Located 240km off the south-east corner of mainland Australia, Tasmania is a relatively unspoilt island that is home to a unique ecosystem. It is the only place in the world that Tasmanian devils can be found in the wild.
Tasmania is encircled by the wild waters of the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait. This isolation protected Tasmanian devils from the introduction of predators like the dingo and fox, which are thought to have been instrumental in the extinction of the devil from mainland Australia.
A natural wonder
'Tassie' is the smallest of Australia's six states. An island of 68,000 square kilometres, it is comparable in size with the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan). Its closest neighbour to the south is Antarctica, 2,000km away.
In total it is only 0.9% of the Australian land mass but the population of 500,000 can boast of a home that has eight mountains greater than 1,220 metres, dramatic coastlines, more than 330 offshore islands and large tracts of ancient forests.
Close to 44% of Tasmania's environment is protected in World Heritage Areas, National Parks and other reserves.
Find out about Tasmania's World Heritage Areas, National Parks, wildlife, tours and attractions:
Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service
Tasmanians enjoy a temperate maritime climate, abundant wildlife, easy access to a range of wilderness experiences, a rich cultural life and acclaimed food and wine - all this, while breathing the cleanest air in the world!
For a comprehensive guide to everything Tasmanian, visit: http://www.tas.gov.au/