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Tasmanian Travel & Holidays Guide

orange bulletTasmanian Highlights

bullet wideHobart & South East : the early days of colonial settlement
bullet wideSouth West : Some of Australia's finest wilderness areas
bullet wideNorth East : spectacular parks, Ben Lomond and ski fields
bullet wideNorth West : Cradle Mountain plus serene river cruises

orange bulletTasmania At A Glance

The state capital is Hobart... current population approx. 200,000 [2014]. Tasmania crams a lot of diversity into a small island. It is the most southerly Australian state, with cool weather and a climate having four distinct seasons.

It's an island of superb natural resources ranging from rugged mountains, rivers, beaches, bays and sheltered inlets. Tasmania is home to several of Australia's best preserved historical sites. With 30% of the land in classified National Parks and reserves, the island is a haven for wilderness junkies. It has some of the most rugged, remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world.

A quiet unhurried part of the world with sleepy villages and old stone cottages conjuring up images of parts of rural England. The distances are short by Australian standards and touring is not demanding. Tasmania has exceptionally fresh air, pure water, fertile soil and is a producer of many gourmet foods to Australia and the world.

Tasmanian seafood is also well known to world markets and a thriving dairy industry makes good use of the soft lush pastures. Much of Tasmania's flora and fauna is unique, having taken a different evolutionary path than their mainland cousins. Quarantine regulations are strict and no fruit, vegetable or plant can be taken into Tasmania.

orange bulletWhat Will I Be Able To Do?

Tasmania offers a lot of diversity when it comes to places to see and things to do. Enjoy the historic Salamanca Place in Hobart, the beautiful Freycinet National Park on the east coast and the early history on display in Ross. Ski the slopes of Ben Lomond, cruise the Gordon River at remote Strahan.... there is something for every taste and every budget.

Here are just some of the things to do in Tasmania! Book your adventures from the ExperienceOZ ad block in the left column.

  • Day Tours and historic sites
  • Hiking the National Parks
  • Adventure and wildlife tours
  • Eco tours
  • Surfing
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • River cruises
  • Jet boating
  • Tall timber forests
  • White water rafting
  • Canoeing

orange bulletWhat Are My Accommodation Options?

Tasmania offers a diverse range of accommodation choices. Traditional hotels in the cities and major towns range from luxury to budget along with a selection of smaller boutique hotels.

Serviced apartments cater to visitors who prefer the independence of self catering. Tasmania has an excellent reputation for its "personal touch" accommodation such as bed & breakfasts, rural retreats, seaside beach retreats, country lodges, homely farm stays and historic guesthouses.

Hobart and the other major towns offer most of the traditional hotels and serviced apartments. Motels and motor inns are more prevalent in the rural areas. With many popular holiday areas there is always an increased demand for bookings during the school holiday periods.

orange bulletHow Do I Get Around?

As an alternative to flying, consider the Spirit of Tasmania passenger and car ferry that operates between Devonport and the mainland city of Melbourne. Cars can also be freighted separately from the mainland. Regular air services operate between the mainland and Hobart and Launceston. Local flights between towns are available but tourists will best appreciate this state from ground level.

A good network of sealed roads cover the state with the exception of the rugged south west. The latter is an area of adventure expeditions and river tours which involve specialised transport and access arranged by tour providers. There are no passenger train services throughout Tasmania.

Several bus transport companies operate throughout the state. The major vehicle hire companies are represented in all the major cities and towns throughout Tasmania. If you are flying in at Hobart to start your visit, consider picking up a Hobart rental car at the airport and save on airport shuttle costs.

Motor homes and campervans, both 2WD and 4WD are available for rental, but only from Hobart. Tour operators provide itineraries that cover all popular sites. Driver information and maps are available from offices of the Royal Auto Club of Tasmania (RACT) which has offices in all major centres.

Some typical road distances are:

  • Hobart to Launceston = 200km (125 miles)
  • Hobart to Queenstown = 260 km (163 miles)
  • Hobart to Strathgordon = 160 km (100 miles)
  • Hobart to Port Arthur = 93 km (58 miles)
  • Launceston to Burnie = 148 km (93 miles)

orange bulletWhen Is The Best Time?

Like most of Australia, Tasmania is a year-round destination. It is unlikely that extremes of weather will have any serious impact on holiday plans. The high mountain country is subject to periods of winter snow so activities in those areas need to take that into account.

This is the most southerly Australian state, with cool weather and a climate having four distinct seasons. Winter is June - August. Temperatures in the mountains and alpine regions can drop to below 0°C and will usually reach a maximum of around 6-8°C. The winter temperatures closer to sea level will generally be around 2-4°C min. and around 10-12°C max.

Summer is December - February. Temperatures at elevation will usually be around 6-8°C min. with maximums reaching around the 14-16°C mark. At sea level the range is around 12-14°C min. and 20-22°C max.