The best way to describe Tasmania is to explain that everything good about Australia can be found here, but in a bonsai-type version – easy to get to, and quite possible to see in a week long holiday.
From one of the world’s top-rated beaches on Tasmania’s sub-tropical east coast (Hourglass Bay), to its rugged mountainous interior where even in summer you can snuggle up beside a roaring log fire, to its wild west coast where very few venture, but the scenery, wildlife and romantic isolation is some of the most enchanting in the Antipodes, Tasmania is also home to one of Australia’s most charming, and romantic cities. Hobart, built as it is on the Derwent River, is like a little Sydney, its Constitution Dock area is almost a smaller version of the Rocks, with its strong Victorian heritage still there in every building and its great choice of romantic eating and drinking spots. Just around the corner, Battery Point must rate as one of Australia’s most gorgeous waterside suburbs.
Tasmania is also home to some of Australia’s most innovative cool climate wine producers, take a drive through the vineyards in the Tamar Valley that look like an even gentler version of the south of France, and be sure to visit a wine district just 20 minutes out of Hobart near Richmond, one of Australia’s quaintest, old convict-era villages.
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DO: Take one of the countless, lonely, romantic walks on nature reserve, Maria Island, a hot-spot for local wildlife.
DON’T: Forget to sample some of Tasmania’s less-tred corners, Bruny Island is a great example. Less than an hour’s drive south of Hobart, take the car ferry over to an island lost in time and shuck oysters and mussels straight from the rocks off perfect, empty white beaches.
COUPLES WILL LOVE: Winter time in Tasmania’s beautiful Cradle Mountain region. Even in the height of summer the nights still require log fires and plenty of red wine!