Tasmania punches well above its weight in many ways – for such a small place, it's reached quite a number of mighty milestones and achievements.
One of the latest feathers in Tasmania's cap is that it was recently announced by Conde Nast Traveler – a travel magazine – to be one of the world's friendliest cities – number two, in fact.
Hobart was beaten only by Florianopolis in Brazil, a city famous for its beaches, surfing and friendly vibe. Other friendly cities included Thimphu, Queenstown, Charleston, Margaret River, and Chiang Mai.
This adds to another of Hobart's recent achievements, as the city was also named one of Lonely Planet's best cities to visit in the world for 2013, officially ranked at number seven. It was only beaten by the cities of San Francisco, Amsterdam, Hyderabad, Derry, Beijing and Christchurch.
So what is it that visitors love about Hobart and Tassie? Of course, Tasmania's natural beauty is one of its most standout features. With such varied scenery all in one place, including beaches, mountains, valleys and an abundance of wildlife, there's such a range of things for visitors to see and do.
It's not all just nature, though. There are plenty of other things to do, including fine dining, wine tasting on some of the region's spectacular vineyards, and many cultural and historical pursuits. These include the famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) as well as many significant convict heritage sites such as Port Arthur and Maria Island.
One top of all this and perhaps most importantly, the people of Hobart and Tasmania are also often described as kind, welcoming and friendly – the cherry on top of your visit to this beautiful destination.