When most people think of Australia, they will most often think of the pristine beaches, rugged outback, and brilliant red desert towns. They very often forget about the pretty island of Tasmania. Tasmania is Australia’s southernmost state and is 240 kilometres off the mainland. Flights from all major Australian cities fly into Tasmania.
Once known as Van Diemen’s Land, it was originally named for Anthony van Diemen, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The island was later turned into a British penal colony and became self-governing in 1856. Its name was changed to Tasmania in honour of Abel Tasman.
With roughly 40 percent of its lands protected by national parks and reserves, Tasmania is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, including flourishing rain forests, primitive mountain ranges, and raging rivers just waiting to be explored.
Tasmania is an absolute wonderland of outdoor activities like Hastings Caves, where you can climb through crystalline caves or relax in thermal springs pools. Fancy kayaking alongside a dolphin? You can do that here, too. In fact, Tasmania is the perfect locale for nearly any adventure you crave, whether you are up for rock climbing or hang gliding, abseiling or off roading.
We aren’t only about outdoors, though. At the end of the day, sometimes you just want a relaxed pace and some rest and relaxation. That’s where our luxurious ayurvedic spas come into play. Visit one for a day or as a destination for a relaxing treatment using such locally found plants as lavender, seaweed, and myrtle. Finish with an evening of fine dining or wine tasting at one of our vineyards.
Tasmania has so much to offer you simply cannot experience it all in one day. From our internationally recognized Museum of Old and New Art to the Killiecrankie diamonds found on Flinders Island, we simply offer more of everything. Come for a visit, and stay for a month or more……..