Tasmania is an island state located 240km off the southeast corner of mainland Australia. Encircled by the Southern Ocean, Tasman Sea and Bass Strait, Tasmania is said to have the world's cleanest air, purest water and fertile soils.
Tasmania, Australia's only island state is located one hour flying time south of mainland Australia. Tasmania offers friendly people, unique wilderness, a pleasant temperate climate, cosmopolitan cities and wonderful wine and food. In summer, the temperature is often around 20°C on most days, with summer nights typically lower. It is uncommon to have more than two days in a row over 30°C. Winter days are typically cool, and much colder in high regions often with snow. Areas close to the sea are inclined to have relatively mild nights.
Tasmania is noted for its natural beauty and contrasts, dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, tall forests and sparkling highland lakes. More than 40% of the state is reserved in a network of National Parks and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, a refuge for rare plants and animals.
Tasmania's economy continues to benefit from a strong tourism industry buoyed by record visitor numbers and visitor expenditure. The Tasmanian Visitor Survey results showed a record 812,200 people visited the state in the 12 months ending March 2007.
A key contributor to Tasmania's record tourism growth is the vastly improved access to the state and keen competition between transport carriers. Of the 812,200 people who visited the state in the 12 months ending March 2007, 684,200 were visitors on scheduled air services and 128,000 came by scheduled sea transport.
Total visitor spending increased by 13% in the year ending March 2007 to $1.301 billion, with benefits, including increased employment, flowing to all regions of the State. An estimated 40,000 Tasmanians are directly or indirectly employed in the tourism sector.
Industry optimism is also reflected in the level of new tourism infrastructure developments under consideration or construction. As at June 2006 tourism infrastructure under construction or serious consideration was estimated to be some $420 million, with a further $186 million at feasibility or concept stage. These developments are detailed on the tourism map.