An Island Like No Other
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 citizens to explore. It offers unique scenery and wildlife, world-class wine and food, fascinating history, and convict heritage sites such as Port Arthur.
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.
The island was initially joined to mainland Australia. It broke away from the mainland continent at the end of the last ice age around ten thousand years ago. It was inhabited by Tasmanian Aborigines for thousands of years before it was discovered by Europeans.
Seniors Discover a Physically Dazzling Island
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.
Just Imagine…1,000 Mountain Peaks
What is it about Tasmania? 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 is inhabited by some of the world’s rarest animals.
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 of the island of Tasmania, on the banks of the River Derwent and is dominated by Mount Wellington which looms above the city.
And That Little Devil…
And of course senior visitors will find the famed Tasmanian Devil. Characterized by its stocky and muscular build, black fur and pungent odor, it has an extremely loud and disturbing screech, a keen sense of smell, and is ferocious when feeding.
If you’re lucky enough you may spot a Tasmanian Devil in the wild but there are several wildlife parks such as East Coast Nature World that seniors can get up close and take pictures of the little devils. Just watch your fingers if you get close to a Tassie Devil! jeb