Natives of Tasmania humorously refer to mainland Australia as ‘North Island’, which aptly reflects their sense of separateness.
Indeed, Tassie does feel like a place apart - from just about anywhere else. On this one small island – it only takes a day to drive top to bottom – you’ll encounter deep forests that have never been logged, some of the oldest trees on the planet, bleak-but-beautiful plains, footprint-free beaches crashed by the waves of the mighty Southern Ocean and strange wildlife.
The Tasmanian Devil, for example, is found nowhere else. Which is lucky, because it’s a truly ferocious little so-and-so that truly deserves its name.