Apple of Australia Isle
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Capital: Hobart (second-oldest city in Australia)
Floral emblem: Tasmanian Blue Gum, Eucalyptus globulus
Animal: There are no official Tasmanian animal emblems, although the Tasmanian Devil is unofficially recognised as a symbol of Tasmanian wildlife and the yellow wattlebird is generally acknowledged to be our most identifiable bird.
Tasmania is the smallest state of the Commonwealth of Australia.
It is an island about 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of the state of Victoria, across Bass Strait. Tasmania lies between latitudes 40 degrees and 44 degrees south, and between longitudes 143 degrees and 149 degrees east.
It has many offshore islands, including Macquarie Island, which lies close to the point 54 degrees south, 159 degrees east. It is estimated that Tasmania includes 334 islands.
The area of Tasmania is 68,331 square kilometres (26,376 square miles).
Highest mountain -- Mt Ossa 1617 metres
Longest river -- South Esk 201 kilometres
Largest lake -- Lake Gordon 272 square kilometres (artificial)
The island of Tasmania was created approximately 12,000 years ago when the great ice caps melted and the seas rose to separate Tasmania from mainland Australia. Aborigines had been living in the region for over 23,000 years (approximately 35,000 years ago) before their isolation from mainland indigenous communities.
Attractions:Historical sites such as Port Arthur and Constitution Dock
Franklin River, Gordon River
Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens