Tasmania commonly referred to as Taz or Tassie, home of the Tasmanian Devil, the believed to be extinct Tasmanian Tiger, the land of fine produce and mystery. Tasmania is a land of majestic beauty with endless mountains, beautiful landscapes and unpopulated beaches with pure white sand as far as the eye can see. Tasmania can be described in three simple words, Beautiful, Amazing and Perfect!
Tasmania is an island state, part of the Commonwealth of Australia, located 240 kilometres (150 mi) to the south of the Australian mainland, separated by Bass Strait. The state includes the island of Tasmania, the 26th largest island in the world, Maria Island, Flinders Island, King Island, Cape Barren Island and Bruny Island just to name a few.
The state has a population of 507,626 (as of June 2010), almost half of which resides in the Greater Hobart precinct, which forms the metropolitan area of the state capital and largest city Hobart.
Tasmania is promoted as a natural state; almost 45% of Tasmania lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites.
Tasmania was originally named as “Anthony Van Diemen's land” By Abel Tasman who made the first reported sighting of the island on the 24th of November 1642, the island was named after his sponsor “Anthony Van Diemen”, the Governor of the Dutch East Indies. This name was eventually shortened by the British to Van Diemens Land. Then in honor of the Dutch explorer the British Finally renamed the island Tasmania on the 1st of the January 1865.
Believe it or not Tasmania was once connected to the mainland of Australia, luckily the local people of Tasmania sunk that land bridge many of thousands of years ago, or so they will tell you.
Tasmania was first inhabited by Tasmanian Aborigines. Evidence indicates their presence in the region, later to become an island, at least 35,000 years ago. Rising sea levels cut Tasmania off from mainland Australia about 10,000 years ago.
Tasmania was a colony of the British Empire from 1856 until 1901, when it became a federation with 5 other Australian colonies to form the commonwealth of Australia.