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Welcome to Tasmania


Tasmania is Australia’s smallest and only island State, however is the most decentralised and geographically diverse.  It is a heart shaped island of lush green valleys, uncrowded towns and villages and still undeveloped coastlines.  It is one of the world’s most mountainous islands and while the peaks do not tower to great heights, they are unique in their serrated profile.

Tasmania is an island and state of Australia and covers a landmass of 68,401 square km. The population is about half a million with most people living in the capital Hobart. 37% of Tasmania is made up of National Parks and World Heritage sites and most of it is densely forested with some of the biggest and oldest trees in the world.  Tasmania has 12 unique bird species from honeyeaters, thornbills to the endangered forty spotted pardalote and 11 species of frogs. Tasmania shows their appreciation to their visual artists by holding a ten-day state-wide festival which, involves more than 1000 artists.  Look out for the Tasmanian devil which looks like a small dog and will eat anything including a bone so don’t be tempted to try & pat one if you happen to come across one.

Information & Facts


Tasmania's climate is described as temperate maritime, being surrounded by sea, and rarely experiences extremes of temperature. The prevailing weather pattern is from west to east and as a result the west coast is the wettest, while the east coast is almost always warmer and milder than the rest of the state. Summer brings warm days and mild evenings from December to February, while winter can be stormy with snow on the mountain peaks between July and August. Rainfall occurs throughout the year. The weather is most stable from the end of summer to autumn (February to April).


English is the official language of Australia.


The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.


GMT +10 (GMT +11 from first Sunday in October to first Sunday in April).

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