The Australian Island State of Tasmania is located 200 km south of the eastern side of the continent , with the Bass Strait acting as the divide between the two mainlands.

Population: 484,700 (March 2005, ABS)

Area: 68 332 km² (26,383 square miles)

The rich historical inheritance of the island comes from its earliest inhabitants who settled in this part of Australia as early as 1803. The diverse physiographic of the island is carved out with hundreds of undulating mountains, rugged geological formations, soaring up to height of 5000 feet and a spectacular coastline. The whopping activity options ranging from adrenaline to adventure to relaxing, water sports galore including surfing, scuba diving, bush walking, kayaking and sailing offered to the visitors ensures a holiday packed with lots of fun. For those fond of fishing get your fishing gear and enjoy your catch from any of the thousands of freshwater, big game, estuary and sea fishing spots.

For a complete holiday experience, Tasmania serves an exotic fare of local cuisine often taken for granted by the spoiled local population of about half a million. The connoisseurs of food can treat their taste buds to a range of hawker fare or opt for the culinary delights of Chefs at chic restaurants.

With its relatively unspoiled environment, the land is home to a rich floral and faunal assemblage and hence promoted as the Natural State. With 40% of Tasmanian land dedicated to wildlife preservation in the form of reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites, it is a must visit for any eco explorer. So what are you waiting for? Just come on down to 'Tassie', you'll love it.

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