The island state of Tasmania is located south of Victoria and is separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. Tasmania is easily accessible from the mainland with daily flights and ferry services.
Tasmania’s scenery, relaxed pace and low cost of living make it an attractive option for many students. The state offers quaint cities and enchanting wilderness, including mountains, rainforests, grasslands and coastline. Its landscape is famous for its natural beauty, with more than 40 per cent of the state's environment protected by law. Across the state, visitors can enjoy stunning scenery ranging from tall granite peaks to lush fertile valleys, untouched beaches and coastal dunes.
The capital city of Hobart has a population of just over 200,000 people. The stunning peak of Mount Wellington overlooks the city, which is surrounded by the Derwent River. Historic Hobart has the atmosphere and charm of a small town while still offering all the conveniences of a capital city. The city is famous for the trendy restaurants and vibrant arts scene in its waterfront warehouse district, as well as the Salamanca markets, where you can buy excellent local produce on any budget. Hobart also marks the finish line of the internationally famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
The Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania, and spectacular Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay are well worth a visit. Cradle Mountain is the starting point for the Overland Track, a six-day walk through stunning mountain terrain. Mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking are also popular activities. The less athletic can immerse themselves in the state's rich history at the convict settlement of Port Arthur.
Due to Tasmania's size, the many attractions are easily accessible without days of travel, making the state very popular for bike tours and bushwalking treks.
For further information, see the Discover Tasmania website.
Tasmania’s small number of providers offer a good range of general degrees, as well as Tasmanian specialties such as naval architecture, maritime studies and Antarctic science. Students are spread across campuses at Launceston, Burnie, Beauty Point and Hobart. International students make up 24 per cent of Tasmania’s student population.
The median weekly rental price for a three-bedroom house in Hobart is AUD$320, while the median weekly rental price for a one-bedroom unit is $250.
Hobart, Launceston and Burnie have local bus services, although services in the evening and on weekends are more limited. International students are entitled to a concession fare. Students who live close to campus often walk or ride bikes. Access to a car or other form of transport may be required in non-urban areas. For more information about public transport and fares, visit the Metro Tasmania website.
Tasmania is colder than the northern states, with an average summer maximum of around 23°C dropping to 10°C in winter.
Note: Information and figures presented here are intended as a guide only and may change. Source of rental data: Australian Property Monitors, December 2012.