Tasmania, the little island state south of Australia’s coast that’s often forgotten about. Never heard of it? Don’t feel bad, even Australian’s forget about Tasmania; a large grocery chain recently recalled all their Australia Day merchandise because they forgot to include Tasmania on the map! But, don’t be fooled by this small state’s ability to fly under the radar. Tasmania is insania, and here are the top 10 reasons to visit:
1. Wild Tasmanian Devils
Yes, Tasmania Devils are real and not just a fictional character on Looney Toons. If you haven’t guessed by their name, wild Tasmanian Devils can only be found in Tasmania, so go see them!
2. Port Arthur Prison
Tasmania is rich with Australian history, containing the world heritage-listed site, Port Arthur Prison, where many British convicts were sent to receive harsh physical punishment. Although, most of the site is now in ruins, many tourists go to Port Arthur to learn about and see Australia’s controversial history.
3. Salamanca Market
This market is one of the largest in Australia, and is a shopping lovers dream. Filled with handmade items and fresh food, the Salamanca Market is where you can find some of the best products and items that Tasmania has to offer.
4. The MONA
You won’t like the MONA, you’ll LOVE it! This is probably the most interesting museum that I’ve been to, and definitely not what I was expecting to find in Tasmania. Unlike any other museum or art gallery, the MONA is more of an adult playground with interactive and unusual exhibits that will get you thinking.
Since Tasmania is on an island, most of the food is grown local and the restaurants emphasize menus that feature local and seasonal produce, meats and seafood. Without a doubt, some of the best and freshest food that I’ve had in Australia was in Tasmania.
If you want to go hiking in Tasmania you don’t have to look far, you just need to look up. There are a range of hiking paths all over Tasmania that give you great views of the coastline and state.
7. Tasman Peninsula
People come from all around the world to see the Tasman Peninsula, a stunning dolomite rock formation, a few hours from Hobart. You can take a half day boat ride to see the sight along the coast, and while you look at the Tasman Peninsula, wild seals will be looking at you.
Whether you’re hiking in the mountains or on a boat along the coast, you’re sure to meet some furry (or wet) friends. On my trip I encountered dolphins, seals, kangaroos, wallabies and lots of wild birds. You can read about my experience joining a herd of wild wallabies and kangaroos here.
Tasmania is known for it’s lavender farms, which are in season from January – March. Lavender products can be purchased all over Australia.
10. The Most Southern Tip of Australia
If you’ve made it to Tasmania then you’ve made it to the most southern tip of Australia, and one of the most Southern tips of the world. How many people can say they’ve done that?
Did I miss anything? Let me know your favourite sights and activities in Tasmania, in the comment section below.