Tasmania is Australia's amazing island state, located south of mainland Australia. There are just over 500,000 residents who benefit from outdoor activities, fresh produce and a vibrant culture.
There is evidence of Tasmanian Aboriginal relics approximately 42,000 years old and currently around 15,000 Tasmanians are of Aboriginal descent.
In more recent times Tasmania had a colonial heritage, including penal settlements at Port Arthur and Maria Island. We still have many beautiful heritage buildings, especially those made of local sandstone.
We now have more scientists per capita than any Australian state and more than our pro-rata share of artists and writers. Farming, tourism and fishing are key industries. With 37,000 businesses, small business is the largest employer segment.
Hobart, the capital city, is located on the Derwent River and acts as the Australian Gateway to the Anarctic. Hobart is famous for its Salamanca Market held on Saturdays.
Tasmania is a very popular tourism destination with attactions focusing on natural and cultural heritage as well as the arts. We have over 900,000 visitors each year from interstate and overseas. The Deloraine Craft Fair is Australia's largest craft fair, attracting approximately 30,000 visitors each November.
The climate is mild temperate, with four distinct seasons. There are many native animals that are unique to Tasmania, including the endangered Tasmanian Devil, Tassie Store's logo.
Links to useful websites
www.themercury.com.au (Southern Tasmania)
www.theexaminer.com.au (Northern Tasmania)
www.theadvocate.com.au (North West Tasmania)