Tasmanians are a welcoming people who love nothing more than to sit down and have a chat, explore new ideas and learn more about different cultures.

And it is this reputation for openness that is one of the reasons why so many same-sex couples enjoy travelling in the island state.

Leading the way in progressive politics in Australia since the 1990s, Tasmania and its people are dedicated to celebrating our differences and building on the ties that bring us together.

With this in mind, you can expect to find a long list of boutique accommodation sites and attractions that are sensitive to travellers.

Most of these gay friendly destinations are clearly labelled within our DiscoverTasmania listings, but if you happen to stumble across a venue that you think should be listed but isn't please let us know.

But like so many travellers, your main reasons for visiting the island state will probably have less to do with politics and more in common with a near universal desire to reconnect with nature.

Tasmania is one of the few places in Australia where you can experience four distinct seasons, which makes it a great place to travel during spring, autumn, summer and winter.

It also means that there are different activities on during the year that you can choose from, including cool climate wine tasting, spring flower and garden festivals, surfing holidays in summer and bush walking throughout the cooler months. It goes without saying that dining experiences and the produce created my some of the nation’s most talented chefs will add a whole other dimension to a Tasmanian stay.

History buffs will want to make a beeline for the historical sites in and around Hobart, while you are in the region a stop off at the local Salamanca market or MONA will make your visit (PDF) all the more memorable.

Remember to book ahead of time so that you get your pick of exciting venues and make the most of your stay in Tasmania.

Ormiston House on Tasmania's West Coast at Strahan is Gay Friendly Accommodation - Image Credit: Rainbow Travel-dot-net

Tulips near Wynyard Image Credit - FlightCentre Ltd

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