Cultural Travel to Tasmania

What is the island of inspiration, a place 150 miles south of Australia, and the 26th largest island on the planet? You guessed it, Tasmania. Cultural travel to Tasmania begins with the traveler who is determined to go there, because it is not on the beaten path. Once there, however, 37% of the island is in reserves, and national parks.Tasmania also has a lot of cultural heritage sites.

Tasmania was first inhabited by the Tasmanian Aborigines. Evidence indicates their presence in the region, later to become an island, at least 35,000 years ago.[13] Rising sea levels cut Tasmania off from mainland Australia about 10,000 years ago. It is believed that the island was joined to the mainland of Australia until the end of the last glacial period approximately 10,000 years ago. Much of the island is composed of Jurassicdolerite intrusions (upwellings of magma) through other rock types, sometimes forming large columnar joints. Tasmania has the world’s largest areas of dolerite, with many distinctive mountains and cliffs formed from this rock type.

You may read more about Tasmania’s history here.

 

Tasmania as seen from Space- Photo by Nasa

 

Cultural travel to Tasmania is for the traveler who really wants to experience nature in its wildest and most beautiful form. It is good to plan your trip in advance, and the Lonely Planet is a great resource for traveling to Tasmania. They used to say it was like being at the end of the Earth. Thomas Curwen of the LA Times, writes a beautiful story of his travels to Tasmania.

“In Tasmania,” said the man we had interrupted two days before as he and his son gutted fish in front of their summer shack, “we wake up in the morning and see which way the wind is blowing, and we just follow it. Everyone has a preconceived notion of where they need to go and where they need to be; here in Tassie, we just follow the wind.”

Tasmania Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

Tasmania Photo by Bjørn Christian Tørrissen (Cradle Mountain behind Dove Lake)

 

Cultural travel to Tasmania is a sensory feast. High contrast sky and earth, diverse terrain, and magnificent, unimaginable beauty. If you’re going check out Lonely Planet’s book, and read Thomas Curwen’s article in the LA Times here.

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