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Tasmania Travel Information

Located south of mainland Australia, this island has cities and wilderness, with dramatic scenery and large open spaces.


Tasmania
Australia


Ideal for self drive and coach touring with some superb beach and mountain retreats.

Hobart, Tasmania's capital city and Launceston are ideal destinations to begin or end your holiday with a difference.

The island state of Tasmania is 150 mls (240km) to the south of Australia separated from the state of Victoria on the mainland by the Bass Straits in the Tasman Sea. It gets its name from the Dutch explorer who first discovered the island in 1692, Abel Tasman. In true Australian fashion it also has an abbreviation, known simply as “Tazzie”. It covers an area of 24,096 sq mls (62,409 sq km). Tasmania has the 4 seasons throughout the year, the overall climate is fairly cool with summer temperatures rarely exceeding 24 °C in the middle of the island. Although cooler in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 7°C although some extremes can occur.

The capital and largest city is Hobart located in the southeast of the island. Tasmania’s population is around 500,000 with more than half residing in Hobart and the immediate area.
In recent years, Tasmania has seen a large increase in visitors from the Australian mainland and overseas. With several national parks to visit and good sea and air connections are making this a growing destination for visitors. Tasmania is also a hub for sea connections to and from the Antarctic region. Also known for it’s famous but diminishing population of “Tasmanian devil” – Not to be confused with the cartoon version but an actual meat-eating marsupial only found in Tasmania The local government is taking steps to preserve and breed this species to help avoid extinction.

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Tasmania - Australia

The island state of Tasmania is 150 mls (240km) to the south of Australia separated from the state of Victoria on the mainland by the Bass Straits in the Tasman Sea. It gets its name from the Dutch explorer who first discovered the island in 1692, Abel Tasman. In true Australian fashion it also has an abbreviation, known simply as “Tazzie”. It covers an area of 24,096 sq mls (62,409 sq km). Tasmania has the 4 seasons throughout the year, the overall climate is fairly cool with summer temperatures rarely exceeding 24 °C in the middle of the island. Although cooler in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 7°C although some extremes can occur.

The capital and largest city is Hobart located in the southeast of the island. Tasmania’s population is around 500,000 with more than half residing in Hobart and the immediate area.
In recent years, Tasmania has seen a large increase in visitors from the Australian mainland and overseas. With several national parks to visit and good sea and air connections are making this a growing destination for visitors. Tasmania is also a hub for sea connections to and from the Antarctic region. Also known for it’s famous but diminishing population of “Tasmanian devil” – Not to be confused with the cartoon version but an actual meat-eating marsupial only found in Tasmania The local government is taking steps to preserve and breed this species to help avoid extinction.

Tasmania is an island of great scenic beauty with a rugged coastline, sprawling mountains, beautiful beaches and cultural treasures. Hobart, the capital, is a delightful city with historic buildings, a beautiful natural harbour and is overlooked by mighty Mount Wellington.

Touring by car or coach are the best ways to experience Tasmania - travel south east of Hobart to Port Arthur, Australia's best known historic site, where convicts were housed in the mid 1800's.

Visit the Freycinet Peninsula, an area with lush green mountains and stunning turquoise waters of Great Oyster Bay where you can explore the spectacular beaches and enjoy bushwalks in tranquil surroundings.

In the north you'll find Launceston, the second largest city in Tasmania, acclaimed for superb cuisine and an ideal gateway to explore the surrounding areas such as breathtaking Cradle Mountain, a nature lover's paradise.

The compact island of Tasmania is about the same size as Wales but with only 300,000 inhabitants.  An island of great natural beauty with towering mountains, a rugged coastline dotted with some superb beaches.

Take a step back in time and discover the natural wonders of Tasmania - you'll find a very different Australia.

Tasmania is also the home of the famous Tasmanian Devil!



Hobart Travel Information

Originally established by the British as a penal colony, Hobart was granted city status in 1804, so becoming Australia's second-oldest city after Sydney. Despite its reputation as a provincial backwater Greater Hobart has a population of some 210,000.

The picturesque, bustling centre has beautifully restored colonial architecture, a clean, busy harbour and a mountainous backdrop. The climate is cooler and less arid than that of the mainland.
Salamanca Market, a strip of converted stone shipping warehouses lined with elm trees, is the most popular tourist site. Its cafes, bars, galleries and shops attract the everyday visitor, but the area really comes alive on Saturday mornings when thousands gather to explore the outdoor market stalls.

The central business district comprises a compact shopping area and a long main street that gives way to historic sandstone buildings and the odd high-rise, before petering out into the harbour and the suburbs.

LOCATION
On the south east coast of Tasmania. 645km (400 miles) south east of Melbourne. 191km (119 miles) south of Launceston. 16km (10 miles) west of Hobart International Airport.

POSITION
Spreading from the broad Derwent Estuary inland to the base slopes of Mt Wellington

ACCOMMODATION
From pub-style room-onlys, quaint B&Bs, self-catering apartments and simple motels to upmarket establishments.

ENTERTAINMENT
Daytime: wandering the historic area of Battery Point, a colourful maritime village with some of the city's most beautiful architecture. Battery Point's Anglesea Barracks; Van Diemen's Land Folk Museum. Boat trips, extensive botanic gardens, cascade Brewery. Many walking tracks at Mt Wellington, or visit its lookout for fine views over Hobart.

Nightlife: English-style pubs, trendy bars, assorted restaurants or Wrest Point Casino (but don't expect Las Vegas's glamour).

EATING
Reasonably priced counter meals at numerous English-style pubs, delis and cafes; a range of seafood restaurants by the harbour. A smattering of fine-dining options with influences from Asia and Europe.

SHOPPING
Thriving arts and crafts scene, mainly at Salamanca Market: Saturday's market sells everything from antiques to vegetables. The central business district's mall and surrounding shopping streets offer boutiques and speciality and chain stores.

EXCURSIONS
Cadbury's chocolate factory; Mt Wellington; Richmond Village; Bonorong Wildlife Park. Port Arthur Historic Site (former penal colony) and river cruise; Convict Caper tour; vineyard tours; Bruny Island; Freycinet National Park.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Hobart is small enough to see by foot or hired bicycle. Limited bus service primarily for locals wanting to get from the suburbs to the city and back. Car hire is recommended if Hobart is a stop as part of a wider trip.

SUITS
Couples of all ages, backpackers and young families will not be sorry to spend a few days in Hobart as a gateway to the rest of the island.

There are enough lively pubs, family restaurants and daytime sights to keep everyone entertained (except perhaps older teenagers travelling with their parents).

 

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