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The Island State
Tasmania is the southernmost island state of Australia
located at latitude 40 degrees south and 144 degrees east
and is separated from the mainland by the notorious stretch
of water known as Bass Straight. It includes many offshore
islands, amongst which are Bruny, Macquarie, King and the Furneaux Group.
The Indian Ocean is to its west, the Tasman Sea to the east
and Antarctica can be found by traveling 2000 km south.
Tasmania’s land mass is comparable in size to Ireland
but with a population of approx 500,000 (and steady!), 49%
of which apparently live in the capital city of Hobart.
We are happy about the limited population growth but not
all would agree with us!
There are 18 National Parks along with The Tasmanian Wilderness
World Heritage Area which alone covers 1.38 million hectares
in the states south west.
Tasmania is famous
for its rugged mountains, spectacular coastline, endless
walking tracks, unique fauna and flora, abundant seafood,
friendly people and a strong maritime tradition and Boat
Building history. Mikes other boat, The Gannett II, is part
of this history as she was built for hauling crayfish to
Getting back to the topic of sailing, as discussed in Our
Home pages, Tasmania as a cruising ground is paradise interspersed
of course with the occasional gale! The many rivers, ie: the
Gordon, Tamar, Huon and Derwent, allow for protection but are
also navigable for miles. Islands like Maria and Bruny offer
peace and tranquility and where allowed, great fishing!
Once in Port Davey, after running the gauntlet of the south
east and west capes, you find yourself in tannin waters,
which produce reflections constantly sought by the avid
photographer. Our favorite Tasmanian photographer is the
late Peter Dombrovskis.
You can view a couple of his superb images here. If you sail
to Tasmania, you will find it hard to leave!
Cold though it may be at times, the rewards are what lifetime
memories are made of.