About Tasmania

Tasmania, Australia is an island of dramatic beauty, modern sophisticated cities, friendly innovative people and a fascinating preserved history.

Located at Australia’s southernmost tip, just a 50 minutes’ flight from the major International airport at Melbourne, you’ll find an unspoilt yet accessible wilderness, colonial heritage, and succulent fresh produce and award-winning wines.

Hobart

It’s no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world right now.

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond. With its captivating history, picturesque waterways, rugged mountains and gourmet experiences, the city has something for everyone.

Award-winning restaurants offer fine dining experiences using the best Tasmanian produce recognised by the world’s best chefs, while on the waterfront punts and fishmongers sell the freshest seafood straight from the Southern Ocean.

Getting there

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.

Overseas travellers

Travellers entering Australia on a foreign passport will need a visa regardless of the purpose or duration of their stay. Tourists from selected countries (New Zealand) are exempt.