Tasmania is an island state, part of Australia, located 240 kilometres to the south of the Australian continent, separated by the Bass Strait. The island of Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world, and has a population of around 510,600. Located throughout the island there are seven Budget car hire locations, for the convenience of the residents and visitors, as well as several attractions that draw individuals to the island to live and visit.
Destinations in TAS - Holidays & Places to Visit
For lovers of the outdoors there is no lack of attractions in Tasmania for you to enjoy. The Bonorong Wildlife attraction provides the opportunity to get up close with indigenous animals, of Australia, such as koalas, Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, emus and wombats. The Royal Tasmanian Organic Gardens, near the city centre, is home to historical plants and tress that have been in the area since the nineteenth century. The gardens offers free parking for your car hire, and is a great way to pass the time outdoors and even enjoy a picnic among the flora and fauna. One of the best ways to observe the surroundings of Tasmania is by enjoying a day out on a canoe or kayak. There are many companies that offer tours and rentals, some of the top rated companies include Aardvark Adventures Tasmania, Arthur River Canoe and Boat Hire, Blackaby's Sea Kayaks and Tours, and Freycinet Adventures.
There are many natural attractions and parks located across the island, and one of the most visited is Cradle Mountain in Lake St. Claire National Park. This park features several walking paths and lookout points where you can enjoy an eye level look at the beauty of the parks nature or a view from above it all. Picnic areas and barbecue locations are spread out across the park making it a perfect destination to spend the day outdoors. Hastings Caves and Thermal is another favorite destination for visitors. This cavern is open year round and tours provide you with the use of the energy spring swimming pools, hot bathrooms and barbecue facilities. The cave entrance is a five minute hike from the area where you will park your rental car. Mount Wellington, located near Hobart, is a great place to visit when you are looking for a birds eye view of the city. The view is simple to reach and is just a 21 km drive, in your Budget rental, through the rainforest, sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations. The sights heading up are just as beautiful as what you will witness when you reach the top and look down upon the world below.
To get a look into the history of Tasmania there are several locations and attractions that you will want to visit. The Tasmanian Museum gives insight to Tasmanian Aboriginal history. The museum is open year round and the entrance fee into the museum is free. Another great way to learn the history of Tasmania is by taking a self guided tour, in your car rental, to some of the most historic locations in Tasmania. The Penitentiary, Separate Prison, Dockyard, Coal Mines Historic Site, and the Grounds and Gardens of Port Arthur are all great locations to visit.
Tasmania is also home to more than 60 vineyards and wineries. If you are a wine enthusiast some of the top rated wineries to visit include Apsley Gorge Vineyard, Barringwood Park Vineyard, Bay of Fires Wines, Best's Great Western, Bream Creek Vineyard, and Brook Eden Vineyard. Those that enjoy the taste of ale over wine will want to visit the Cascade Brewery and sample some of their world famous beers, as well as taking a tour of the facility while learning about all the aspects of the beer making process.