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Frequently Asked Questions

What items can I take in and out of Tasmania?

You can view all quarantine regulations at the Tasmanian Government's quarantine site (click here).


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 - 3 hours
  • Hobart to Cradle Mountain via Launceston - 4.5 hours
  • Launceston to Cradle Mountain - 2 hours
  • Cradle Mountain to Strahan - 2 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 in Tasmania is a wonderful way to see the countryside and the majority of 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 travelling at dusk or night-time be on the look out for animals. There are also many 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.


How do I get to and from the airport?

Hobart Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive from the City Centre.

There is an airport shuttle bus that will meet all flights coming into Hobart and Launceston.  To make a booking on the shuttle bus you can contact the drivers on: Hobart - 1300 385 511 and Launceston - 03 6343 6677.

Taxis are a great option and should cost you approximiately $40 AUD


BOOKING INFORMATION

Though Tasmania will seem comparatively quiet and easy-paced when compared to other areas of Australia it is wise to do as much pre-booking as you can. In peak times (Dec-March and during Easter) 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.

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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 1 November to 30 April. To make a booking (compulsory) and find further information, please visit www.overlandtrack.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 18 national parks. They are available to purchase from the Parks and Wildlife Service (see www.parks.tas.gov.au for more information) or from us here at the Travel Centre.


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When is the Salamanca Market?

The Salamanca Market, located on Salamanca Place, Hobart, is open every Saturday from 8:30am till 3:00pm.


Where can I exchange money in Hobart?

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

Bendigo Bank (45 Murray Street, Hobart) is also open Saturday morning 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.

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What is the population/size of Tasmania?

Tasmania has a population of over 512,000 people. Hobart, the capital city (run by Hobart City Council) has approximately 212,000 people while Launceston, in the north of the state, has approximately 100,000.

The total area of Tasmania (including the smaller islands) is 68,331 sq. km.


I'm travelling to Tasmania and will spend a few days in the Hobart and surrounds area, what areas and attractions do you suggest I visit?


Hobart Area
A great way to get an introduction to Hobart City is to join a tour.  There are several options available including bus tours, river cruises, walking tours, cycling tours, and scenic flights. 

A lovely 30-minute drive from Hobart will take you to the top of Mount Wellington.  Here on a clear day you can view breathtaking scenery over Hobart and southern Tasmania.   There are many other attractions and tours within Hobart city, including the well known Cascade Brewery tours and the Cadburys Chocolate Factory.  Another popular "must do" in Hobart is the Salamanca Market -  A popular open market showcasing some of Tasmania's finest products.  Open every Saturday from 8:30am - 3:00pm.

If you are looking at taking a day tour or a self drive trip out of Hobart, below are a few suggested areas to visit:

Convict Trail
Famous for the Port Arthur Historic Site located only 1.5 hours direct drive form Hobart City.  However there are plenty of stops to be made a long the way! Richmond is 25 minutes from Hobart and is know for having Australia's Oldest Catholic Church and Australia's Oldest Convict Built Bridge.  This area boasts many other attractions and historic sites and is also home to significant wineries.  

Eaglehawk Neck, is another great stop offering spectacular costal views that  can be accessed from several shorts walks departing from the car park. There are also other attractions close to the historic site including wildlife parks, chocolate factories, and many more. 

Huon Trail
Travelling south from Hobart to the Huon Region, there are numerous attractions to visit along the way including museums, wineries, cheesery, fishing spots, beautiful restaurants, gardens, walking tracks, hang gliding, cruises ,and  jet boat rides . Located 1.5 hours drive from Hobart City will bring you to the well known Tahune Airwalk . Further south you will find the popular Hasting Caves and Thermal Springs Pool as well as many small coastal townships that have much to offer.  

Rivers Run
Mount Field National Park and Maydena Hub are located 1.5 hours drive from Hobart. Here you are able to enjoy walks throughout the National Park, especially the walk to the spectacular Russel Falls. However once again there are plenty of stops to be made along the way including Salmon Ponds, museums, mills, whisky distilleries, old homesteads etc. all the while taking in the beautiful scenery.

East Coast
Only 1.5 hour s  drive from Hobart will bring you to the township of Triabunna.  Here you can take the passenger ferry across to Maria Island.  Maria Island is a complete National Park, where you can enjoy spectaculars walks or even enjoy a stunning cruise around the Island.  Further up the coast you will find Swansea, a lovely seaside township offering many attractions including a bark mill  and  museums .   North of Swansea is the beautiful town of Bicheno.  Bicheno is famous for its Penguin Tours departing nightly.  There are also  spectacular beaches and  walks in National Parks close to this area.  Turning off the main road between Bicheno and Swansea you will find the world famous Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay.  Wineglass Bay has been voted as one of the Top 10 Beaches in the World!  There are many other things to see and do in this area including scenic cruises, 4wd tours, kayaking, scenic flights, oyster farm tours along with numerous walks throughout the National Park and surrounding areas.

Heritage Highway
Heading North out of Hobart towards Launceston, you could take a day trip up into the Heritage Highway region. Here you will discover a multitude of Historical Villages offering beautiful attractions including: historic homesteads, historic buildings, convict built bridges, National Trust properties, wool centres, heritage museums, colonial sandstone buildings, antique shops, great fishing spots, galleries, gardens....the list is endless.  If you are a keen golfer, the town of Bothwell will be of much interest to you.  Bothwell is home to the oldest golf course in the Southern Hemisphere, here grazing sheep keep the fairways short, and fences protect the sacred greens.  Close to the golf course you will also find the Australasian Golf Museum, which tells the story of how golf evolved from a crude game played by a handful of villages on Scotland's east coast, to now being a truly international game, and Australia's most popular participation sport. 


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