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Tasmania Bedevils Tourists To An Australia Vacation

Jun 7, 2008
Many regions of Tasmania entice visitors coming for an Australia vacation.

Hobart and its surrounding areas, with Richmond to the northeast and Kettering to the south, blends heritage and lifestyle, scenery and vibrant culture. The city by the Derwent River and sea offers views of Mount Nelson and Mount Wellington. The suburban areas and estuary surround Storm Bay. Tasmanias past of convicts and chains are 100 years reserved as close by are the vineyards and wineries of the Coal River Valley, the home very superb cool climate wines. Explore farther away from Hobart, but return to unwind, relax and awaken rejuvenated.

The Tasman Peninsula offers a land of farms, forests, dolerite cliffs, and sweeping views across the Tasman Sea. Do not forget, it is also the place of the worlds most historic prison. As you travel past the Hobart Airport, you can look out at Barilla Bay, where the oysters beds that produce the succulent oysters are served up on the half shell.

In the historic town of Sorell, enter into a land of scenery, wildlife, heritage and adventure. At Copping you will find many vineyards and cafes selling local delicacies such as octopus, oysters, quail and venison. The area offers you a number of choices: take some short or multi-day walks in the Tasman National Park, with its sweeping beaches and forest walks beside 300 meter sea cliffs, or head to Port Arthur Historic Site.

King Island lies northwest of Tasmania in the path of the Roaring Forties, the ever-present westerly winds that circle the worlds southern latitudes. This is the site of the Australias worst maritime disaster, which occurred in 1845 when the Cataraqui grounded.

The Cape Wickham lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse in the southern hemispheres is a constant reminder of the danger of maritime travel in the area. It is an island of long, empty beaches and clean, fresh air, of offshore reefs, rocky coasts, dairy farms, lighthouses and shipwrecks. It is best known for award winning creamy cheeses, succulent beef produced on lush pastures, and freshest seafood. Islanders gather bull kelp that is tossed ashore by storms, cray fisherman and divers harvest abalone in rich schools beneath the ocean surface. Fertile farmlands yield beef and diary cattle surrounded by tree hedges.

The lush grass is the secret ingredient to the local bovine, rich cream and the many hand made cheeses. Wallabies and peacocks are abundant especially at night so be careful not to collide. Keep in mind you might see albatrosses or sea eagles floating in the updrafts. Also go to Reid Rocks which is home to a substantial breeding colony of Australian fur seals. King Island is home to both native and exotic wildlife.
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