Tasmania is Australia's island state and a quick plane ride from the Melbourne area. It was first visited by a European (Abel Tasman) in 1642 and initially named Van Diemen's Land. With sorted tales filled with famous explorers like Captain Bligh, Captain Cook and Charles Darwin the history of the island reads like a 19th century adventure story.
Perhaps this rough and tumble past is why Tasmania still captures our imagination. While modern accommodations and luxuries like world-class golf have replaced the angst of waiting for European supply ships... make no mistake, Tasmania still feels a world away and the island has a wonderful sense of being on the edge of isolation.
Unforgiving seas still batter the beautiful jagged coastline. But whereas in the past the rugged coast represented potential terror for approaching ships today it is replaced to figuring out how to navigate gusts in order to shape shots to island greens.