Tasmania, or "Tassie," appears cloaked in mystique to those who haven't visited Australia's smallest state. Perhaps it's because of the state's remote position, 300 kilometers south of Australia's mainland across the choppy Bass Strait. It might be the wide swaths of windswept wilderness. National parks and World Heritage Areas cover about half of Tasmania's land mass, with glittering alpine lakes, wild rivers, and mist-cloaked summits.
Perhaps it's the strange wildlife, which includes real-life Tasmanian devils and the Tasmanian tiger, an extinct thylacine. Or is it the haunting convict past and immaculately preserved heritage towns that seem to have stood still in time? This mystery is luring an increasing number of travelers who are discovering the island's various gems.
Tasmania, which is shaped like a heart, is also a foodie's dream. Some of the tempting local goodies include gloriously creamy cheeses, crisp fruits, and exquisite seafood, and hanging out at a waterfront cafe or restaurant is one of the best things to do in Hobart's port city.
If you want to arrive on the island in a unique way, take the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne to Devonport by water. The best part is that you can drive your own automobile. Check out a Tasmania attractions map and plan a lovely road trip if you pick this option.
Our selection of the best attractions and things to do in Tasmania will help you discover this fascinating state.