When we ask people where to go in Australia, most of them would say Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane. What we often forget about Australia is there’s a lesser-known but fast-growing tourist destination in Australia that deserves the spotlight, too. Tasmania, Australia’s smallest state, is definitely worth a visit because of the completely different vibe it gives. Curious to know what this island holds that makes people fall in love with it? Keep reading our Tasmania travel guide!
MONA (MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART)
Photo from mona.net.au (one of the hallways that you will see in the museum)
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), which opened in 2011, is one of the places that helped Tasmania get the attention of tourists all over the world. With a collection ranging from ancient Egyptian mummies to some of the most infamous art in the world like a Cloaca Professional that mimics the human digestive system, the MONA is said to be the most controversial museum you will ever see because of its diverse collection.
Probably one of the reasons why Tasmania is one of the top places to visit in Australia is because unlike other states, Tasmania can both give you the city and laid-back vibe. Although it has a bustling city like Hobart, there are also lots of quiet places you can find for some alone time. You can stroll around uncrowded beaches, engage yourself in water activities or shop at Hobart’s Salamanca Market. Indeed, Tasmania offers tourists a sense of balance when it comes to activities and attractions.
THE INCREDIBLE FOOD
One of the greatest things about Tasmania is how they make your gastronomical journey worthwhile. When you’re in Tasmania, don’t miss the seafood and wine or whiskey – the best gourmet food and drinks Tasmania has to offer. There are actually lots of vineyards in Tasmania like Bangor Vineyard Shed. Also, if you’re wondering which one is the best seafood restaurant, consider reserving a table at Blue Eye.
Of course, one of the reasons why people love Tasmania is because of the magnificent views it offers wherever you go. Whether you go up the mountain to get a view of the wineglass bay, stroll around the uncrowded beaches or just have a cruise around its waters, you’re guaranteed a postcard-worthy photo every time.
Australia is known for having many rare animal species and one of these can be found only in Tasmania. This animal is called the Tasmanian devil, the largest carnivorous marsupial. If you are thinking about the cartoon, yes it is based from this animal but it isn’t big as a human or swirls like a tornado in real life. Beware still, they are small but their bite is powerful.
PEOPLE & CULTURE
Aside from Tasmania attractions, one of the things that draw people to Tasmania is their culture. There’s something about the people and the surroundings in Tasmania that makes it stand out from other states in Australia. Even though they are isolated, they love to socialize with people. Thus, they celebrate different festivals like music and cultural festivals like Cygnet Folk Festival and The Falls Festival each year to entice tourists.
SMALL BUT PACKED WITH ATTRACTIONS
One of the advantages of Tasmania is its size and it is, therefore, easier to explore. But even though this island is small, you have a long list of things to do in Tasmania. Don’t worry if you don’t have an itinerary because driving around or having a road trip if you have a private transfer service could let you discover places on the island. Plus, it’s a great way to explore and discover places by yourself! Nevertheless, a private car rental might be considered too.
FRESH AIR AND CLEAN WATER
The best part about having a Tasmania travel is breathing its fresh air and drinking its pure water. When we say fresh, it is literally fresh and said to be the cleanest air in the world. The water in Tasmania is so pure that it is being shipped to Australian athletes participating in the Olympics.
There are many more reasons to fall in love with this island but we’ll leave it up to you to discover! We hope this Tasmania travel guide would make you want to visit the island soon! If you want to know more about Australia or any other places in Asia, check out our other blogs below.
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