Hobart is Tasmania’s lively and laid-back capital, where a mellow mood mixes with hip restaurants, bars and cafes. It’s also the finish line to the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Tasmania is a state of Australia located just southeast of the mainland, and is an island full of natural beauty. A visit to Tasmania will provide you with no shortage of things to see and do, from historic sites to breathtaking geography. And of course, when you plan your visit, make sure you include time to see the one and only Tasmanian devil.
Currency: Australian Dollar
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
DID YOU KNOW?
- Tasmania has the deepest natural freshwater and deepest caves in all of Australia.
- Tasmania is home to many mammals that once roamed the continent of Australia, and is the only place to see the Tasmanian devil in the wild.
- The island state of Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world and its rainwater is so pure that it has been shipped to Australian athletes competing in the Olympics.
- The coastline of Tasmania is spread over more than 3,000 kilometres.
- Tasmania is home to the world’s largest lavender farm.
The weather of Tasmania can differ greatly from other Australian weather zones. It has a maritime climate, which usually means there are seldom times of extreme temperature, though it does get both hot and cold.
- Summer: December – February
- Autumn: March – May
- Winter: May – August
- Spring: September – November
It is believed that the island of Tasmania was actually joined to the mainland of Australia until the end of the last glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and the native people of Tasmania date back to at least 35,000 years ago. Tasmania was a British colony from 1856 to 1901, after which it became the Australian state of Tasmania.
Cascade Brewery is Australia’s oldest continuously operating brewery. Set against the majestic backdrop of Mount Wellington and surrounded by pristine forest, there’s no better way to see how a world-famous beer is made.
EAGLEHAWK NECK HISTORIC SITE
A trip to Eaglehawk Neck is a must on your trip to Tasmania. Here, you will find Port Arthur prison and historic museum, which interprets the life of the oldest wooden military building remaining in Australia.
TASMANIAN DEVIL CONSERVATION PARK
What trip to Tasmania would be complete without seeing the famous Tasmanian devil in its natural habitat? If you do one thing while in Tasmania, it is recommended that this be your one stop.
CADBURY CHOCOLATE FACTORY
If you are a fan of chocolate, then a trip to the one and only Cadbury Chocolate Factory in Claremont is the place to go. Indulge in the chocolate factory tour so you can see how Cadbury chocolates are made and, most importantly, enjoy some free samples!
Feed kangaroos and see other animals native to Australia, such as Tasmanian devils, koalas and quolls, at the Bonorong Wildelife Park. This animal sanctuary cares for orphaned and injured wildlife, and gives visitors an up-close and educational experience.
Head to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, a refuge for injured and abandoned animals, and meet real Tasmanian Devils (not the Taz character you know from Bugs Bunny cartoons!)