Aug
29
2011

Unique travel hotspots found in Tasmania

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Tasmania is home to an impressive number of the country’s top 20 unique must-see destinations, according to one blogger.

While famous landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and the Twelve Apostles frequently rank as major Australian tourist attractions, there are a plethora of slightly less known yet still fascinating and stunning sites.

And the island state is the place to find at least five of them, says Asian Correspondent writer Kritika Seksaria.

In an August 24 article titled Unique Australian Travel Hotspots, Seksaria listed both Cataract Gorge and Woodbridge among the top five unconventional vacation highlights.

The former, a river gorge in Launceston is an “example of wilderness in the city”, consisting of a pathway built along the cliff face and overlooking the South Esk River and the Kings Bridge – a truly breathtaking view.

Woodbridge, on the other hand, is a quaint village found in the south of Hobart. Visitors appreciate it for the small farms of craft makers, interspersed among rolling hills and winding country roads.

The Peppermint Bay in Woodbridge, says Seksaria, is a “world-class dining venue set on four acres of waterfront headland”.

It is no surprise to see the former convict settlement Port Arthur appear on the list. Coming in at number 12, the town possesses rich architecture along with the prison and church ruins that make it a fascinating place to explore.

Another recommendation is Coles Bay, sitting at the foot of the pink granite mountains and adjacent to the stunning Freycinet National Park. It is surely one of the most beautiful settings in the world to try activities such as fishing, kayaking, bushwalking and rock climbing.

Finally, Seksaria ranked Cradle Mountain at number 17 for being “the epitome of scenic beauty in Tasmania”. By walking along the Dove Lake Circuit or Overland Track, visitors can marvel at the rivers and vast stretches of woodlands.

Cataract Gorge - Tourism Tasmania & Lap Fung Lam

Cataract Gorge

Freycinet Lodge jetty - Tourism Tasmania & Sean Fennessy

Freycinet Lodge jetty

Penitentiary - Port Arthur Historic Site

Penitentiary - Port Arthur Historic Site

Freycinet Lodge - Tourism Tasmania & Gabi Mocatta

Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet Experience Walk - Tourism Tasmania & Greg Clarke

Freycinet Experience Walk

Peppermint Bay restaurant - Tourism Tasmania & Russell Galloway

Peppermint Bay restaurant

Cradle Mountain reflected in Lake Dove - Tourism Tasmania & Masaaki Aihara

Cradle Mountain reflected in Lake Dove

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