Hobart on Derwent River

Tasmania is an island State of Australia, in the far South East and some 250 km away from the main land. It is the 26th largest island in the world but with total population of not more than half a million. It got separated from the mainland “only” some 10,000 years ago and is now divided from the Australian main land by Bass Strait.

Tasmania is known for its largely unspoiled natural beauty. Large parts (close to 40%) are protected and recognised as national parks and world heritage sites.

Dove Lake & Cradle Mountain

The island is stunningly beautiful, serene and peaceful. For many it has natural calmness and environmentally inducing qualities.

Tasmania has a cool temperate climate. It is one of the few places in Australia

Wine Glass Bay and one of the famous beaches on the west coast

with four distinct seasons. Winters can be cold with considerable snowfall in the higher mountainous areas. North Eastern Tasmania is temperature wise quite a bit warmer with summer temperatures often reaching 27 degrees. The west coast has a far more wet and sometimes harsher climate compared to the east coast. Low level snow, ice and small blizzards are not unusual.

Salamanca Place, Hobart

Much due to its moderate and cooler climate and not in the least thanks to its distinct seasonal nature pattern it is liked by North Western European settlers. For same reason Tasmania is well known for its flowers and orchards.

The two distinct East and West coastal areas are in many respects rather different. The North West coast is recognizable similar to the East coast of parts of coastal Victoria while the East coast has its own character both climate and nature wise.

Tasmania’s economy is supported by some mining, fishing, agriculture, forestry and importantly so tourism. Internationally it is known for its specialized catamaran ship building (ferries and special purpose crafts.)

Apart from excellent air connections with the mainland, Tasmania has regular and reliable ferry services.

The Spirit of Tasmania Ferry to the mainland

Its state capital city is Hobart in the South around which, including Kingston, the larger part of its population is concentrated. Other population centers include both Devonport and Burnie in the northwest and Launceston in the north.

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