Tasmania Overview

cropped-1.1260563327.one-of-many-old-houses-battery-point-hobart.jpgThe Australian state and island of Tasmania sits about 150 miles south of the main landmass, with the Bass Strait separating it. There are a number of smaller surrounding islands that are included in the state itself with the large island being called Tasmania.

The population sits at just over half a million people, most of which live in the Hobart Precinct. 37% of the island remains unspoilt in reserves, national parks, and world heritage sites. Far more of it is untouched by human hands then this and thus it prompts itself in several ways to reflect the vast natural regions that exist there. The various slogans include “the natural state”, the “island of inspiration”, and “A World Apart, Not A World Away”.

Hobart is both the state capital and the largest city of Tasmania. The city and the majority of the population sits on the northern coastal area where the sea tends to moderate the temperature extremes. This southern state stretches down to the sub-Antarctic regions at it’s southernmost tip.

The majority of the industry on the island has been dominated by mining for copper, zinc, tin, and iron, agriculture and fishing, forestry, and tourism. While nearly 34% of the population relies on welfare payments as their primary income, it is tourism that has become a booming industry on the last decade or so. This is due to both tourism inside Australia itself and the increased access to the island from the mainland by both air and sea.

One should note that the government is a primary employer in the state, along with the Federal Group (a hotel and casino company) and Gunns Limited (a forestry company). One can find many small businesses and family shops too in Tasmania.

Those seeking to visit the island can find a lot of things to do, including natural wonders, skiing in the winter months and hiking or camping in the summer ones, visiting historical sites and preserved towns (like Battery Point, for example), or sampling the fine dining and shopping to be had in the capital city.

Tasmania’s climate is temperate, with the wet season falling alongside the winter months. The island enjoys four distinct seasons with a summer mean temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This varies by area wit the warmest sections averaging five degrees higher and the coldest averaging seven degrees lower. Winter averages range from 54 degrees to 37 degrees depending on location.