Separated from mainland Australia by the 240 kilometres (150 miles) stretch of Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart - a green island of wild, mountainous and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people; temperate climate; quality cool-climate wines and food; a spirited history; and a creative arts community - all wrapped up in a relaxed lifestyle. More than 40 per cent of the island is protected as World Heritage Area, national parks and reserves. And because Tasmania is so compact it is easy to walk through an ancient alpine meadow in the morning and be on a pure white beach in.
For more information about Tasmania and things to do, visit:
Discover Tasmania - www.discovertasmania.com.au
Hobart, the capital and major seaport of Tasmania, lies on the estuary of the Derwent River, with Mount Wellington dominating the skyline in spectacular glory. Founded in 1803 as a British penal colony, it is one of Australia's oldest cities and serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations. A city of contrasts, there is much to see and do. Bush walkers and photographers are rewarded by the views from the summit of Hobart's famous backdrop, whilst Battery Point is a 'slice of history' with unspoiled examples of Victorian and Georgian buildings.
Hobart offers a contrasting blend of heritage, scenery and culture, with world class activities and attractions nearby. Combining heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty, it’s no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now.
With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone.
Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce recognised by the world’s best chefs, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean.