What better way to ward off the post-holiday blues than to start thinking about your next holiday. It’s also a good time to reflect on how we can help communities in flood-affected areas. After the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, communities made it clear that people could help by visiting the region and helping to get business back on track. There is barely a state in Australia that has not been affected by flooding in some way, so your support will be welcome in any region, especially Queensland which has been hit the hardest. Fortunately, as BIG4 Parks remained high and dry, many were able to provide a safe haven for displaced travellers, locals and volunteers.
For now, I thought I would tell you about one of my personal favourite holiday destinations, and that’s Tasmania.
Visit Tasmania and discover an island rich in World Heritage wilderness. On the west coast you’ll find the picturesque fishing village of Strahan. It’s at the beginning of the famous Gordon River where a cruise will take you through one of the last pristine examples of temperate rainforest in the world. A must if you’re travelling by 4WD, the western wilderness is one of the most unspoiled and wildest areas of Australia and home to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clare National Park.
The rugged and diverse scenery of the west coast region is starkly contrasted with the east coast of Tasmania where you’ll find the stunning turquoise water and white sands of Wineglass Bay. The village of Coles Bay sits beneath pink granite mountains at the entrance to Freycinet National Park. Not far away you can dine on fresh seafood and play a leisurely game of golf at the seaside town of Bicheno or see if the fishing gods are smiling in St Helens, the game-fishing capital of Tasmania.
In the north of the state, the beautiful Tamar Valley region boasts high-yielding vineyards with an excellent reputation for sparkling wines and pinots. While driving around the picturesque countryside, keep an eye out for the local wildlife or visit one of the area’s wildlife sanctuaries or the unique award winning Seahorse World at Beauty Point, near Kelso.
In Hobart sample Tasmania’s regional fare or sit back and relax with a coffee or wine at the cafes and restaurants housed in the nineteenth century waterfront warehouses of Salamanca Place – also the location of my favourite weekend market. Wander through galleries and art studios or discover the charming sandstone Georgian cottages in nearby Battery Point. Continue your historical journey one and a half hours from Hobart to the World Heritage-listed Port Arthur, established in the 1830s as a penal settlement.
No matter which part of Tasmania you’re visiting, find out why this state is described as one of the easiest and most unspoiled places to camp or explore in a 4WD, campervan, motorhome or caravan.
And if Tasmania is already one of your favourite destinations, I’m sure you’ll have some Tassie tips to share. What’s your favourite activity or spot in Tassie?