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Tasmania is often referred to as an island paradise and those of us lucky enough to live here think that is pretty close to true. Tassie offers vast natural beauty and nearly forty per cent of the island is protected World Heritage wilderness, national parks and reserves.
Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia, an island around 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of the state of Victoria. Tasmania is located between latitudes 40 degrees and 44 degrees south, and between longitudes 143 degrees and 149 degrees east.
Tasmania is 315 kilometres (189 miles) west to east and 286 kilometres (175 miles) north to south. It is comparable in size to Scotland (UK), West Virginia (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan). The area of Tasmania is 68,331 square kilometres (26,376 square miles). The total length of Tasmania’s coastline (including islands) is approximately 5,400 kilometres.
Highest Tasmanian mountain – Mt Ossa 1617 metres. Mount Wellington (overlooking Hobart) is 1270 metres (around 4,000 feet).
Longest Tasmanian river – South Esk 201 kilometres
Largest Tasmanian lake – Lake Gordon 272 square kilometres (man-made)
The most recent data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (as at 30 September 2013), estimates the resident population of Tasmania to be 513,400 people.
The population of the largest cities is around 216,000 in Hobart, 90,000 in Launceston, 20,000 in Burnie and 25,000 in Devonport.
At 30 June 2012, Tasmania had the oldest population of all the states and territories with a median age of 40.8 years.
Tasmania has a mild temperate climate, with four distinct seasons.
Tasmania has a similar latitude to Spain north of Madrid, Southern France and central parts of Italy and enjoys a temperate maritime climate, with four distinct seasons but not vast extremes of temperature. Summers are mild and winters cool and Hobart has the second lowest rainfall (after Adelaide) of all Australian capital cities with average annual rainfall of 626mm.