Tasmania, our island home is located off the south coast of Australia and is known for its pristine, rugged wilderness areas, national parks and reserves, its fresh air, clean water and stunning natural beauty found wherever you look in all parts of the state. Tasmania is well known for the 19th-century Port Arthur and the history and beauty of this region in the South-East of the state of Tasmania. Hobart is the state’s port capital, featuring Sullivan’s Cove and the Georgian warehouses of Salamanca Place which now house trendy and modern galleries, boutiques and eateries. Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art has fast developed into a world-class museum featuring a contemporary edge, and the home to fascinating exhibitions.
Tasmania is separated from mainland Australia by a 240 kilometre stretch of water known as the Bass Strait. Once you leave mainland Australia and arrive in Tasmania, you will find a land apart, featuring wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly smiling faces and welcoming people, a pleasant temperate climate, fresh and innovative produce including wine, cheese, seafood, vegetables and fruit and a rich and diverse history. Tasmania affords its residents with a relaxed island lifestyle, combined with ease of access to major attractions and real estate that is still reasonably affordable when compared to other major destinations across Australia. Tasmania covers an area of some 91,000 square kilometres.
Tasmania is surrounded by the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and the Bass Strait – once you set foot in Tasmania you will instantly notice the clean air and rejoice in pure water and fertile soils – Tassie (as it is affectionately known) is acclaimed around the world for its wine and fresh produce. Over one-third of the state of Tasmania is reserved as National Parks and Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Areas. In total Tasmania in excess of 2000 km of walking tracks and 18 national parks – the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area covers almost 1.4 million hectares. And contrary to popular opinion, it doesn’t rain in Tasmania all the time! In fact, Hobart has Australia’s second-lowest rainfall for any capital city, behind Adelaide with some 625 mm per annum.
The average summer temperature is a comfortable 21°Celsius; in winter the average is 12° Celsius. Of course, in winter in higher areas and more remote regions, the weather can be cold and very changeable. Tasmania is popular with campers and bushwalkers, however, care must be taken when walking or camping as weather can change very quickly.