As Australia’s only island state, access to Tasmania is by air and sea only.
Regular flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston.
Direct flights are also available from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie), Devonport, King and Flinders Island.
Alternatively many visitors travel to Tasmania from Melbourne by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. Departing from Melbourne and arriving in Devonport, this has the added benefit of letting you bring your own car and make the most of Tasmania’s touring potential.
Hobart’s market at Salamanca Place is a celebration of Tasmania’s culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers with over 300 stalls. There are many cafes along Salamanca Place or in Salamanca Square to have breakfast.
TASMANIAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is open between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm every day of the year except ANZAC Day, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
General admission to TMAG is free to all members of the public. Special exhibits may occasionally require paid entry.
Kunanyi/Mt Wellington is a wilderness experience just a 20-minute drive from Hobart and is much loved by locals.
The 21-km drive to the summit passes through temperate rainforest to sub-alpine flora and glacial rock formations, ending in panoramic views of Hobart, Bruny Island, South Arm and the Tasman Peninsula.
There are barbecues, picnic facilities and bushwalking trails for all fitness levels. Mountain activities also include trail biking and abseiling.
Park entrance fees do not apply and there are no opening or closing hours.
Jump on to a Cascade Brewery tour to head inside Australia’s oldest brewery, or sign up to Beer School to learn all about the brewing process.
The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a must see destination in Hobart. It is the largest privately owned museum in Australia and houses antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the collection of the owner, David Walsh. Walsh has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland“.
PAR AVION WILDERNESS TOURS
Par Avion operates nine passenger twin-engine and five passenger aircraft into the remote and unspoilt south-west wilderness area. You can take a half-day or full day tour or stay the night at their wilderness camp on the shores of Bathurst Harbour. For bushwalkers Par Avion offers a pick and delivery service along with food drops. The flight to the landing strip at Melaleuca takes around 50 minutes.
Tasmania’s Southwest National Park is the state’s largest and the most remote. It is the focus of the World Heritage Area, which covers 20 per cent of the island.
The area is only accessible on foot, by boat or by air, and when you fly in you know you are entering an ancient Jurassic world. Southwest National Park is dominated by jagged peaks and densely forested valleys, which open into button grass plains. The area faces the full force of the Roaring Forties, and includes an enormous waterway – Bathurst Harbour, which opens into Port Davey and together they are larger than Sydney Harbour.