Interesting Facts about Tasmania
With the cleanest air in the world and the purest rainwater, Tasmania has been described as the “Best Temperate Island in the World.” Its relatively unspoiled natural environment also makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit. Tasmania is an island with stunning natural wonders, a rich history, and world-class cultural attractions. There are many stops on your journey, and we at Great Expeditions would love to share in your adventure.
Tasmania is the largest island state of Australia and the 26th largest island in the world. Tasmania is about the size of Ireland with a cool, temperate climate and four distinctive seasons. However, since it is located in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are opposite from that in the United States, with summer in Tasmania being from December through February. Hobart is the capital city and also the largest city in Tasmania, with Launceston as the second largest city.
With sites like Cradle Mountain, the Bay of Fires, and Mt. Wellington Tasmania has a higher portion of its land area reserved for recreation and conservation purposes than any other Australian state. It also has extremely diverse vegetation and wildlife, spreading from the grassland of the Midlands to the tall, evergreen eucalypt rain forests, and the moorlands in the rest of the state. Tasmania has been known in the past for their rich apples, considered verifiably pest-free. However, in recent years production has slowed to make way for products like saffron, lavender, and wine.
Tasmania’s geography makes it the most mountainous Australian state, as well as having the deepest caves. Tasmania also holds the distinction of being home to the oldest living thing on the planet- one of Tasmania’s slow-growing Huon pines, estimated to be up to 10,000 years old. These Huon pines are only grown in Tasmania and are some of the oldest plants on the Earth. Tasmania’s most famous member of wildlife is probably the Tasmanian devil which is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. The Tasmanian devil, although present in captivity, can only be seen in the wild in its home state of Tasmania. Some other native Tasmanian animals include kangaroos, platypus, wombats, quolls, possums, and wallabies.
Check out Spirit of Tasmania’s infographic, presenting some more interesting and quirky facts about Tasmania:
Due to its relative isolation and heritage, Tasmania has some of the most pristinely intact historical convict sites, including Port Arthur, Richmond, Darlington and other World Heritage sites. In Tasmania the oldest bridge in Australia can be found along with the oldest brewery, and the oldest operational, live theatre. Launceston’s Cataract Gorge chairlift has even been named the longest single-span chairlift in the world. In addition Tasmania has some of the finest brown trout and Atlantic salmon in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the world’s largest and most modern hatcheries. Tasmania is particularly well-known around the world for their yacht racing and delicious wine.