Tasmania (abbreviated as Tas and known colloquially as “Tassie”) is an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia, located 240 kilometres (150 mi) to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of 507,626 (as of June 2010), almost half of which resides in the Greater Hobart precinct, which forms the metropolitan area of the state capital and largest city Hobart.
Tasmania is promoted as a natural state; almost 45% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. The state was the founding place of the first environmental party in the world. A world class wilderness and gourmet destination, Tasmania has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten places in the world to visit in 2015.
Tasmania has a cool temperate climate with four distinct seasons. Summer lasts from December to February when the average maximum sea temperature is 21 °C (70 °F) and inland areas around Launceston reach 24 °C (75 °F). Other inland areas are much cooler, with Liawenee, located on the Central Plateau, one of the coldest places in Australia, ranging between 4 °C (39 °F) and 17 °C (63 °F) in February.
Autumn lasts between March and May and experiences changeable weather, when summer weather patterns gradually take on the shape of winter patterns.
The winter months are between June and August and are generally the wettest and coolest months in the state, with most high lying areas receiving considerable snowfall. Winter maximums are 12 °C (54 °F) on average along coastal areas and 3 °C (37 °F) on the central plateau, as a result of a series of cold fronts from the Southern Ocean. Inland areas receive regular freezes throughout the winter months. Snowfall is still common up until October.
Spring is generally the windiest time of the year with afternoon sea breezes starting to take effect on the coast.
Located in the Southern part of Tasmania, just below Mt Wellington and sitting along a picturesque harbour on the Derwent River, Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city is a city rich in history, culture, wining and dining and exploring magnificent world heritage listed wilderness areas.