Tasmania, the island state of Australia, is located 40 degrees south of the equator and is an archipelago of more than 300 islands - a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, spectacular wilderness, sparkling highland lakes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
When you add the vibrant cities of Hobart and Launceston with their wide range of cafes, restaurants, pubs, theatres, cinemas, shopping centres and open-air markets and you've got the best of all worlds in one place.
Tasmanians breathe the world's cleanest air, drink pure water and grow mouth-watering produce from rich, fertile soils.
Its people are resourceful, applying their creativity and design skills to artistic endeavours, scientific research and production.
Tasmania has more poets, musicians, writers and artists per head of population than any other state of Australia.
Tasmania is a popular destination for Australian and international visitors.
Hobart is the capital and largest city in Tasmania. It is the second oldest city in Australia, after Sydney. Hobart is a wonderful mix of beautiful old buildings and stylish new architecture.
Situated close to the mouth of the Derwent River and nestled in the foothills of Mount Wellington, it seems that nearly every home, office and classroom has a magnificent view. In Hobart you are always meeting someone new, yet frequently bump into someone you know.
Launceston is the major city in the north of the state, nestled amongst rolling hills and vineyards and is conveniently located close to popular wilderness and recreation areas such as Cradle Mountain and Mt Ben Lomond for skiing in winter. The Gorge in Launceston is also a popular place for students to explore with its walking trails and swimming holes.
A resourceful island culture has generated leading-edge niche industries, from production of high-speed catamaran ferries and marine equipment to lightning-protection technology.
It produces winches and windlasses for some of the world's biggest ocean-going pleasure craft. Tasmanians produce large-scale inflatable evacuation systems for the shipping industry and innovative inflatable clothing for commercial and recreational water activities.
The Shipwrights Point School of Wooden Boatbuilding has established a new industry while preserving the skills and traditions of another age.
Tasmania is a world leader in natural turf systems for major sporting arenas and in mining technology and environmental management.
Its aquaculture industry has developed ground-breaking fish-feeding technology and new packaging.
It sells communications equipment to the Royal Australian Navy and its world-class fine timber designers and craftsmen take internet orders internationally for furniture made from distinctive local timber.
The state is a natural larder with clean air, unpolluted water and rich soils producing specialty cheeses and dairy products, mouth-watering seafood, Atlantic salmon, beef premium beers, award-winning cool-climate wines, leatherwood honey, mineral waters, fine chocolates, fresh berry fruits, apples and crisp vegetables.
Other export products include essential oils such as lavender, premium wool sought after in Europe and Japan, and pharmaceutical products. Hobart is a vital gateway to the Antarctic and a centre for Southern Ocean and polar research.
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