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Tasmania - Australia's Smallest & Only Island State

Originally named Van Diemen's Land, in 1642 and settled by the British in 1803. It was the second colony established and governed by New South Wales until 1825. To honour Able Tasman the discoverer of the island, it was renamed Tasmania in 1856.

Tasmania today is a major tourist destination, it's fresh air, clean water, rainforests, mountain ranges, beaches, wilderness and convict history attracts many mainland and international visitors to the island state each year. Tasmania has achieved a clean green status and produces fine foods, wines and beer, the Cascade Brewery is Australia's oldest brewery being established in Hobart in 1824 by Peter Degraves.

Tasmania, has a population of approximately 500,000 spread throughout the state. Hobart, Tasmania's capital city has become an international gateway to Antarctica, providing management, research, logistics, education and supplies for the international polar vessels voyaging south to the icy Antarctic continent.

  • The population of Tasmania is 488,700. Main centres are Hobart (the capital city with 203,600 people), Launceston (98,500), Burnie (18,000), and Devonport (25,000).
  • 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).
  • More than anywhere else in Australia, Tasmania enjoys four distinctly different seasons, each with its own special pleasures.

    Tasmanians and visitors alike enjoy the State’s temperate maritime climate.

    Summer is  the season of fun and festivities at the Launceston Festivale, the Hobart Summer Festival, where the Taste of Tasmania is a must, and the North-West’s athletic carnivals.

    Autumn is a mellow season with calm, sunny  days.  It’s the time when the native deciduous beech blazes with colour.  Not to be outdone, the European trees are also a riot of red, orange and gold.

    Winter is a dusting of snow on highland peaks and toasting your toes by an open fire.  Winter days are often crisp, clear and bracing.

    Spring is cool and fresh.  Gardens around the State come to life and Tasmania celebrates with the Blooming Tasmania festival.

    Rainfall varies dramatically across the State. Hobart, with an average of 626mm (24 inches) is Australia’s second-driest capital city (after Adelaide). While on the West Coast an annual average of 2400 mm (95 inches) ensures the rainforest thrives.

    Hobart also boasts the most daylight hours of any capital city during summer.

    Those who live in the farthest south of the eight states and territories revel in 15.2 hours of daylight at the summer solstice on 22 December. That’s two-and-a-half more hours of daylight than Darwin receives in summer and an hour more than Sydney enjoys.

    The experts at the Launceston Planetarium (part of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston) say the day is even longer if twilight – the period before sunrise and after sunset when it is still light enough to carry out normal outdoor activities – is included.  Of course in winter Tasmania has less daylight than the mainland states and territories. Hobart has just over nine hours, an hour less than Sydney and two hours and 20 minutes less than Darwin. 

    But that’s no reason not to come to Tassie in winter. Visitors are often surprised to find that winter is characterised by crisp blue skies and sparkling sunshine. Bring a jumper and enjoy the freshest air in the world. (But that’s another story.)

    For all the latest Tasmanian weather information from the Bureau of Meterology please click here.

    The minimal artificial light in Tasmania’s night sky means it is an exceptional location for viewing one of the wonders of the cosmos, the magnificent  Aurora Australis.

    Pristine Tasmanian environment
    Clean beautiful beaches
    Thriving economy
    Tasmania, Australia

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