Senior Travel to Tasmania

Aug 2nd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Tasmania, Australia, is a large island just over 150 miles from the mainland, and is its southernmost state. Roughly the size of West Virginia and the twenty sixth largest island in the world, Tasmania has five diverse regions for senior travelers to explore. The state offers a complete experience, whether you want to be very active or a little more laid back. It offers unique scenery and wildlife, world-class wine and food, fascinating history, and convict heritage sites such as Port Arthur. There is a vast array of activities for seniors to enjoy. Tasmania is promoted as the natural state, the “island of inspiration”, and A World Apart, Not A World Away.

Tasmania has shrugged off the stigma of its isolation – the whole world seems to be discovering the physically dazzling, unique and accessible island. Suitably impressed, and a tad sheepish, the rest of Australia has finally stopped laughing and started visiting. ‘Tassie’ (as it’s affectionately known) has it all: vast, uninhabited slabs of wilderness, swimming at Seven Mile Beach, bountiful wildlife in Narawntapu National Park, gourmet food and wine in the Tamar Valley, a thriving arts scene and new-found urban cool. Tasmania is an archipelago of more than 300 islands sitting just 150 miles south-east of mainland Australia. While it is part of Australia, it is in many ways quite different.

What is it about Tasmania? It is said that here is where the “aussies” come to vacation. Here there are more than 1,000 mountain peaks, four mild seasons, more than 40 per cent of the island is protected as national parks and reserves, and here some of the world’s rarest animals are found here.

The main island is home to about 500,000 people where almost half reside in the greater Hobart precinct. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania, the second oldest and most southerly city in Australia, see map. Hobart is located on the south east side of the island, on the banks of the River Derwent and is dominated by Mount Wellington which looms above the city.

Here of course we find the famed Tasmanian Devil .  It is characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screech, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding. Watch your fingers if you get close to a Tassie Devil!  jeb



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  1. [...] Tasmania is promoted as the natural state, the “island of inspiration”, and A World Apart, Not A World Away. Tasmania is just so unique that senior travelers must see it for themselves. It seems isolated, yet elderly tourists flock to its shores. There is a lot of history in the name Tasmania that spans over thousands of years. [...]

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