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.
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.
Culturally speaking, Tasmania is buzzing with activity. Between our iconic galleries and museums, unique festivals, and vibrant live music scene, we really are the state of the arts.
The Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) at Berriedale is one of our most famous (some might say infamous) institutions, known for its eclectic mixture of ancient artifacts and frequently challenging artworks.
Mona also produces our two most unique and iconic arts festivals: MONA FOMA (Festival Of Music and Art) each summer, and its winter solstice counterpart Dark Mofo, the biggest winter festival in the country.
The state-owned Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) in Hobart and the City of Launceston-owned Queen Victoria Museum and Arts Gallery (QVMAG) in the north are our true cultural institutions, with carefully curated galleries that tell Tasmania’s story, from Aboriginal culture and natural history, through to artwork spanning from the colonial period to today.
Tasmania’s thriving artistic community can be encountered across the entire state, with countless smaller galleries and exhibition spaces everywhere (our Fine Arts students recommend their favourite Hobart galleries here ).
We boast a variety of other music and arts festivals year-round, including: Ten Days on the island; the Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival and Junction Festival in Launceston; the ECHO Festival on the East Coast; The Unconformity on the West Coast; the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival; the Cygnet Folk Festival; and the Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival.
At any time of year, there’s usually something going on!
Tasmania’s fresh produce is legendary. Cool-climate wines, international award-winning whiskies, world-famous cheeses, abundant seafood, all kinds of berries and fruit, and beef farmed in the purest corner of the entire country.
If you like cheese and dairy, you can visit Ashgrove, Bruny Island Cheese Company, Pyengana Dairy, and Grandvewe Cheeses, just to name a few.
If wine is more your thing, there are heaps of wineries around the state and established wine routes, perfect for a road trip. (Discover Tas link)
Tasmania also has a thriving spirits industry, including whiskies that are so good they have beaten Scottish and Irish products at international competitions.
Our café and restaurant scene is also highly regarded, with many eateries choosing to focus heavily on showcasing Tasmanian produce.
And for your best chance to try a little bit of everything, the iconic Taste of Summer festival is held on the Hobart waterfront over the New Year period every year, and Festivale is held in Launceston each February.
And we’re pretty fond of our markets here in Tassie, as well. From the famous weekly Salamanca Market, which stretches the length of Salamanca Place on Hobart’s waterfront every Saturday, to the countless farmers markets that pop up in city car parks and eclectic institutions like the Evandale Market, they are a great way to stock up on fresh produce, grab a bargain, or just soak up the community atmosphere.