Tasmania is the island state of Australia, located 40 degrees south of the equator. Tasmanians breathe the world’s cleanest air, drink pure water and grow mouth-watering produce from rich, fertile soils. It is a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, sparkling highland lakes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

A Few Facts
Area: ............................................................................ 68,401 km²
State Capital: ....................................................................... Hobart
Metro Population: .............................................................. 216,300
State-wide Population: ........................................................ 511,500
Coastline: ...................................................................... 2,833 km
Time Zone: ............GMT +10 hours, daylight saving time is observed
Phone Dialling Code: ...............................................................+613
Average Daily January (Summer) Temperature: ..................... 23.1°C
Average Daily July (Winter) Temperature: .............................. 10.5°C
Distance of Airport to CBD: .....................................................17 km
Driving a Vehicle: ...................................... www.transport.tas.gov.au
Public Transport Services: .............................. www.metrotas.com.au
State Tourism Website: ......................... www.discovertasmania.com
State Education Website: ........................ www.get-tasmania.edu.au

Public Holidays for 2015
New Year’s Day............................................... Thursday 1st January
Australia Day .................................................Monday 26th January
Eight Hour Day................................................... Monday 9th March
Good Friday .............................................................Friday 3rd April
Easter Monday...................................................... Monday 6th April
Anzac Day .........................................................Saturday 25th April
Queen’s Birthday...................................................Monday 8th June
Christmas Day.............................................. Friday 25th December
Boxing Day .................................................Monday 28th December

Government School Term Dates for 2015
Term 1: ......................................................4th February - 2nd April
Term 2: ............................................................20th April - 3rd July
Term 3: ................................................ 20th July - 25th September
Term 4: ........................................... 12th October - 17th December

Shopping Hours
Most shopping centres are open from 9.00am or 10.00am - 5.00pm, seven days a week, while supermarkets and convenience stores are open longer hours. ATMs and EFTPOS facilities are widely available. Most banks are open 9.30am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.