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This page serves as a very brief overview of Tasmania. It covers: The Tour of Tasmania provides information about Tasmanian cities, towns, flora and fauna. It is not designed to be a general reference guide to Tasmania. If you are looking for information about Tasmania's history, economy, people, government etc., please consult the Frequently Asked Questions about Tasmania.

Tasmania in brief

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.

Travelling within Tasmania

There is a good public bus system which services the Hobart and Launceston metropolitan areas. Bus services in Burnie and Devonport also exist but service is less extensive. Coaches run between all major cities and towns, and to tourist areas such as Cradle Mountain. Touring passes are available for both of the major coachlines.

But possibly the best way to get around Tasmania is to hire a car. Rates are much the same as anywhere else in Australia, and the roads are of good quality. If you plan to see a lot of the state and have the cash to spare, a car is a good way to go, and the Tassie Road Planner may assist you in planning your visit. On the other hand, if you are only interested in a quick look at the sights around Hobart or Launceston and are prepared to endure public transport, it's certainly a cheaper solution.

Frequently Asked Questions about Tasmania

  1. Contacting Tasmania

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    For those outside Australia: General questions:

  2. Visiting Tasmania

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  3. Relocating to Tasmania

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    For those outside Australia: General questions:

  4. Tasmanian Geography

  5. Tasmanian History

  6. Fauna of Tasmania

  7. People of Tasmania

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    Ethnicity and migration questions:

  8. Tasmanian Lifestyle

  9. Tasmanian Economy

  10. Tasmanian Government

  11. Links about Tasmania

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