Tasmania separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait is the smallest state in Australia. The capital, Hobart was founded in 1804 as a penal colony, today it stands as Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney.
One fifth of Tasmania is covered by national parks and untamed wilderness areas and is said to be one of the world’s most mountainous islands whose geology reflects Australia’s connection millions of years ago with Antarctica.
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Tasmania’s population is centred on the northern and southern coasts, where fertile lands, undulating countryside and accessible harbours invited European settlement decades ago. In contrast to this the southwest and west coast are wild and completely remote areas, and face howling winds and endless rain. The capital, Hobart, is in the state’s southeast and sits on an estuary of the Derwant River, forming the second-deepest port in the world.
Tasmania has a cool and very moderate temperate climate with four seasons. Summer days are warm, and nights are cool. Autumn days are crisp, cold and sunny with the chilly nights, Winter is wet, cold and stormy, whilst high lying areas receive considerable snowfall. Tasmania’s capital, Hobart has a mild temperate and during the summer months has the most hours of daylight of any Australian city with a considerable record of 15.2 hours.
Much of Tasmania’s wealth comes from mining, agriculture, forestry and tourism. The Capital, Hobart, is a busy seaport harbour, serving as the main port and hub for both the Australian and French operations, Hobart also acts as the financial and administrative heart of Tasmania providing thousands of jobs to the people of Tasmania.
Size: 90,758 square kilometres (Britain is 245,000 km2)
Industries: Mining (zinc, tin and iron), agriculture, forestry and tourism
Main cities: Hobart (capital - 211,656), Launceston (106,153), Devonport (25,551), Burnie (18,095)
Top 10 places to visit in Tasmania:
- Cape Bruny Lighthouse
- Port Arthur Historic Site
- Freyicinet National Park
- Wineglass Bay
- Launceston City Park
- Franklin- Gordon Wild Rivers
- Tamar Valley
- Richmond Bridge
- Lake Burbury
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