ESSENTIAL TRAVEL INFORMATION

Getting to Tasmania

How do I get to Tasmania?

By air –  Flights to Tasmania operate on a regular basis from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. To compare prices and make bookings, visit Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar or Tiger Airways.

By sea –  The Spirit of Tasmania ferry service operates daily between Melbourne and Tasmania, arriving in the North-West city of Devonport. For more information and bookings contact us

A number of Cruise Ships currently travel to Tasmania. You can view a list of the ships that are travelling to Tasmania this year on the Cruise Shipping page

If you arrive on one of the many visiting Cruise ships, you will be happy to know the Travel Centre staff and volunteers meet every ship wharf side. We provide passengers and crew with extensive information on tours, local shopping, money exchange, Internet cafes and more. You can also save time by contacting us before your ship docks with any questions you may have by filling out the form here: Contact Us

What items can I take in and out of Tasmania?

You can view all quarantine regulations at the Tasmanian Government’s quarantine site

Travelling around Tasmania

What are the driving times between various points in Tasmania?

Approximate driving times between major destinations are:
Hobart to Launceston – 2.5 hours
Hobart to Port Arthur – 1.5 hours
Hobart to Strahan – 5 hours
Hobart to Coles Bay – 2.5 hours
Hobart to Cradle Mountain via Launceston – 4.5 hours
Launceston to Cradle Mountain – 2 hours
Launceston to St. Helens (Bay of Fires) – 2.5 hours
Cradle Mountain to Strahan – 2.25 hours

For all other travelling times you can do a search on Google Maps and click on “Get Directions.” This will bring up two search fields where you can enter the towns that you’re looking for.

What are road conditions like?

Driving is a wonderful way to see the Tasmanian countryside, and most Tasmanian roads are easy to travel on. However, certain areas (such as the West Coast and areas of the East Coast) are notoriously steep and windy and should be taken with extra care. If you are travelling at dusk or night-time please be cautious of local wildlife who may leap out on our roads, such as kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, or wombats.

There are also some off-road gravel tracks in Tasmania – these should only be taken by experienced drivers in appropriate vehicles and it is always wise to ask for local advice before using them. Find out more on the Department of State Growth website

How do I get to and from the airport?

Hobart: Hobart International Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive from the Hobart city centre. There is an airport shuttle bus that meets all flights coming into Hobart. To make a booking on the shuttle bus please email us at bookings@hobarttravelcentre.com.au or telephone the shuttle service directly on 1300 385 511.
Taxis are located at Hobart Airport. A fare to Hobart should cost approximately $45 to $50 AUD.

Launceston: There is an airport shuttle bus that meets all flights that arrive at Launceston Airport.  To make a booking on the shuttle bus, please email us at bookings@hobarttravelcentre.com.au or telephone the shuttle service directly on 1300 385 522

Taxis are another great option, and should cost between $35 and $40 AUD approximately.

How do I get around Tasmania?

Tasmania is deceptively big and getting around the island takes time and planning. Your options for getting around include:

Air:  Flights within Tasmania are limited. Par Avion and Sharp Airlines operate flights within Tasmania connecting Hobart and Launceston to remote areas such as Strahan, Burnie, Flinders Island, King Island and the remote World Heritage Area South-West National Park. These airlines also operate charter flights. Visit the Par Avion or Sharp Airlines websites for more details.

Bus: Metro Tasmania offers regular bus services in Tasmania’s major centres, including Hobart, Burnie and Launceston. You can find out more, and download bus timetables and route maps on the Metro Tasmania website or download the free Metro Tas App at:
App Store (for iOs devices)
Google Play (for Android devices).

Tassielink and Redline coach services offer the most extensive services throughout Tasmania, and are the only forms of public transport that travel to some of the more remote areas within Tasmania. Transport to Tasmania’s remote areas (some of which include popular tourist destinations) can be difficult to organise as some services may only offer one bus every few days, and at inconvenient times. Visitors wanting to travel around the island by bus should make sure they have plenty of flexibility in their travel itinerary. You can find out more information, including timetables on the Tassielink and Redline  websites, or contact us here for more information.

Car: Driving is perhaps the best and certainly the most efficient way of getting around Tasmania. Cars can be brought to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, or can be hired upon arrival. Hire cars do book out very quickly over peak tourist seasons, such as Christmas and during the Dark Mofo winter festival, so it is a good idea to book in advance. Contact us for assistance with booking your hire car.

Cycling: Cycling is an increasingly popular way to see some parts of Tasmania. Popular routes include the east coast, Tasman Peninsula, Huon Valley, Bruny Island or the Tasmanian Trail. Bicycles can also be hired to sightsee around the major cities. Visit the Bicycle Network Tasmania website for more information.

Planning your holiday

Booking Information

In peak times such as summer (Dec-March), during Easter and throughout the Dark Mofo winter festival in June, accommodation in Hobart, Launceston, Strahan, Coles Bay and Cradle Mountain can be extremely difficult to find. The same is true for car hire all over the state. For tours and activities it is also wise to book ahead – especially in peak times.

If you need assistance booking your trip to Tasmania, let us make it easy for you.  Contact us now.

When are the public holidays and school terms in Tasmania?

Public holidays in Tasmania can be viewed here.
Check here for dates for school terms.

I want to do The Overland Track. How do I organise this?

The walking season for The Overland Track is from 1st October to 31st May. Bookings are compulsory. To make a booking and for further information, please visit The Overland Track website

I want to do the Three Capes Track. How do I organise this?

The Three Capes Track is a newly developed four day walk that’s 46km in length. Bookings are essential and can be made online here.  For information about transfers please email us at bookings@hobarttravelcentre.com.au

I want to visit some national parks. Do I need a pass or a permit for this?

Yes. The National Parks and Wildlife Service has a range of passes available which must be purchased before entering any of our 20 national parks. They are available to purchase from us here at the Travel Centre.

You can find out more on the National Parks and Wildlife Service website

Other frequently asked questions

Is free Wifi readily available in Tasmania?

Tasmanian Government, in conjunction with Telstra, has installed free Wi-Fi hotspots around Tasmania. There are hot-spots located in 50 different areas across the state. As part of the service, users can access 30 minutes’ free Wi-Fi services for each device at each network location, each day.

The Government’s Wi-Fi network website  and downloadable app map all the locations in the Tasmanian Governments Wi-Fi network, as well as showing where free Wi-Fi services are offered by other organisations. The app alerts the user to their nearest hotspot.

You can find the app on the Apple App Store or Google Play store by searching for “Tas Gov Free Wifi”.

I speak a language other than English.

Please use this translation service to assist you.

When and where does the Salamanca Market take place?

The Salamanca Market, located in Salamanca Place, Hobart, is open every Saturday from 8:30am till 3:00pm. Find out more here

Where can I exchange money in Hobart?

Money can be exchanged at Travelex in Hobart and Launceston; at major Australia Post Offices and at most major banks. These offices are open Monday to Friday.

Travel Money Oz (84 Liverpool St) is also open on Saturdays for money exchange.  Many hotels will also offer money exchange for their guests, please check with reception.

Wrest Point Hotel in Hobart is open 7 days per week and also offers money exchange.

What is the population/size of Tasmania?

Tasmania has a population of over 514,000 people. Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, has approximately 217,000 people, while Launceston, in the north of the state, has approximately 86,000.

The total area of Tasmania (including the smaller islands) is 68,401 sq. km.

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