Top 10 good reasons to visit Tasmania, paradise on Earth

Even if it means dreaming of travel, you might as well do it to the fullest and project yourself to the other side of the world. Why not off the coast of Australia on the island of Tasmania which mixes natural parks, wild coasts and small pleasures of existence. An art of living that once earned it the name of the island of inspiration. What to give some ideas for a next journey.

1. For its heavenly beaches

White sand, translucent waters, all in a setting straight out of an episode of Jurassic Park, heavenly beaches grow here like pustules on a teenager’s chin. The internet will tell you that the most beautiful is called Wineglass Bay (#coldestbeachname), those who have really been there, will answer that it is too crowded and that there are better places elsewhere: Hazards beach, Friendly beach, Sleepy Bay , Nine Mile beach and more broadly the isolated region of Bay of Fires… Each tourist has his own sandbox!

2. For its national parks

Friends of climbing, Queshua zipped pants and walking shoes as flexible as ski pumps, welcome to this kingdom of national parks. Tasmania has 19 which cover nearly half of the island’s surface. The best known is without hesitation the national park of Freycinet (pronounced in French) with its beaches, its Cape Pillar to try to admire in the distance the southern right whales in full love parade. Lake St Clair National Park is renowned for its wildlife and scenic viewpoints. That of Mont Field is home to some of the tallest gum trees – a variety of Eucalyptus – in the world. Finally, the Southwest National Park is reserved for big calves for hardcore treks to discover the wild nature of the island. In short, Australia’s national parks are not lacking.

3. For his Tasmanian devil

Made famous by the cartoon character Taz, the Tasmanian Devil only lives in the wild on the island it is named after. And again, he is often more nocturnal than you and above all much more fearful. Unless of course you’re peeing blood, dying in the middle of nowhere, in which case he won’t hesitate to come and taste your insides. Otherwise, the best way to approach them is to drop by one of the nature reserves present on the island such as the aptly named Devils@cradle which organizes, among other things, night outings to feed these devilish creatures.

4. For its beers, wine and whiskey

Tasmania is not part of Australia for nothing. Beer flows freely here thanks in particular to its twenty independent breweries that are just waiting for visitors to let them taste their beverages. The oldest brewery in Australia and its famous Cascade beer is also in the city of Hobart. A map and itinerary of these tasting places is available right on this link. In terms of wine, Tasmania and its temperate climate, understand that it rains there regularly, welcomes familiar grape varieties such as pinots, cabernet, sauvignon and other chardonay! As for Tasmanian whisky, it is, according to connoisseurs, one of the best in the world, in particular that of the Sullivans Cove distillery, which in 2014 won the prize for “best single malt” at the prestigious World Whiskey Awards. Dozens of other distilleries have since sprung up to the point of nicknaming Tasmania, the “Scotland of the southern hemisphere”!

5. For the food (there is even Camembert!)

In Tasmania, we produce and eat locally. If you look carefully, you can even find cheese specialties, especially on the side of King Island. It also seems that there is a Camembert from Tasmania! On the other hand, here we use pasteurized milk which necessarily harms the character of the animal a little.

6. For its railway at the end of the world

The West Coast Wilderness Railway has a name that resonates with the promise of adventure. Its path was traced at the end of the 19th century by a mining company in the middle of the primary forest. Today, travelers have replaced the copper cargoes that travel the route from Strahan to Queenstown, or the other way around, in a day-long journey between wilderness and underground mining.

7. For his poo factory at the MONA Museum (and other oddities)

With its transit regulated like a clock, the poo machine at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart invites the curious to witness its daily poo production, twice a day at a set time; this faecal matter being obtained by digestion of real food (vegetarian only). Other artistic experiences are to be lived within MONA like this man tattooed by the Belgian artist author of Cloaca the poo machine, who is paid to exhibit himself like a work of art in a gallery of the museum… Or stuff that a very wealthy collector bought one day at exorbitant prices when he was plump like a Petit Lu. A subversive Disneyland for adults that does not steal its place in the ranking of the most unusual museums in the world.

8. For Port Arthur: Australia’s Alcatraz

Located on the Tasman Peninsula, Port Arthur is connected to Tasmania only by a passage of about thirty meters. A situation which decided the English to create a penal colony there in 1833 composed of two prisons and an asylum which was nicknamed the Australian Alcatraz. Transformed into a tourist spot in the 1920s, Port Arthur has since offered thematic guided tours, including one at night punctuated by anecdotes about the sordid events that took place there.

9. To have a chance to see whales (without risking going to piss them off)

A legend says that in the 19th century, the inhabitants of Hobart regularly complained of not being able to sleep because of the cries of the whales. Today, these are becoming rarer even if the east coast of the island remains a usual playground and breeding ground for these creatures, especially off Frederick Henry Bay and Great Oyster Bay.

10. To make a New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania combo

Oceania is our end of the world. Even if it means going around, you might as well take the opportunity to do the total: New Zealand, Australia and Tasmania (which is the same thing, but you understood me). Plan long weeks, or even months to go around it: genre long-term unemployment sabbatical year.

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