Australia’s only Island State lies south of Victoria. A hidden treasure, Tasmania is a unique place with lots to offer.
Perhaps most famous now for its island produce, including premium cheese, wines, beef and seafood, Tasmania is a scenic and beautiful place. With geography ranging from beaches, to farms, to snow covered mountains in winter, to rural towns and small cities, there is something for everyone. If you plan to live in Tasmania make sure you enjoy the cold, as it has a much more temperate climate than much of Australia.
Agriculture and tourism are major economic drivers in Tasmania.
The capital city, Hobart, has a population of around 210 000. Here you will find entertainment, good shopping and great restaurants, but still with a country feel. Buy fish and chips direct from the fishing punts on Constitution dock. Browse the Salamanca Markets on a Saturday morning. Go for a stroll up Mount Wellington (but take your woollies!). Visit Port Arthur, the famous convict colony. Pick berries in Summer. See the local wildlife, including the unique Tasmanian Devil, at a wildlife park.
Further north is the city of Launceston, on the banks of the Tamar River. Here you will find some of Tasmania’s best wineries, in the beautiful Tamar Valley. There is also the scenic Cataract Gorge, with walking tracks and gardens. Launceston’s economy is largely based on servicing the surrounding agricultural areas. A city with a population of around 100 000, Launceston is 50 kilometres inland so has a cooler climate than Hobart, but can be warmer in Summer.