Tasmania, Australia - TAS
Tasmania is an island state located 240 kilometres south of mainland Australia. The nearest Australian state is Victoria. The large body of water separating Tasmania from mainland Australia is called the Bass Strait. The capital city of Tasmania is Hobart located on the south east coastline of Tasmania and straddles the Derwent River. Tasmania has vast areas protected by World Heritage, National Parks and Reserves. The western side of Tasmania is rugged while the eastern side is mainly pastoral. Access into Tasmania is via ferry, boat, yacht, or many small airports or the large International and domestic airport near Hobart.
The climate in Tasmania is cool and wet and includes snowfalls in winter. Tourism is becoming more important as Tasmania is known as a state with some pristine forest areas and great ‘back to nature' places and excellent scenery. Tasmania is also home to some unique flora and fauna. Places to visit in Tasmania are Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, Port Arthur, Cradle Mountain and King Island. Tasmania has great trout fishing areas, snow skiing and back to nature bush walking through wilderness areas. Tasmania's most famous events are the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race every year held between Christmas and New Year holiday break. Thousands of people line the banks along the Derwent River to watch the finish of this great race.
Tasmania has abundant tourist holiday accommodation sites including International resort hotels with luxury 5 star spa accommodation, 24/7 room service and live entertainment shows nightly. Most large cities have luxury hotels with business, leisure and travel accommodation deals. All around Tasmania are roadside motels, bed and breakfast places, guesthouses and serviced cottages offering 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 star accommodation deals. Wilderness accommodation around Tasmania is a fast growing industry with eco friendly holiday retreats, health and fitness resorts along with rainforest holiday cabins available in most wilderness areas. Tasmania has many Historical tourist sites to visit and vast lakes, river systems and rainforest treks.