Ah, Tasmania. So close and yet so far for most of us, filed away as one of those places we know we’ll check out one day, but maybe only after we’re done exploring all the more ‘exciting’ places first. What a lot of people don’t realise though is that ol’ Tassie is actually a bit of a diamond in the rough and huuuugely underrated. All you’ve gotta do is Google image search Wineglass Bay or Cradle Mountain and you’ll be itching to get yourself over there to explore the down under of down under.

Tassie is actually a pretty sweet choice if you’re looking to book a trip, whether that be a budget gap year adventure, a quick jaunt before uni starts up next year, or a schoolies trip with all your mates. There’s plenty of options depending on what kind of holiday you’re after, or there’s the always-amazing choice to pile you and your besties into a hire car and drive your way around the island to see the sights.

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The best thing about Tassie is just how unique and stunning the landscapes are compared to the rest of Australia and that you’re able to get down there to see all these crazy sights without having to pay thousands in airfares (which could mean more to spend on some boujee accommodation with a jacuzzi or scenic outdoor bath). It’s also a good place to start if you’re new to the whole travel thing and want a change of scenery without necessarily a change of language.

On top of the crystal blue waters and white sands of Wineglass Bay and the snow-capped peaks of Cradle Mountain, you’ll want to add to your list the scraggly cliffs at Bruny Island and the coastline at the aptly named ‘The Edge of the World’.

There’s also plenty of historical sites to sus out, the Mona art gallery for the high-brow folk among us, and nightlife in Launceston and Hobart to dance the night away (lockout law-free). But I’m sure what many of you are keen to know about is the food situation, and by God does Tassie have you covered. Seafood lovers rejoice because Tasmania has some of the best in the country and the oysters are a must-try if you’ve got the stomach for it. Not to mention the cheese and wine – and if you enjoy a tipple then Tasmania is home to some incredible wineries and vineyards that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Win one of five $1000 travel packs to Tasmania

So, a trip to Tassie is sounding pretty bloody good right now, yeah? Well, heads up cause one of you lucky ducks could actually be able to get a free-ride down there for an amazing gap weekend, with five $1,000 travel packs up for grabs. The competition is being run by the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and there’s a bunch of other prizes to be won too, including Go Pros, iPads, headphones, Netflix subscriptions, Google homes, plus heaps more.

They’re keen to get more people down to Tassie to see what an awesome place it is and that’s why they’ve got so many trips to give away. It’s free to enter and there’re no commitments involved, no strings attached and no 25 words or less to worry about– all you’ve got to do is fill in this quick form and you’re in the running to win.

If you’re keen to jump down to Tasmania thanks to the legends at UTAS, jump over here and pop your details in and you’re in the draw, easy peasy.

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