Sunday, October 12, 2008

Australia - the map of Tasmania (AU-27652)

That's my 1st card from Australia :) And I think that's the best Australian card I could receive, because I love map cards and because it shows quite "rare" (as it seems to me) part of Australia - Tasmania. The only thing I would improve about this card is the size of map - it's really small and I have some problems with reading it (or maybe I just spend too much time in front of computer and that's the first sign that I should start worrying about my eyes?) ;)

Tasmania is an Australian island and state of the same name. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south of the eastern side of the continent, being separated from it by Bass Strait. The state of Tasmania includes the island of Tasmania and other surrounding islands. Tasmania has an estimated population of 494,520 (March 2008) and an area of 68,401 square kilometres (26,410 sq mi).

Tasmania is promoted as the Natural State and the "Island of Inspiration" owing to its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Formally, almost 37% of Tasmania is in reserves, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. The island is 364 kilometres (226 mi) long from the northernmost point to the southernmost point and 306 kilometres (190 mi) from west to east.

The state capital and largest city is Hobart, which encompasses the local government areas of City of Hobart, City of Glenorchy and City of Clarence. Other major population centres include Launceston in the north and Devonport and Burnie in the

The subantarctic Macquarie Island is also under the administration of the state, as part of the Huon Valley Council local government area.


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