About Tasmania

General Information About Tasmania

Tasmania is Australia’s smallest and only island state with a population of roughly 500,000 people. It enjoys a unique lifestyle and beautiful landscapes. It is separated by a body of water called the Bass Strait that has isolated it from the rest of Australia for thousands of years.

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, with a population of 250,000. The metropolitan area stretches north and south along the Derwent River, crossed by several bridges. It has a mild temperate oceanic climate, with four distinct seasons.

Tasmania promotes itself internationally as Australia’s Natural State and within Australia as the Island of Inspiration. About 40% of the island is protected as national parks, World Heritage Areas, and forest and marine reserves. It is also a state dominated by logging, with vast tracts of old growth forest being destroyed. The catch cry is “see Tasmania before it is gone”.

Tasmania is known world-wide for the Tasmanian tiger, a now extinct striped marsupial dog-like animal, and the nocturnal Tasmanian devil, a small black and white marsupial whose sharp teeth and frightening screams belie the fact that it is shy of humans. Tasmanian devils are currently under threat of extinction due to a widespread facial tumour. The state government is endeavouring to detect the cause of the tumours and preserve disease-free colonies.

Popular places to visit in Tasmania include:

Getting There

Tasmania is served by several national and regional airlines, primarily flying into Hobart and Launceston. Some flights are also available to Burnie and Devonport from Melbourne. There are no direct international flights to Tasmania.

Another way to get to Tasmania is to take the Spirit of Tasmania, which departs from Sydney and Melbourne and arrives in Devonport. You can take you vehicle on this ship, or go as a passenger.

Time Differences

Tasmania is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). During summer Tasmania observes ‘daylight savings’, where clocks are put an hour forward to GMT +11.

Tasmania Weather

Tasmania has a cool, temperate climate with four distinct seasons but the weather can vary greatly even on a day to day basis.

Summer is from December to February, and the average maximum temperature 21 °C. Winter temperatures average 12 °C, which is between June and August.

Rainfall across Tasmania is highly variable – Hobart is Australia’s second driest city, with an average annual rainfall of 626 millimetres, while the western coast of Tasmania averages 2,400 millimetres a year.

Hobart Average Monthly Weather Statistics

JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
High °C
22
22
20
17
14
12
12
13
15
17
19
20
Low °C
12
12
11
9
7
5
4
5
6
8
9
11
High °F
71
71
68
63
58
54
53
55
59
62
66
68
Low °F
53
54
51
48
44
41
40
41
43
46
49
51
Rainfall mm
48
40
45
51
47
54
52
53
53
62
54
57
Rainy Days
11
9
11
12
14
14
15
15
15
16
14
13
Hours Sunshine
248
206
198
159
130
117
136
155
177
201
207
229

Things to do in Tasmania

Tasmania is all about the natural beauty, coupled with the fine food and wine. There are literally hundreds of wineries to visit and many of them have fine restaurants usually serving local produce and wine, as the weather in Tasmania is ideal for growing quality produce.

There are also many active things to do outdoors, including:

Tasmania is steeped in Australian history, with the penal colony Port Arthur a major attraction for many visitors. Located in the south east, Port Arthur has great tourist facilities and guided tours of the historic site, with a museum and trip on the ferry to the surrounding islands.

The other notable penal colonies housed around Macquarie Harbour are Sarah Island (also known as Settlement Island) and Grummet Island which are located on the west coast of Tasmania. You can now sail around the picturesque Macquarie Harbour, which is also called Hell’s Gate, due to the narrow and hazardous entry.

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in Tasmania, please visit our Tasmania Activities directory.

Things to see in Tasmania

While you’re spending some time in Tasmania, you may want to try some of the following activities:

For more information and ideas on what you can see and do in Tasmania, please visit our Tasmania Activities directory.