterproof outer layer.
Summer 9°C to 24°C Tasmania has four distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March.
Fall 5°C to 22°C
Winter 3°C to 14°C Rainfall varies dramatically across the island. Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres in Australia’s second-driest capital city (after Adelaide), while on the west coast an annual average of 2,400 mm ensures the rainforest thrives.
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