If you're looking for somewhere beautiful to ring in Christmas or the New Year, Tasmania might be the perfect destination.
With an abundance of natural beauty, friendly locals, things to see and do, and places to relax, those who are holiday-bound this Christmas season will enjoy all this island state has to offer.
Here are some places you might want to visit on your silly season excursion – and a few things you might want to do.
Freycinet National Park
To the east of Tasmania you will find Freycinet National Park. This gorgeous and untouched part of the island is a perfect fit if you'd like to spend the holiday season in relative solitude, surrounded by serenity.
The park contrasts granite mountain landscapes with pristine beaches so whether you feel like a walk in the woods or a stroll on the beach, it is up to you!
If you want to treat yourself, there's nothing like a stay at the Saffire Freycinet luxury lodge. This is in a very remote and private part of the park, so you can simply relax and be yourself.
The lodge's dining and spa facilities are second-to-none so everything you need is at your fingertips.
You're also perfectly placed to enjoy a myriad of outdoor activities. Try hiking or heading out on a cruise over sparkling blue waters, or perhaps try your hand at kayaking or mountain biking.
A stroll along the perfectly crescent shaped Wineglass Bay is a necessity and hours can be spent spotting wildlife, playing in the shallows or relaxing in the sunshine.
The sights of the city
Spend some time in Tasmania's capital, Hobart, over the Christmas season. See which stores get all jazzed up with Christmas lights and twinkling tinsel and head to the weekly Salamanca Markets for your choice of yuletide crafts and gifts. Once you see the decorations and hear the sounds of Christmas music, you're sure to get into the end-of-year spirit.
At this time of year, the city really comes to life so the streets will always be bustling and vibrant.
From December 4, Elizabeth Mall and Wellington Court in particular will be spreading the season's merriment. There will be Christmas yoga sessions, bauble making workshops, photography, face painting, carolling, dancing and playing – and even the opportunity to write a letter to Santa! You'll never run out of things for the kids to do here.
Hobart is also the perfect place if you want to have activities like fine dining and shopping at your fingertips during your holiday. While some might like to get away into absolute wilderness, others who cherish their creature comforts will find Hobart satisfies all their needs and desires.
There are plenty of exquisite dining locations, as well as more affordable – yet equally tasty – options.
Make sure you wander the sandy streets, architecturally inspired by the nation of Georgia, and grab a leisurely coffee and pastry at any opportunity! With some of Australia's top baristas and tasteful talent, good food and drink is easy to find.
Then there's the shopping. Other than the Salamanca Markets you will find plenty of high-end boutiques as well as affordable chains. That means that even if you leave your Christmas shopping until you arrive on the island you'll be well looked after – although you might have to fight the crowds for a few things!
Whatever kind of Christmas break you're after, Tasmania can look after you. Check out these activities – and more – during your stay for an extremely memorable visit.
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