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Tasmania, Australia’s best kept secret
If you are looking to do a romantic holiday down an unbeaten path, Tasmania is the way to go! It is home to some magnificent wilderness areas and fascinating walks, and also fine lodges and superb dining options. Only a short flight away from South Australia or you could alternatively drive right onto the 'Spirit of Australia' to get there.
For those looking to spend time with nature, the Tasmanian World Heritage Area has a superb range of natural and cultural offerings if that’s what you want on your holiday. Happily, with 40 per cent of the island protected as national parks and reserves, you don’t have to travel far to be walking through ancient rainforest. While you are there, breathe the cleanest, air you'll ever experience, and soak up the tranquillity like osmosis which is a great stress buster.
Tasmania’s dramatic scenery is filled with variety, so explore its unique environment your own way. It could be by standing atop Cradle Mountain or via a short walk to Russell Falls, from a boat off Bruny Island's south coast or by light plane to Melaleuca, deep in the south-west of the World Heritage Wilderness. One can take a stroll along a far-stretching east coast beach, or cast a fishing line to bring in your very own catch. You can also take an unforgettable helicopter ride above the wilderness if you are unable to make the journey by foot.
Remember, Tasmania is a photographer's paradise; so take along your camera if that’s what you enjoy so that this special holiday can be remembered forever.
Wildlife enthusiasts can find a number of accessible wilderness and plenty of wildlife sanctuaries, Tasmania is the ideal destination to get up close with native Australian animals. Wombats, wallabies, pademelons, endemic birds Tasmania is the right place to see all see nature at its pristine best . It’s also the one place on earth you’ll find an iconic Tasmanian devil in the wild.
We visited the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary which was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife and it is Tasmania's most popular wildlife park.This is one park where visitors are educated on how we can all help save, rehabilitate and release injured animals. All of Bonorong’s ‘residents’ undergo meticulous assessments to ensure they are healthy and happy in our care. Bonorong is not a zoo, it is a sanctuary and all their animals are there for a reason. Open every day of the year including weekends and public holidays, it’s an unforgettable place to visit on your trip. Enjoy interacting with free-ranging kangaroos and wallabies and one can meet them all by hand-feeding them with the complimentary bag of animal feed given on arrival.
What we personally enjoyed was one could stop by road side stalls to buy lush berries, or shuck oysters fresh from the sea, sample fine Belgian truffles or pick up a bottle of bubbly from wine country which is excellent quality. Tasmania boasts of four distinct seasons so visitors can enjoy home-grown fare such as prime cheeses, mouth-watering berries, crisp apples, stone fruits, herbs, premium beef, speciality honey, mushrooms, cool-climate wines and Australian beers and whiskies. Look out especially for their Atlantic salmon, abalone, scallops, octopus and rock lobster, to die for and freshly caught.
At the Salamanca Market one can meet the producers and sample their wares, or visit one of the specialist delicatessens across Tasmania to taste wasabi, gourmet sauces, delicious handmade chocolates and fudge, and organic berry ice-cream.
For those who enjoy self-drive holidays, Tasmania is easy to explore by car- it is compact, the roads un-crowded and scenery varied. The benefit of its size means you can stand atop a mountain and feel sand between your toes on the same afternoon drive. Tasmania is easy to explore as the island is compact, the roads un-crowded and the scenery varied.
Tasmania's network of highways allows you to drive around the island discovering an ever-changing landscape. It's important to take time to stop and explore on foot. Hiring a vehicle is easy or bring your car across on the Ferry. Remote locations and stunning wilderness make Tasmania a remarkable destination to explore by car. But as cautionary advice,remember to fill up your tank if you are travelling long distances off the main routes, particularly after about 6 pm.
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