THE STATE OF TASMANIA includes the island of Tasmania, and other surrounding islands. It is located at latitude 42° South, longitude 147°, 200 km (125 miles) south of the eastern side of the continent, being separated from it by Bass Strait.
Tasmania promotes itself as the Natural State and the “Island of Rejuvenation” owing to its large, and relatively unspoiled natural environment. The vegetation is extremely diverse; from tall evergreen eucalypt forest, alpine heathlands and large areas of cool temperate rainforests and moorlands. Formally, 36% of Tasmania is in reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites.
The state capital and largest city is Hobart, which encompasses the local government areas of City of Hobart, City of Glenorchy and City of Clarence. Other major population centres include Launceston in the north, and Devonport and Burnie in the northwest. The subantarctic Macquarie Island is also under the administration of the state, as part of the Huon Valley Council local government area.
Hobart is the finish line for the famous Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, starting on Boxing Day in Sydney and usually arriving at Constitution Dock in Hobart around three to four days later, during the Taste of Tasmania – an annual food and wine festival. King Island off the north-western coast of Tasmania has a reputation for world-class boutique cheeses and dairy products. Superyachts cruising to Tasmania have discovered a pristine cruising environment somewhat similar to what is found in the South Island of New Zealand and in Scandinavia.
There are ample safe anchorages, berths, facilities and support services, as well as many destinations and activities that will keep most superyacht owners and guests enthralled with the experience.
Captain’s log: Tasmania – A World Apart, Not a World Away