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Tasmania at a Glance

A short ferry ride from the mainland, Tasmania has just come on the traveler's radar as a beguiling historical and outdoor destination. Pristine wilderness, rugged shorelines and fascinating towns make Tasmania a fun place to visit. 

Tasmania has very diverse landscape and climate zones. Hobart and the southern part of the island is warmer and was easier to settle than the harsh, rocky northern portion. While seas lash the island in most spots, the sunny eastern coast is a fine place for swimming and vacationing. Inland you'll find mountain trails, wineries and mountain biking tracks over wild landscapes. 

Tasmania was originally a settlement for British convicts and you'll find a lot of convict and prison history here. Some of the oldest sandstone buildings in Australia are still standing on the island from when they housed and punished convicts. 


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December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Ferry Spirit of Tasmania
      • Bus TassieLink
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      Severe Weather Tasmania has cool weather moderated by the ocean. Inland, high-altitude areas receive snow in the winter, but most of the island has wet winters. 

      Safety Concerns It is important to stay alert while in Hobart. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes could occur. In the wilderness, avoid snakes and wear insect repellent. Speak with locals to learn about dangerous insects and animals and how to avoid them. 

      Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated.