How long is your daily commute to work? An hour? You can be in Tassie in about two hours (even less for some). It’s not that far yet it feels like you are overseas. A different world. A fresh landscape.
Regular flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston. Direct flights are also available from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie), Devonport, King and Flinders Island. Shuttle buses operate out of all Tasmanian airports.
Alternatively, you can cross the Bass Strait on the Spirit of Tasmania. Departing from Melbourne and arriving in Devonport, this has the added benefit of letting you bring a car.
Once you are in Tassie, you’re going to want to explore. There are so many curious things to see. With good roads and scenic views wherever you go, getting around Tasmania is part of the fun.
Don’t be fooled by the size of our island. It’s small, but it will still take you a while to get around. You’ll want to stop and chat to locals. There are Instagram shots to take. There are vineyards along the way. Allow time.
There are no train services in Tasmania. If you don’t want to hire a car, try the bus or coach services from the cities and regional centres. Coach tours are a comfortable and relaxing way to see the island. Specialised small escorted group touring is also available which can cater to particular interests.
When to come
Tasmania is fortunate to have four distinct seasons. This is one of the reasons many people come to visit. They are curious to experience a true cosy winter, a spring full of blooms, a summer where the days linger, and an autumn bursting with colour.
Winter is the time to cuddle around a log fire, drink pinot, indulge in beachfront storm watching or visit pristine alpine national parks. It’s when locals celebrate dark festivals (Dark MOFO) and take part in pagan rituals (Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival). Hear people sing (Festival of Voices), eat chocolate (Chocolate Winterfest) and embark on a warming whisky tour. Winter in Tasmania is the place to be.
Spring is when you can tip-toe amongst the tulips (Tulip Festival) and stop to smell the roses. The days begin to get longer, the nights are still crisp. An explosion of trout and other fish fill the highland lakes and rivers. Blossoms are blooming in the renowned historic houses and wildflowers flourish on the many hikes around the island. It’s a beautiful time to visit.
The days are long in summer. The sunset lingers, allowing you more time to enjoy the magic of Tassie. It’s festival season. From north to south, east to west, everyone comes out to play. Don’t miss Festivale in Launceston and Taste of Tasmania in Hobart. Sip on bubbles as you cheer on the yachts to the finish line during the annual Sydney to Hobart race. Summer is all about fun and frivolity.
Autumn in Tasmania is a palette of beautiful colours. With calm sunny days and cool evenings, it is one of the best touring seasons and a brilliant period to hike. It’s also the time to sample the fresh Tasmanian produce at Agfest. Visit vineyards to see the vines change colour while sipping on a pinot. It’s a glorious sight. The Ten Days on the Island arts festival adds extra colour across the island every second year.
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Tasmania is an island at the edge of the world. It is the last stop before Antarctica. Because Tassie sits beside the Southern Ocean, the world’s weather engine, the climate can vary greatly on any given day. Expect four seasons in one day.
Wherever you travel in Tasmania, be prepared for sudden, temporary deterioration in the weather, especially if out bushwalking. Bring a waterproof outer layer. Always carry additional warm clothing. Wear layers. And remember Billy Connolly’s saying: ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing’.
Need directions? Want help planning your itinerary? Look for the blue and yellow ‘i’ for helpful accredited Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres. Open seven days a week, services include free information on itinerary planning, maps and directions, booking services for accommodation and tours, attractions, events, retail outlets and local services. It’s your one stop visitor info shop!
Want more information? Visit www.discovertasmania.com.au
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