Tasmania - Australia's Green Wonderland
Tasmania is Australia’s green natural wonder. It is the continent’s smallest state, averaging the coldest temperatures, but nevertheless it abounds with contrasting impressions and an almost mystical flair.
Rolling, green hills reveal hidden beaches and ancient primary forests encircle deep-blue mountain lakes. Tasmania’s natural beauty is overwhelming!
No other region in Australia features such distinctly marked and colourful seasons. Visit an island and discover a world. Turn a corner and be reminded of a Swiss landscape, with South England just around the bend and Norway further down the road. It is a fascinating experience.
The best way to discover Tassie, as it is affectionately called by the Australians, is a rental vehicle or private tour with a driver. Tasmania might be Australia’s smallest state but it is a lot more than a detour on the way from Melbourne to Sydney.
We recommend you take at least six to ten days to explore Tassie thoroughly. Every minute spent exploring, hiking, savouring and admiring Tasmania is a moment well spent.
The island’s capital city is Hobart, which nestles idyllically between Mount Wellington and the glittering Tasman Sea on the mouth of the Derwent River.
By popular opinion, Hobart ranks among the world’s most beautiful seaside cities. It makes it all the more understandable, why almost half of Tasmania’s half a million population lives in the Hobart region.
In Hobart, decisions are made, money is earned and life is enjoyed to the fullest. Tassie might be a far-flung part of Australia but it makes an important contribution to Australia’s economy. Fruits, vegetables, shrimps, sheep, timber and wine are some of the local produce.
Tasmania is famous for its apples, first and foremost the variety Granny Smith. The endless orchards have earned Tasmania the nickname Apple Island.
Incidentally, Hobart is one of the oldest settlements on the Australian continent. The charming city is best explored on foot. Stroll past colonial buildings and make your way down to the harbour to bargain over the freshly caught shrimps.
On Saturdays, a flea market is hosted near the old warehouses of Salamanca Place. Hobart never grows boring: On a rainy day, visit the Antarctic Centre for information on the expeditions that still regularly leave the city.
Once the sun comes out again, settle down in one of the romantic street cafés for a drink and observe the bustle on the streets. Colours and faces light up, life pulsates and the locals go about their business with a cheerful attitude.
Tasmania’s scenic route is called the Lyell Highway. Hobart’s only connection to Tassie’s west coast, the Lyell Highway winds its way through a vast wilderness of temperate rainforest and rugged mountains.
Approximately 40 percent of Tasmania is protected in the form of national parks. The Lyell Highway connects some of the most awe-inspiring parks: the Mount Field Park, for example, which features an Alpine landscape.
The hikes through the park lead you past clear mountain lakes, palm trees covered in snow, thundering waterfalls and ancient forests dominated by soaring trees, some of them 90 metres high.
The lakes in the Cradle Mountain / Lake St. Clair National Park frequently reflect the snow-topped peaks of the surroundings – a scenery so beautiful, it might have been painted. Two of the first national parks to be declared on the island, Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair are certainly a highlight.
Those with an insatiable appetite for pristine nature far from civilisation will delight in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The vast expanse of wilderness is perfect for multi-day hikes. Please note that these hikes require careful planning, a good level of fitness and adequate equipment.
However, the Franklin-Gordon Park may also be explored in another exciting way: Cling to a bucking, specially designed raft and take a wild tumble down the fierce Franklin River right through the heart of the unspoilt national park.
It is a journey back through time into a seemingly prehistoric world: Soaring tree ferns alternate with century-old eucalypt trees and moss-covered pines. The animal life is equally exotic: Marsupials like opossums and wombats may be spotted and the bone-chilling cry of the Tasmanian Devil heard at night.
Also in the class of the marsupials, the Tasmanian Devil is no cartoon character, although the Looney Tunes figure Taz was certainly inspired by this nocturnal and fierce carnivore. The real Devil is the size of a small dog. Its bloodcurdling cries reminded the first settlers of the lament of lost souls, thus the association with the devil.
Tasmania – Island of Inspiration, fantastically wild and incredibly beautiful! It is a pleasure for the INTOSOL team to tailor an individual itinerary. Combine the highlights with the off-the-beaten-path destinations. We are looking forward to your call!