Tasmania is both an Australian island and Australian state. It is located 240 km (150 mi) south of the eastern side of the Australian 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 4 million and an area of 68,401 square kilometers (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 km (226 mi) long from the northernmost to the southernmost point, and 306 km (190 mi) from west to east. The state capital and largest city is Hobart. Other major population centers include Launceston in the north and Devonport and Burnie in the northwest.

This often overlooked surf destination does get good waves. On the west coast, your problem will be getting a day small enough, and then getting one that isn’t onshore. In late summer and early autumn, offshore days can occur in combination with moderate swells. Only the top one-third of the west coast is accessible, and even then only at certain locations.
The southwest is totally wild and remote. No doubt there are waves and perhaps some classic reefs, but they will probably remain unsurfed for many years.

The northern coast of Tasmania is somewhat protected and has lengthy flat spells, especially in summer. However, Bass Strait can be one of the roughest stretches of water around, and waves large enough to surf are often generated within the strait itself.

The east coast is again open to the ocean, the Tasman Sea; it gets good waves especially after winter lows pass into the Tasman Sea. Move further south toward Hobart, and waves are found in the Port Arthur area. Hobart itself is located on a large bay, but swells sometimes work right up into it.


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