Tasmania, a state of Australia, is an island located at latitude 42° south. It has excellent food and wine, beautiful beaches, spectacular UNESCO listed wilderness, stunning mountains, a rich history – including five UNESCO listed convict sites – and friendly, innovative people. Getting to Tasmania necessitates the adventure of travelling by boat or plane from Melbourne, or by plane from Sydney or Brisbane.
The Spirit of Tasmania ferries passengers and cars between Melbourne (Victoria) and Devonport (Tasmania). They have day sailings in peak seasons and night sailings year round on almost every day.
Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, can be reached directly from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane via the following airlines: Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas (Melbourne and Sydney only) and Tigerair (Melbourne only).
Launceston is Tasmania’s second largest city and can be reached directly from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane via the following airlines: Virgin Australia (Melbourne and Sydney only), Jetstar and Qantas. Sharp Airlines also flies from Launceston to Burnie, King Island and Flinders Island.
Burnie, a northwestern coastal town, has a small airport and can be reached directly from Melbourne via Rex and Free Spirit Airlines. Sharp Airlines also files from Burnie to Launceston, King Island and Flinders Island.
There are several other small airports and airlines operating in Tasmania.
You should also be aware that Tasmania has strict quarantine laws to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. You therefore cannot bring any fresh meats, honey or fruit and vegetables into Tasmania. For more detailed information, visit the Tasmanian Government’s “Traveller’s Guide to Tasmanian Biosecurity – What You Can and Can’t Bring into Tasmania“.
Click here to read about my Tasmanian travels.