Separated from mainland Australia by the 240 km stretch of Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people; a pleasant, temperate climate; wonderful wine and food; a rich history; and a relaxed island lifestyle.
Tasmania is an island roughly the size of West Virginia, located 240 km off the south-east corner of mainland Australia. Next stop south is Antarctica, 2000 km away.
introducing tasmaniaEncircled by the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait, we breathe the world’s cleanest air and rejoice in pure water and fertile soils our wine and food are acclaimed around the world.
Tasmania is a natural island a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes. Over a third of the state is reserved in a network of National Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals, including survivors of the ancient southern super continent, Gondwana.
- Tasmania has more than 2000 km of walking tracks and 18 national parks.
- The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers 1.38 million hectares.
- Hobart has the nation’s second-lowest rainfall (626 mm or 24 inches) of all Australian capital cities.
- The average summer temperature is a comfortable 21°C (70°F). Winter’s average is 12°C (52° F).
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Twelve thousand years ago sea level was rising as the most recent period of global glaciation eased. The land mass now known as Tasmania was cut off and the Aboriginal people living here were isolated. They shared many traits with Australian mainland Aboriginal people but
Tasmania is a wonderland and an ancient one at that. Its landscape is a never-ending display of nature at work. From grand forests inland of the state, to dramatic bluffs and headlands around its coastline, stunning vistas are never far away. Launceston in the north
Tasmanian Parliament Parliament consists of three parts: the Crown, the Legislative Council and the House of Assembly. These three acting together make State laws for Tasmania. It is the task of Parliament to provide a forum for the people’s elected representatives to debate the important
The exact symbolism of the badge is unknown, other than to indicate historical ties with England. The badge was approved by the British Colonial office in 1875 and the design of the Tasmanian flag has remained unchanged since then, save for a slight alteration in