About 200 kilometers from Australia’s southeastern shoreline, out in the sea, you can find the country’s smallest state: Tasmania, the Island of Inspiration. Tasmania is as close to a natural paradise as you can possibly get: spectacular shores, towering cliffs, lush rainforests, and vivid wildlife are what you can expect if you set foot on this island. Far from what you’d expect from tourist hotspots, this small corner boasts unspoiled vistas and experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life. From a former penal colony – the remains of which can be best seen in the Port Arthur historic site – it became a much-loved destination for nature lovers from around the world. If you’re longing for a breath of fresh air that will help you reconnect with yourself and Mother Nature once again, explore some of Tasmania’s most outstanding spots.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
It cannot be disputed that Tasmania has some of Australia’s best hiking trails, and Cradle Mountain is certainly one of them. The rugged peaks of the mountain and the picturesque glacial lakes provide a postcard-worthy view, especially if you take a hike to the top of Cradle Mountain – which is, actually, one of the highest mountains on the island. On your way through the age-old rainforests, you might see some of the local wildlife up-close, such as wallabies, Tasmanian devils, echidnas and wombats, as well as different bird species that inhabit these forests. After your tiring but memorable day, you can take a well-deserved rest at a local spa where you will be able to forget about the outside world and feel rejuvenated afterward.
Freycinet National Park
Few would argue that Freycinet National Park deserves a spot on every list, with the dramatic pink granite of the Hazards mountain range and the unspoiled blue waters of Wineglass Bay. The views you can get if you decide to hike up to the Wineglass Bay lookout are unparalleled; however, don’t miss out on other, less-known walks either, which can lead you to amazing white sandy beaches that are so clean and secluded that you will feel as if you were the only person on Earth. You can also explore the underwater wildlife if you go snorkeling on the peninsula – Coles Bay is a perfect spot for such activities, and the interesting creatures you will see will give you a whole new perspective on life!
Tasman National Park
A staple when it comes to Tasmania’s natural wonders, the Tasman National Park has no shortage of breathtaking views and impressive shorelines. It is best known for the beautiful rocky cliffs of the 3 Capes that tower hundreds of meters above the waters, as well as the small, idyllic Tasman Island that is best viewed from the heights of Cape Pillar. A comfortable, pack-free 3 Capes Walk is possibly the best way to experience this area. Exploring a different part of the national park on each of the 3 days walking the track takes, spending the nights at a luxurious lodge surrounded by the calming forest and enjoying delicious food is nothing short of a trip of a lifetime.
Even farther from the world you know, Bruny Island on the south of Tasmania is another absolutely beautiful place worth exploring. Walking the Neck that connects the northern and southern parts of the island is a must – walk up to the Neck lookout and granted, you will feel as if you were at the edge of the world. On Bruny Island, you can go on one of the Bushwalks to explore the land, or you can also opt for a cruise that will provide you with a different perspective of the shoreline. The wildlife of the area is another reason why it’s worth traveling here: catch a glimpse of the migrating fairy penguins or the rest of the birdlife that is teeming here. You can finish the day off by enjoying some of the authentic local wine and food that is beyond delicious!
Bay of Fires
Finally, a must-see scenery when in Tasmania is the sunrise over Bay of Fires. This bay is known for its unique colors that paint it a reddish color, making it look as if it was really on fire. It’s one of the most popular spots on the island, and witnessing the sunrise here is a magical experience. Camp here for a few days, walk the Bay of Fires Walk, and you will come back from your travels as a different person!
Tasmania has so many things to offer, and its nature is truly something you will not find anywhere else in the world. If you feel inspired after reading this, pack your bags, put on your hiking shoes, and go on an unforgettable adventure that will change your life!