Tasmania, an island off an island at the bottom of the world, may well be Australia’s best-kept secret. As an Australian, it took me six years of traveling to finally reach this isolated paradise, and there was an instant attraction. As I stood on the boardwalk looking out over North and South Bruny Island I knew I’d found the most magical corner of my homeland. Imagine hand-selecting all the incredible things from a country the size of the United States and concentrating them onto an island the size of West Virginia. That’s Tasmania.
Here you get an eclectic mix of farmland, lakes, islands, wine valleys, deep rainforest, turquoise water, rugged mountains, deserted beaches. Hell, they even have freaky/deadly animals. Shy of Mad Max-ready desertscapes, Tasmania offers just about everything to pique a traveler bound for Australia. Hit these highlights if you’re lucky enough to go.