Tasmania

Tasmania, the island state of Australia, lies 40 degrees south of the equator and has a population of 520,000 people. The heart-shaped island of Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia, with an area of 68,401 square kilometres which is about the size of Ireland and is separated from the Australian mainland to the north by the 240 km stretch of the Bass Strait.

Tasmania is a land apart a place of wild and beautiful landscapes; friendly, welcoming people; a pleasant, temperate climate; wonderful wine and food; a rich history; and a relaxed island lifestyle. Tasmania is a natural island a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes. Over a third of the state is reserved in a network of National Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a refuge and habitat for rare plants and animals, including survivors of the ancient southern super continent, Gondwana.

Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world and its rainwater is so pure that quantities have been shipped to Australian Olympic Athletes competing overseas.

Hobart

Hobart, the state capital and largest city, is located in the southeast corner of the island and is home to 220,000 people.

The City of Hobart is one of the most beautiful and liveable Cities in the world. As the second oldest city in Australia the City offers a wonderful blend of built and cultural heritage; environment; a vibrant art and dynamic sporting culture and a low stress lifestyle.

Nestled under Mount Wellington on the Derwent River, Hobart provides for an ambience that you will not find in another city anywhere in the world.

Hobart is renowned for its heritage buildings, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, the Salamanca Market and its Festivals. It is a city rich in maritime history, and is shaped and defined by water. The Port is a central focus for the City providing both a busy commercial hub and also a place where residents and visitors like to spend time strolling along the docks talking with the local fishermen, watching the large cargo vessels load and unload or sampling some fine Tasmanian produce at one of the many cafes and restaurants located around the cove.

Climate

The climate is mild and moist, and westerly winds bring much rain to the western slopes but Hobart has the nation’s second-lowest rainfall (626 mm or 24 inches) of all Australian capital cities. The average summer temperature is 21°C (70°F) and the winter’s average is 12°C (52° F).

Education

Students in both government and independent schools complete the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) in years 11 and 12, which provides them with a Tertiary Entrance Score for universities around Australia.

Government schools in Tasmania are comprehensive and co-educational. All offer English as a Second Language programs, so international students are accepted directly into schools – there are no English language prerequisites and students prepare for their mainstream courses within each school. Schools work hard to support and care for the well-being and learning of each individual student.

Privately owned schools in major Tasmanian centres also offer high-standard education to international students.

Vocational Education and Training provides people with the skills and knowledge needed for jobs in trades, hospitality, agriculture, administration and IT. Often these skills are gained through a training organisation as well as in the workplace.

Three world-class institutes: the Australian Maritime College (AMC); Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS); and Menzies Research Institute position UTAS [is] at the forefront of science-based research and teaching.

The university has more than 29,000 students (in 2012), including almost 4,000 international students from over 70 countries around the world. Visit www.utas.edu.au or phone 13UTAS for further information.

Housing

With a median price of $430,000, Hobart has the most affordable real estate prices of all Australia's capital cities and are generally lower, both in absolute terms and as a proportion of median incomes, than in interstate capital cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne. The quality of housing is high, and a large selection is available from brand new homes to stately older mansions. Due to its stunning location, most Hobart homes have beautiful outlooks, with many affordable homes having a scenic view of the Derwent River and Mount Wellington.

Image below - Sean Fennessy, Salamanca Market, courtesy of City of Hobart.

International transport links

Tasmania is easily accessed from the rest of Australia by both air and sea. The four main airports are in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie/Wynyard. Five airlines service some or all of these destinations directly from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Adelaide with almost 500 airline flights per week in and out of the state.

Two drive-on, drive-off ferries provide a daily service each way between Devonport (Tasmania) and Melbourne (Victoria) provided by the TT Line Company with facilities for Bicycles, motorcycles, cars and motorhomes.

In the 2015 tourist season a total of 57 cruise ships brought an estimated 162,000 passengers and crew to the Tasmanian ports of Hobart, Burnie, Port Arthur, Coles Bay and Wineglass Bay.

Industries

Tasmania has a diverse economy with hundreds of significant exporters. The exports go mainly to Asia, and Japan is Tasmania's largest single customer.

The industries in Tasmania which made the greatest contribution to the state’s gross product in  volume terms are manufacturing (9.4%), health care and social assistance (8.2%), financial and insurance services (7.2%), ownership of dwellings and agriculture, forestry and fishing (each 7.1%).

Tasmania is a world leader in many areas of specialisation, including large-scale, high-speed catamarans, marine evacuation gear, high-performance radio antennae and aquaculture equipment.

The state's mixed economy depends largely on services (for example, banking, business services, government, tourism, education, and medicine) and manufacturing. Among the main manufactures are processed foods, beer, whiskey, wood and paper products, metal products, machinery, and textiles and clothing. The state has deposits of tungsten, iron, zinc, lead, copper, and tin. Mixed farming and dairying take place in the wet north. Sheep are grazed in the midlands and on the east coast. Tasmania produces about half of the world's legal poppy exports, which are used to make medicines such as morphine and codeine. Apples and other tree fruits are grown mainly in the southeast. Fishing and aquaculture also provide export earnings.

Small business is a very important sector of the Australian economy and in Tasmania there are close to 30,000 small businesses. The Tasmanian Small Business Council is widely recognised as the peak body of small business organisations, industry groups and individual firms in the State. 

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