Australia's most beautiful state?

Here's why a visit to the remote island of Tasmania is a must

Landscape of Wine Glass bay, Tasmania, Australia.

Tasmania is Australia's smallest most geographically diverse state: more than 40 per cent is reserved as national parks and world heritage wilderness.

This is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle.

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Its haunting history, evoked by world-famous convict ruins, is one of its major draws for visitors, but it's also the place to go for top-notch food and wine.

Here are five top things to see in Tasmania

Sunset over mt Acropolis, in the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair national Park, Tasmania, Australia

1. Cradle Mountain and the Dove Lake Circuit, for spectacular scenery, hiking and bushwalking trails

Wineglass Bay from Mt Amos - Freycinet National Park - Tasmania - Australia

2. Freycinet National Park, where you'll find Wineglass Bay and one of the world's most beautiful beaches.

Hobart Harbour

3. Hobart's historic waterfront. Wander around the famous Salamanca Market on a Saturday morning for local arts, crafts and fresh local food.

Port Arthur Prison

4. Port Arthur, the convict settlement, one of Australia's most significant heritage areas which includes an open-air museum.

Red Lichen on Rocks, Bay of Fires, Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Tasmania, Australia

5. The Bay of Fires, so-called because of its red rocks, which look like they are alight.

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