Tasmania is both an island and a state located to the south-east of Australia’s mainland. Tassie, as locals call it, is home to dense forest, some mountains and excellent beaches – but what else do you know about Tasmania? Below is a list of some facts and tid-bits that a person might find useful when traveling to Tasmania.
- The capital of Tasmania is Hobart. The second largest city is Launceston, followed by Devonport.
- Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world (about the size of West Virginia).
- You can get to Tasmania from Melbourne by ferry, but the easiest and quickest route will always be with a cheap flight.
- It is the only place in Australia where you can get a glimpse of the Tasmanian devil in the wild.
- Tasmania is the home to both Cascade and Boag’s beer (read in the Australian beers by state guide). Cascade Brewery is the oldest brewery in Australia.
- The weather in Tasmania is just as diverse as the landscape. You can get rained on, snowed on and sunburned all in the same day.
- Mount Ossa is the tallest mountain in Tasmania, coming in at 1,617 meters, and it is located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
- Tasmania get its name from Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer.
- If you like golfing, you will be happy to know that there are 69 golf courses in the state of Tasmania.
Tasmania is a state that is best visited at any time of year; just be aware that winter will require you to be bundled up in most areas. You can expect snow in the mountains and occasionally in the city of Hobart during winter.
- Hobart in January: 11 / 22 (degrees Celsius)
- Hobart in July: 4 / 12 (degrees Celsius)
- Launceston in January: 12/ 24 (degrees Celsius)
- Launceston in July: 4 / 14 (degrees Celsius)
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Make plans for once you arrive in Tasmania: