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Located south of Australia across the Bass strait, Tasmania is the country's only island state and is largely covered by untouched natural and rugged landscapes. A little under half of the island comprises natural reserves, national parks, protected areas and UNESCO heritage sites. Tasmania was once a battleground between the British and the aboriginal people, yet today is one of the most stunning places of natural beauty, history, and adventure.

The island of Tasmania is perhaps Australia's favourite getaway for a vacation. With exquisite museums, massive spreads of open land, national parks, and the ocean right by the side, Tasmania is a wonderful escape from the mainland's routine. The vibrant culture and the welcoming people are just another addition to making this an ideal holiday destination.

Must Know Before You Visit Tasmania

1. Around 40% of Tasmania is covered by national parks. To visit any or several of these national parks, tourists must obtain the National Parks Pass, which is allocated for individuals or entire cars at full capacity for varying durations.

2. Tasmania is best travelled across in a private vehicle. It is advisable to have one rented accordingly before a trip or have it arranged by the hotel staff at check-in.

3. Shops, restaurants and even fuel stations tend to close early outside the capital Hobart. It is recommended that extra fuel, food and other essential supplies be carried around when traversing the island.

4. A day in Tasmania can have rain, chilly strong winds, pleasant sunshine and even temperatures up to 30°C one after the other. Be sure to pack accordingly, as the weather can be quite unpredictable for most of the year.

5. Cellular networks in certain parts can become weak or non-existent. It is advisable to carry an updated map and have a sim of the strongest network providers.

6. Tasmania has strict quarantine rules to protect the biodiversity on the island. Food items, vegetables, plants and animals from outside the island are prohibited and will be confiscated upon arrival.

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Visitor Information Centres in Tasmania

Visitor Information Centres in Tasmania are authorised centres across the island which specialise in assisting travellers with local information and booking various tours and activities. Tourists can also find maps and booklets at these centres.

These information centres are identified by little blue and yellow “i” signs. They are open seven days a week.

The services tourists can avail of are -

  • 24-hour access to information
  • Itinerary planning
  • Road conditions and transport options
  • Maps and directions
  • Booking services for accommodation and tours
  • Attractions, events, retail outlets and local services
  • Public toilets on site or nearby
  • Emergency contact numbers and accommodation options
  • Local knowledge and insights

Money and Currency Exchange in Tasmania

  • The Australian Dollar is the only currency accepted in Tasmania.
  • Most major cards are accepted like MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
  • Currency can be exchanged at most banks and some ATMs which accept foreign cards.
  • Travellers' cheques can also be exchanged at bigger hotels and banks.

Travel Tips for Tasmania

  1. Wildlife is abundant in Tasmania. Tourists are likely to come across wildlife on the open roads while driving and, thus, are advised to drive carefully and responsibly.
  2. Tasmania has excellent hiking and trekking trails. It is best to carry comfortable and sturdy shoes for a great experience.
  3. Carry water bottles to carry along on hikes and treks.
  4. Tours are pretty popular in Tasmania. These tours have limited slots and can get filled quickly during the peak season. It is advisable to book slots well in advance before a trip.
  5. It is easy to get sunburnt in Tasmania. Sunglasses, hats and protective lotions should be packed as precautionary measures.

Nightlife in Tasmania

Nightlife in Tasmania is not a very busy affair. Only in the towns of Hobart and Launceston will you find a little bit of a nightlife scene. Though in Hobart you will find a few good bars such as Republic Bar, Halo Nightclub, and the unique Syrup Bar is a good choice too.

Shopping in Tasmania

There are plenty of nice markets in Tasmania to buy yourself a piece of the island's culture and uniqueness. Hobart, for example, is a treasure trove of small and quirky shops. Explore the smaller side streets of the town and you'll find yourself many shops with a lot of artistic items. Of course, the famous Salamanca Market in Hobart cannot be ignored in this sense. Even Launceston for that matter has lots of boutique and antique shops, as well as those of hand made wares. So you definitely will have a fun time shopping here!

History of Tasmania

During the ice age, Tasmania was part of mainland Australia. But as soon as the ice age ended, water levels rose, and it became an island. The small indigenous population of Tasmania mainly were hunters and gatherers.

At the very end of the 18th century, the first European settlement began. The 19th century saw several clashes between foreign settlers and native people, including the infamous Black War of the 1820s. The Europeans killed thousands of the local population through warfare or disease, and European expansion rapidly began on the island.

The name Tasmania was officially given in 1856, and it joined with the rest of Australia in a referendum in 1898. Then towards the end of the 20th century, tourism boomed in Tasmania and also being an environmental haven, it was given supreme importance in the endeavour to help it grow sustainably.

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FAQs on Tasmania

What is the best time to visit Tasmania?

The summer months are peak season in Tasmania. Everything is up and running, the weather is nice and warm, and there's a real energy about the island. What's more, the parks and gardens come alive in this period with colours and vibrance. This is also a great time to undertake a long hike and make the most of it!
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What is the local food in Tasmania?

Food culture in Tasmania is very lively, with tons and tons of fresh produce markets, as well as cheap eateries and a plethora of street vendors. This is not to say there are no high-end restaurants, because there are plenty. Tasmania is also known for it's elegant wine culture, with a collection of great wineries and cellars.
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What are the things to do in Tasmania?

The top things to do in Tasmania are Bay of Fires, Freycinet National Park, Port Arthur Historic Site, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. You can see all the places to visit in Tasmania here

What are the places near Tasmania?

The top places near to Tasmania are Melbourne which is 414 km from Tasmania, Sydney which is located 961 km from Tasmania, Great barrier reef which is located 2582 km from Tasmania, Gold coast which is located 1640 km from Tasmania, Perth which is located 2867 km from Tasmania

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