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Tasmania, Australia: where it is, when to go and what to see

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Tasmania is an island state located off the southern coast of Australia. She is known for her own harsh and wild territories, largely protected by parks and nature reserves, but also for the diversified landscapes: white beaches lapped by the crystalline ocean, snow-capped mountains, dense rainforest, green countryside with meadows and colorful flowers. The variety of scenarios that arise will leave you amazed and you will never tire of enjoying such beauty! Furthermore, Tasmania is characterized by a 'excellent wine production and for the tasty dishes. For those who love nature and food and wine, the trip to Tasmania will certainly be a unique and unrepeatable experience!



Index

  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time.
  4. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  5. What to do in Tasmania: excursions and tours
  6. How much does a vacation in Tasmania cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 515.000
  • Capital: Hobart
  • Languages: English
  • Local currency: Australian dollar AUD (€ 1,00 = AUD 1,60)
  • Weather: oceanic climate / Average temperatures summer 18 ° C, winter 9-10 ° C
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport, return ticket. Electronic visa (ETA) required: it is valid for 90 days and is issued together with the flight ticket
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is


    Tasmania is a state of Australia consisting of the homonymous island and some smaller islands. It is located about 240 km south of the eastern part of the Australian continent and is washed north by Bass Strait, to the south and west by the Indian Ocean and to the east by the Tasman Sea.



    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: from Milan or Rome you have to stop in Dubai and Melbourne. From Melbourne Airport to Hobart Airport there is an hour's flight. In total, the journey takes 26 hours
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    • From the main European capitals: from Paris you have to make at least two stopovers, in Dubai and Melbourne. From Melbourne Airport to Hobart Airport there is an hour's flight. In total, the journey takes 26 hours. From London it is the same route, the stops are in Dubai and Melbourne or in Singapore and Sydney. The flight runs from 25 to 31 hours. From Berlin there are at least three stopovers, you have to go to London and then as above. Airlines that fly to Tasmania are Emirates, Qantas, Jetstar
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    When to go? Info on climate and best time.

    • Weather: the climate is oceanic on the coasts, with mild, rainy winters and cool summers, while in inland areas it is colder. The seasons are reversed, that is, in June, July and August it is winter with daily temperatures around 12-13 ° C, summer (from January to March) has maximum temperatures that are around 20-22 ° C. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, the maximum peak is in winter and the minimum in summer. The sea is always cold and reaches 17-18 ° C from January to March.
    • Best time: summer, from December to March, is the hottest season with long days and rarer rains.
    • Period to avoid: winter, especially July and August, rather cold months.
    • Advice: First of all, dress in layers, because the weather can be unpredictable. In winter, bring warm clothes, hiking shoes, hat, gloves, rain jacket or umbrella. In summer, spring / autumn clothes, a jacket and sweatshirt for cool evenings. The clothes must be comfortable and especially the shoes, considering that there is a lot of walking. Even in summer, an umbrella or raincoat can be useful for sudden showers.
      Always prepare a precise itinerary, find out in advance about prices, timetables and how to reach the most important places of interest. Also, don't forget travel insurance.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest



    1. Southwest National Park: is the largest in Tasmania. Perfect for trekking and discovering the wonderful flora, often threatened with extinction, as well as the numerous waterfalls.
    2. Bruny Island: is an island located along the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, which in addition to hosting various species of birds and other animals, has perfect beaches for surfing. Here you can walk on scenic cliffs and immerse yourself in the history of this island.
    3. Port Arthur: historical prison that once welcomed some of the most hardened criminals. Today you can stroll through the manicured Victorian gardens and admire the works made by inmates during forced labor, with a tour of the buildings, ruins and restored houses.
    4. Hobart: the capital, being located between the mouth of the Derwent river and the foot of Mount Wellington, offers interesting naturalistic and photographic opportunities. The city is an important natural harbor and home to the University of Tasmania.
    5. Mount wellington: with its 1.271 meters it allows you to make beautiful excursions, climbing and experiences on the snow (in winter, when the top is often whitewashed). The view is breathtaking, but it will test your athleticism and your courage!
    6. Royal Botanic Garden of Tasmania: built in 1818, it houses numerous historical collectible plants, plants typical of the subantarctic climate and various trees, many dating back to before the 14th century. An area of ​​ hectares to be explored!
    7. Tasmania Maritime Museum: you can admire ancient navigation instruments and you will find stories about the inhabitants of Tasmania, about Europeans and their arrival on the island ... and much more.
    8. Wineglass Bay: a real paradise beach surrounded by unspoiled nature. The clear and fine sand with crystal clear waters can be reached by boat or with a suggestive three-hour walk.
    9. Freycinet National Park: it is characterized by blue sea, white sand, pink granite mountains and luxuriant vegetation. It is full of fabulous landscapes, including beaches where you can snorkel, relax and walk for miles. You could also take a scenic flight to observe the majestic Freycinet coastline from above.
    10. Sleepy Bay: beach consisting of several rock steps difficult to walk. In this magnificent place you will have the opportunity to see groups of dolphins swimming a few meters from people and snorkel.

    What to do in Tasmania: excursions and tours

    How much does a vacation in Tasmania cost? Prices, offers and advice

    How much does it cost to go to Tasmania? Flights are around € 1.000,000 - 1.300,00 and more per person, it is also a rather long journey considering that you will have to make at least two stopovers, whether from Rome or Milan.

    For a night in a hotel, prices are on average € 80,00, but offers can be found.
    Food is quite expensive: think for a breakfast you could pay about € 13,00 / 15,00, for a dessert at the restaurant over € 8,00. You spend from € 20,00 upwards per person for a lunch. If you want to save money, try fast food and street food.

    A rental car can cost € 90,00-100,00 per day, however, there are slightly cheaper rates. Petrol is very cheap compared to Italy!
    For € 44,00 per car and € 26,00 per person you can get a Pass that allows you to enter all the National Parks of Tasmania for 8 days, or for one day for € 18,00 for cars and € 9,00 , per person. These are issued by Australian travel agencies, tourist information centers and major National Parks.

    Finally, excursions have high prices, starting from a minimum of € 80,00 to even reach € 400,00.
    There are flight + hotel packages at about € 2.400,00 for two for 5 nights: look well and book in advance!
    For a couple vacation in Tasmania, with the various expenses included, a minimum of € 4.000,00 is spent.



    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 80,00 per room -
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