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Tasmania, the smallest of Australia's six states, is an island lying south of the south-east corner of the Australian mainland. Roughly triangular in shape, it is surrounded by smaller islands, the most important of which are King, Flinders and Bruny islands.

Including these smaller islands, the State has a total area of 68 331 km2 and is separated from the Australian mainland by Bass Strait, a shallow sea with an average width of 240 km.

Tasmania is the most mountainous of Australian States. It is distinctive not so much for the height of its mountains, which rarely exceed 1500 m, but for their domination of the landscape because the proportion of mountainous country to total area is particularly high.

The island is dominated by a central plateau sloping south-east from an average level of 1000 m in the south. On the western edge, it gives way to a range of mountains running parallel to the west coast. This region is sparsely populated and contains the State's main mining areas.

Between the central plateau and a mountainous region in the north-east corner of the State lies an area known as the Midlands, one of Tasmania's richest agricultural areas. The Midlands open to the south-east on to another low plateau which is another important agricultural region.

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