Australia's one and only island state, Tasmania is largely an untouched wilderness - almost half of Tasmania's land is reserved for national park lands and World Heritage Sites.
The smallest of Australia's six states, Tasmania is located 240 kilometres south of Victoria and separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. With a population of just over 500,000 people, more than half live in the greater Hobart region. Tasmania is unofficially divided into seven major regions (largely a tourism initiative). These regions include; the East Coast, Flinders Island, Hobart and South, King Island, Launceston and North, North West, and the West Coast.
There are also 334 surrounding islands that fall within the boundaries of the state of Tasmania. The capital city of Tasmania is Hobart, situated on the Derwent River in Tasmania's south, where competitors in the famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race cross the chequered flag. From Launceston in the north to the state's southern region you will find picturesque landscapes, coastlines and historically significant homesteads and structures that date back to the days of convicts and early settlers. You cannot visit Bruny Island without trying an oyster or two, and the Huon valley, the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and the wild terrain of the Hartz Mountains National Park are all must-visit destinations for any traveller. To the east you will be venturing into wine country, with several wineries in and around the Coal River Valley. In all directions you are treated to a smorgasbord of spectacular landscapes and opportunities to experience Tasmania's rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality.