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Tasmania - Heritage, Wine and Wilderness
August 2014

Tasmania Discover Tasmania website | Australia Offical Tourism site (Tas)

Long list of printed and electronic resources here and suggested itineraries. TasVillas website features a comprehensive plan for a 10-day (or 2,3,5,7-day) tour. Luxury accommodation options here.

A list of the popular tourist attractions may assist in planning. Check Tasmania's Attractions Pass. Start here to plan your Great Bushwalks. Spirit of Tasmania (car Ferry) crosses the infamous Bass Strait from Melbourne and their site also has tour suggestions and packages.

Hobart - capital of Tasmania and finishing line of the Sydney-Hobart Blue Water Classic - on entering the Derwent River, Charles Darwin announced: "If I was obliged to emigrate, I certainly would prefer this place". Yachting holidays (but be wary of the water - MAST has details for would-be sailors...)

Fly-fishing at London Lakes and I don't imagine it is cheap... but it does look amazing! Tarraleah Cottages, amazing day-trips.

Port Arthur - convict past associated with hauntingly beautiful ruined buildings and grounds. Devastation of April 28, 1996.

Fabulous Local fare at Felon's Bistro.

Vineyards | Wine Routes - Tasmanian Wine routes

Tamar Valley wineries
Southern wineries
East Coast wineries
North West wineries

Wilderness

17 National Parks. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area protects one of the last true wilderness regions on Earth. Spectrum of accommodation options here. Wilderness, walking, fishing and sailing!  Be prepared for wet weather and strong winds - anytime, anywhere on the west coast. Perhaps check the advantages of a See Tasmania Card.

National Parks and Reserves - From Cradle Mountain to Rocky Cape, from Freycinet to the Gordon, you're never far from a park or reserve. Forty per cent of Tasmania is protected in national parks and reserves. This includes the Southwest, Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, Walls of Jerusalem, Mole Creek Karst and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair national parks, which together make up the world’s last temperate wilderness.

Cradle Mountain - includes links to equirements for walking the famous Overland Track, maps, permissions etc. Tasmania's Western Wilderness.

Franklin-Gordon Rivers - rafting etc. Strahan is the region's main town - beautiful spot with great accommodation, trips to the rivers, across Hells Gates on the amazing Lake Macquarie to Sarah Island penal settlement, and a railway journey like no other... “We find a way or make it”. Things to do. Historic Queenstown is the largest town in the region, and an historic copper mining centre. A chairlift ride will give you a bird's eye view of the damaged landscape. Spectacular natural waterfalls - and underground mine tours.

Lake Pedder - exceptional wild-trout and fly-fishing. And a tour of nostalgia for those who built the Hydro - and those who opposed it...

Select Southern Tasmanian Reserves

Bruny Island Neck Game Reserve
Recherche Bay State Reserve

Select North West Tasmanian Reserves

Central Plateau Conservation Area
Tarkine Reserve

Select Northern Tasmanian Reserves

Liffey Falls State Reserve
Tamar River
Mount Barrow
Notley Gorge State Reserve

Select North East Tasmanian Reserves

Bay of Fires Conservation Area
St Columba Falls State Reserve
Humbug Point State Reserve
St Helens Point State Reserve

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