TAS Facts 

  • Tasmania is often referred to as the ‘Holiday Isle’ or the ‘Apple Isle’.
  • Tasmania is the only Australian state that is an island.
  • Measuring only 85 metres across, Tasmania’s border is the shortest border of any Australian state or territory. This border is a land border between Victoria and Tasmania and is a small rocky outcrop in the Bass Strait named Boundary Islet.
  • Tasmania’s South East Cape is the most southern point of Australia. It is 3680 km away from Australia’s most northern point, Cape York.
  • Crown Princess Mary of Denmark was born Mary Elizabeth Donaldson in 1972 in Hobart. She met her now-husband Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark in Sydney during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  • The famous cricketer Ricky Ponting is from Tasmania.
  • Five of Tasmania’s convict sites, including Port Arthur, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Tasmania hosts an annual yacht race every Easter, called ‘The Three Peaks’ race. The race incorporates sailing and long distance running. In between each of three legs of the yacht race, one crew member must run 60 metres up a mountain and back again.

TAS State Flag 

The Tasmanian flag dates back to 1875. As with all Australian state flags the Union Jack appears in the top-left corner of the Tasmanian flag. The flag also features Tasmania’s state badge to the right of the Union Jack. Tasmania’s state badge is a red lion inside a white circle.

TAS Coat of Arms 

King George V approved Tasmania’s coat of arms on 29 May 1917. The coat of arms features two Tasmanian Tigers supporting a shield. The shield contains symbols of Tasmania’s rural industries: wheat, apples, hops and sheep. Above the shield, there is a red lion. The lion holds a pick and a shovel, symbolising mining. The Latin motto below the shield reads Ubertas et fidelitas meaning ‘Fertility and Faithfulness’.

TAS Emblems 

Tasmania’s floral emblem has been the Tasmanian Flowering Blue Gum since 1962. The tree was named by the French naturalist, Labillardière, in 1799.

Tasmania does not have an official animal emblem. Despite this, many view the Tasmanian Devil as the unofficial emblem of Tasmania. The Yellow Wattlebird is also closely identified with Tasmania.

In 2000, Crocoite was named as Tasmania’s state mineral. Crocoite is an orangey-red lead mineral.