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Tasmania is the smallest of the Australian states and, as such, is relatively easy to get around. Whether you hire a car, or rely on coach and tour travel, you can't go to Hobart without seeing a good part of the rest of Tasmania. The towns of the north - Launceston, Burnie and Devonport - all have their own charm, while the east coast is accessible by car but remote and beautiful at the same time. The north-west of the state offers various physical pursuits such as bushwalking, multi-day trekking, climbing, abseiling, white-water rafting, kayaking and canoeing; while the World Heritage-listed rainforests of the south-west are dense and inaccessible to all but the most adventurous traveller.

Tasmania's isolation, its lack of introduced predators, particularly foxes, and its difficult terrain have meant that it has preserved its wildlife somewhat more successfully than the Australian mainland. Although the mysterious Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is extinct, the raucous Tasmanian devil, (Sarcophilus harrisii) a nocturnal scavenger, still loudly and aggressively proclaims its existence. Learn about these and other Tasmanian mammals at www.parks.tas.gov.au/wildlife/.

As well as containing a unique collection of rare and fascinating plants and animals, Tasmania is the gateway, via sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island, to Antarctica and all that the coldest, driest continent has to offer. Furthermore, it has on its front doorstep the islands of the Bass Strait - King and Flinders Islands. The rugged Tasmanian coastline and islands are home to thousands of marine mammals and birds: seals, penguins and seabirds, while the cold southern waters teem with fish, dolphins and whales.

Inland the isolated rivers, creeks and mountains provide specialised habitat for the world's most unusual animals, such as the platypus, quoll, wombat and a whole variety of other marsupials and birds. It is well worthwhile to take a specialist wildlife tour to guide you to the favoured places to see this strange land and its creatures. You will need some wet weather gear, strong boots and a torch (flashlight) to see the nocturnal animals. Binoculars and a good camera are also a necessity.

Six separate national parks make up the spectacular Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area - Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair; Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers; Walls of Jerusalem; Mole Creek Karst; Hartz Mountains and SouthWest national parks - as well as the Adamsfield Conservation Area and the Central Plateau Conservation and Protected Area. Wherever you go in Tasmania, you will be surrounded by wild scenery, dramatic backdrops or very tall trees, all supported by surging seas, untamed rivers or reflective lakes.

Launceston, Burnie and Devonport

These northern towns are the front doors to Tasmania, especially Devonport, which is the arrival point for the Spirit of Tasmania car and passenger ferry from Melbourne and Sydney. READ MORE

Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair and the north-west

The Cradle Mountain national park forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is the starting point for some of the best walking in the state. The rugged, rocky mountain terrain offers not only spectacular scenery, but the bushwalking experience of a lifetime. READ MORE

Strahan, Queenstown and the Franklin River

These towns in the west of the state are historical mining settlements, with Strahan being located on Macquarie Harbour, a fine harbour with a treacherously narrow mouth. READ MORE

The South West

The wild and remote south-west of Tasmania is among the most isolated and undeveloped regions in the world, albeit only a couple of hundred kilometres from Hobart. READ MORE

Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island's unique geological characteristics are the reason it's listed as World Heritage. It's the only island in the world composed of oceanic crust and mantle rocks. READ MORE

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