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A Devil of a Place

By Linda Tancs

Tasmania, an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast, is widely known as the home of the Tasmanian Devil. Reputation aside, this shy creature is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial since the extinction of the Tasmanian tiger in 1936. But there’s so much more to this island nation than its protected inhabitant. Consider Hobart, Tasmania’s historic waterfront capital. It comes alive each Saturday at Salamanca Market, an outdoor market set between plane trees and sandstone facades of historic warehouses that draws hordes of tourists and locals. More sandstone is on display at Battery Point, the city’s oldest suburb, accessible via the 175-year-old Kelly’s Steps from Salamanca. In addition to beautiful sandstone mansions, you’ll see colonial cottages and delight in impressive river views.

A Nut in Tasmania

By Linda Tancs

Stanley is a quaint historical fishing village in northwest Tasmania. It’s located at the base of an extinct volcanic plug called The Nut. Standing 470 feet tall, the ancient plug’s spectacular overlooks can be reached by hiking or by chair lift. Not far away at the southern head of the Arthur River is the fabled “edge of the world,” a great place to watch the unruly seas crashing in from the Indian Ocean.

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