Adding Tasmania to the List: a local guide explains the island's allure!

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The leaves are falling and the days are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, but the other side of the world is enjoying the blossoming of spring. Warmer temperatures down under make November and December an excellent time of year to visit Australia. And if you take the plunge into an Australian adventure, consider heading off the beaten tourist track to enjoy the distinct spring and summer seasons on the beautiful southerly island of Tasmania.

Ten years ago, Vicki, our local guide in Tasmania, came to the state on a kayak trip - and never left. She joins us today to explain why Tasmania should be at the top of your Australian travel list. Be sure to check our her photos (to the right)!

The beauty of Tasmania is that you can experience so much amazing scenery in a short space of time. You can be enjoying the pristine sandy beaches, azure waters with breathtaking ocean views on the East Coast of Tasmania, and an hour later be traveling through the Heritage Highway experiencing the history of the convict past, passing through old Georgian Villages and stopping off at some of our renowned wineries of the Coal Valley on your way.

Hobart comes alive from December onwards with the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht race which brings excitement to the Taste of Tasmania - a two week long gourmet food and wine festival. There is entertainment for all and so much fun and atmosphere as everyone cheers on the boats arriving at Constitution Dock. This is a great time of year for festivals and craft and art shows in Tasmania. It is always a delight to travel around here in the summer as all the apple, cherry and pear blossoms are out in the beautiful Huon Valley, which is a spectacular site.

If you want to get away from all the buzz, I suggest a trip up North to the incredible wilderness of the Tarkine and Cradle Mountain Region. Here you can experience short or longer walks, visit wilderness sanctuaries and pat a Tasmanian devil! Or perhaps enjoy a quiet boat trip through some untouched rainforest on the Pieman River. From here I love to take the back roads and explore up through the far Northwest corner of Tasmania to Cape Grim and the wind farms. Here you’ll find the purest air in Australia and the night skies with their bright stars. The wonderfully long days blend into a wonderful late night twilight, which makes for a full day exploring this "Apple Isle".

To truly get a taste of Tasmania you need at least a few weeks but if time does not allow you that luxury I can assure you your experience in a few days only will leave you wanting to come back for more.

Thank you for the insights, Vicki! If any travelers are planning a trip down under, consider having a chat with Vicki. She’s a passionate guide who genuinely wants visitors to her homeland to experience the real Tasmania. Her tours can incorporate Tasmania's wine, gourmet food and art regions, ancient forests, world class coastlines, Tasmanian heritage, fauna and flora.
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