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Remotely located in the Central Highlands World Heritage Area of Tasmania this authentically restored building has its own history which is only surpassed by the vastness of the wilderness it sits proudly amongst.

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To Hobart – 1 Hour 55 Mins // To Launceston – 1 Hour 45 Mins

Brisbane to Tasmania

To Hobart – 2 Hours 50 Mins // To Launceston – 2 Hours 35 Mins

Adelaide to Tasmania

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Melbourne to Devonport // 9 – 10.5 Hours

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Hi Caitlyn, I thought to send a message to say thank you for a wonderful holiday. Our accommodation was excellent and the reception we got at each place we stayed at was amazing. We had a fantastic time exploring Tasmania and I could not have experienced that without your assistance. We look forward coming back in the near future. I will be using TasVacations again. A fantastic service.

Karen and her team were excellent. They know Tasmania and were quick to make helpful suggestions. We would have no hesitation using TasVacations again or recommending them to friends.

Great service, very easy process for booking a holiday. Would use TasVacations again and will definitely recommend.

We were very impressed with your service – our car was upgraded to a roomy one with GPS and all accommodation was good! We will definitely recommend you to other New Zealanders coming over, it was all so easy. Thanks.

Booking through TasVacations was very convenient and took the worry out of trying to arrange accommodation.

Your service has been absolutely great. You have been accommodating, friendly, helpful, and professional. You pointed us in the right direction to ensure that we had a fabulous holiday, and we can’t wait to come back to your beautiful state.

Every aspect of the planning, booking and checking in was made so easy and we had no issues with anything at all. A perfect service that made the holiday truly enjoyable.

The accommodation organised for us was excellent as was the itinerary we were given. The work Talise did for us was beyond excellent.

Fantastic! Amazing accommodation, great service from the team, especially Caitlyn. Would recommend TasVacations to anyone!

We have had such a wonderful time, made even better with your careful and thoughtful planning! We will not hesitate to call you for another Tasmanian adventure.

After spending 10 magnificent days touring various parts of Tasmania, I felt I needed to thank you for organising such a wonderful holiday for myself and my husband. We have had the best holiday ever!

Very helpful and experienced staff, accommodations were booked with high standard. Excellent on the whole!

We can very highly recommend Tasvacations. Caitlyn has turned our spur of the moment booking into a two week extravaganza. and though this is the peak period we have always felt the sense of Tasmania’s vastness and scenic beauty. SO many thanks to Caitlyn and Tasvacations.





27/04/2018

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Child killer can apply for parole

A Brisbane father who admitted to brutally bashing his infant daughter to death is eligible for parole after serving less than four years.

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Teen charged over ‘abduction’ of Gold Coast nurse

A 17-year-old boy has been charged over the alleged abduction of a Gold Coast nurse.

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BoM criticised for calling storms ‘10/10’ weather event

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) shouldn’t have called the weekend’s big wet a “10/10” weather event, Victoria’s Emergency Commissioner has said.

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Air drills put region on ‘brink of nuclear war’, warns North Korea

Major US and South Korean aerial wargames in the region could trigger nuclear conflict, Pyongyang has warned.

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A teen’s quest to survive the Islamic State

The three women tensed as their taxi approached the checkpoint manned by Islamic State group fighters. Everyone in Mosul dreaded checkpoints; you could never predict what these gunmen might do in their fanatic drive to crush the slightest hint of “sin.” One of them peered at the girl in the back seat, Ferah.

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Salvage of sunken trawler could take days

Weather conditions are hampering the salvage operation of sunken trawler Dianne, which is now expected to take several days.

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Wrecking crew botch US stadium demolition

A partial demolition has failed to bring down the upper section of a defunct US stadium that once hosted a leg of the Pope’s 1987 visit to the US, a Super Bowl and a historic World Cup game.

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Terrifying moment truck slams into cars

Dashcam has captured the moment a lorry driver slammed his vehicle into traffic after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel.

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Thirteen dead after South Korean fishing boat collision

At least 13 people were dead and two missing after a South Korean fishing boat collided with a refuelling vessel and capsized, the coast guard said.

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Mum’s heartbreaking lesson for schoolies in Bali

“Think before you drink, don’t leave your brain on the plane”.

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Families lift the lid on decade of aged care abuse

Eight staff members have been stood down and three referred to police after a shocking culture of cover-up and abuse was revealed at an Adelaide nursing home.

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Hutt River micronation hit with $3m bill from ATO

The principality’s longtime ruler Prince Leonard says he has not ruled out declaring war on Australia.

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Election ‘definitely not a failure’ for One Nation

Pauline Hanson denies her party s Queensland election campaign has been a failure, despite One Nation so far failing to pick up a single seat.

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Woman’s embryo donation backfires as donor vanishes

Natalie Parker donated her embryo only for the recipient to claim she had miscarried, before posting photos of her new baby on social media.

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The one question North Korean students can’t answer

They were quick to declare their love for Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, but one question from 60 Minutes’ Tom Steinfort had them stumped.





09/02/2018

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Tasmania is Australia ‘s only island state. It has the smallest land area of any state and the smallest population, with roughly 500,000 inhabitants. It is separated from the Australian mainland by a body of water called the Bass Strait that has isolated it for thousands of years.

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Tasmania is the smallest of Australia’s six states, with an area of 68,401km² (26,410 square miles). It is comparable in size to Ireland or the US state of West Virginia. Tasmania is separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, from New Zealand by the Tasman Sea, and otherwise surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It is located right in the pathway of the notorious “Roaring Forties” winds that encircle the globe.

Most of Tasmania’s population is concentrated around the south east and north coasts. The Midlands (the area between Hobart and Launcestion) is primarily used for agriculture. The Huon Valley and the area between Launceston and Burnie is used for both agriculture and horticulture. The Central Highlands, the West Coast and the South West are all mountainous forested areas, a majority of which are protected inside national parks.

Tasmania is the most mountainous state of Australia, its tallest mountain is Mount Ossa at 1,617m (5,305 ft). Much of Tasmania is still densely forested, with the Southwest National Park and neighbouring areas holding some of the last temperate rain forests in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Tasmania has a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons.

  • Summer December – February. Average maximum temperature is 21°C, average low 12°C.
  • Autumn March – May. Very changeable weather.
  • Winter June – August. Average maximum temperature is 12°C, average low 5°C. Most high lying areas receiving considerable snowfall.
  • Spring September – November. Snowfall is common through to October.

The West Coast and the South West recieve a significantly higher amount of rainfall than anywhere else in the state. The number of rainy days per year in Tasmania is much greater than anywhere else in Australian. The saying “four seasons in a day” is very true here.

Daylight

  • Summer: approximately 15 hours of daylight. (05:30-20:50)
  • Winter: approximately 9 hours of daylight. (07:40-16:40)

History Edit

The first reported sighting of Tasmania by a European was on 24 November 1642 by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. Captain James Cook landed at Adventure Bay in 1777. Matthew Flinders and George Bass first proved Tasmania to be an island in 1798–99.

The first European settling of Tasmania was by the British at Risdon Cove on the eastern bank of the Derwent estuary in 1804. Penal settlements were established at Sullivans Cove (Hobart), Maria Island, Sarah Island, and Port Arthur. The colony changed its name from “Van Diemen’s Land” to “Tasmania” in 1856. The Colony of Tasmania existed from 1856 until 1901, when it federated together with the five other Australian colonies to form the Commonwealth of Australia.

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Tasmania’s main industries are mining (including copper, zinc, tin, and iron), forestry, agriculture, fresh produce (fruit, vegetables, dairy, seafood, beer and wine), and tourism.

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National Public Holidays

  • 1 January: New Years’ Day
  • 26 January: Australia Day, marking the anniversary of the First Fleet’s landing in Sydney Cove in 1788.
  • Easter weekend (“Good Friday”, “Easter Saturday”, “Easter Sunday” and “Easter Monday”): a four day long weekend in March or April set according to the Western Christian dates.
  • 25 April: ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps), honouring military veterans
  • Second Monday in June: Queen’s birthday holiday.
  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Boxing Day

Regional Public Holidays

  • Wednesday not earlier than fifth and not later than eleventh day of January: Devonport Cup
  • Last Wednesday of February: Launceston Cup
  • Second Monday of February: Royal Regatta Day (Southern Tasmania only)
  • First Tuesday of March: King Island Show
  • Second Monday of March: 8 Hour Day (Labour Day elsewhere in Australia)
  • The Friday nearest the last day of November: AGFEST (Circular Head only)
  • The Friday before the first Saturday of October: Burnie Show
  • Thursday before the second Saturday of October: Royal Launceston Show
  • The Friday before the third Saturday of October: Flinders Island Show
  • The Friday before the third Saturday of October: Royal Hobart Show
  • First Monday of November: Recreation Day (Northern Tasmania only)
  • The Friday nearest the last day of November: Devonport Show

When a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday (and Tuesday if necessary) are usually declared holidays in lieu, although both the celebrations and the retail closures will occur on the day itself. Most tourist attractions are closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Supermarkets and other stores may open for limited hours on some public holidays and on holidays in lieu, but are almost always closed on Christmas Day (25 Dec), Good Friday, Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day morning.

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Tasmania is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 18 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Daylight Saving is observed from the first Sunday of October to the first Sunday of April the following year.

AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC+10

AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time UTC+11

Tasmanian Devil Edit

Since 1996 devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) has drastically reduced the devil population and now threatens the survival of the species, which in 2008 was declared to be endangered. The disease is a transmissible cancer, which means that it is contagious and passed from one animal to another. Individual devils die within months of infection. Programs are currently being undertaken by the Tasmanian Government to reduce the impact of the disease, including an initiative to build up a colonies of healthy devils in captivity, isolated from the disease. As of 2008 there is an estimated 10,000–15,000 remaining in the wild.





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Official Tour Guide for Tasmania: Activities Sightseeing Hotels Campervan Rental  Car Hire in Tasmania: Book Your Tours Online.  Visit Hobart. Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Strahan and Freycinet. Book online for package deals, car hire and campervans. Visit National Parks. Tourist destination information and maps. Itineraries for 10 days and more. Self drive or join tours to get around with hotels included.

The Official Tasmania Tour Guide will make it easy to book online. Take day tours from Hobart as part of your vacation holiday. Day tours from Launceston and Half Day Hobart Tours are great for singles. Tourism information for backpackers.

Best deals for premier tourist attractions and tours. Read the reviews and then book easily online. 10 Day trips or just a weekend away for singles, backpackers to the family.    Tasmania Tours

Best online rates. Pickup and drop off Hobart or Launceston, city or airport. OK to take car to Bruny Island.  Baby seats, GPS and boosters available. Book online for cheap prices.   Car Hire Tasmania

Pickup and drop off Hobart and Launceston, city or airport. Cheap rentals, best features. Easy to book online.   Campervan Hire Tasmania





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The smallest state of Australia, Tasmania is separated from the mainland by 240km of the Bass Strait. An island of spectacular landscapes, rich heritage, unique flora and fauna, fertile wilderness and world class wine and food, the state is both diverse and distinctive. With each region enjoying its own distinct atmosphere, you’ll heritage and history in the north midlands, abundant farmlands in the northwest, sand dunes and beaches on the east coast and mountains and hinterland on the west coast.

Tasmania Accommodation

Tasmania accommodation offers a wide range of resorts, lodges, retreats and historic mansions as diverse as the region itself. With options available to suit all tastes and budgets, you can choose to holiday in the convenience of self-catering accommodation, soak up the style and atmosphere of heritage listed buildings, relax in modern comfort or experience the peace and tranquillity of getting back to nature with wilderness cabins. All accommodation enjoys a great range of in-room and onsite facilities and are located within easy access of transport, shopping, dining and attractions.

Popular Regions in Tasmania

Hobart

Launceston

Cradle Valley & Devonport

Home of the famous Treasure Trail, Devonport enjoys charming towns, farmlands, forests, beaches and a World Heritage wilderness area home to Cradle Mountain.

Tours & Cruises

Tasmania offers a fantastic range of activities, attractions, tours and cruises and thanks to its compact size, all are just a short distance apart and easy to navigate. Aside from stunning scenery, Tasmania is also home to diving, rafting, sea kayaking, jet boating, horse riding, wilderness flights, abseiling/climbing, caving, all terrain touring and more. More than a third of the island is also comprised of protected national parks and reserves. Part of these are also a number of ancient Aboriginal sacred sites including Tiagarra Aboriginal Centre (Devonport), Rocky Cape (north west), Bedlam Walls (near Hobart), Wybalenna (Flinders Island) and Henty Dunes (west coast).

Tasmania’s temperate climate produces a fantastic range of seafood, fruit, gourmet food and wine and what better way to enjoy all of the above then with a relaxing river cruise. Taking in the stunning scenery and World Heritage wilderness, these cruises are a convenient way to sightsee in absolute comfort.

Tasmania Packages

Tasmania holiday packages are a fantastic way to combine all your holiday needs and save time and money. By booking your essentials like flights, accommodation and travel insurance with all the added extras like transfers, tours and even meals, you can enjoy significant savings meaning you can use the money you saved to upgrade your experience or even stay for longer. By taking care of all the planning before you set out for your holiday, you can relax and enjoy your break with the peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of.





09/08/2017

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Official Tour Guide for Tasmania: Activities Sightseeing Hotels Campervan Rental  Car Hire in Tasmania: Book Your Tours Online.  Visit Hobart. Launceston, Cradle Mountain, Strahan and Freycinet. Book online for package deals, car hire and campervans. Visit National Parks. Tourist destination information and maps. Itineraries for 10 days and more. Self drive or join tours to get around with hotels included.

The Official Tasmania Tour Guide will make it easy to book online. Take day tours from Hobart as part of your vacation holiday. Day tours from Launceston and Half Day Hobart Tours are great for singles. Tourism information for backpackers.

Best deals for premier tourist attractions and tours. Read the reviews and then book easily online. 10 Day trips or just a weekend away for singles, backpackers to the family.    Tasmania Tours

Best online rates. Pickup and drop off Hobart or Launceston, city or airport. OK to take car to Bruny Island.  Baby seats, GPS and boosters available. Book online for cheap prices.   Car Hire Tasmania

Pickup and drop off Hobart and Launceston, city or airport. Cheap rentals, best features. Easy to book online.   Campervan Hire Tasmania





09/08/2017

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It used to be a “mainlander’s” joke that Tasmania was twenty years behind the rest of Australia. And in some ways this island state remains old-fashioned, a trait that is charming and frustrating by turns. Yet increasingly Australians are beginning to wonder whether the joke might have been on them after all. The isolation that once stymied growth in Tasmania is now seen as an asset. More and more Aussies find themselves lured across the Bass Strait by the relaxed pace of life and outstanding wine and cuisine, as much as the state’s famously pristine environment. An increasing number of luxury hotels have appeared, too – chintz and doilies in heritage stays are out, cool contemporary beach-houses are in – and Australia’s most cutting-edge gallery, MONA in Hobart, definitively refutes accusations that Tasmania is backwards. The Tasmanian landscape – vast swathes of rainforest that date back to the last ice age, jagged glaciated mountains and white-powder beaches – still brings many visitors to the island. Even if you’re not particularly outdoorsy, the experience of visiting such a pure environment brings a tingle of exhilaration.

Tasmania has come a long way since it was known as Van Diemen’s Land. The sink of the British Empire, it hosted the worst of the worst convicts, and its name became so tainted with penal brutality that the state decided to rebrand when transportation ended in 1853. Even in the Nineties it still had a reputation as somewhere brooding, almost gothic. It was also renowned for its ties to the Old Country. Not only British in scale at roughly the size of Ireland, Tasmania retains rolling hills, hawthorn hedges and stone villages that recall England’s West Country, largely in the midlands between its two largest cities that were the axes of development, capital Hobart and Launceston in the north.

Yet if anything defines (and divides) Tasmania it is the environment. This is the closest point in Australia to the Antarctic Circle. The next land west is Argentina – air monitoring stations record the air in the state’s northwest as the purest in the world. With forty percent of the island protected in parks and reserves, Tasmania is one of the cleanest places on Earth. Much of the southwest is pure wilderness; a place of wild rivers, temperate rainforests, buttongrass plains and glacially carved mountains and tarns. Protected as a vast World Heritage Area, it offers some of the best wilderness walking and rafting in the world.

Cradle Mountain in the centre and Strahan on the west coast are the gateways from which most people experience the wild, forming two stops on a much-travelled loop that includes capital Hobart, with its must-see gallery and burgeoning food and arts scenes; convict history on the Tasman Peninsula; the string of beautiful beaches along the sunnier, drier east coast . the state’s holiday playground; and Launceston, the state’s second city and gateway to the vineyards of the Tamar Valley. Tick off the lot and you’ll have a taste of the state. Yet those less-visited corners are equally appealing: places like the far south down to Cockle Creek, a blend of wilderness, scenery and food culture; the sparsely populated northeast corner, home to the mesmerizing Bay of Fires beaches and Mount William National Park . a haven for Forrester kangaroo; or in the northwest small resorts like pretty Stanley or the isolated shack villages at Arthur River. All are places to slow down; to discover astonishing scenery and wildlife, perhaps settle into a free bushcamp for the night and revel in the purity of this environment.

Brief history

The Dutch navigator Abel Tasman sighted the island in 1642. Landing a party on its east coast, he named it Van Diemen’s Land in honour of the governor of the Dutch East Indies. Early maps showed it connected to the mainland, and several eighteenth-century French and British navigators, including Bruny d’Entrecasteaux, William Bligh and James Cook did not prove otherwise. It was Matthew Flinders’ discovery of the Bass Strait in 1798 that confirmed Tasmania as an island (and reduced the journey to Sydney by a week). In 1803, after a French expedition had been observed in the island’s southern waters, it was decided to establish a second colony in Australia, and Lieutenant David Bowen settled with a group of convicts on the banks of the Derwent River at Risdon Cove. In the same year, Lieutenant-Colonel John Collins set out from England with another group to settle the Port Phillip district of what would become Victoria; after a few months they gave up and crossed the Bass Strait to join Bowen’s group. Hobart Town was founded in 1804 and the first penal settlement opened at Macquarie Harbour (Strahan) in 1821, followed by Maria Island and Port Arthur; they were mainly for convicts who had committed secondary offences after transportation. Lurid tales of the harsh conditions and violent regime enshrined Van Diemen’s Land in British folklore as a prison-island hell. In truth, many convicts enjoyed higher standards of living than they had in British and Irish slums, and some free settlers made fortunes.

The environmental debate

If we can revise our attitudes towards the land under our feet; if we can accept a role of steward, and depart from the role of conqueror; if we can accept the view that man and nature are inseparable parts of the unified whole – then Tasmania can be a shining beacon in a dull, uniform, and largely artificial world.

Olegas Truchanas, conservationist, 1971

Tasmania’s recent history has been shaped not by the postwar industrialization and immigration that transformed the mainland, but by battles over natural resources. Forests, fast-flowing rivers and mountainous terrain meant that forestry and hydroelectricity schemes began early here. The flooding of Lake Pedder in 1972 for the HEC (Hydro Electricity Commission) led to the formation of the Wilderness Society. a conservation organization that went on to lead the largest civilian protest in Australian history in 1982 – the so-called Franklin Blockade. which saved one of Tasmania’s last wild rivers and led to World Heritage status for a fifth of the state. Bitter controversy over the balance between conservation and exploitation of natural resources has long polarized the state’s population between “greenies” and loggers.

Yet after thirty years of conflict, sometimes fought tree by tree, the balance of power is shifting. After a moratorium on logging in 2010, the World Heritage area was extended by 170,000 hectares in June 2013 to include high-value old-growth forest in the Styx Valley. the nearby Weld and Upper Florentine valleys and the Great Western Tiers around Lake St Clair. Simultaneously a moratorium on logging remains in forests of the Blue Tier. Yet although state forestry arm Forestry Tasmania seems to accept the need for reform, forced by a collapse in native timber markets, the battleground has shifted. In February 2013, as timber prices slumped and prices for iron ore and bauxite soared through Asian demand, the federal government approved open-cut mining in the Tarkine region in the northwest, also home to the largest Gondwanan rainforest in Australia. At the time of writing, the Save the Tarkine movement ( w tarkine.org ) had appealed to the Federal Court.





05/07/2017

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The smallest state of Australia, Tasmania is separated from the mainland by 240km of the Bass Strait. An island of spectacular landscapes, rich heritage, unique flora and fauna, fertile wilderness and world class wine and food, the state is both diverse and distinctive. With each region enjoying its own distinct atmosphere, you’ll heritage and history in the north midlands, abundant farmlands in the northwest, sand dunes and beaches on the east coast and mountains and hinterland on the west coast.

Tasmania Accommodation

Tasmania accommodation offers a wide range of resorts, lodges, retreats and historic mansions as diverse as the region itself. With options available to suit all tastes and budgets, you can choose to holiday in the convenience of self-catering accommodation, soak up the style and atmosphere of heritage listed buildings, relax in modern comfort or experience the peace and tranquillity of getting back to nature with wilderness cabins. All accommodation enjoys a great range of in-room and onsite facilities and are located within easy access of transport, shopping, dining and attractions.

Popular Regions in Tasmania

Hobart

Launceston

Cradle Valley & Devonport

Home of the famous Treasure Trail, Devonport enjoys charming towns, farmlands, forests, beaches and a World Heritage wilderness area home to Cradle Mountain.

Tours & Cruises

Tasmania offers a fantastic range of activities, attractions, tours and cruises and thanks to its compact size, all are just a short distance apart and easy to navigate. Aside from stunning scenery, Tasmania is also home to diving, rafting, sea kayaking, jet boating, horse riding, wilderness flights, abseiling/climbing, caving, all terrain touring and more. More than a third of the island is also comprised of protected national parks and reserves. Part of these are also a number of ancient Aboriginal sacred sites including Tiagarra Aboriginal Centre (Devonport), Rocky Cape (north west), Bedlam Walls (near Hobart), Wybalenna (Flinders Island) and Henty Dunes (west coast).

Tasmania’s temperate climate produces a fantastic range of seafood, fruit, gourmet food and wine and what better way to enjoy all of the above then with a relaxing river cruise. Taking in the stunning scenery and World Heritage wilderness, these cruises are a convenient way to sightsee in absolute comfort.

Tasmania Packages

Tasmania holiday packages are a fantastic way to combine all your holiday needs and save time and money. By booking your essentials like flights, accommodation and travel insurance with all the added extras like transfers, tours and even meals, you can enjoy significant savings meaning you can use the money you saved to upgrade your experience or even stay for longer. By taking care of all the planning before you set out for your holiday, you can relax and enjoy your break with the peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of.





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Welcome to Premier Travel Tasmania. Tasmania’s leading provider of premium small group tours, tailor-made private tours and specialty self-drive adventures. Since 1996 we have been offering refined encounters with nature. Showcasing Tasmania’s pristine environment and wonderful way of life. Our focus is on fascinating nature wildlife, rich heritage, gourmet food wine and high quality interpretation. We invite you to be immersed in a rejuvenating environment where lush wilderness is combined with all the comforts of modern life. Here, at ‘the edge of the world’, let us refresh your body and mind with all that a Tasmanian holiday has to offer.

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This tour of Tasmania s icons includes Hobart, Port Arthur, Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay, to name a few. If you have limited time to see Tasmania s highlights and want to do so in style, this premium small group tour is an excellent option.

Come and experience why Tasmania has been rated as one of the TOP 10 REGIONS in the world by Lonely Planet s Best in Travel 2015 . This is the ultimate Tasmanian self-drive package, giving you plenty of time to tour Tasmania.





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Tasmania

Tasmania is Australia ‘s only island state. It has the smallest land area of any state and the smallest population, with roughly 500,000 inhabitants. It is separated from the Australian mainland by a body of water called the Bass Strait that has isolated it for thousands of years.

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Geography Edit

Tasmania is the smallest of Australia’s six states, with an area of 68,401km² (26,410 square miles). It is comparable in size to Ireland or the US state of West Virginia. Tasmania is separated from mainland Australia by the Bass Strait, from New Zealand by the Tasman Sea, and otherwise surrounded by the Southern Ocean. It is located right in the pathway of the notorious “Roaring Forties” winds that encircle the globe.

Most of Tasmania’s population is concentrated around the south east and north coasts. The Midlands (the area between Hobart and Launcestion) is primarily used for agriculture. The Huon Valley and the area between Launceston and Burnie is used for both agriculture and horticulture. The Central Highlands, the West Coast and the South West are all mountainous forested areas, a majority of which are protected inside national parks.

Tasmania is the most mountainous state of Australia, its tallest mountain is Mount Ossa at 1,617m (5,305 ft). Much of Tasmania is still densely forested, with the Southwest National Park and neighbouring areas holding some of the last temperate rain forests in the Southern Hemisphere.

Climate Edit

Tasmania has a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons.

  • Summer December – February. Average maximum temperature is 21°C, average low 12°C.
  • Autumn March – May. Very changeable weather.
  • Winter June – August. Average maximum temperature is 12°C, average low 5°C. Most high lying areas receiving considerable snowfall.
  • Spring September – November. Snowfall is common through to October.

The West Coast and the South West recieve a significantly higher amount of rainfall than anywhere else in the state. The number of rainy days per year in Tasmania is much greater than anywhere else in Australian. The saying “four seasons in a day” is very true here.

Daylight

  • Summer: approximately 15 hours of daylight. (05:30-20:50)
  • Winter: approximately 9 hours of daylight. (07:40-16:40)

History Edit

The first reported sighting of Tasmania by a European was on 24 November 1642 by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. Captain James Cook landed at Adventure Bay in 1777. Matthew Flinders and George Bass first proved Tasmania to be an island in 1798–99.

The first European settling of Tasmania was by the British at Risdon Cove on the eastern bank of the Derwent estuary in 1804. Penal settlements were established at Sullivans Cove (Hobart), Maria Island, Sarah Island, and Port Arthur. The colony changed its name from “Van Diemen’s Land” to “Tasmania” in 1856. The Colony of Tasmania existed from 1856 until 1901, when it federated together with the five other Australian colonies to form the Commonwealth of Australia.

Economy Edit

Tasmania’s main industries are mining (including copper, zinc, tin, and iron), forestry, agriculture, fresh produce (fruit, vegetables, dairy, seafood, beer and wine), and tourism.

Holidays Edit

National Public Holidays

  • 1 January: New Years’ Day
  • 26 January: Australia Day, marking the anniversary of the First Fleet’s landing in Sydney Cove in 1788.
  • Easter weekend (“Good Friday”, “Easter Saturday”, “Easter Sunday” and “Easter Monday”): a four day long weekend in March or April set according to the Western Christian dates.
  • 25 April: ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps), honouring military veterans
  • Second Monday in June: Queen’s birthday holiday.
  • 25 December: Christmas Day
  • 26 December: Boxing Day

Regional Public Holidays

  • Wednesday not earlier than fifth and not later than eleventh day of January: Devonport Cup
  • Last Wednesday of February: Launceston Cup
  • Second Monday of February: Royal Regatta Day (Southern Tasmania only)
  • First Tuesday of March: King Island Show
  • Second Monday of March: 8 Hour Day (Labour Day elsewhere in Australia)
  • The Friday nearest the last day of November: AGFEST (Circular Head only)
  • The Friday before the first Saturday of October: Burnie Show
  • Thursday before the second Saturday of October: Royal Launceston Show
  • The Friday before the third Saturday of October: Flinders Island Show
  • The Friday before the third Saturday of October: Royal Hobart Show
  • First Monday of November: Recreation Day (Northern Tasmania only)
  • The Friday nearest the last day of November: Devonport Show

When a public holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday (and Tuesday if necessary) are usually declared holidays in lieu, although both the celebrations and the retail closures will occur on the day itself. Most tourist attractions are closed Christmas Day and Good Friday. Supermarkets and other stores may open for limited hours on some public holidays and on holidays in lieu, but are almost always closed on Christmas Day (25 Dec), Good Friday, Easter Sunday and ANZAC Day morning.

Time Zone Edit

Tasmania is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 18 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (PST). Daylight Saving is observed from the first Sunday of October to the first Sunday of April the following year.

AEST – Australian Eastern Standard Time UTC+10

AEDT – Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time UTC+11

Tasmanian Devil Edit

Since 1996 devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) has drastically reduced the devil population and now threatens the survival of the species, which in 2008 was declared to be endangered. The disease is a transmissible cancer, which means that it is contagious and passed from one animal to another. Individual devils die within months of infection. Programs are currently being undertaken by the Tasmanian Government to reduce the impact of the disease, including an initiative to build up a colonies of healthy devils in captivity, isolated from the disease. As of 2008 there is an estimated 10,000–15,000 remaining in the wild.





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Tasmania Travel

Tasmania is unique in being the only island state of Australia. And with it’s magnificent natural beauty, vast national parks and wilderness areas, unique history, first world economy, modern hotels and vibrant culture, Tasmania is a truly captivating and exciting travel destination, and you will have great fun planning your Tasmania travel.

Around one fifth of Tasmania is officially recognised as wilderness by UNESCO under its World Heritage Convention. If you travel to Tasmania, you will be able to understand why!

Launceston and Tamar Region

Launceston is a charming mixture of old and modern. Walk the walk on the boardwalk. From ambient waterside cafes to fine cuisine at fine restaurants, the choice is yours. Visit Boag’s brewery. Travel to the Tamar Valley for the famous wine experience and enjoy the vineyards’ welcome. Or relax with a round of golf at the world standard Barnbougle Dunes golf course. Don’t miss the nearby historic villages. Visit Cataract Gorge Reserve, where you can walk from Launceston along the Tamar river into the gorge all in just 15 minutes. Walk along the cliff face path and visit the South Esk River. Visit the Cliff Grounds, a Victorian garden. Stroll across the footbridge and gaze at the swirling water below, or try the chairlift.

The North West and King Island

The North West region is beautiful, wild nature at its best. Visit the Tarkine, Australia’s largest temperate rainforest, and enjoy the pure fresh air and marvel at the gigantic eucalypt forests. The Tarkine is 447,000 hectares (1.4m acres) of superb wilderness, giant sand dunes, rugged mountains and spectacular river gorges. Explore the caves near the coast and discover Aboriginal rock carvings. Travel to the rugged Pieman river and admire its natural splendour. Climb the Nut (a huge volcanic outcrop, pictured below) and gaze out at the vastness of Bass Strait. Visit local farms and sample the produce, travel to seaside villages, or visit Hellyers Road Distillery to find out about their single malts. Visit Narawntapu National Park to see Forester Kangaroos, wombats (and maybe even see a Tasmanian devil). Travel off shore to King Island, famous for its wildlife, beautiful beaches, gourmet food, cheese and cream. Learn about its remarkable maritime past at the Historical Society Museum. See relics from some of the countless ships wrecked in Bass Strait. Or see the amazing ancient calcified forest believed to be 7000 years old.

West Wilderness

Go back in time and travel to the pristine wilderness and magnificent beauty of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area. Marvel at the untouched splendour of this unbelievable place on earth. Walk beside the stark and beautiful coastline. Hike deep into the green mystery of a huge natural rainforest and let the greenness surround you. Enjoy the fresh and pure air, so invigorating to your soul. Go rafting on the powerful and majestic Franklin River. Remember your climbing boots and climb some of the peaks in the rugged Cradle Mountain / Lake St Clair National Park, the views are a great reward. (Picture, far left above ‘History’.) Take a cruise on Lake St Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Australia. Or try a ride on a wilderness railway, all the while learning about the history of this unique corner of the world. Tasmania’s west wilderness is truly one of the most remarkable, purest and untouched areas in the world, and a prized destination for the adventurous and discerning traveller. Travel Bookings and Info

For more detailed information about beautiful Tasmania and to find out more about travel, flight and hotel bookings, visit Tourism Tasmania’s website DiscoverTasmania.com .

For information about ferry services between Melbourne and Devonport (including vehicles), visit SpiritOfTasmania.com.au





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