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Spotlight on Tasmania

Discover the Best of Tasmania with these Top 5 Travel Tips

Imagine breathing in cool, crisp air, looking out over lush green vistas, with lofty mountain peaks rising majestically on the horizon and jewel-like islands sprawled over blue waters before you… these are the sumptuous views that await you in Tasmania. With its plethora of picturesque national parks and rare native wildlife, Tasmania is a nature lover’s paradise. Tucked away at the bottom of Australia, this stunning island state is the perfect destination for travellers who are looking to kick back, relax and unwind. Discover the natural beauty of Tasmania by adding the following must-see attractions to your holiday itinerary.

Cataract Gorge, Launceston
Making a splash at Tasmania’s Cataract Gorge, Launceston – Image courtesy of Gopal Vijayaraghavan/flickr

 

Cataract Gorge Reserve

The Gorge, as the locals call it, is an utterly unique natural reserve. Quite apart from the incredible view it offers of the rushing river, Cataract Gorge is particularly appealing and accessible thanks to its location, a mere two-minute drive away from the bustling city of Launceston. Visitors are able to enjoy the beauty of this stunning natural formation by partaking in bushwalks, hang-gliding and abseiling, before retiring to the charming cafes and restaurants nearby.

 

Flinders Island

Friendly locals, sprawling landscape views, amazing birdlife, and cheery cottages: what more could you want from a relaxing holiday? Flinders Island offers its visitors the rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the calm and quiet of the beautiful natural environment. Quaint B&Bs provide utmost comfort and privacy, health spas are on hand to pamper away stress and tension, and strolling the deserted beaches allows space for contemplation, meditation and rejuvenation.

Flinders Island Sunset in Tasmania
Sunset at Flinders Island, Tasmania – Image courtesy of saving-gracie-lou/flickr.com

 

Freycinet National Park

If you’re heading to this beautiful peninsula, you’ll definitely want to grab your swimsuits and shorts. The park is made up of a series of stunning beaches with soft white sands and clear turquoise waters, the most popular of which is Wineglass Bay, where you can indulge in swimming, sea kayaking and scuba diving to your heart’s content. When you’re done soaking up the sun, pack up the car and jump on the road to Launceston – this route is one of Tasmania’s most beautiful drives, peppered with more wonderful national parks, interesting coastal formations and fascinating colonial architecture.

 

Port Arthur

As Tasmania’s top tourist attraction, Port Arthur occupies a significant position in Australian history; today, it is the country’s most intact convict site, comprised of over thirty buildings, restored homes and ruins. The nearby Isle of the Dead is the burial ground where many of the tortured convicts who served their sentences at Port Arthur were laid to rest. Visiting the site is a hauntingly memorable experience, one that’s essential for any visitor to Tasmania.

 

When you’ve shaken off the shivers, be sure to pop into the car and whizz through the stunningly picturesque drive to Hobart. Along the way, look out for the Remarkable Cave, the Pirates Bay Lookout and Park Beach.

 

Richmond

Home to Australia’s oldest bridge, Richmond perfectly exudes old-town charm and is a wonderfully popular destination for tourists, packed full of gorgeous Georgian buildings, quaint cottages and excellent art galleries and cafes. Visitors will get the most out of their holiday experience by strolling the streets and wandering through the town’s impressive historic sites – watching a live performance at Grannie Rhodes’ Cottage, exploring the cells at Richmond Gaol, or having a picnic at the Coal River.

Richmond Bridge in Tasmania
The historic Richmond Bridge, Tasmania – Image courtesy of 6949934834/flickr.com

 

Need some time away?

If you’re feeling stressed out, tired, or bored (or some hideous combination of all three), the perfect holiday destination for you is Tasmania, Australia’s stunningly scenic island state. The cool air, tranquil waters and lush natural greenery of Tasmania ensure that its visitors are able to sit back, truly relax and enjoy their beautiful surroundings in a peaceful and soothing environment. Experience quaint, old-town charm at Richmond and Flinders Island, visit incredible historic sites at Port Arthur, and marvel at the beauty of nature at one of Tasmania’s many reserves and wildlife parks.

If a Tasmanian escape sounds like good medicine to you, let Europcar help you on your way with a hire car booking from one of our many car options.

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