This island of South Australia is one of the Oceania’s jewels and yet it is generally not included in the itineraries of the country. Geologically speaking, Tasmania is a young island; however it retains a very old world history and a truly intense human history. Tasmania was the prison of the unwanted English convicts in Britain and that fact forged a wilderness character in their descendants. Aborigines were extinct and only a few are recognized as great-grandchildren of those who survived the extermination.
You will find the island to be very complete: you can visit cosmopolitan cities (such as Hobart with its Victorian houses, stone warehouses and old buildings or Port Arthur, witness of convict past of its population), the English style countryside of the Midlands, St. Helens dunes, beaches (such as Strahan beach) but mostly parks (such as the National Park of Hartz Mountains with glacial lakes and forests, or the Southwest National Park with its lush and dense green forest or the Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park with a 80km trail through peaks and alpine meadows).
The best way to get to know the island is by road, watching the contrasting landscapes, immersing in its ancient nature and enjoying the leisurely pace.
- On Friday afternoons, everything closes around 6 until Monday. The Tasmanians take refuge in their homes. No bars, no shops, no cinemas... nothing. So you need to have alternative activities planned.
- Due to its proximity to Antarctica, the winters are very cold, so avoid this time of the year.
- In the Southwest National Park, the trees reach heights of up to 260 feet and trunks are up to 6.5 feet wide. Its forest seems rescued from the novels of Jules Verne. From there are the celery-top pine that takes 400 years to mature or the King Billy pine that takes a 1,000.
- The Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine officially became extinct in 1936 when the last known specimen died in Hobart Zoo on, although some biologists claim to have seen one recently.
- If you want to see the only Tasmanian Devil that doesn’t live in Tasmania, then you should go to the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark. This Tasmanian Devil was a gift from the Government of Tasmania to the Danish Royal Family.