Tasmania is an island off the southern coast of Australia, across the Bass Strait from Victoria. It is the 26th largest island in the world, taking up more than 26,000 square miles, and is similar in size to Ireland. It is the only official state not on the mainland Australia. Tasmania got its name from the man who first sighted it, Abel Tasman. Tasmania has the most mountains of any state in Australia, and almost half of the state is made up of national parts and reserves. Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, has Australia’s oldest brewery still in operation, the Cascade Brewery. It also is home to the oldest Australian live theatre still in operation, Theatre Royal, as well as Australia’s oldest stone arch bridge that is still used. Tasmania boasts the largest lavender farm in the world, and is one of the largest producers of apples. There are 68 golf courses in Tasmania, the most in Australia. It is also the only place in the world one can see a wild Tasmanian devil, which is a large, carnivorous marsupial that is very aggressive. The top tourist attraction in Tasmania is Port Arthur, which was host to a mass murder in 1996, the worst in Australian history and one of the deadliest shootings committed by a single person in the entire world. Once a former convict settlement, it is now a museum.

Destinations for Tasmania vacations