Tasmania Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
March 1st, 2010 – by: juju
Tasmanian devils aside, this place happens to be an often overlooked jewel of the Oceana region. Although technically an Australian state, many Aussies tend to not only ignore Tasmania, but are often ashamed that it is even a part of their proud country. It is typical Aussie belief that Tasmanians are â€śbogansâ€ť [Aussie term for red-neck], undereducated, and even inbred. Little do they know of the southern treasures that lie beneath.
If an entire world could possibly fit on a little island, Tasmania would be it.
One popular â€śmust doâ€ť for tourists in Tasmania is to visit one of the various animal sanctuaries. There, tourists are able to experience hands-on interaction with free roaming kangaroos and wallabies, pet koala bears and wombats, and see the infamous Tasmanian devils. The keepers teach visitors all about the animals and demonstrate how to properly feed the kangaroos and wallabies.
Hobart is Tasmaniaâ€™s largest city and capital. A charming town with a picturesque harbor, Hobart is full of friendly people in a relaxed atmosphere. The southern facing marina is decorated with beautifully lit sailboats and a pier with elegant seafood restaurants. Possibly due to the cooler climate, Tasmania is widely known for its oysters and its salmon. The seafood of this island is nothing short of fresh and delightful.
Another one of Hobartâ€™s scenic gems is the striking Mount Wellington. Just a short drive up into the hills, this mountain resides in the western outskirts, overlooking the city. Mount Wellingtonâ€™s peak is cold with extreme winds from the Antarctic Ocean and is often covered in mild amounts of snow. A real treat for the lucky tourists visiting during winter months, the Aurora Australis is known to be seen from this peak on particularly clear nights.
A Tasmanian treasure that is not in the form of landscape is the historic Cascade Brewery. Located in the western side of Hobart, the Cascade Brewery was built and established in the late 1800â€™s. Cascade is an exceptional Australian beer that has a variety of brews; including light, blonde, pale ale, stout, Green, etc. Visitors can take a guided tour of the brewery and attempt the Cascade beer tasting challenge. Those who are gifted in beer tasting and pass the challenge are rewarded with Cascade hats or other small prizes.
Northeast bound travelers find themselves following a trail of awe-inspiring coastal regions. About an hour and a half drive from Hobart, a hidden cove called Wineglass Bay is a very popular scenic spot. A luminous white sand beach similar in shape to a red wine glass, visitors tend to not mind the hour long hike to get their breathtaking glimpse of this beauty.
A bit further north, the Bay of Fires is a coast line like no other. Rocks that line the waterâ€™s edge are covered in vibrant orange hued granite (which is actually lichen). The sand is ultra white and the water is of an Arctic blue, or Antarctic in this case. Looking out towards the surreal looking water, on the untouched sand where your footprints stand alone, this beach is worth more than itâ€™s grains of sand.
Many words can be used to describe this southern jewel, but none can compare to the thrill of experiencing it firsthand. With its natural wonders, friendly locals, and marvelous creatures, Tasmania is a real diamond in the rough.
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