Welcome to Tasmania
Tasmania is located off the southeast corner of mainland Australia. It is Australia’s smallest state in terms of both size and population, yet is a major tourist attraction due to the diverse and spectacular scenery, unspoilt wilderness and heritage.
Many Tasmanian food producers rely on Tasmania’s pristine environment to manufacture high quality delicacies. For instance, Tasmanian beer is brewed from some of the cleanest water in the world, and the green pastures of King Island ideally suit the area to cheesemaking.
Although at a greater latitude than New York, Tasmania enjoys much the same temperate climate as other southern Australian states. Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, receives less rain than any other Australian capital except Adelaide. The capital city of Tasmania is Hobart, located in the south-east of the state. Launceston is the largest city in the north.
Tasmania is about the size of the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan).
Tasmania’s latitude is equivalent to that of Barcelona, Rome, Istanbul and New York but due to its isolation south of the equator the state has the cleanest air in the world, measured on the island’s north west coast as the pure wind from the roaring forties meets the land.
East of Tasmania is New Zealand and the South Pacific. West of Tasmania there is no country for thousands of miles or kilometers.
Heading directly west you would first perhaps run into Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, or Argentina. Isolation makes Tasmania like nowhere else on earth.
Tasmania has the cleanest air on the planet, its isolation is an asset.
The state is not just one island but over three hundred islands spread across the southern ocean: from islands with rare parrots and brightly coloured fish to an island 1300 km (over 800 miles) southwest with four million penguins.