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There are few places as tranquil as the island of Tasmania. So it's no surprise that Aussies head here for a taste of laid-back island life. Over a third of the landscape is covered with national parks and wilderness World Heritage areas. It's even home to one of the world's best beaches and tons of aboriginal creatures such as the short-beaked echidna, little pygmy, and yes, the Tasmanian devil himself. And Hobart, the island's Europeanesque harbor town, is the perfect prequel to it all.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Your trip to "Tassie" won't be complete until you make a date with a Tasmanian devil. The world's largest carnivorous marsupial would actually be kind of cute if he wasn't so cranky. His goose-bump-giving shrieks are sounds you'll never forget. You can visit Tas and tons of other wild island natives at the Bonorong Wildlife Park.
What better way to explore Hobart's charming waterfront than on the water? Pick up a paddle and head out on sea-kayak adventures around the coastline. Try to catch a sunset!
One of the island's most popular sporting excursions is a 3-hour cycling tour down Mount Wellington. Your trek starts above the cloud line, where you'll then descend to Hobart Harbour. Not only will you get to ogle the coastal views, you'll get a great workout too. (Well, more like a good workout. A great workout would be if you peddled up.)
Break out your best bush-walking shoes. Tasmania is a haven for hikers. Over 40% of this natural playground is protected by national parks, so make sure to schedule some trekking time on some of the island favorites, like Cradle Mountain, Bay of Fires and the Freycinet Peninsula.
Wood and woolen goods are island specialties. Look for handmade masterpieces crafted by local artisans at the Elizabeth Street Mall, and at Salamanca Place, which turns into a huge open-air market on Saturday.
Tasmanian wine is so tasty it seldom makes it off the island. This little state produces stellar vintages of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and others. Head out to one of 30 or so vineyards for a tasting. (Or, head out to all of them.) A great place to start is the Tasmanian Wine Centre in Battery Point.
The local currency used in Hobart is the Australian dollar (AUD). Credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted.
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