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Big and dreamy, on the edge of the world. A piece of land in the middle of an exotic sea. With many endangered species of animals, deserted beaches, rainforests, rivers, waterfalls and rock sculptures. A place on the edge of the earth that hosts its visitors in “sinful” historic buildings, such as the Port Arthur prison.
A green area inhabited for millions of years by natives and, later, by the descendants of the first settlers who wiped out the natives. Tasmania occupies only 1% of Australia’s total area.
Tasmania is the only island state in Australia (out of the eight that make up the country), located directly opposite the state of Victoria and separated from it by the Bass Strait. According to science, about 10,000 years ago, Tasmania was united with the Australian continent, but a general rise in the sea flooded the Bass Strait, causing part of Tasmania to be cut off permanently from mainland Australia.
A place particularly rich in natural resources and endowed with a peculiar flora and fauna, Tasmania is today famous for its pristine regions, one of the few left in the world. The vast untouched nature of the triangular island of Australia has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1982.
The capital and most populous city is Hobart, with 205,000 inhabitants, while other major centres are Launceston in the north and Devonport with Bernie in the northwest. Richmond, 24 miles from Hobart, is Australia’s second most historic city after Sydney. You can visit the city’s main square with the Tasmanian parliament, the main shopping street, the pier where the city’s famous sailing races start each year, and the remodelled port harbour that is now full of elegant cafes and shops called Salamanca Place.
The northernmost point of Tasmania is Cape Walworth. The distance from there to the southernmost point, the Southeastern Cape, is 364 km, while the distance from the westernmost end (“Western Cape”) to the easternmost (Cape Ediston) is 306 km. It’s a great place to visit, but the key is to have a transport vehicle. A rental car would be the ideal choice for you, as it will allow you to enjoy an amazing route with a fantastic landscape. Trusting a car hire company like Enjoy Travel through your trips in magical Tasmania is considered an economical and also a safe choice.
Mount Ossa and southwest coast
The highest mountain in Tasmania is Mount Ossa – 1617 meters. In contrast, the Midlands is relatively flat and is used for crops. The west coast is densely populated and has a tradition of over 150 years in extracting and exploiting mineral wealth. Its southwestern part is densely forested and includes some of the last temperate forests in the Southern Hemisphere.
The climate of Tasmania
Its climate is extremely variable, with large fluctuations in temperature. In summer, from December to February, the average maximum temperature at sea level is 21°C. In winter, from June to August, the average maximum temperature at sea level is 12°C. The summer is relatively warm, with a lot of sunshine and frequent thunderstorms in the beginning. The weather is stable between February and April. The cold winter is characterized by sudden storms and snow in the higher mountains.
Tasmania is somewhere I would love to visit on a dream holiday next year.