Australia's largest offshore island was once joined
to the mainland by a narrow land bridge now submerged by the rising
seas following the last southern ice age 10,000 years ago.
Approximately 40 percent of Tasmania is protected in world heritage
areas, national parks and other reserves.
In 2007 Forestry
Tasmania launched a forest walking track and two suspension
bridges near Geeveston. The swinging bridges span the Picton and
Huon Rivers near the Tahune Airwalk.
Tasmania is the smallest of Australian states and is separated
from the Australian mainland by the Bass Strait.