A small island province off the coast, called Tasmania, is 2 hours north-to-south in length.
It was historically a place where the British used to send prisoners: “In the early 19th century, convicts were sent to Tasmania. However, this ended in 1852 and in the late 20th century, tourism boomed in Tasmania (http://www.localhistories.org/tasmania.html, accessed 2018)
Now, moving on from that little history lesson, Tasmania is one of THE MOST GORGEOUS PLACES in Australia! It is known to have THE PUREST AIR QUALITY in the world! However, recent pollutions are unfortunately affecting this natural wonder.
Getting by: I personally do not think it’s economical to fly from Hobart to Launceston, which are the two biggest cities in Tasmania, especially when it is a 2 hour drive. Therefore, a car comes highly recommended.
If you are not 21 (like me when I took this tour), bus tours are the next best option. I took multiple bus tours out of Hobart to see the nearby natural beauties.
Places to visit in/near Hobart
– Itinerary if using bus tours
- Walk around the town of Hobart
- Take a dinner cruise in Hobart
- Museum of Old & New Art (MONA), Hobart
- Climb Mt. Wellington
- Royal Botanical Gardens (most picturesque I’ve ever seen; pictures below)
- Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park
- The Hazards
- Bay of Fires
- Town of Richmond
- Australia’s oldest bridge and a prison gaol
- Try the famous “curried scallop pie”
- Salamanca Market
- Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
- See a whole field of kangaroos running around
- Take your Koala selfie here
- Meet the Infamous Tassie Devil