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. The Tasmanian mainland itself is an island, with an area of - 94.1% of the total land area of the state. The other islands have a combined area of , for a cumulative total of 99.75% of the state. About 1000 smaller islands make up the remaining of total land area.

Classification structure

A considerable number of Tasmanian islands are identified as being in island groups, including the Breaksea, Furneaux, Hogan,
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Similar to Regions of Tasmania the islands are generally distinguished by the coast that they are adjacent to, as well as
Bass Strait Bass Strait () is a strait separating the island state of Tasmania from the Australian mainland (more specifically the coast of Victoria, with the exception of the land border across Boundary Islet). The strait provides the most direct water ...
- the main separation from the mainland state of Victoria. Five regions are aligned to the north coast and Bass Strait - ''North West Islands'' (including King Island), ''North Coast Islands'', ''North Bass Strait Islands'', ''Furneaux Islands'', and ''North East Islands''. The southern groups are ''South and West Islands'', and ''East Coast Islands''.


There are 334 islands within the state of Tasmania. Only sixteen of these 334 islands are listed as private islands. The majority of these sixteen private islands have a conservation covenant associated with their title restricting future development, whilst a small minority have a freehold title.http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/d85ef729-65d5-477e-a764-a8014b352045/files/tasmanian-islands-lists1-4.pdf

List of islands


:: Combined data for North Bruny and South Bruny Islands. :: data is for the entire Flinders Council (Furneaux Group) which includes Cape Barren Island and Clarke Island. :: Errol Anderson, family arrived on Vansittart Cutter, island was named for, Jan 26 1836, Hobart Town. :: Source: Direct observation by editor

See also

* Tasmania's offshore islands


External links

Map of Tasmania with smaller islands marked (PDF)
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