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Vacation -Tasmania

Updated on December 3, 2009
Cradle Mountain overlooking Dove Lake
Cradle Mountain overlooking Dove Lake

Vacation Tasmania.

Australia's Island state has untouched wilderness, beautiful built heritage buildings built with skilled convict labor that form a part of Australia's earliest history.

Tasmania also has the coolest climate in Australia and a population of just 500,000

In recent years Tassie as it is known to most Australians is becoming less of a secret to Eco tourists who rightfully love this state.

Tasmania has some of Australia's oldest history, and was once the home of many aboriginal people who occupied the Island for at least 36,000 years before white settlement. The Palawa people were the original inhabitants.

Tasmania also has a large penal colony that is mostly preserved.


Mount Wellington overlooks the capital city Hobart
Mount Wellington overlooks the capital city Hobart

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania

The capital city of Tasmania is Hobart , and is located in the south east corner of the state and is at the foot of Mount Wellington and is the finishing port of the great yacht race called "Sydney Hobart Yacht Race"

For more information on Hobart please visit our Hub on Hobart


The Island State

Tasmania is 150 miles south of Melbourne and is the 26th largest world Island covering 26,096 square miles.

37% of the state wilderness is covered by National and world heritage and is unspoiled..

The Island is 180 miles wide and 226 miles long.

The beautiful pristine condition of rivers and mountains make Tasmania quite unique, and the Tasmanians are very proud of the fights they have won to keep it that way!

Tasmanian Devil thanks to Wayne McLean/Wikipedia
Tasmanian Devil thanks to Wayne McLean/Wikipedia

It is a bit colder in Tasmania than the other southern states due to it's position further towards the antarctic.Good rainfall and four distinct seasons make for a lush green Island of plenty.

Wineglass Bay on the east coast is truly beautiful to see, as is Cradle Mountain and it's surrounds.

The rivers in Tasmania mostly start inland near the centre of the Island and so waterways are a major feature, as are the mountains and forests that occupy a lot of Tasmania.

Tasmania has some of the tallest trees in the world. Their are a group of Huan pines that are 10,000 years old.

The state is named after Abel Tasman the dutch explorer who first saw the Island in 1642.

The Tasmanian devil seen to the right can be seen in the zoos but is no longer available in the wild,

Stanley often referred to as 'The Nut'
Stanley often referred to as 'The Nut'

Stanley Tasmania

Stanley is a fishing port in North western Tasmania. This is a beautiful little town with original cottages and historic buildings.

The town is dominated by the Nut, a flat topped unusual headland respendant with a chair lift to see the view.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur

Port Arthur Tasmania.

Port Arthur is a former convict settlementĀ  of great historical significance.

Named after George Arthur the Govenor at that time.


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