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Tasmania 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.
It is the home of rare animals such as eastern quolls and Tasmanian devils.
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 were the native people of Tasmania. The last Tasmanian Aboriginal died in 1905. 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 towns
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).
Places to visit
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 (the mentalist)
|States and territories of Australia|
|New South Wales • Queensland • South Australia • Tasmania • Victoria • Western Australia|
|Mainland: Australian Capital Territory • Jervis Bay Territory • Northern Territory|
|Overseas: Ashmore and Cartier Islands • Australian Antarctic Territory • Norfolk Island • Christmas Island • Cocos (Keeling) Islands • Coral Sea Islands • Heard and McDonald Islands|