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Tasmania is the largest of Australia's islands. An "island off an island" ... It is located 200 kilometres south of Victoria (south east Australia), and is separated by a body of water called the Bass Strait. This geographical isolation from the mainland of Australia and the fact that it is the most southerly state of Australia has resulted in an island that has developed a unique and amazing ecosystem.
Tasmania has some amazing wildlife. The Tasmanian Wolf was one of the island's more unusual inhabitants, but sadly became extinct in 1936. Today the Tasmanian Devil (another very unusual animal) may face a similar fate. Other animals that call the island home are the wombat, the kangaroo, and the platypus. Click here for more information on the Tasmanian Wolf.
The Tasmanian Devil is a ferocious marsupial only native to the island state of Tasmania, Australia. It is a carnivorous animal that is about the same size as a pitbull. The Tasmanian Devil has been made famous by it's cartoon counterpart Taz the Tasmanian Devil made popular in Looney Tunes cartoons. Click here for more information on the Tasmanian Devil.
The island of Tasmania has wilderness that is world reknowned for its ancient forests and remote mountains and rivers. Thousands of years of being largely untouched by humans has allowed some of the oldest and largest trees in the world to flourish. One of the most interesting Tasmania facts is that Tassie has one of the oldest native trees in the world, the Huon Pine. There are also a number of mountain ranges (one of the most famous being Cradle Mountain) scattered across the state which provide spectacular hiking or camping opportunities. Click here for information on Tasmania wilderness.
The history of Tasmania is very interesting and played a major part in the early settlement of Australia. It was originally named Van Diemen's Land after Anthony van Diemen the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. The island of Tasmania was originally populated by Aborigines for thousands of years, and only relatively recently (in the last 200 years) did Europeans colonize it, initially as a penal colony. Sadly this nearly wiped out the state's original inhabitants, the Tasmanian Aborigines. Click here for more information on the history of Tasmania.
Surrounded by large expanses of ocean and being the southern most state of Australia gives Tasmania a weather system unique from the rest of Australia. It has a temperate maritime climate meaning it is cooler than mainland Australia with a weather pattern similar to the United Kingdom. Click here for more information on Tasmania weather.
The geography of Tasmania facts varies from the rest of Australia significantly. It is a mountainous island with large areas of old-growth forests and volcanic lakes. The island is relatively small, measuring roughly 350 kilometres in length, but has a variety of unusual terrain that are not common to the mainland. The population of Tasmania is approximately 500,000, however in recent years the population of Tassie has steadily been increasing. Click here for more information on Tasmania geography.
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