There are so many things I love about Tasmania.
There are some things I disliked about living in Australia’s southernmost state, but Tasmania is actually a pretty rad place.
I spent my childhood roaming around Tas, and finding out that travelling in your own backyard can actually be pretty amazing.
So what is it exactly that makes Tasmania so spectacularly awesome in a way that no other place can be?
1. A jaw dropping coastline
Tasmania, you’ve got to be kidding me. You mean to tell me you have pristine white sand beaches, 300 metre (980 ft) high sea cliffs, blowholes and deep orange rocks along only a few hours of coastline?
Rent a car, crack open the window to breathe in that fresh Tasmanian air, and take a drive. I guarantee your jaw will not close.
2. Long winding roads
Driving through Tasmania can feel as though you’re driving a rally car (at a safe speed, of course). Narrow roads make their way through anything from rainforest to wide open rolling hills.
And if you thought New Zealand was the only place to be overrun with sheep, wait until you take a drive through the centre of Tasmania! They’re everywhere. Everywhere!
3. An insane amount of national park
What’s an insane amount? 45% of Tasmania is national park. 45%! You might think the state is just a tiny island, but when you think about it, 90,758 square kilometres (35,042 miles) is actually pretty large. That’s a crazy amount of national park to explore.
Take your pick, you have 19 to choose from. Hikes, waterfalls, ski slopes, and lakes are all at your fingertips.
4. Super pretty old buildings
Hobart is the second oldest capital city in Australia, which means it’s filled with a bunch of old buildings from the 1800’s. Take a walk around the suburb of Battery Point and swoon at the adorable old houses.
There are a number of historical buildings you can waltz your way around, including the spooky convict settlement of Port Arthur. Ghost tour, anyone?
5. Animals that you won’t find anywhere else
I’m sure you’ve heard of Tassie Devil made famous by Looney Tunes, but in reality, the devil looks nothing like it’s cartoon counterpart. It’s small and black, and looks somewhat like a large rodent. And the noises it makes will have you in fits, seriously. It’s hilarious.
There are plenty of other Aussie animals here. Kangaroos and wallabies are in abundance – I must have seen at least 4 or 5 of them on my last camping trip alone. They’ll hop right up to your campsite in an attempt to steal any food you’re not keeping an eye on.
And that’s only the beginning – Seals, Eagles, Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Wombats, and Penguins can all be seen around Tasmania.