About Tasmania

250 kilometres off the south-eastern tip of mainland Australia lies the breathtakingly beautiful island state of Tasmania. Equivalent in size to the Republic of Ireland and a little larger than West Virginia, Hokkaido Japan, or Switzerland, Tasmania has a population of just over 516,000 people, less than half of whom live in the state’s capital, Hobart.

Breathtakingly beautiful island state

Tasmania has a mild, temperate maritime climate, with four distinct seasons and was twice named 'Best Temperate Island in the World' by international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler. During summer (December to February) the average maximum temperature is 21° Celsius (70°F), while through winter (June to August) the average maximum is 12° C (52°F) with an average minimum of 4° C (40°F). Snow often falls on the higher peaks (Mt Ossa at 1617m/5305 feet is the highest) but is rarely experienced in more settled areas. Tasmania’s key population centres experience rainfall below the Australian average and Hobart, Australia’s second driest capital, enjoys year-round sunshine.


There are grander landscapes and broader heavens, but nowhere have I seen such breathtaking contrasts arise so naturally from the dialogue between mountain and forest, clarity and cloud, sun and moon. A person can disappear in beauty like this.”

Arthur Rosenfeld

American photographer - Light at the End of the World Exhibition, 1991.

Tasmania is a land of dramatic coastlines, pristine highland lakes and rugged mountain regions, bounded by the Southern Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Almost half of the island is protected in World Heritage Areas, National Parks and marine and forest reserves. Tasmanians breathe the world’s cleanest air, drink the purest water and enjoy exceptional fresh produce sourced from the rich, fertile soils.

North West Tasmania Farm

Farm on the North West Coast of Tasmania

North East Tasmania Farm

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Reputation for high-quality food

Tasmania has a global reputation for high-quality food and the state’s enviable ‘disease free’ status gives local companies a distinct advantage in international markets.

Tasmania offers a broad range of business opportunities and key sectors include tourism, agriculture, gourmet food and wine, the arts, aquaculture, marine manufacturing, forestry and timber products, mining technology and minerals, and Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science. The low cost of living, affordable land and real estate, world-class health and education systems, relaxed lifestyle, and an economy driven by the principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility combine to make Tasmania not only a tourist destination of choice but an attractive place to live and work.

Alfresco Hobart

Alfresco in Hobart