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'I want to get away, I want to fly away'
Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle, wonderful food and wine, and a haunting history evoked by world-famous convict ruins.
It's also Australia's smallest state and the most geographically diverse with over 40 per cent reserved as national parks and world heritage wilderness.
No matter where you go, whether you spend time in one place or drive around the island, we know you'll be delighted by what you'll find and surprised at how much bigger Tasmania is on the inside.
Tasmania's national parks cover a diversity of unspoiled habitats and ecosystems with plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.
Around forty per cent of Tasmania is protected in national parks and reserves. Most of them are stunningly beautiful and within easy reach of our major cities - and all of them are safe to visit.
So special are our national parks that a large proportion have been included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area in recognition of their unique natural and cultural values.
Our well know iconic places are located in or near our national parks, like Cradle Mountain in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park and the Franklin River in the Gordon-Franklin Wild Rivers National Park - not to mention the Port Arthur Historic Site near the Tasman National Park.
Tasmania also has significant marine reserves where a delicate and beautiful underwater environment is protected for the benefit of future generations.
Tasmania's national parks and reserves are managed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Many have visitor centres where you can find out about the park's wildlife, history and geology, as well as buy parks passes, books, maps and refreshments.
Tasmania has four distinct seasons with the warmest months being December to March.
The average maximum daily summer temperatures are between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall varies dramatically across the island. Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres is Australia's second-driest capital city (after Adelaide), while on the west coast an annual average of 2,400 mm ensures the rainforest thrives.
Regardless of where you travel in Tasmania you should be prepared for sudden, temporary deterioration in the weather, especially if bushwalking. Always carry additional warm clothing, including a waterproof outer layer.
Tasmania, an isolated island state off Australia’s south coast, known for its vast, rugged wilderness areas, largely protected within parks and reserves. On the Tasman Peninsula, the 19th-century Port Arthur penal settlement is now an open-air museum. In Hobart, the port capital, Salamanca Place's Georgian warehouses now house galleries and boutiques. Its Museum of Old and New Art has a contemporary edge.
Info thanks to discovertasmania.com.au