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This is a type of scene you'll see all the way down the east coast and along some of the north coast.
It reminds me that Tasmania, wherever you are, has that uncrowded feeling about it whilst colouring your life with natural beauty.
Its relatively small size makes it easy to get from point A to point B and it has more contrasting scenery than any other state in Australia. The wild wet south west is a wilderness par excellence while the serene dry weather of the north east makes it seem like you're on another planet.
Its predeliction for preservation of historic buildings has left it with a wealth of such edifices and their future is assured.
The fabulous forests of the south east feature some of the world's tallest trees and some of its rarest.
This truly is a state of many contrasts and worthy of more consideration as a tourist destination than most people allow.
In the last few years it has been "discovered" with a staggering increase in tourist numbers (around 67%) but, since that is only on a relatively small base, it still doesn't have the hordes you'll find elsewhere.
In addition to the traditional subsidized ferries from Melbourne you'll often find cheap airfares on the net or at your travel agent. Whichever way you go, I'm sure you'll enjoy Australia's prettiest state.
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On my third trip to Tasmania I managed to climb a couple of their peaks. Though well short of Everest scale they certainly test the day walker such as myself.
Two that I scaled that I will never forget were Mt. Eliza and Hartz Peak. Both offer wonderful views (weather dependent) and colourful alpine flora in summer. Though Hartz is relatively straightforward, Eliza is a steep, difficult climb that only the fit should attempt. The tarns on these mountains just add to the allure. I loved it and plan to scale more when I return.
Others may have their lists - here is mine, in no particular order:
1. Lake Pedder area: Wilderness at its finest
2. Reliquaire (Latrobe): The shop you never believed existed
3. Leven Canyon: Acessible, stunning.
4. Russell Falls: Despite the crowds, this place never fails to enchant; mind you, Marriott Falls are just down the road and hardly anyone ever goes yet they're just as special.
5. Tahune: Don't confine yourself to the Air Walk, look in on the Zig-zag Track, The Big Tree, The Big Stump, Keogh's Creek Walk and The Look-in.
6. Pieman River Cruise: The ultimate in wilderness cruises
7. Hamilton: Best pie shop in Australia
8. Salamanca Markets: Sure there's lots of people, but isn't that what you expect at markets?
9. South West Wilderness Flights: Pray for fine weather and go.
10. Allendale Gardens: So much more than a garden, it's a spiritual experience.
- Pros:Wonderful scenery, easy to get around, friendly natives, very relaxing, fabulous food
- Cons:Winds on the west coast
- In a nutshell:Best tourist state in Australia
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