Off the southern coast of Australia, the island of Tasmania is home to just 500,000 people and is as beautiful as it is intimate. The island state has a gorgeous capital city, Hobart, but its real treasures lie in its remoteness. Drive anywhere throughout the island, you can go from the sandy coast to World-Heritage listed mountain areas in a few hours and along the way, you might just pass local produce stands, cellar doors, and restaurants for a touch of local cuisine. When it comes to natural beauty, Tasmania comes in well above many outdoor destinations. Hiking opportunities range from short forest trails passing by waterfalls to wilderness epics where you'll be the only person for miles. The island's craggy coastline creates beautiful and secluded beaches and the wild rivers are great for kayaking. Perhaps you'll even catch a glimpse of the famed Tasmanian Devil on one of these holidays in Tasmania. Tassie's native wildlife is ever-present: spy Tasmanian devils after dark, share the Southern Ocean swell with seals and dolphins, or watch penguins waddling home at dusk.