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Tasmania

With the exception of the Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania is in fact the smallest state in Australia and the only one that is an island. If we want to be precise, however, we should remember that it has not always been like this: there are in fact geological indications that 12,000 years ago there was a division between the small island and the larger one. While it is true that they were already two separate islands when Abel Tasman saw it for the first time in 1642, mistaking it for an Australian coast but, ironically, also becoming the person who gave his name to this state.

From a weather perspective, every season registers lower temperatures compared with the rest of the country. Being on the closest point of the planet to the Antarctic polar circle, the coldest places on the island are also the coldest in Australia: in Liawenee, for example, the average temperature ranges throughout the year from 4 to 17 degrees centigrade.Ad eccezion fatta per i territori della capitale, la Tasmania è di fatto lo stato più piccolo d’Australia e l’unico di tipo isolare. Se vogliamo però essere precisi, ha senso ricordare che non è sempre stato così: ci indicano infatti i geologi ci indicano che 12,000 anni fa non c’era divisione tra l’isola piccola e quella più grande. Pur vero che si trattasse già di due isole separate quando Abel Tasman l’avvistò per la prima volta nel 1642, scambiandola per una costa Australiana ma, per ironia della sorte, divenendo anche la persona che diede il nome a questo stato.

In spite of its contained dimensions, Tasmania is famous for its extraordinary natural beauty. As well as the panoramas offered up from the Tasman Sea, the region has panoramic views from the heights of the mountains Cradle, Ossa and Wellington, as well as vast forested parks. The capital of the state is Hobart, home to more than half the whole population of the island.

From an economic point of view, we are looking at a healthy situation: if Tasmania was an independent nation, it would be the twenty-first richest in the world considering the pro capita GDP. The island population, in fact, while counting no more than half a million inhabitants, guarantees a minimum income of around 31,000 Euro a year per inhabitant. Historically focussed on mining extraction, today Tasmania also counts amongst its critical sectors agriculture and tourism. It is no coincidence that Tasmania is one of the popular destinations for backpackers completing the 88 days of work in a regional area to renew the Working Holiday visas 417 and 462.

From a weather perspective, every season registers lower temperatures compared with the rest of the country. Being on the closest point of the planet to the Antarctic polar circle, the coldest places on the island are also the coldest in Australia: in Liawenee, for example, the average temperature ranges throughout the year from 4 to 17 degrees centigrade.

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