FAQ

What times and what are the costs of passenger ships to Tasmania? Do They take cars and dogs?

The Spirit of Tasmania makes three return crossings per week between Melbourne and Devonport. The Spirit makes an overnight sailing, leaving port at early evenings and arriving the next morning approximately a 14 hour journey.

The Devil Cat is a fast wave-piercing catamaran ferry, which is currently makes the journey from Melbourne to George Town in approximately 6 hours. The Devil Cat service operates from December to April.

The Spirit and Devil Cat carry cars, campervans and caravans. Early bookings for both vessels are strongly recommended, in particular over the Christmas/New Year period.

A limited number of kennels are available at a cost of $21.00 per pet per sailing. (Please note: There must be documentary proof of Hydatid Tape worm treatment for dogs and that they are not permitted in Tasmania’s National Parks).

When is the best time to visit Tasmania?

More than anywhere else in Australia, Tasmanians enjoy four distinctly different seasons, and each one has its own unique pleasures and appeal. Generally it is warmer on the coast and cooler inland. The average maximum temperature in summer (December to February) is 21 degrees Celsius (70F) and in winter (June to August), the average maximum is 12 degrees Celsius (52F). Spring and Autumn are very pleasant with temperatures in the mid-teens. For the current weather click here.

Is it too cold to come in winter?

No. The days of winter are bright and crisp, the mountains and highlands sparkle with snow. Enjoy rugging up, nestling into cosy beds, dining on winter fare and relaxing by cheery first. Expect an average of 13 C. For the current weather click here.

Do you have any specials to Tasmania? How much is an airfare?

The holiday market is very competitive. Prices often change in your favour. Computer technology gives your travel agent instant access to special prices and package deals.

Are advance bookings necessary?

School holidays, Easter and the December-January periods are busy and it is strongly advised to make advance reservations.

When and where can I go trout fishing in Tasmania?

In just about every freshwater stream, river and lake in Tasmania, there are fighting trout, waiting to rise to your well-presented fly or lure. And here, in the waters of one of the world’s last great wild fisheries, they are yours for the price of a fishing licence – plenty of excitement for a few dollars! Licences are readily available through any fishing tackle store within Tasmania.

How do I get information on the Overland Track at Cradle Mountain? Are the numbers limited?

Widely regarded as one of the world’s best walks, the Overland Track threads its way through the heart of the Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park, jewel of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. You do not need to book, but only register on arrival at the start of the Track. Numbers are not limited. A National Park pass is required.

Where can I get a National Park Pass?

A fee is charged for entry to Tasmania’s National Parks – all money raised protects and maintains the parks for the future. For just $33.00, a Tassie Holiday Pass allows entry for your car and passengers to all 17 National Parks, and is valid for two months. Also valid for two months is a $13.20 backpackers pass for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

Occasional users can buy a 24 hour pass costing $9.90 per car (up to 8 passengers), while walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists and coach passengers pay $3.30 per day. Passes can be purchased from most Australian travel agents, and at all major National Parks and Tasmanian Visitor Information Network centres.

Who can I speak to about organising a conference or convention in Tasmania?

The Tasmanian Convention Bureau will assist you further with any Conference and Convention enquiry in Tasmania. Their e-mail is mail@tasmania-conventions.org.au

How do I get to King and Flinders Island?

There are regular flights to King Island from Wynyard Airport in Tasmania and from Melbourne in Victoria. Flights to Flinders Island leave from Hobart and Launceston, or you can put your car aboard the Matthew Flinders cargo vessel which departs from Bridport in Tasmania and Port Welshpool in Victoria.

Golf in Tasmania?

Tasmania has more golf courses per head of population that any other State. The historic township of Bothwell in Tasmania is also home to Australia’s oldest golf course. With over 80 golf courses, Tasmania is a perfect destination for a golfing holiday, and you will find a warm welcome for members of registered interstate clubs at city and country club courses around the State. While there are some public courses around the State, most courses in Tasmania are run by private golf clubs.

How do I see the Cadburys Factory?

The Cadbury Chocolate Factory is located at Claremont a northern suburb of Hobart (approximately 20 minutes drive from Hobart). Taste chocolate samples as you follow the guided tour of the famous chocolate making factory – established in 1921. Chocolate sales are not permitted unless participating in a factory tour. Bookings are essential. You can ring Cadburys Australia-wide toll free booking phone number 1800 627 367, or arrange a harbour cruise/tour of the factory

What day does Salamanca Market operate?

Visit Salamanca Market and Salamanca Place on Hobart’s waterfront. The market is open on Saturdays from 9.00am to 3.00pm. The 1830’s sandstone warehouses are home to galleries, studios, restaurants, shops and cafes.

Is there an airport bus service?

Yes, there are airport bus transfer services at all major airports throughout the State.

Where can I go skiing?

Following good winter snowfalls, downhill and cross-country skiers head for Ben Lomond, an hour’s drive south-east of Launceston, (public accommodation is available) or Mt Mawson in the Mt Field National Park, two hours drive from Hobart. (day facilities only). During the season, ski-tows operate at both locations. When conditions are right, good ski-touring is also available in the Cradle Mountain area.

When is the crayfish season? Where can I buy fresh Tasmanian crayfish?

The commercial season is from about mid November to about mid January. Fresh crayfish is available in season from Constitution Dock in Hobart and at selected retail outlets and restaurants around the state in particular along the east coast of the island and also on King Island.

Where can I see a Tasmanian Devil?

The Tasmanian bush is alive with animals- but where are they all? It isn’t always easy to see our wildlife in its native habitat because most animals are nocturnal, including the Tasmanian Devil. Specialist wildlife observation tours will take you to places where you are very likely to observe animals and birds.  Wildlife parks offer another way to see our native fauna.

When is the lavender in bloom?

Tasmania is famous worldwide for its lavender, and visiting lavender farms has become a popular activity.  When in flower the fields offer a spectacular scene. The French Lavender is in full bloom before and during the harvesting season from the 10th December to the 26th January. The English lavender comes into full bloom in January and harvesting is completed at the end of February.

Do you have information on wineries in Tasmania?

Tasmania has superb cool-climate wines, winners of many prestigious national awards. In vineyards, pinot, chardonnay, riesling and sauvignon blanc grapes ripen slowly, concentrating the flavours and most aromas of the fruit. You will find most Tasmanian wineries by the Tamar and Pipers River in the north – east region or south on the banks of the Derwent River, south in the Huon region or on the east coast of the island.

How can I see the Franklin River?

The Franklin River is the epicentre of Tasmania’s acclaimed World Heritage Area. It has captured the world’s imagination with its wild rivers and exhilarating rafting opportunities. To experience the Franklin River you can do this by scenic flight, by foot or by rafting down the River, however the latter option is a demanding multi-day descent. By cruising the Gordon River out of Strahan on the west coast you can take an unforgettable day journey across Macquarie Harbour and deep into the Gordon where it meets the Franklin River.

Where can I see whales and penguins?

There are no guarantees or specific tours for whale-watching, but they are often sighted along the East Coast off the Freycinet Peninsula. Usually this is in the spring months of September to November when they migrate to warmer waters to breed.

Penguins may be observed at various areas around the State. At Turners Beach on the north west coast, off Low Head in the north, at Bicheno on the east coast and in the south on the neck of Bruny Island and South Arm. Guided tours are available at Bicheno on the east coast and at Low Head and Stanley on the north coast.