The island state of Tasmania is 240 kilometres south of the main continent to the east, separated by the Bass Strait. Noted for its unspoiled beauty, Tasmania has been called “the Natural State” and “the Island of Inspiration.”
One of its islands is the sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island, listed by UNESCO as an area of geological and natural significance.
Tasmania’s economy is centred on food exportation and mining, especially the Mount Lyell Mine on the West Coast. Small businesses in the state are very competitive.
The major population areas of Tasmania are Hobart (the capital), Launceston, Devonport and Burnie. There has been an increased demand for housing in the island state because of the influx of interstate and overseas migrants. Low-income earners will find it difficult securing cheaper residences here because of a shortage of rental accommodations.
Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart is one of the oldest cities in Australia. Situated along the estuary of the Derwent River, Hobart’s coastal setting makes it an important trading port as well as the base port for the Antarctic operations of Australia and France.
Hobart has a thriving tourism industry because of its many natural and historic attractions. These include the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the 5-lane Tasman Bridge across Derwent River, and Tasmania’s highest mountain, Mount Wellington.
Hobart has a lively outdoor market in Salamanca Place every Saturday, floral shows in the spring and the autumn, and a mild climate most days of the year. Snow-capped Mount Wellington dominates the skyline of this lovely city, which is popular among yachting enthusiasts because of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.