Tasmania has a beauty of its own and an atmosphere quite different from the rest of Australia. Its climate is unpredictable, but tends to be damper than in most other states, resulting in great tracts of pristine forests and, at times, raging rivers. It is a popular area for walking, and the Overland Track between Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair, in particular, is one of the world’s most famous treks.
Tasmania's north-west coast is one of the state's most prosperous farming areas and a popular tourist destination. The rich, volcanic soil is ideal for the major agricultural activities - vegetable growing, prime beef and dairy cattle. Launceston, the second-largest city in Tasmania, is on the north coast's Tamar River. The east coast is known to have the finest weather in Tasmania, and is often called ``Tasmania's Suncoast.'' It has white sandy beaches, popular national parks, convict ruins and fishing ports which can serve as a base for diving and sea fishing.
White sandy beaches line the east coast, and Tasmania's most-visited National Park, Freycinet National Park, is in the area. Coles Bay is a popular camping area on the edge of the park for those who want to `get away from it all'; alternatively, venture inside the park to spectacular Wineglass Bay. Hobart, Tasmania's state capital, is in the south-east and boasts historic buildings as well as proximity to regional attractions. The lakes and mountains of the central highlands are a popular destination, offering superb fishing and camping. The midlands are a prime wool-producing area, and Tasmania's major highway passes by many historic towns. Tasmania is all about the natural beauty, coupled with the fine food and wine. There are literally hundreds of wineries to visit and most of them have fine dining rooms to match. Most of the restaurants serve local produce and wine, and there’s no reason to import food here, as the weather is ideal for growing quality produce.
Hobart is located on the estuary of the Derwent River, with a metropolitan population of just over two hundred thousand. Hobart is home to Salamanca Place which is the center of much of the city's cultural and social life, with theaters, restaurants, galleries, cafés, places to stay and all types of shops that you can enjoy any day of the year. On Saturdays, Salamanca comes alive with the famous Salamanca Market. Over 300 stallholders sell produce and crafts from all over Tasmania. Ranging as one of the top attractions in Tasmania, The Salamanca Market is another good reason to check out Hobart for a few days.
Flying is the simplest way to get to Tasmania from the Australian mainland since there are no direct international flights to Tasmania. To get around, you absolutely need a car. Public transportation is very limited and to make the most of your time you’ll want to be as mobile and flexible as possible. Be the passenger if you can - it’s like riding through a fairytale storybook.
Tasmania, an adventure seeker’s playground full of wild rivers, rainforests, glaciated mountain ridges, surf-fringed powder beaches, fern-filled gorges and superb fishing lakes radiating the charm and character of a land that is diversely abundant as well as one of the most enticing places to visit in Australia.