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Originally settled in 1803 as a British colony, today’s Tasmania is a compact island state where nature is showcased on an epic scale.
The island boasts towering cliffs as tall as a thousand feet, wine trails, granite mountains and stunning east coast beaches. More than 40 percent of the land is devoted to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, nature reserves and 17 national parks. It doesn’t take long to reach densely forested spaces from major cities. For Tasmanians, wildernesses areas are jumping-off points for bushwalking, mountain biking and cave exploring. Its maritime past is responsible for a myriad of recreational opportunities. Old shipwrecks are now popular diving sites.
Much of the population is of British descent, though a strong sense of community can be felt throughout owing to Tasmania’s relative isolation. Preserving history is a priority. A number of homes throughout the island are designated as examples of Nationally Significant 20th Century Architecture by the Australian Institute of Architects. Traditional characteristics of heritage design emphasize the relationship between home and landscape.
Hobart is the capital of the Tasmanian state. The island’s largest metro area it is also the most affordable capital city in the country. Hobart has fine examples of colonial-era housing including distinguished heritage sandstone buildings, weatherboard (or clapboard) cottages, grand mansions and converted warehouse lofts. Perennially on the list of Hobart’s most desirable suburbs are Sandy Bay with its collection of prestigious waterfront real estate, the riverside community of Tranmere and Acton Park, which offers proximity to Hobart while retaining a rural character.
Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and one of Australia’s oldest, located to the north of Hobart. Laidback and surrounded by luscious scenery, Launceston features a showcase of Regency, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco design.