is an Australian island and state. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi)
south of the eastern side of the continent, from which it is separated by
Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania and the surrounding
islands. The state has a population of 500,000, of whom almost half reside
in the greater Hobart precinct.
Tasmania is promoted as the natural state and the "island of
inspiration" owing to its large and relatively unspoiled natural
environment. Almost 37% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and
World Heritage Sites.
Located south of mainland Australia is Tasmania, one of the world's most
picturesque islands. Rugged mountains, rolling pastures, dense ancient
forest and pristine white beaches provide the setting for a holiday that can
be as busy or relaxed as you like.
Tasmania's wilderness is surprisingly accessible. An hour's drive from the
capital, Hobart, or the second city, Launceston, and visitors can be in
native forest or a national park. That's the beauty of this island, amazing
diversity in a compact space.
Port Arthur Historic Site is located 100 km south of Hobart and is one of
Australia's most significant historic sites. Port Arthur offers a
combination of convict history, spectacular scenery and magnificent
Visitors have access to a wide range of activities including 40 hectares of
grounds, 30 buildings and ruins, historical walking tours, harbour cruises,
museums and audiovisuals.
The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area covers approximately 20 percent of
the land area of Tasmania. Explore the wide variety of vegetation, the caves and
rock formations or spot the largest marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian Devil.