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Australia · Tasmania

Some say islands are metaphors for the heart. Isolation mightn’t be too good for romance, but Tasmania has turned remoteness into an asset, with unique wilderness and hip arts and food scenes.

Tasmania is Australia‘s only island state. An archipelago of more than 334 islands in the temperate zone of the southern hemisphere, it is a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, spectacular wilderness and sparkling highland lakes.

Lush, dramatic landscapes, iconic railways, acclaimed food and wine and charming townships steeped in colonial history……… Tasmania has it all. See for yourself and discover all that this wonderful island state has to offer.

Tasmanians breathe some of the world’s cleanest air and can enjoy rainwater of extraordinary purity. Pristine coastal seas and rich, fertile soils enable them to produce the finest foods. It is an island of difference. Its people are resourceful; applying the kind of creativity that arises from geographical isolation to their business activities, scientific research and artistic endeavours.

Tasmanians produce superb wines and world-class beers to complement their extraordinary food. The natural and built environment inspires their artists and writers. They are world leaders in many areas of specialisation, including large-scale, high-speed catamarans, marine evacuation gear, high-performance radio antennae and aquaculture equipment. Whatever they do, they regard quality as their over-arching competitive advantage.

Tasmania has also produced an abundance of well-received literary works, far out of proportion to its size, and those interested in visiting the island, moving there or just learning about its people and culture will do well to explore some famous Tasmanian literature.

From the squeaky white sand and lichen-splashed granite of the east coast to the bleak alpine plateaus of Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania punches well above its weight when it comes to natural beauty. Hiking opportunities range from short forest trails leading to waterfalls, to multiday wilderness epics with no one else in sight. You can explore the island’s craggy coastlines and wild rivers by kayak, raft, yacht or cruise boat. Tassie’s native wildlife is ever-present: spy Tasmanian devils after dark, share the Southern Ocean swell with seals and dolphins, or watch penguins waddling home at dusk.