Experience Tasmania

As you prepare to study with us, find out some more about what makes our island place so unique, beautiful and exciting.

If you’ve found out about our university, there’s a good chance you’ve  heard stories about Tasmania. Things like: cleanest air in the world, surrounded by natural beauty everywhere, amazing food, laid back way of life.

Well, it’s all true.

Affectionately referred to as “Tassie” - or lutruwita in the palawa kani Aboriginal language - Tasmania is Australia’s only island state, the southernmost state, and Australia’s research gateway to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. National Geographic named Tassie as one of the top 25 trips to take, and we have more artists and marine scientists per capita than any other state.

And if you choose to study with us at the University of Tasmania, not only is our whole island your campus, but it will be your playground in your free time as well.

Because, let’s face it, there’s more to life than just studying. And if you’re living here to study, you might as well take advantage of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world and enjoy everything else our remarkable island has to offer.

Cleanest air in world

Cape Grim in Tasmania’s North West has the cleanest air anywhere on the planet.

Top 25 trips in world

In 2019, National Geographic put Tasmania on its list of the most exciting destinations.

40% protected by national parks

Almost half of our total land area is managed by Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

Life on our amazing island

If outdoor adventures and hobbies are your thing, you have absolutely found yourself in the perfect place.

Tasmania is world renowned for its incredible landscape and natural places. Around 40 per cent of Tasmania’s land area is protected in National Parks and reserves, covering a remarkable diversity of varying ecosystems and habitats.

Most of them are in easy distance of the major cities, and many are included in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, a global recognition of their unique value.

Within this island state you will find soaring dolerite mountains and cliffs, button grass plains, sweeping beaches, ancient rainforests, serene waterways, vast bushland, and marine reserves that include dive wrecks and underwater kelp forests.

Many of our most famous iconic places are located in or near our national parks, including: Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair; Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park; the Franklin River in the Gordon-Franklin Wild Rivers National Park; and the Port Arthur Historic Site near the Tasman National Park.

Tasmania has some spectacular walking tracks to allow you to take in the scale and diversity of our environment, including the famous Overland Track and the Three Capes Track. And if two wheels are more your speed, we are known as Australia’s mountain biking capital, with award-winning tracks winding through mountains, bushland, forests, and beaches.

Add to this a wealth of places to go camping, rock climbing, fishing, surfing, sailing, kayaking, diving, even golfing, and we have something for every outdoor enthusiast.

If you want to get up close and personal with our unique wildlife in a more contained setting, there are plenty of wildlife parks around the state that will allow you to do exactly that.

And if you’re more of a stargazer, did you know that Tasmania is considered one of the best places in the world to observe the aurora australis? We have a very active aurora-chasing community here and they love to share their knowledge with new members.

Accommodation

We have a range of on-campus accommodation available to students. From self-contained apartments, shared apartments and communal living colleges, there's something for everyone.

All of our accommodation is in high demand, so now is a good time to consider your options.

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Everything is close

Hobart to Launceston

There is only a 2 ½ hour drive between our two biggest cities.

Surrounded by ocean

You’re never more than 115km from the coast in Tasmania.

Sand to snow

In around half an hour you can drive from a Hobart beach to the top of the mountain.

One of the best things about living on an island is that nothing is very far away from wherever you are.

The drive between the two major cities, Hobart and Launceston, only takes about 2 ½ hours, and there is nowhere in Tasmania that is more than 115km from the ocean.

From Hobart’s CBD, you can drive to the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mount Wellington in about half an hour. Or, in the same amount of time you could drive to the Bruny Island Ferry terminal at Kettering.

An hour and a half will get you to the beautiful Mt Field National Park, or to the Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. In an hour and 45 mins you could be at Swansea on the East Coast.

If you want to go to Cradle Mountain, it is about 4 ½ hours from Hobart or 2 hours from Launceston. And Strahan, on the rugged and remote West Coast, is about 4 ½ hours from Hobart or 3 ½ hours from Launceston.

From Launceston, an hour’s drive will get you to the ski fields at the top of Ben Lomond, the beaches of Bridport, or the port city of Devonport. And Burnie, home to the University’s West Park campus, is another half hour from Devonport.

What to expect living in Tasmania

Sometimes described as “Australia’s little New Zealand”, Tasmania is a unique little pocket of mild weather and wildly varied landscapes.

North West Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world, largely thanks to the cleaning effect of air travelling thousands of kilometres over the Indian Ocean before reaching our western shores. And Cape Grim, in the far north western tip of the state, has the cleanest air in Tasmania. So pure, in fact, that Cape Grim has an air quality monitoring station that provides a baseline for our air pollution measurements.

People seeking a cool change from places further north in Australia often relocate to Tasmania because of our climate. And, unlike the tropical north of our country, Tasmania experiences all four very distinct seasons every year (sometimes all in one day).

This is a place where the summers are warm enough to make you want to enjoy the beautiful beaches, spring brings cool, crisp months with snow-capped mountains, winters are ideal for perfecting your winter fashion look (tip for beginners: layer your clothes), and in the autumn, be sure to make the pilgrimage to visit the fagus (Tasmania’s only winter deciduous tree) as it turns the alpine forests into a sea of red and gold.

In the colder months, a short drive will usually get you to one of our snowy peaks. And if it’s hot, nowhere in Tasmania is too far from a beach. And even inland Launceston has the Basin, which has no sand but is arguably one of the most picturesque swimming pools in the country.

Our weather has a reputation for being varied and, at times, unpredictable. But we think that’s part of our charm. Despite its rainy reputation interstate, Hobart is actually the second driest capital city in Australia. However, on the wild West Coast it can often rain for 300 days of the year.

So, get yourself a Tassie Tuxedo (the colloquial term for our unofficial uniform, the black puffer jacket) and make the most of it!

About our campus locations

Tasmania’s capital and largest city, Hobart is also known as nipaluna in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines, its traditional custodians being the Mouheneenner people.

Around half of Tasmania’s entire population lives in and around Hobart, which has the River Derwent at its heart, and a skyline dominated by the nearly 1.3km high peak of kunanyi/Mt Wellington to the west.

The Derwent harbour is the second deepest natural port in the world and is still a busy working port for cruise ships, military and cargo vessels, pleasure craft, and the Antarctic icebreaker Nuyina, whose orange hull is a common sight on the waterfront.

Hobart is the second driest capital city in Australia, so don’t believe the stories you might hear about constant rain!

The city is regarded as one of the best-preserved examples of colonial architecture in Australia, with many of our oldest buildings having been repurposed for modern use, guaranteeing their continued preservation.

The arts and cultural scene in Hobart is thriving and vibrant, home to a huge number of galleries, museums, festivals and theatres.

In the summer, people flock to the many beaches scattered around the greater Hobart area, and in the winter it is traditional to make a trip to the pinnacle of kunanyi/Mt Wellington to see the snow.

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