Tasmania has the country’s friendliest locals and solo travel in Tasmania is incredibly safe for women to travel around even at night. There isn’t a specific travelling trail and it doesn’t have the party scene that you find on the mainland Oz so it’s ideal for the quieter traveller.
Tasmania has a great road network so it’s perfect for a self drive but watch out for the nocturnal wildlife. As on the mainland make sure to log any walks in the visitors books at national parks if walking alone.
Tasmania is actually one of the states of Australia and is believed to have once been part of the mainland. Today it is an island 150 miles south of the continent and being Australia’s largest island we feel it deserves its very own destination page.
‘Tassie’ as known to the locals is a World Heritage Area and nearly half of the island is full of national parks and reserves with ancient rainforest and untouched landscapes. The island has five unique regions and the South-West is home to the world’s only temperate rainforest eco system. If you’re into partying then this isn’t really the place for you but if it’s the great outdoors, convict history and wildlife that you’re into, Tassie is the place to come. Many miss it off their list but we think it’s worth a visit (and where else can you see a Tasmanian devil?)
If you only do one thing when you visit Tasmania, make sure it’s a visit to Port Arthur. This old convict settlement holds the key to life back in the nineteenth-century. Its hidden past lays within haunted ruins and desolate buildings and if you want to be scared silly, join the nightly ghost tour (but it is not for the faint hearted). Visit the historical site of the nearby Coal Mines for more convict history and free entry to the ruins.
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