Lonely Planet Rate Tasmania’s “Fresh, Hip” Vibe For 2015

One article in particular is doing the rounds in high rotation in Tasmania’s private Facebook group today and for once it has nothing to do with how much Jacqui Lambie is embarrassing everyone at any given point.
No, today Tasmania preemptively celebrates the imminent influx of sweet tourism dollars now that travel compendium of considerable note, Lonely Planet, has ranked the region as the fourth best to visit in 2015. 
The massively influential travel publisher has praised the Apple Isle’s mercurial temperament – “Wild and dramatic, cultured and quirky, isolated yet accessible” – in their annual Best In Travel survey, which this year also commends Tasmania’s “fresh, hip and inclusive attitude sparked by the brilliant revival of its now super-cool waterfront capital, Hobart, and the development of an eclectic year-long events calendar.”
Chief amongst their recommendations are, of course, the subterranean arts and culture mecca MoNA (pictured above); the abundant and resplendent beauty of Tasmania’s national parks, Cradle Mountain, the Bay of Fires and the Franklin River; the “gothic grandeur” of the Cascade Brewery and the heavenly produce of Bruny Island.
Sailing in the Whitsundays also nabs a mention as an unforgettable travel experience for families in 2015; surfing in Sydney also warrants a mention as one of the best things you can do for free, as does the extreme eating of Witchetty grubs in gastro pubs and the Outback alike. 
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