Tasmania is a natural island and the smallest state of Australia, set below the mainland in it’s own little corner of the Tasman Sea. A verdant land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes, Tasmania is a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals, and the isle is also rich in Australian convict history. It’s also Australia’s smallest state and the most geographically diverse with over 40 per cent of Tasmania reserved as National Parks and World Heritage wilderness.
From the squeaky white sand and lichen-splashed granite of the east coast to the bleak alpine plateaus of Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania is a destination that is certainly not lacking in natural beauty. The capital, Hobart, is situated on the lower flanks of Mt Wellington, a 1271m peak regularly dusted with snow in winter. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains, delicious seafood and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone.