Why isn't Australia selling Tasmania

10 reasons to visit Tasmania and South Australia

Fantastic beaches, wine regions, an attractive metropolis and the great outback - the best sides of Australia can be experienced in a single state: South Australia. The small but fine state of Tasmania offers adventures in untouched nature and close encounters with Australian wildlife, culture and gourmet experiences. Those who combine South Australia and the island state on a trip in Australia combine adventure and enjoyment with individual experiences.

Tasmania's jewels

The island state of Tasmania offers diverse landscapes, a wealth of nature experiences and exciting activities in an area that is comparable to the size of Bavaria. Those interested in culture will also be amazed: the Mona - Museum of Old and New Art - awaits visitors to Hobart with an outstanding collection of ancient and contemporary art worldwide.

19 national parks

Tasmania's national parks cover almost half of the island. Most famous landmark: The rugged profile of Cradle Mountain. Embedded in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, the mountain marks the northern entrance to one of the most beautiful treks in the world - the Overland Track. In western Tasmania, the Southwest National Park and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park await with ancient rainforests and rare bird species. In the "Serengeti Tasmania", the Narawntapu National Park on the north coast, long beaches and a unique fauna impress. And while a visit to Maria Island explores the historical legacy of the convict time in a landscape of beaches and mountain trails, the Tasman National Park in the south beckons with spectacular rock formations and the highest cliffs in Australia.

Culture and history up close

The first inhabitants settled Tasmania over 35,000 years ago. The history of European immigrants, on the other hand, amounts to a few centuries. The walls of Port Arthur, the first prison camp and later the first prison in Tasmania, still bear witness to the time of colonization. For a long time, the complex was considered one of the most escape-proof and largest penal colonies in Australia due to its isolated location. Today Port Arthur is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visitors can experience Tasmania's dark history very vividly by visiting the historic sites. Worthwhile: A night tour through the historical sites under the glow of lanterns - goose bumps guaranteed.

Powder white sandy beaches - Great Eastern Drive

Fantastic nature and mild, maritime climate make the east coast of Tasmania the perfect holiday destination. Along the Great Eastern Drive, pink granite stone meets lush green vegetation and powder-white sandy beaches merge with azure blue water. Absolute highlight: The crescent-shaped Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, which is one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world with its lonely, white beach and turquoise water. In the Bay of Fires, north of St. Helens, you will find white beaches, a turquoise ocean and gigantic granite rocks, some of which are covered with red lichen. Nature can hardly reach into the paint box much deeper than here.

Cradle Mountain

In the interior of the island lies the Cradle Mountain - the symbol of Tasmania and an important part of the Tasmanian wilderness, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding landscape is diverse with endless rainforests, high mountains and Australia's deepest lake, Lake St. Clair. The national park was created by glacier movements of the last ice age and is an Eldorado for hikers, because idyllic paths lead past waterfalls, glacial lakes and pine forests. With a little luck you will come across platypus, wombat and Co. If you don't want to be out for a whole week, you can take one of the shorter hiking trails, e.g. around Dove Lake.

Culinary meets nature

The contrasting, largely untouched nature and the pure water of Tasmania not only inspire outdoor enthusiasts, but also ensure excellent gourmet products. On the Wine Route in the Tamar Valley you can try a variety of cheeses and organic products as well as fine wines. The exceptionally good water quality in Tasmania ensures tasty oysters, scallops and lobsters - freshly prepared and served in one of the numerous harbor and river restaurants in Hobart and Launceston. In addition, there are more and more whiskey, gin and vodka distilleries in Tasmania. The craft beer breweries also only serve the best of the best, while the tasty apples and pears are processed into a wide variety of ciders. Let's go on a beer, cider or whiskey discovery tour.

Nature, adventure and fine wines in South Australia

South Australia is the ideal destination for an outback adventure, with around 70% of the state stretching inland in sparsely populated areas. Not a trip for the faint of heart, but very worthwhile to experience vast desert landscapes and eccentric places. One of them is the opal city of Coober Pedy with its underground apartments.

Adelaide - the charming metropolis

The capital of South Australia is the gateway to the outback, to famous wine regions, to the spectacular coast and it is a lively metropolis with charm. Shopping streets, cafes and museums are within walking distance and the green hills of the Adelaide Hills and the Pacific beaches are less than 30 minutes away by car. Trendy restaurants, gourmet temples, rustic pubs and hip bars leave nothing to be desired. The annual food festival “Tasting Australia”, the biennial “Festival of the Arts” and the “Fringe Festival” with over 500 events that turn the city into a stage are also worthwhile for visitors. In Adelaide you live enjoyment. Kangaroo meat, oysters, cheese and local wines can be sampled at the market stalls in the Central Market.

On a pleasure tour between wine and kangaroos

South Australia is considered the wine center of Australia. There are over 18 wine-growing regions and more than 270 wineries sell their wines directly to consumers. Along the self-drive route "Epicurean Way", wine lovers will find a land of milk and honey in the regions of Adelaide Hills, Barossa, Clare Valley, Fleurieu Peninsula (McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek) and along the Limestone Coast (Coonawarra). With wine tasting and buying directly from the winemaker, family-run boutique hotels and restaurants serving regional cuisine of excellent quality, South Australia offers perfect indulgence. The ideal time to visit is during one of the many culinary festivals, such as the Clare Valley Gourmet Festival or the Barossa Vintage Festival.

Kangaroo Island - where the wild animals live

Spectacular rock formations, secluded beaches, crystal clear water and diverse wildlife make Kangaroo Island a must-see. Separated from the mainland, a unique biodiversity has been preserved here. Kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, sea lions, seals, dolphins and around 260 species of birds live in the wild. The full force of nature is evident in Flinders Chase National Park. A hiking trail leads to the spectacular Admirals Arch and the impressive Remarkable Rocks, which were formed by wind, rain and spray for over 500 million years.

Explorer’s Way - cross the continent once from south to north

To experience the Australian outback on your own, there is hardly a better self-drive route than the Explorer's Way between Adelaide and Darwin. Only a few hours from Adelaide, the road leads along the Flinders Ranges, in whose national park impressive places such as Wilpena Pound await and visitors can get to know the culture of the Aborigines. A highlight along the route is a visit to Coober Pedy. The place is the heart of the South Australian outback. An estimated 70 percent of the jewelry opals worldwide are mined here, making the city the largest opal producer. The underground apartments ('dugouts') and churches are famous, because around half of the inhabitants of Coober Pedy live underground.

Eyre Peninsula - on a dive with the South Australian marine life

The wild and romantic Eyre Peninsula is surrounded on three sides by the Pacific. If you are looking for a special experience, you can swim with sea lions on the coast. The encounter with a great white shark while diving in a safe cage is breathtaking. From May to October, whales visit the bays to calve here. The Eyre Peninsula also has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. In the Gawler Ranges you can experience the pure outback feeling - deep gorges, mountains made of rugged volcanic rock, the huge salt lake Lake Gairdner, a unique animal world and in spring the colorful wildflowers bloom.