Tasmania - The southernmost Australian state is a green island separated from the Australian continent by the 240 km wide "Bass Street".
200 000 of Tasmania's 485 000 inhabitants are living in the capital Hobart, another approx. 150 000 in the next bigger towns of Launceton, Devonport and Burnie in total.
Tasmania provides for altogether more than 2 000 km of hiking trails and 18 national parks.
Mean temperatures are rather European, moderate 12°C at wintertime and 21°C in summer.
Tasmania is famous for its wild landscapes, rare animals and plants, and its rich history.
1642 - Abel Janszoon Tasman, a Dutch explorer, was sailing along the western shore. He named the island Van Diemen's Land.
1772 - The first Europeans were landing on the island at today's Marion Bay.
1803 - Lieutenant John Bowen, a British soldier, landed around Risdon Cove on the east coast of the River Derwent and established the first European colony.
1804 - Lieutenant David Collins extended the colony across the river and Hobart was established.
1825 - Van Diemen’s Land, which had been a New South Wales colony until then, turned into a proper colony.
1842 - Hobart town became a city.
1856 - Van Diemen’s Land was renamed as Tasmania.
1901 - The Commonwealth of Australia was established - Tasmania became an Australian state.
Devonport, the third largest city of Tasmania, is located on the north coast and captivates by its lighthhouse Mersey Bluff providing a gorgeous...
Launceston should be Tasmania's second biggest city, but life there reminds of rural city lifestyle. As for cosmopolitan...
Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, is the second oldest city of Australia. Structural alterations from colonial times are caringly well-tended...