Regions of Tasmania

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Regions of Tasmania are regions of Tasmania in Australia named by government authorities, popular usage and also usage in media.

Historically some regions have been identified in terms of land utilisation [1]

In the 1960s the Atlas of Tasmania was the definitive publication in relation to regional variations in Tasmania in geographical terms [2]

Most media outlets tend to distinguish between North West, West Coast, Southern, and East Coast.

Forecast areas - land[edit]

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast areas map [3] provides possibly the most elaborate breakdown with 11 land based regions:

  • 1. Furneaux Islands
  • 2. North East
  • 3. East Coast
  • 4. Central North (including Launceston)
  • 5. Midlands
  • 6. South East (including Hobart)
  • 7. Upper Derwent Valley
  • 8. Central Plateau - same as Central Highlands (Tasmania)
  • 9. Western (includes South Western and Western Tasmania)
  • 10. North West Coast
  • 11. King Island

Coastal regions[edit]

Coastal regions in the BOM scheme are:

  • 1. Far North West Coast (including King Island) -
  • 2. Central West Coast (Sandy Cape to Low Rocky Point)
  • 3. Southwest Coast (Low Rocky Point to South East Cape)
  • 4. Southeast Coast (South East Cape to Tasman Island)
  • 5. Southeast Inshore (Hobart and adjacent waters)
  • 6. Lower East Coast (Tasman Island to Wineglass Bay)
  • 7. Upper East Coast (Wineglass Bay to St Helens Point)
  • 8. East of Flinders Island (St Helens Point, Cape Barren)
  • 9. Banks Strait (Larapuna (Eddystone Point),Cape Barren, Sir John Cape, Cape Portland)
  • 10. Central North Coast (Cape Portland to Stanley)


In some schemas a quadrant of the coast is made into four parts [4]

In general terms, the usage is found in a number of forms:

  • North West - generally starting north of the Pieman River mouth and proceeding round into the Bass Straight coast
  • South West - generally starting at Cape Sorell and finishing at either South Cape or South East Cape
  • South East - usually incorporates the region around Hobart and through to wineglass Bay or further north
  • North East - usually referring to the coast from the Tamar River and proceeding round onto the East Coast

These regional schemas do not relate to the physical realities of the coast, or any of the coastal processes, but are simply organisational categorigisation.

Named regions[edit]

Tourist regions[edit]

Tourism regions are a scheme of tourist promotion; some Tourist regions are in effect sub-regions, or component of separate regions, and others are grabs of separate regions: [5]

  • Hobart
  • Southeast
  • Huon Valley and D'Entrecasteax Channel
  • Derwent Valley and Central Highlands
  • Launceston and the Tamar Valley
  • Midlands
  • East Coast
  • North East
  • Devonport and Cradle Valley
  • North West
  • West Coast and Wilderness
  • King and Flinders Islands

Another is in 'Zones' [6]

  • Hobart and surrounds
  • Launceston, Tamar and the North
  • North West Coast
  • East Coast
  • Western Wilderness

Wine regions[edit]

Further information: Tasmanian wine
  • North West - south of Devonport
  • Tamar Valley - along the valley north of Launceston
  • Pipers River - on the Georgetown to Bridport road.
  • East Coast - between Bicheno in the north, and east of Sorell
  • Coal River - between Cambridge and north of Colebrook.
  • Derwent Valley - between Hamilton and Hobart
  • Southern - between Kingston and Southport

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Lowndes, Arthur G. (Arthur George); Maze, W. H. (Wilson Harold); University of Sydney (1937), Land utilization regions of Tasmania, University of Sydney, retrieved 19 March 2013 
  2. ^ Davies, John Lloyd (1965), Atlas of Tasmania, Lands and Surveys Dept, retrieved 19 March 2013 
  3. ^ http://www.bom.gov.au/tas/forecasts/map.shtml?ref=hdr
  4. ^ In the Wikipedia category scheme - the dividing points exist at the following points -
  5. ^ http://www.tasmania.visitorsbureau.com.au/regions/
  6. ^ http://www.travelways.com.au/zones