FAQ About Tasmania

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Welcome to my list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Tasmania.

On this FAQ page I have provided some general information about Tasmania. I hope you find it helpful.

Where is Tasmania?

Where can I find a good map of Tasmania?

What is the capital of Tasmania?

What is Tasmania's size?

What is the population of Tasmania?

What is the currency used in Tasmania?

What is the Tasmania time zone?

Which side of the road do you drive on in Tasmania?

What is the power point voltage used in Tasmania?

What is mobile phone coverage like in Tasmania?

What is the weather like in Tasmania? Tell me about the seasons and best times to visit.

What times are shops/banks open in Tasmania?

Can I see a Tasmanian devil?

Is Tasmania known by any other names?

Where can I get information on relocating to or moving within Tasmania?

I consider this FAQ list as a work in progress. I will continue to add further information to this FAQ page as needed. Please feel free to contact me to suggest another FAQ!

Where is Tasmania?

Tasmania is a state of Australia. It is an island located off the south eastern end of mainland Australia.
Click here to view the location of Tasmania in a Google map of the world.

Where can I find a good map of Tasmania?

I'm so glad you asked.

Click here for information on a good map of Tasmania plus miscellaneous other Tasmania maps that may come in handy for you.

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What is the capital of Tasmania?

The capital of Tasmania is Hobart.

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What is Tasmania's size?

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.

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What is the population of Tasmania?

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.

Tasmania may seem a little under-populated. But that situation is certainly looking like it's headed for change!

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What is the currency used in Tasmania?

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.

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What is the time difference in Tasmania?

Tasmania is located in the time zone of Australian Eastern Standard Time (EST). This is the current date/time in Tasmania:

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Which side of the road do you drive on in Tasmania?

In accordance with Australian road rules, you drive on the left side of the road in Tasmania.

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What is the power point voltage used in Tasmania?

Australia electricity power plug and socket


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.

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What is mobile phone coverage like in Tasmania?

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.

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What is the weather like in Tasmania? Tell me about the seasons and best times to visit.

Of all the Australian states/territories, Tasmania has the most defined seasons, with the weather being much more like that of northern Europe. But anytime can be a good time to visit.

If you want to know when the seasons are, and what temperatures to expect, this table might help:

SeasonMonthsAverage Temperature
Spring September, October, November  8-17 °C (46-63 °F)
Summer December, January, February 12-21 °C (54-70 °F)
Autumn March, April, May 9-17 °C (48-63 °F)
Winter June, July, August 5-12 °C (41-54 °F)

OK that was the official line. Now for some local wisdom.

A popular Tasmanian saying is: "If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes".

In other words, always be prepared for any kind of weather.

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What times are shops/banks open in Tasmania?

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.

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Can I see a Tasmanian devil?

Although the Tasmanian devil is one of the most famous Tasmanians, it is not easily spotted in the wild, one reason being it is a nocturnal creature. The easiest way to view a Tasmanian devil is simply to visit a wildlife park. If you are really keen on seeing a devil in the wild, you can join a guided wildlife observation tour.

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Is Tasmania known by any other names?

Oh yes, there have been, and still are many names for Tasmania - and they are all interesting in their own way.

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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

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