The coast of Tasmania
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The coast of Tasmania is not just limited to north, south, east or west. Unlike the other Australian states, Tasmania, being an island, has coast all around. Just one of the many reasons Tasmania is so special.

The north coast and north-west coast

Tasmania's north coast faces the mainland, with Bass Strait in between.

There are a number of interesting towns here.

Devonport is a vibrant coastal city, home port to the Spirit of Tasmania vessels. Tasty Tasmanian produce, great shopping, lovely walks can all be found here.

Burnie is the fourth largest city in Tasmania and best known for its busy container port and major industries. It has modern cafes and a strong arts community.

Bridport has a variety of attractions including bushland and wineries. It is well known for the Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm, one of the world’s largest lavender oil producers. It is from Bridport that you can travel by sea to Flinders Island.

Located in this region is Launceston, Tasmania's second largest city. Situated at the head of the beautiful Tamar river, it has Australia's largest intact collection of 18th century buildings.

Major industries supporting the north coast would be tourism, paper making, farming and fishing.

The east coast

The east coast of Tasmania is known for its white sandy beaches. This is where you'll find Freycinet National Park, the most popular National Park in Tasmania, and for good reason too.

Major towns on the east coast include the fishing ports of Bicheno and St Helens.

Tourism and fishing are the lifeblood of the communities in this part of Tasmania. Popular tourist attractions include wildlife watching in Bicheno and the history of Maria Island.

You'll also find plenty of vineyards around here.

The south coast and south-east coast

Most of the south coast is occupied by the Southwest National Park, Tasmania's national park.

On the south coast, there are some lovely beaches, for example, Deep Hole Bay.

Also on the south coast is the fishing port of Dover. Situated at the head of Esperance Bay, it overlooks three islands named Faith, Hope and Charity.

From Kettering you can travel by ferry to beautiful Bruny Island, which has some of the highest sea cliffs in the world.

Close to the south coast is Hobart, Tasmania's charming capital city.

Apart from tourism and fishing, industries supporting this area are shipping (Hobart) and manufacturing. There is a wide range of products including chocolate, beer, spring water, wine and boats.

The west coast and south-west coast

This is where you'll find some of the most pristine natural wilderness in Tasmania. It should come as no surprise then that there are not too many coastal towns here. Strahan is the only major town situated on the coast and it has lots to offer. Other towns include Queenstown, Zeehan and Rosebery.

This part of Tasmania is a paradise for serious bushwalkers. The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is situated here. They are called "Wild Rivers" for good reason!

As you can probably guess, the major industry here is tourism. Mining brings in some revenue too.

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