Tasmania, the triangular chunk of land under the Australian continent, was once best known outside the country for being the home of the Tasmanian devil, a sharp-toothed marsupial that is much cuter than his Looney Toons depictions of old. But Tasmania also has some of the most diverse landscapes in Australia — including thundering waterfalls, beaches, and dramatic rocky outcrops that dot the coastline — and an astonishing 19 national parks.
Although Tasmania still gets the fewest visitors in Australia, it has been experiencing the country’s fastest growth in tourism. Yet while the new travelers come to appreciate its natural beauty, too few take advantage of its incredible hiking opportunities. With mountains, lakes, beaches, and pristine forests, Tasmania is in fact a hiker’s dream.