Tasmania has emerged as one of the most talked about destinations to visit in the last few years, but only after shaking loose its reputation of being a breeding ground cousin kissing troglodytes that don’t mind a bit of inter-family sexual healing.
As Australia’s smallest state, it may astound most of you to know that it’s now a hive of activity, with plenty of music festivals, contemporary art, great food and of course, incredible vistas on offer. December to January are said to be the best time to visit, however if you’re not averse to cold weather then book whenever and enjoy seeing Tassie in a more rugged light.
Tasmania it seems is more than just the butt of many incestuous jokes being perpetuated around Australia. With over 2000km of hiking trails that snake their way through dense native forests, across bleached sand beaches, and over ancient mountains, there’s guaranteed to be a walk for all skill levels and preferences.
In addition to this, around 30% of Tassie is protected wilderness, making it a haven for fig tree fingering hippies. In all seriousness though, the decision to favour preservation over devastation is what separates Tassie from other destinations around the world, and frames all adventures against backdrop of natural beauty and uncharted potential. The waves aren’t half bad either, that is if you’re cool with wearing 6mm wetsuits and dodging every dark shadow that enters your peripheral.
Tassie also caters to those that prefer using 4 wheels over 2 feet, with the Great Eastern Drive a perfect choice for road trippers. Stretching 220km, this route is guaranteed to impress even the most seasoned travellers as it rolls past charming seaside villages, deep rainforests, a picture perfect coastline and award winning wineries.
The east coast of Tassie is also where a majority of the states produce hails from. This means that around every corner there’s an opportunity to shovel some premium quality cheese in your gob or rip the heads off a few fresh prawns. I’m no expert but I bet there’s also no shortage of Tasmaniacs growing some pretty epic mull in most of the backyards that make up those smaller towns.
The Bay Of Fires
You can’t head south and claim to have had the full Tassie experience if you don’t make the effort to check out The Bay of Fires. Declared the “World's Hottest Travel Destination” in 2009, The Bay of Fires has been luring nomads to its shores like meth dealers to Dubbo ever since, but for whatever reason it’s flown a little under the radar on the mainland. Hard to believe when it’s been touted as having some of the clearest water within Australia, incredible underwater caves, a diverse array of sea life and absolutely cracking sunrises.
But alas – even though it’s beginning to lose it’s title as the state’s best kept secret, The Bay of Fires still manages to amaze with its laid back and remote vibe. There’s no shortage of activities to tick off here either, with swimming, snorkelling, boating and kayaking all super popular with locals and tourists alike. Another great feature is the fact that there are plenty of free campsites to choose from.
So what’s not to like? Tassie really is a little forgotten slice of paradise, and with so many people searching abroad for holidays, it’s easy to overlook this forest-laden freckle of a state. So instead of spending your money on Bintangs in Bali, getting wok eyed in Vegas, or even going to Queenstown and banging every backpacker with a pulse, just head on down to go ol’ Tasmania and get a bit of nature in ya. Your mind, body, soul, wallet and septum will thank you for it.