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Department of State Growth


Tasmania – Australia’s temperate island state

Separated from the rest of Australia by the waters of Bass Strait, Tasmania is also set apart by its climate. Air masses roll in consistently from the oceanic west, bringing some of the world’s cleanest air, along with rain that is pure enough to bottle and export. This reliable rainfall and climate contribute to Tasmanian farmers’ ability to produce consistent quality fruit.

Disease freedom

Tasmania has been formally recognised as free from fruit fly and a number of other pests and diseases. The quality of Tasmania’s temperate climate fruit and its low levels of chemical residues make it competitive with the world’s best. This status provides access to a variety of international markets.

Superior climatic conditions

The islands of Tasmania, located between 40 and 43 degrees south result in a cool temperate climate and a relatively late ripening season. Average annual rainfall ranges from 300 to 1300mm in horticultural areas, ideal conditions for fruit production.

Seasonal advantages

Tasmania’s seasonal advantage allows for high quality fresh fruit to be delivered to Northern Hemisphere markets when local fruit is not available.

Clean air, fertile soil, reliable rainfall and freedom from many pests and diseases are ingredients for outstanding Tasmanian fruit production.