The island of Tasmania is located 240 kilometers south of mainland Australia and covers an area of around 68,000 sq kms. It is similar in size to Ireland.
Around 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, Tasmania was part of mainland Australia. After the great ice age, Tasmania separated from the mainland forming many islands, including Flinders Island (the Furneaux Group) and King Island. There are an estimated 330 islands in total.
There are over 60 peaks on the island exceeding 915m. Eight mountains higher than 1500m and 28 mountains higher than 1250m.