The Friends' School

About Tasmania

Tasmania, the smallest of Australia’s six states, is an island lying south of the Australian mainland, surrounded by Bass Strait to the North, the Tasman Sea to the East, and the Indian Ocean to the West and South.

Tasmania has an area of 68,300 square kilometres – about the same size as Taiwan. Its population is approximately 470,000.

Separated from the Australian mainland by Bass Strait, Tasmania has its own unique character, including unique plants and animals.

Hobart Airport is 15 minutes from the city. There are 10 to 12 flights per day to and from Melbourne and Sydney International Airports.

Hobart is a city of about 200,000 people, slightly less than half the population of the island state of Tasmania. Hobart enjoys all the amenities of a capital city without the traffic and congestion of the larger mainland capitals. It is in easy reach of areas suitable for bushwalking, scenic drives, fishing, boating, water and snow skiing.

Situated on the shores of the Derwent River and at the foot of Mount Wellington (1,300 metres) Hobart is the most picturesque of the Australian capital cities. The relatively small size ensures a welcoming sense of community.

Tasmania’s economy is based on a range of industries including ship-building, tourism, aquaculture and fishing, agriculture and mining.

Much of Tasmania’s natural environment is protected by national parks, reserves and marine parks, ensuring that the spectacular natural beauty of the island is preserved for future generations.

Hobart has a wide range of indoor and outdoor sporting facilities including public golf courses, an Olympic standard swimming centre, soccer, hockey, tennis, badminton and basketball.

Welcoming Students

Students will arrive at Melbourne or Sydney International Airport and then connect with a direct flight to Hobart, Tasmania.

Students are collected from the Hobart Airport by the School. Students should complete a Student Arrival form prior to departing from their home country to notify the School of date and time or arrival.

The Climate

The climate is cool temperate with four distinct seasons. Maximum temperatures average 20 – 22 degrees Celsius in summer and 11 – 13 degrees Celsius in winter. Rainfall usually occurs in each season with a concentration in Spring. Hobart has very few extremes in its daily weather and yearly climate. Natural phenomena such as major floods, earthquakes and cyclones do not occur in Tasmania. Winters are mild and it rarely snows except in the higher mountain areas.


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