(Australian Associated Press)
Fresh air, stunning landscapes, quirky fauna and good food make Tasmania a treasure, and the world’s fourth best island, a leading global travel publication says.
The readers of US-based Travel and Leisure magazine and website named the southern state No.1 island in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in its latest annual survey.
“Readers raved about this Australian state, calling it a little known treasure that’s unmatched by any other island destination,” an awards blurb reads.
The state’s “nearly hallucinatory” landscapes got a mention, along with the “hyena-like” Tasmanian Devil, combining to see the Apple Isle rank ahead of contenders including the Greek island of Santorini and Hawaii’s Maui.
“Best of all? The air is as clean as it is in Antarctica, making it the ideal place to take a breather.”
Readers ranked islands on five criteria: natural attractions/beaches, activities/sights, restaurants/food, people/friendliness and value.
The Great Barrier Reef islands came in ninth on the world rankings.
WORLD’S BEST ISLANDS
1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
2. Bali, Indonesia
4. Tasmania, Australia
5. Santorini, Greece
6. Moorea, French Polynesia
7. Maui, Hawaii
8. Kauai, Hawaii
9. Great Barrier Reef Islands, Australia
SOURCE: Travel + Leisure