Tasmania is a unique island state located at the southeastern tip of Australia. Roughly the size of West Virginia, or 1.5 times Switzerland, Tasmania is a land of stunning coastlines, ancient forests, rugged mountains and sparkling highland lakes. Over a third of the state is reserved as National Parks, of which an ever-increasing amount is declared UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness. These areas provide refuge and habitat for rare and endemic plants and animals, including survivors of the ancient southern supercontinent, Gondwana. These environments are home to wonderful outdoor pursuits such as river rafting, sea kayaking, bushwalking, cycling and world-class fly fishing (to name a few).
Girt by the Southern Ocean, the Tasman Sea and the Bass Strait, Tasmania boasts the world’s cleanest air and rejoices in pure water and fertile soils – the resulting wine and food are acclaimed worldwide.
The island’s European heritage dates back to the early 1800s, while Tasmanian Aboriginals first arrived 40,000 years ago.
Rich with a colourful history and spectacular natural surroundings, modern Tasmania also has a vibrant culture, boasting one of the best small symphony orchestras globally and home to artists, authors and craftspeople who find inspiration in this special place.
Only a short hop by plane or a relaxing passage by the ferry from mainland Australia, this natural paradise will remain in your memory for life.
The population of Tasmania is approximately 541,000. The main centres are Hobart (the capital city with about 200,000 people), Launceston (approximately 100,000), Devonport (around 30,000) and Burnie (approximately 20,000).
Hobart, Tasmania, has the nation’s second-lowest rainfall (626 mm or 24 inches) of all Australian capital cities. The average summer temperatures sit between comfortable 21°C to 26 °C. Winter’s average is 12°C (52° F).
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