The Great Australian Wilderness – 5 Days in Tasmania

For many overseas visitors, their first port of call when they head Down Under are major Australian icons – the Opera House, Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef – and of course, the chance to pat a kangaroo or cuddle a koala. However, beyond the great “Outback experience”, there’s plenty more treasure troves to discover.

Pristine wilderness, glorious landscapes – Tasmania offers a side of Australia that you haven’t seen. This travel plan was written by http://www.cheapflights.com.au/ so you will find their link in here if this travel plan persuaded you to visit Australia.

Spend 5 Days in Tasmania

Situated just 240 km south of the mainland, Tasmania is known as Australia’s Island of Inspiration thanks to its relatively unspoilt landscape and natural wonders. For the enthusiastic road tripper, Tasmania is a particularly great driving destination as the sites and towns are set relatively close together within a few hours’ drive. Meanwhile, there’s a bit of something for everyone with great historic towns to visit, wines to sample and plenty of exciting outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking and rafting to satisfy the adventurous side of you.

Day 1 – for most international travellers looking for cheap flights, Australia has a number of budget domestic airlines to get you to and from the capital cities. If you’re flying into Tasmania, Hobart will be your most likely gateway to the island. Once on the island, hiring a car – or even a caravan if you want to live on the road – will be your best bet to getting around. You can spend your first day exploring the city of Hobart with its diverse cultural heritage, cafes and fine dining establishments. A must-see is the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery with a number of fun interactive exhibits, such as Islands to Ice Antarctic gallery and historical counts of the convicts’ journey.

Day 2 – it’s time to explore the wild wild west. The great Tasman wilderness is World Heritage Listed, so it’s truly some of the most amazing scenery that you’ll ever encounter. There are a number of great townships to drop into, including the old mining town of Queenstown where you can take a tour of a real working underground coal mine (book in advance so you don’t miss out). We suggest spending the night in the quaint fishing village of Strahan.

Day 3 – catch a morning cruise on the Gordon River before you head for Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania’s best known natural reserves. You can spend the day bushwalking and trekking through the wilderness. If you’ve got some days to spare, the Overland Track is a 6 day walk from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair – and worth every minute of the journey; guided tours are available. Keep an eye out for some of the more unique species that are native to the area, including the Tasmanian Bettong. Spend your night at the mountain lodge or head to the port town of Devonport to check out its thriving maritime culture.

Day 4 – today you’ll be exploring Launceston, home of the great Tamar Valley and some of Tasmania’s best known wines. In addition to the wineries, there’s the James Boag’s brewery to visit and plenty of natural wonders like Cataract Gorge. Keep your eyes peeled and you might be lucky enough to get a glimpse of the Tasmanian Devil in the wild.

Day 5 – after a good night’s rest in Launceston, it’s time to wrap up your Tasmanian trip with a visit to the historic region of Port Arthur, located on the eastern coast of the island. Follow the Convict Trail and check out the Coal Mine Historic site – you’ll be well steeped in rich cultural history when you head back to Hobart in time for your flight home.

Tasmania offers a great escape for all brands of travellers. If you’re booking your flights to Sydney for a great trip Down Under, put Tasmania on your list of must-see destinations – it’ll be worth the trip!

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