Australia is a very large country. There are so many things to see there. International tourists often overlook the tiny island state of Tasmania. Most people favor locations like the Sydney Harbour Bridge. As well as the Great Barrier Reef. Some prefer the Ayers Rock.
Locals refer to Australia’s smallest state as Tassie. It lacks size, no doubt about it. But it makes up for with the amazing experiences it has to offer. Here are some of the many reasons why you should add Tasmania to your itinerary.
The best museum in the world
Many people consider MONA or Museum of Old and New Art Tasmania as the best museum in the world. Some even say it is out of this world. It resembles an underground cavernous mine shaft. There are unique and confronting works of art at this gallery. You will marvel at ominous exhibits like the poop machine and the Mine. You can stay and enjoy a wine with your late lunch on the rooftop green space. The cellar door overlooks the Derwent River and Moorilla Winery.
You cannot call the sparkling wine produced in Tasmania as Champagne. Because it is not produced in Champagne. But the climate and conditions of the Coal River Valley are like that of the Champagne region in France. There are a few that still produce their wines using the Méthode Traditionnelle. It is a technique refined in by the French hundreds of years ago. Some consider the sparkling wines of Tasmania better than France’s Champagne.
Stunning rugged wilderness
National Park covers 45% of Tasmania. There are a lot of good hiking areas in this region of the world. As well as great mountain biking tracks. One of the best spots for hiking is the Dove Lake Circuit in Cradle Mountain National Park. Another great hiking spot is the Wineglass Bay walk at Freycinet National Park. You can also check out the 6-day Overland Track. It runs from Cradle Mountain National Park to Lake St. Clair National Park. The 4-day Three Capes Track along Tasmania’s remote southern coast is also a must-visit for hikers.
The cute little devil
Tasmania is home to the cute little Tasmanian devil. It is a rare and endangered species that you can only find in this region of the world. It is a native Australian marsupial. It is no bigger than a small dog. You can visit Bonorong White Sanctuary to see a Tasmanian Devil up close. The sanctuary is open weekends and public holidays. The admission fee includes a free bag of kangaroo food. You might want to book one of their night-time experiences to see the Tasmanian Devils in action.
Tasmania is perfect for a road trip. You can complete it in 3 to 4 days. There is also the option to extend the road trip a few extra days. You can make the round trip back to Hobart via Cradle Mountain.