Pristine nature, eccentric art, award-winning dining and an unhurried vibe: Hobart, and indeed Tasmania in general, has skyrocketed in popularity over the last decade. Here are four very good (and little known) reasons to pack your suitcase and jet off to Australia’s apple isle.
It has a globally-renowned dining scene
Tasmania’s rural hinterland is watered by the world’s purest rain. The clean seas yield superb fish, lobster, oysters and wild abalone. And with a number of new luxury resorts flanking its glittering coastline, you can feast on the freshest seafood while dipping your toes in the sand, experiencing a rekindling of man and nature that is quintessentially Tasmanian.
Over 20% of Tasmania is protected as a World Heritage Area
With its pristine national parks, ancient rainforest and marine reserves, more than 20% of Tasmania—and area covering 1.58 million hectares—is World Heritage listed. And with over 2000 km of walking tracks and 18 national parks to discover, it’s a veritable paradise for hiking enthusiasts.
It’s home to the largest—and most unconventional—art museum in the Southern Hemisphere
MONA, the Museum of Old and New Art, perched on Hobart’s spectacular Derwent River, is the largest privately funded museum in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum showcases ancient, modern and contemporary art and is described by owner David Walsh as a “subversive adult Disneyland”.
It has the world’s cleanest air
Due to its position in the Southern Ocean, far from other land masses, Tasmanian air is much less polluted, earning it the grand honour of “world’s cleanest air”–and making it the ideal destination for those looking to reconnect with nature, to explore untouched corners and to return home feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and revived.
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