Hobart and surrounds
- Southeast Tasmania
- Huon Valley & D'Entrecasteaux Channel
- Derwent Valley and Central Highlands
Launceston, Tamar Valley and the North
North west coast
The west coast And wilderness
- St Helens
- Boat Harbour
- Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula
- Strahan and the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
- Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
- The Freycinet Peninsula and Wineglass Bay
- The Huon Valley
- Maria Island
- Mt Field National Park and Russell Falls
Tasmania was settled by the British as a penal colony and convicts were first transported to what was then called Van Diemen's Land, in 1804. Penal settlements were established at Sullivans Cove (Hobart), Maria Island, Sarah Island, and Port Arthur. The ruins of the convict jails can still be seen in these places, particularly at Port Arthur, which has been carefully preserved and has many convict related activities for tourists. For its size, Tasmania has plenty attractions and you could spend a month there and still not see everything.
Tasmania promotes itself internationally as "Australia's Natural State" and within Australia as the "Island of Inspiration". About 40% of the island is protected as national parks, World Heritage Areas, and forest and marine reserves.
Tasmania is famous for its merino wool which is used by Japanese companies to manufacture high quality men's suits. It is also known world-wide for the Tasmanian tiger, a now extinct striped marsupial dog-like animal, and the nocturnal Tasmanian devil, a small black and white marsupial whose sharp teeth and frightening screams belie the fact that it is shy of humans. Tasmanian devils  are currently under threat of extinction due to a widespread facial tumour. The state government is endeavouring to detect the cause of the tumours and preserve disease-free colonies.
On the whole, expect a good mix of nice natural scenery, fresh food and wines, and heritage.
Tasmania adhers to the same time zone and daylight saving periods as New South Wales and Victoria. It is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and 18 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. Daylight saving begins on the first Sunday of October and ends on the first Sunday of April, moving the time one more hour ahead.
Tasmania is served by two Spirit of Tasmania Ferries  from mainland Australia. They depart daily from Melbourne arrive at Devonport taking the full night (or the full day during peak summer periods) for the crossing.
The crossing can be a little rocky at times, but provides beautiful views. You have the option of booking one of a range of a cabins or a reclining chair for the journey. The large ferries take vehicles, bikes, foot passengers and pets.
See the Devonport article for the details of the ferry.
Getting around Tasmania by car is by far the most convenient way to see what the state has to offer. Cars can be brought into Tasmania from the mainland on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry (see above), or hired upon arrival.
With the exception of Highway 1 between Devonport, Launceston and Hobart, travel times by car will be much longer than you think. Averaging anything near the state limit of 100km/h is generally just not possible. Even A and B roads wind their way through mountain passes and along coastlines, with few overtaking lanes, and on some roads averaging 60km/h is only just achievable. Seek local advice if timing is critical, or just allow more time. What appears the most direct road can add hours to your journey time. Again, seek local advice on the quickest route if timing is critical.
Tasmania uses an alphanumeric system for road references, and all roads are generally well marked with references and destinations. Attractions are generally well signposted from the nearest main road. As a result, it is quite possible to navigate most of Tasmania using only a rudimentary map. Exploring the forests can often lead to a maze of forest roads. A GPS can come in handy for finding your way out.
If you have plenty of time in Tasmania, buses can be an option, but you would be advised to study timetable carefully and to do an extra bit of planning, as services can be infrequent.
Two major companies which service most of Tasmania:
There are no passenger rail services in Tasmania.
Bicycle touring is a popular way to see Tasmania.
- Trout Fishing, . Trout Guides and Lodges Tasmania Incorporated (TGALT) is the industry body, that was voluntarily formed in 1981, initially called the, Tasmanian Professional Trout Fishing Guides Association. Its primary purpose was to provide anglers with a source of guides that they could be assured, would provide a safe, appropriate and professional service. During 1995 the Association was expanded to specifically include trout fishing lodges as full members.
- The Overland Track, . The iconic bushwalk from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair - bookings essential during the main walking season (November to April).
- the Great Tasmanian Bike Ride,  - held in early February.
- Bicycle Touring and Mountain Biking, There are some Great places to ride your bicycle in Tasmania. Australia By Bike  offer fully supported tours of Tasmania include all accommodation and meals throughout the year.
There are a wide variety of culinary offerings in Tasmania, from the best chips and gravy at the local milk bar, to world renowned chefs in amazing upper class restaurants.
Tasmania has superb wine regions including along the Tamar River and Down in the Huon Valley.
In addition, Tasmania has the Cascade and Boags breweries in Hobart and Launceston respectively, which offer tours. A number of boutique beer makers and distillers also exist.
There is also a large spring water industry in Tasmania, which means that some bars and restaurants do not to offer free tap water (they are not legally obliged to do so).
There is a variety of accommodation available across the state, from camping through to 5-star luxury. Individual cities and regions pages have more information.
Tasmania is particularly renowned for its hosted bed and breakfast accommodation, where you can experience a different way of life in a whole range of different properties, including heritage listed and more modern properties in stunning locations.
When driving observe the speed limits. The rules are simple. 50km/h on all Tasmanian streets, and 100km/h on highways and freeways unless otherwise signposted.
Be aware that there are many wild animals in Tasmania, and be prepared to see a lot of roadkill. Be especially careful at dusk and dawn. Although wallabies and wombats are not large, they can make a mess of your vehicle and drivers swerving to avoid them have caused many accidents.
When driving on highways and freeways, do be careful of large trucks. Speeding large trucks are common and dangerous. If one is heading your way slow down and move towards the side of the road, letting it pass.
Always slow down at school crossings when in operation or you may be surprised by a waiting police car and receive a fine.
Bushwalking can be a truly breathtaking experience in Tasmania, but be sure to obtain the right gear and local advice and maps. Always sign the book at the beginning and end of each walk. Be aware that mobile coverage is very limited (although reception can often be had on Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest mountain). The main dangers are getting lost and/or suffering hypothermia. If you include thermals, a good sleeping bag and a map and compass in your shopping list, these scenarios are unlikely. Paddy Pallin has stores in both Launceston and Hobart (ask about the 10% discount).
This page was last edited at 00:18, on 3 March 2009 by Ian Sergeant. Based on work by Peter Fitzgerald and R. Quinn, Wikitravel user(s) Hypatia, Kimjong, Tiger Man, Cordeliaspencer and Kathryn313, Anonymous user(s) of Wikitravel and others.