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Tasmania is an incredible island state of Australia, situated toward the south of the continent's mainland. The Bass Strait separates the Australian mainland from this island state.
The land encompasses the main island of Tasmania, which ranks 26 in the list of the largest islands of the world. Apart from this main island, the state includes 1000 other surrounding islands.
As of September 2020, the state recorded a population of around 541,000 residents. The capital city of Tasmania is Hobart, which is also the largest city in the state.
Tasmania is regarded as the natural state. The state's protected areas, including World Heritage Sites and national parks, cover around 42% of its total land area.
Tasmania was adjoined to the Australian mainland some 11,700 years ago, until the last glacial period. According to evidence, the Aboriginal people used to inhabit the land about 42,000 years ago.
Reports say that the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman first sighted the land on 24 November 1642.
Interestingly, Tasmania was the first place in the entire southern hemisphere to use electric lights.
The primary air services of Tasmania include Virgin Australia and Jetstar Airways, with Regional Express Airlines, Qantas, and QantasLink also operating out of Tasmania. These airways connect the island with Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and the Gold Coast.
Tasmania, especially Hobart, acts as the chief sea link between Australia and Antarctica. Besides, the primary mode of transport within the state is by road. Some of the major highways of Tasmania are Bass Highway, Hobart Southern Outlet, Huon Highway, and Launceston Southern Outlet. Also, TasRail operates the rail transport systems in this island state.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
The area is home to many natural attractions, such as the glittering lakes, glacier-covered areas, alpine heathland, beech forests, dolerite peaks, etc.
Freycinet National Park
It is a World Heritage-listed site located on the east coast of Tasmania. There are many hiking trails throughout the park, and one can view the picturesque bushlands and tranquil bays.
Tasman National Park
The park has some fascinating coastal sceneries in Australia. The Tasman Arch and Blowhole are two of the most significant features of the island state. Other attractions include Waterfall Bay, Remarkable Cave, and the Devil's Kitchen.