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Water Sports

Boat or sailing cruises are well known ways to explore the port cities of Launceston and Hobart, as well as the outlying islands. Tamar river cruises offer short morning, lunch, afternoon and evening tours on Tamar River in Launceston.

Companies functioning around Hobart include Port Arthur Cruises and Hobart Cruises to Peppermint Bay, and Derwent River Cruises. Gordan River Cruises operate out of Strahan on the west coast, where the World Heritage listed South West Tasmanian coast can be explored. These can easily be arranged on Tasmania’s the Huon River, with its orchards and salmon farms; the Pieman and Arthur rivers in the north west of the island, or the mighty Gordon River which flows through the rainforest in the World Heritage Area.

Options for more active visitors are sea kayaking (kayaks and equipment can be hired and guided voyages arranged, this is possible in Hobart and Freycinet National Park on the east coast and Strahan on the west coast) or rafting on the Franklin, Derwent, Picton, Arthur, South Esk, Mersey and Meander rivers. Trips can last from 1 to 11 days.

Jet boating, on flat water or on the rapids, is possible on the Derwent, Huon or King rivers. Speeds average 70 kilometres per hour (43 miles per hour). Diving is a brilliant way to explore the shipwrecks and kelp forests near King and Flinders Islands. Professional dive operators around the islands and the east coast all offer equipment for hire.

Outdoor Activities

Tasmania’s air is believed to be the cleanest in the inhabited world. Its pristine scenery and balmy climate make it perfect for lovers of the outdoors. Furthermore, the island contains the biggest expanse of temperate wilderness in the world, a unique landscape, rightly listed as a heritage site.

On land, visitors can experience the stunning countryside in a variety of ways. Cycling can be undertaken independently or on pre arranged tours. A preferred route is from Devonport to Launceston via the dramatic Elephant Pass, and possibly all the way south to Hobart.

Mountain bikers can choose forest trails in the reserves, and those looking for strenuous activity can ride ‘The Wild Way’ through the World Heritage Area. All terrain touring to more isolated and wilder areas can be arranged through specialist operators.

Transport is in 4 wheel drive vehicles or 4 wheeled motorcycles, well suited to the island’s extensive network of off road trails. For aerial views, wilderness flights can be booked in Hobart, these travel over the mountains towards the south western wilderness.

Wildlife

Tasmania’s 20 national parks are home to a wide variety of animals, many of them unique to the island. They include possums, wombats, platypus, wallabies, fairy penguins and the rare orange bellied parrot. The Tasmanian Devil, a small, black, dog like marsupial can be readily seen at night in the Narawntapu-, Mount William- and Cradle National Parks. Although they look fierce, they are not usually harmful to humans.

The hunt still continues for the so called Tasmanian Tiger or thylacine, which have not been sighted for 60 years and thought to be extinct. This creature, actually a marsupial wolf, is the state’s official mascot.