Tasmania is often referred to as the Apple Isle, after one of its
important produce some years ago. Tasmania is a land mass off the
south east side of Australia. Surrounded by water, it is often
talked about as an island, however, Tasmania is a State of
Australia, and is often referred to as an island state.
Sharing the Bass
Strait with Victoria, Tasmania is also surrounded by over 1,000 islands. In
fact, Tasmania has more coastline than Victoria and New South Wales combined, in
absolute terms. This can be explained by Tasmania highly indented coastline,
large harbours and embayments, and the many major islands including King Island,
the Furneaux Group, Maria Island, Bruny Island, Hunter Island, Three Hummock
Island and Robbins Island. When you include the main island and Macquarie
Island, Tasmania consists of 374 islands that are greater than 1 hectare in size
and 6,163 islets smaller than 1 hectare1.
To see information about some of the beautiful islands
surrounding it including
and Maria Island, visit our Islands page or
Tasmania Islands Map.