We live at the bottom of the world, in quite a magical place (according to me of course……)

 Tasmania is an Island State of Australia

Here are some facts about Tasmania.


  • Tasmania is the smallest State of the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • It is an island situated approx 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of the Main Land of Australia
  • Tasmania lies between latitudes 40 degrees and 44 degrees south, and between longitudes 143 degrees and 149 degrees east.
  • It is 315 kilometres (189 miles) west to east and 286 kilometres (175 miles) north to south
  • The area of Tasmania is 68,331 square kilometres (26,376 square miles).
  • The population of Tasmania is approximately ½ a million.
  • The main centres are Hobart (the capital city with approx. 250,000 people), and Launceston with about 100,000 people.
  • Tasmania has four airports, with Hobart Airport in the South and Launceston Airport in the North being the main ones. Flying time from Hobart to Melbourne is approximately 1 hour and to Sydney 2 hours.
  • There are two passenger and vehicular ferries travelling to and from Tasmania. Spirit of Tasmania I and II depart Melbourne, Victoria, nightly taking approximately 10 hours to reach Devonport on the North West Coast of Tasmania.
Place Summer Winter
Hobart 22°C / 72°F 12°C / 53°F
Launceston 24°C / 75°F 13°C / 55°F
  • Tasmania has a temperate maritime climate with four distinctive seasons. In winter, the earliest it becomes dark is about 5pm. The long summer evenings, with extended twilight hours, provide opportunities to “play” after work. In springtime: September, October and November, the Island can be hit by the Roaring Forties which can produce gales that “blow dogs off chains”. During summer, autumn and winter  calmer, even balmy weather dominates.
  • The climate also provides many benefits for those wishing to discover our beautiful rainforest and wilderness areas by bush walking or visiting with our unique wildlife such as Tasmanian Devils, and native pygmy possums.
  • Tasmania is noted for high quality produce including wines, cheeses, fish, oysters, berries, stone fruit, apples, hops, vegetables, poppies, barley, lavender, beautiful timbers and flowers to name a few.


Some Interesting and True Facts About Tasmania:

  • Tasmania has more visitors per year than its entire population.
  • Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, measured at Cape Grim on the north-west coast.
  • Tasmania has the lowest crime rate of any Australian state.
  • Hobart is the second driest capital city in Australia, after Adelaide


Tasmania Has Australia’s Oldest:

  •  live theatre venue: The Theatre Royal in Hobart.
  •  brewery. The Cascade Brewery is in Hobart.
  •  golf course which at Bothwell, in the Tasmanian midlands.
  •  bridge still in use. It was built by convicts at Richmond in  1823.



Tasmania boasts a number of “firsts” for Australia.


  • Tasmania was the first Australian state to introduce a compulsory state education system in 1868.
  • The first telephone call in Australia was made in Tasmania, between Launceston and Campbell Town in 1874.
  • Tasmanian, George Adams, established the first Tattersalls Lottery in Hobart in 1896. This lottery has now evolved into Australia’s Tattslotto system.
  • Australia’s first legal casino was opened in Hobart in 1973.
  • The first parking meters in Australia were installed in Collins Street, Hobart, in 1955.
  • The Tasmanian town of Coles Bay, on the Freycinet Peninsula, was the first town in Australia to ban plastic bags in April 2003.
  • Tasmania was the first state to introduce ground-breaking relationship legislation (Relationships Act 2003), providing legal rights for de factos and same-sex couples in ‘significant relationships’.



“ The Canine Exhibition of 1862 First in Australia was conducted on November 12 at Mr Moore’s Horse Bazaar in Liverpool Street, Hobart Town, by the newly formed Society for the Improvement in the Breed of Dogs (changed to the Canine Society in 1883).

Breeds exhibited were Setters, Pointers, Spaniels, and other field dogs, Greyhounds, Harriers, Beagles, and Retrievers, Bulldogs, Bull Terriers, Rough Terriers, Smooth Terriers, Fox Terriers, Newfoundland’s and Sheepdogs,
(Black and Tan Sheepdogs, Esquimaux Poodle, Poodle and a Smithfield Colley).”

Thus reported the Hobart Mercury on the first show held in AUSTRALIA.

The second documented dog show, and the first on the mainland, was in Melbourne in April, 1864.