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Tasmania is an archipelago of over 300 islands located 240 kilometres south-east of mainland Australia. Whist Tasmania is part of Australia, it is in many ways quite different.

Tasmania has over 1,000 mountain peaks, four mild distinct seasons, over 40% of Tasmania is protected as national parks and reserves, and Tassie has some of the world’s rarest animals including hte famous Tasmanian Devil.

The main Island, which compares in physical size to the Republic of Ireland, is home to app. 500,000 people. Tasmania has a relaxed vibe and takes time to welcome visitors to the Island. Tassie's air is scientifically proven to be just about the cleanest anywhere in the world, its soils are rich and fertile.

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About Tasmania

Tasmania is the smallest of Australia's six states; an island off the south-east corner of the Australian mainland. Roughly triangular in shape, it is surrounded by smaller islands, the most important ones being Flinders, King and Bruny. The state is separated from the Australian mainland by Bass Strait, and the remaining coastline is bounded by the Southern Ocean on the south and west and the Tasman Sea on the east. Hobart, Tasmania's capital city, is in the south of the state, extending over both sides of the River Derwent. Founded in 1804, it is the second oldest city in Australia. Today Hobart functions as the main administrative and commercial centre of the state.

Tasmania's population is divided almost equally between the north and south. The population pattern has resulted from geographical, historical and commercial factors which have led to the development of a number of relatively large centres on the island's north coast. These serve as centres for the agricultural and industrial activities typical of the region and include Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.


Retail opening hours are unrestricted in Tasmanial large supermarkets such as Coles and Woolworths are generally open from 7am - 9pm 7 days a week. Many smaller convenience stores are open longer. ATMs and EFTPOS facilities are widely available.

Most banks are open 09:30a - 4pm Monday to Friday.


Petrol, diesle and LPG are generally available 24 hours in major centres. As with many parts of regional Australia petrol prices are slightly higher which is offset by not having to drive as far due to the compact nature of Tasmania. The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania tracks current petrol prices.


Tasmania operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time. For daylight saving, clocks are advanced one hour between the start of October and end of March. Electricity is supplied at 230/240 volts (50 hertz)

Tasmania's Agricultural Restrictions and Quarantine

Tasmania has some of the world's toughest quarantine regulations. It is the only Australian state free from fruit fly, potato cyst nematode and tobacco blue mould. Like the rest of Australia, Tasmania is also free from many serious diseases of animals such as foot and mouth disease, mad cow disease, rabies and rinderpest. Tasmania works hard to keep it that way so quarantine laws are strict, with sniffer dogs regularly on patrol at major airports.

Quarantine Tasmania has details on restricted items.

Speed Limit

The speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kms p/h unless otherwise indicated. The maximum speed possible on roads outside cities and towns is usually 100 kilometres per hour, although there is a limit of 110 kilometres per hour on a some of the state's better roads. On all open roads, however, lower speed limits are frequently indicated and these limits must be adhered to.

Speed cameras and random breath testing units operate throughout Tasmania.

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Tasmania produced, seafood, fresh produce and wines taste wonderful. Tasmania does its best to manage its Island responsibly; in 2004 the US National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Sustainable Tourism Initiative ranked Tasmania equal third, in the world, for wise land stewardship.

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Tasmania enjoys four distinct seasons; the warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn features still sunny days and ristic colours as 200 year-old oaks, elms, birches and Tasmania's own native beech, turn from gold to red in preparation for winter. Winter runs from May through August, however as Tasmania is situatedin the Southern Ocean, the world's weather engine, and Tassie's climate can vary greatly on any given day

The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures are between 3 and 11 degrees Celcius. Tasmania's location below the 40th parallel means its summer evenings have long languid twilights; especially as Tasmania has an extended daylight savings period.


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