Tasmania (Palawa Kani: Lutruwita, Bruny Island Tasmanian: Lutruwita) is a large island off the southern coast of mainland Australia. It is a state of Australia. Its capital and the largest city is Hobart. The island was joined to the mainland until the end of the most recent ice age about 10,000 years ago.
Tasmania has wonderful natural history, and is the most forested part of Australia. It is the home of rare animals such as eastern quolls and Tasmanian devils. It was the last home of the thylacine, which became extinct in 1936. It has the country's largest areas of temperate rainforest.
Tasmania is a state of Australia. Unlike the other states, it is an island. The Bass Strait separates it from the Australian mainland.
Australian aboriginals are the native people of Tasmania. Abel Janszoon Tasman landed on the island in 1642. He called it "Van Diemen's Land". It was later called Tasmania. Much later, people came from Europe, mostly from the British Empire, to live on the island.
Cities and townsEdit
Tasmania has four cities: capital city Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.
Tasmania is the smallest state in Australia. It also has the smallest population. The total population of Tasmania is just over 500,000 (September 2014).
For an history view of Tasmania, see Van Diemen's Land.
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Darwin Crater is a suspected meteorite impact crater in Western Tasmania about 26 km (16 mi) south of Queenstown.
It is just in the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The crater is a rimless circular flat-floored depression, 1.2 km (0.75 mi) in diameter, in mountainous and heavily forested terrain. It is East of the West Coast Range and the former North Mount Lyell Railway formation.
Places to visitEdit
Tasmania has some of the most popular tourist attractions in the world. They range from old country towns to up to date cities. Some popular tourist places are:
- Errol Flynn, actor, best known for his role in the 1930s as Robin Hood
- Ricky Ponting, former Australian Cricket Captain
- Peter Crumpton, author
- David Boon, cricket player
- Don Kay, composer
- Madison Courto, musician
- Princess Mary Donaldson of Denmark
- Allanah Hill, fashion designer
- Simon Baker, actor