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Tasmania

AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 23 May 2015 | Views [57] | Scholarship Entry

A FAR AWAY ISLAND WITH A SINGULAR PAST. Tasmania was the furthest place Britain could think of to send thousands of convicts (men, women and even children) to do their sentence. Braving the sea, they arrived in an unknown and distant land and worked hard. Today, things got smoother: it is only a 1 hour flight from Melbourne and the only type of chain available on board is the seat belt. Want to picture how your life would look like if you had stolen a sheep in England in 1820? Then don't miss Port Arthur!

HOBART: THE ARTY-FOODY-CITY WHERE EVERYTHING STARTS. As many convicts before you, you will probably land in the capital: Hobart. If you get there on a Saturday morning, make no mistake: this is not a ghost town. People have headed to the Salamanca Market. And so will you. Foodies, you will not be deceived. Salmon rolls, fresh scallop pizzas, lamb burgers… Good luck making your pick. Get food-frantic and try out Tasmanian specials: apples, honey, jams, chocolate, salmon, oysters, wine, beer, whisky... Eat in the garden, chill-out and listen to the local artists. If it is not a market day, make your way to Salamanca Place, a trendy square with great breakfast and drink options. Ready to go back in time? Head to Battery Point. It feels like entering a movie set with its 19th century cottages, rose gardens and apple trees. If you are an art fan, take the MR-1 Fast Ferry to MONA (the "subversive adult Disneyland" according to its founder David Walsh, that has put Hobart on the international scene). At last but not least, if you want to see hipsters hanging out, get out of the touristic area and go to North Hobart.
Hobart: a cosmopolitan city underestimated internationally. But for how long?

A WILD LAND UNSPOILED BY MAN. Time to leave as great adventures await! Made of 1/3 of National Parks, Tassie is beautiful from every point of view. If you dream of dazzling white sand beaches why not head to Freycinet National Park? Give it a go on the Short Walk (or long walk if you can) that overlooks the Wine Glass Bay and its turquoise waters. Kayak, fly, beach stroll or see the sunset from Honeymoon beach with a glass of local wine. Explore Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park and its rainforest paths, deep blue lakes, alpine landscapes, heathlands and crystal clear streams. Meet the wallabies and wombats beneath your window or observe how a kangaroo is evaluating your sandwich.

Oh baby, baby it's a wild world.

Yes. I love Tasmania. Guilty as charged!

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