Isolated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, Tasmania is shrouded in vast tracts of rugged bushland, and is home to some of the most beautiful places in the country. Main cities Hobart and Launceston are renowned for their small-town vibe and excellent seafood, while the western half of the island is covered by massive national parks like the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair and the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers. If you’re a leisurely traveller looking for great food, better wine and breathtaking scenery, Tasmania is for you.

Hobart

If you’ve envisioned Australia as a land of dry bushland and dripping rainforests, visiting Hobart will quickly dissuade you. Hugging the mouth of the River...