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Part of Australia's charm is its history. It also makes for some great places to visit! So take a journey down Australia's timeline & see what you can discover, or even learn.



05 July

Tasmania permitted to travel to New Zealand provided they hadn't visited a designated hotspot. [Covid-19]


15 March

The Tasmanian state election is held. Peter Gutwein's Liberal government is returned for a third term.


23 September

A further 200 whales are stranded on Tasmania's West Coast, making the event the largest cetacean stranding in Australia's recorded history


21 September

Around 250 pilot whales beach themselves at various locations on Tasmania's West Coast near Macquarie Heads.


19 March

Tasmania imposing a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all "non-essential" travellers to the state, including returning residents. [Covid-19]


28 April

35 people shot dead at Port Arthur, Tasmania


03 January

Name 'Tasmania' replaced Van Diemen's Land.


04 March

'Quintus Servinton' by Henry Savery, was the first novel to be written and published in Australia (Hobart).


31 October

Europeans formed the 'Black Line', a human chain across Tasmania, in an attempt to capture and relocate the remaining Aboriginal people, allowing them to take control of the region.


14 June

Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania) becomes a separate colony


02 January

Agricultural Society formed in Tasmania.


20 February

The Risdon settlement was moved to Sullivan's Cove (now Hobart) by Colonel David Collins.


12 September

Rear-Admiral John Bowen arrived at Risdon Cove, which later became Hobart. Among the original 49 settlers at Risdon Cove were 21 male and 3 female convicts, members of the New South Wales Corps and free settlers and their families.


20 August

Lt. William Bligh in HMS Bounty, en route to Tahiti, anchored at Adventure Bay, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). The party planted apple trees, fruit stones and various vegetables before departing on 4 September.


24 November

Abel Tasman sighted the west coast of Tasmania, north of Macquarie Harbour. He named his discovery Van Diemen's Land.
Campbell Town
Campbell Town

Campbell Town is located about half way between Hobart and Launceston & well known for it's heritage buildings.


Bridport is known for its excellent fishing - scallop, trout and lobster, its wonderful beaches and fantastic holiday atmosphere.

Bruny Island / Adventure Bay
Bruny Island / Adventure Bay

Bruny Island is a popular day trip from Hobart, the north is flat grazing land and the south is hilly and heavily timbered.

Coles Bay
Coles Bay

Coles Bay is a small town gateway to The Hazards, Wineglass Bay and Freycinet Peninsula with a small population of 110.

Tasmania - Overview
About Tasmania

Tasmania is an ideal destination for self-drive holidays, with endless reasons to stop, explore and create an itinerary as you travel.

Tasmania Surf Spots
Tasmania Surf Spots

In Tasmania & want to find out the best surfing spots? We have them for you.

Freycinet Peninsula
Freycinet Peninsula

Freycinet Peninsula is well known for its white sand beaches and the most beautiful clean water in Tasmania.

Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder
Cradle Mountain: Tasmania's Natural Wonder

Tasmania is a treasure trove of natural wonders with Cradle Mountain being its crown jewel.

Port Arthur
Port Arthur

Port Arthur is one of Tasmania's most popular tourist destinations located on the Tasman Peninsula.