Dazzlin’ Tassie is worth its own visit, not just as a side trip from Australia. Think visiting the USA with Hawaii as a side trip—you get the picture. Although only 150 miles across the Bass Straight, Tasmania is a world away with beautiful beaches, jagged mountain ranges, cool alpine plateaus, vast tracts of pristine wilderness, much within the World Heritage area, and fascinating historic towns and charming villages. Tasmania is the 26th-largest island in the world, with 334 surrounding islands. Did I mention lovely food and wine?