Tasmania is an island located below the Australian continent. It has spectacular beaches and scenery packed within a large island around the same size as Ireland. The coastline is ideal for swimming during the summer months, and walking, kayaking, and diving, all year round. Jewels of this coast include: the Bicheno Coast, Honeymoon Bay, Bay of Fires, the Tessellated Pavement, and Freycinet.
Freycinet National Park has snow-white sands and pristine clear blue water surrounding by forested mountains. Wineglass Bay in this park is considered by many (including Lonely Planet) as one of the world's top ten beaches. The states eastern coastline also has convict ruins at Maria Island National Park. It is located on Freycinet Peninsula, approximately a 2 hour drive from Hobart the capital city of Tasmania. This park includes spectacular coastline and some pink granite formations and peaks called "The Hazards". The biggest attraction is Wineglass Bay, which was voted by Lonely Planet and Outside Magazine as one of the world's ten best beaches. The area is also rich in flora and fauna with nine endemic plant species and a rich array of wildlifeincluding the famous Tasmanian Devil.