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Tasmania

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Introduction

Mount Anne, Tasmania ©Nomad Tales

Tasmania, the southern tip of Australian territory, is an island separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. It is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes and friendly, relaxed people, with a temperate climate, rich history and a deliciously slow pace of life. There is no hustle and bustle here, even in the cities. No traffic jams and no smog. Encircled by the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait, the air is clean, the water pure and the soil fertile. More than one third of Tasmania is preserved in a network of national parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.


Although best known for its sublime landscapes and the many opportunities for bushwalking, kayaking, cycling and rafting, Tasmania - or 'Tassie' as it is affectionately known - is also celebrated for its gourmet food and wine, and some lovely arts and crafts, and the island now boasts sufficient urban sophistication to ensure a comfortable and culturally-rich visit. The island's European heritage goes back to the early 1800s, but Aboriginals first reached it about 40,000 years ago. This mixed heritage is reflected in Tasmania's culture and the locals tend to be fiercely proud and self-sufficient.


Climate Info

Tasmania's climate is described as temperate maritime, being surrounded by sea, and rarely experiences extremes of temperature. The prevailing weather pattern is from west to east and as a result the west coast is the wettest, while the east coast is almost always warmer and milder than the rest of the state. Summer brings warm days and mild evenings from December to February, while winter can be stormy with snow on the mountain peaks between July and August. Rainfall occurs throughout the year. The weather is most stable from the end of summer to autumn (February to April).


Hobart International Airport (HBA)

LocationThe airport is situated 11 miles (17km) east of Hobart.
Time DifferenceGMT +10 (GMT +11 from first Sunday in October to last Saturday in March).
Contacts

Tel: +61 (0)3 6216 1600.

Getting to city

The Airporter shuttle bus service meets flights for transport to the city centre. Taxis and limousines are also available.

Car Rental

Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar and Thrifty are represented at the airport.

Airport Facilities

The airport has a Domestic and an International Terminal. Facilities include a cafe, bar, ATM, restaurant, wireless Internet access, newsagent and gift shop.

Car Parking

Secure and valet parking is available at the airport.

Depature TaxNone.
Websitewww.hobartairpt.com.au


Cradle Mountain


One of Tasmania's most popular attractions is the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1982. Landscapes include ancient rainforest and alpine heath lands, interspersed with button grass and stands of deciduous beech trees. Trails windin
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Cradle Mountain ©Angela Thomas



Port Arthur


In the far south of Tasmania, on the Tasman Peninsula, is Port Arthur, which in the early 1800s was originally a timber station. In 1833 it became a prison settlement for male convicts, and quickly established a reputation as being 'hell on earth'. Today Port Arthur lies among 40 hectare
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Port Arthur ©Judith Duk



Devonport


Tasmania's third largest city, Devonport is the gateway to the island state, situated as it is in the centre of the north coast, at the mouth of the Mersey River. It is the point of arrival for car ferries from the mainland and it also welcomes visitors at its modern airport. The city is
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Freighter docks at Devonport ©aussiejeff



Mount Wellington


Visitors in Hobart can't help but notice that the city's skyline is dominated by the majestic Mount Wellington, which towers over the city at 4,170 feet (1,271m). Travellers can enjoy the incredible panoramic views from atop the mountain by taking a bus to Fern Tree and walking a steep z
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Mount Wellington from Rosny ©Andrew Braithwaite



Louisas Walk


Hobart's premier tourist attraction, Louisa's Walk is a 'live history show', that tells the heart-breaking story of an Irish woman, Louisa Regan, who was sent to Australia in 1841 as a convict, on a seven-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread. This piece of strolling theatre - thoro
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Cottage in Cascades Female Factory ©Azoma



The Wall in the Wilderness


'Something special is taking place in the heart of Tasmania, and you are invited to witness its creation' - these are the words that greet you on the official website of The Wall in the Wilderness, and by all accounts, the sense of excitement they communicate is well earned. An ambitious
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The Wall in the Wilderness ©Kristina D.C. Hoeppner



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