Tasmania is an island located 240 km off the south-east corner of mainland Australia. Next stop south is Antarctica, 2000 km away. Encircled by the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait, Tasmanians breathe the world’s cleanest air and rejoice in pure water and fertile soils – and their wine and food are acclaimed around the world.
A natural island, consisting of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes, Tasmania is a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals, including survivors of the ancient southern super continent, Gondwana. Over a third of the state is reserved in a network of National Parks and Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Areas. Places recommended to visit include Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair, Launceston, Port Arthur, Hobart, Strahan, Wineglass Bay and Frecinyet National Park.
European heritage dates back to the early 1800s, while Tasmanian Aboriginals first reached Tasmania 40,000 years ago.
Convict history, wilderness, heritage, art & culture, wine & food – they’re waiting for you in Tasmania