Tasmania is 68,332 square kilometres (26,383 square miles) in area. The distance from north to south is about 364 kilometres (226 miles), and from east to west about 306 kilometres (190 miles). It is about the same size as Ireland, Switzerland or the state of West Virginia in the USA.
About 500,000 people live in Tasmania. Compare that to other locations which are similar in size: Ireland has a population of a little over 4 million, Switzerland 7.5 million, and West Virginia (USA) just under 2 million.
Being a state of Australia, the currency used in Tasmania is the Australian Dollar. If you wish to know your rate of exchange using the XE.com Personal Currency Assistant pop-up window, you can click here.
Like the rest of Australia, power point voltage is 220-240V AC, 50 Hz. Power plugs have 3 flat pins (sometimes 2, socket shown above). Socket converters can be easily purchased from the appropriate shops.
This is a good FAQ. Make sure to check with your mobile phone service provider. You want to know what to expect, in advance, should you be expecting a call or trying to make a call. Certainly, with certain providers, mobile phone reception is of better quality and coverage more extensive.
In general, supermarkets are open from 7am to 9pm every day (except a few public holidays). Business hours are around 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Banks are usually open 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Where can I get information on relocating to or moving within Tasmania?
Here is a great website providing relocation and settling assistance to those moving to or within Tasmania, and home search services for anyone wanting to buy a property in Tasmania: www.settledin.com.au