Spirit of Tasmania
We’re rather precious about our special island state of Tasmania – and some may even say a tad partial when championing its many virtues. So it’s good to be reminded that we’re not alone, and that those in the know at the respected Travel + Leisure recently voted Tasmania the ‘Top Island’ in the Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific region for 2015 – and honoured it with fourth spot on the list of the Top 10 islands across the world.
As the capital of Tasmania, Hobart is a thriving and energetic city, far more intimate and smaller in scale than most large cities on the mainland. As Australia's second oldest city, Hobart has its share of interesting tales from its early days. Between the sites of historic significance, the museums, the wineries and the shopping, there's plenty for visitors to see and do.
No road trip through Tasmania is complete without a smile at some of the island’s unusual names. Eggs and Bacon Bay (near Hobart) and Milkshake Hills (Tarkine) surely must have been named by hungry settlers, and the names Bust-Me-Gall Hill and Break-Me-Neck Hill (both on the Tasman Highway near Buckland) need no explanation. Paradise and The Promised Land (both south of Devonport) were founded with spiritual intent, and the small town of Snug (south of Hobart) is said to have been a cosy place to set anchor.