The island State of Tasmania lies off the south of the south-east corner of the Australian mainland. Roughly triangular, with the greatest breadth in the north, the main Tasmanian island (94% of the total area of the State) extends from latitude 40°38' south to 43°39' south, and from longitude 144°36' east to 148°23' east.
The coastline is bound by the Southern Ocean on the south and west, the Tasman Sea on the east, and Bass Strait, averaging 240 km in width, to the north.
The area of the State, including the lesser islands, is 68,102 square kilometres or about 0.9% of the total area of Australia; it is just under one-third the size of Victoria, the smallest mainland State.
AREA OF MAJOR ISLANDS, Tasmania(a)
|Mainland Tasmania |
|Cape Barren |
|Three Hummock |
|(a) Calculated areas include all land above mean high water mark and include lakes.|
Source: 1:25,000 and 1:5,000 topographic maps, Information Land Services, Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment and 1:50,000 topographic maps, Australian Antarctic Division.