Travel to Tasmania which is Australia's island state and one of the most important tourist and holiday destinations in the country. Tasmania is steeped in the formative history of the nation as it was one of the first places settled by Europeans. The penal colony at Port Arthur was one of the first settlements established and convict labor was responsible for the construction of many of the original buildings, bridges, roads and homes in the state. Hobart is the capital and is located in the south on the banks of the Derwent River and under the shadow of Mt Wellington. It has a colourful history and the fingerprint of its convict builders can be seen around every corner. In the center of the city, Salamanca place is cobbled with sandstone and surrounded by historic sandstone buildings. Constitution dock is here and this is where all the participants in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht race are gathered together for the post race celebrations. This whole precinct has a wonderful old world ambience that is great to experience.
Tasmania is home to some of the world's most special wilderness areas. In the south West of the state the only way to access the country is on foot and many regions here are still only partially explored. This is the home of the mighty Huon Pine which is one of the world's best boat building and furniture making timbers. Its inaccessibility is the one thing that has saved it from decimation in the modern world of over use of natural resources. The Gordon and Franklin river systems provide access from Queenstown, for tourists who want to experience this special region. You can take a day trip or you can join an extended cruise on a live aboard cruise vessel. In the midlands of Tasmania there is another special place to visit. Cradle Mountain National Park is one of Australia's most beautiful scenic regions. There are a number of excellent Tasmania accommodation options available where you can kick back in front of an open fire and enjoy the majesty of the region.
Tasmania can also be accessed by car ferry from the mainland. A regular service arrives at Devonport in the north near the city of Launceston. This is an ideal location to start a touring holiday of Tasmania. You can join an organized tour or hire a campervan or motor home and make your own pace and choices as you journey around the island. There are many things that you will want to include in your itinerary. There is a tiger snake museum, a Tasmanian Devil sanctuary and many sensational old growth forests and the like to visit. The historic remains of the first convict settlement at Port Arthur are a must see. Cruises on the Derwent River to Bruny Island are great and there are many others to choose from. Throughout Tasmania, you will find an ample selection of hotel accommodation
Any tourist who is planning a visit to Australia will be really disappointed if they do not include Tasmania as part of their itinerary. Tasmanian accommodation packages and travel specials can also be found here.