Tasmania

With only a five-hour drive separating Hobart and the northern reaches of the island, Tasmania is a small island with big offerings. Sample some of Australia’s freshest seafood, or try world-class wines, cheeses and ciders. Tasmania has an art, music, food and wine culture like no other in Australia. MONA is one of Australia’s most notorious museum and galleries, hosting an ever-changing array of bizarre, quirky, and often controversial exhibitions, and holds the annual music festivals MONA FOMA and Dark MoFo.

Tasmania is packed full of national parks, and with bush walks near all the major cities, you can see the changing landscape of every part of the island. Around 20% of Tasmania is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Area, so there’s no shortage of wilderness to explore. Visit the picturesque Cradle Mountain and hike the stunning and rugged Overland Track, a walking goal for Tasmanian inhabitants and visitors alike. See the striking Bay of Fires, or Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula. Or, if you’re lucky, spend some time stargazing and catch a glimpse of the Southern Aurora Australis.