Separated from mainland Australia by the 240 km stretch of Bass Strait, Tasmania is a land apart. Tasmania is Australia’s only island state and is home to lush green valleys, uncrowded towns and villages and untouched natural beauty.

The state is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people, a temperate climate, wonderful wine and food and a relaxed island lifestyle.

Port Arthur Historic Site to the South East of Hobart is one of Australia’s most famous convict site. The site was home to a notorious penal settlement between 1830 and 1877 and is a fascinating insigt into Australia’s convict history.

Forty percent of the state is protected as national parks and in 2004 the US National Geographic Traveler magazine ranked Tasmania equal third in the world, for wise land stewardship.