We’ve all heard of the Northern Lights, which send swirling hues of green, blue and red dancing across Alaska, Canada, Iceland, Scandinavia and northern Russia on clear winter nights. But the Southern Lights, or Aurora Australis, is an even rarer natural phenomenon, and one of the best places to witness the light show is from the southern Australian island known as Tasmania. The whole state is a viewing paradise, but mountains, trees and light pollution can occasionally get in the way. Here’s a guide for where to see the Southern Lights in Tasmania this winter. If you thought you had to go to Antarctica, think again.
Isolation from mainland Australia has made Tasmania resourceful and independent when it comes to food. The state produces some of the country’s best seafood, meat and dairy as well as apples, cherries, blueberries and saffron. Memorable meals can be found in the city as well as the country, and a growing number of cooking schools […]
Tasmania’s remote northwest is home to some of Australia’s most impressive natural wonders. The Tarkine is a million-acre region that encompasses the largest temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere — the second largest in the world. The dripping, green environment is chock-full of myrtle, sassafras and ferns along with rarer trees such as celery top pines […]
The capital of Tasmania may be remote, but Hobart has enough summer festivals to energize the Antipodes. Most are held around New Year’s Eve when fireworks burst over the harbor at 9:30 and midnight. Here’s a guide to the best Hobart summer festivals and events. Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Kicks off Dec. 26, 2014 in […]
It’s no coincidence that Tasmania has long been known as the ‘Apple Isle.’ Orchards have borne fruit from the island’s fertile river valleys since the 19th century. Tasmania is also the birthplace of Australian wine. The state now produces at least a quarter of the country’s ‘A’ grade bottles, which read like a list from Burgundy […]
On the Full-Day Bruny Island Tour from Hobart when they say dress warmly they mean it. Yes, this is Australia. Yes, this is the middle of the summer. Nevertheless, this is not the Australian desert, this is Tasmania and you are going to get wet.
Tasmania has a rich convict history, and many of it remains to this day, preserved for generations to come. We’ve collected some of Tasmania’s best historical attractions around Hobart and Launceston – a list you should make sure to tick off during your time in the state.
Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city. One of two landing points for visitors to the island, Hobart is certainly one of the most visited locations in the state. Why visit Hobart over better-known cities such as Sydney or Melbourne?