Tasmania is small and perfect for driving holidays and day trips from your new home. Although it can take you longer to get to places than you imagine due to being mostly on secondary roads and wanting to fossick in each small town along your way or take photos of the amazing landscape.
Following are links and information on how to get to Tasmania and how to get around once you are here.
This is the official site for Tourism Tasmania and includes a comprehensive section on travel and transport to and in Tasmania.
Getting to Tasmania
The Spirit of Tasmania is a large ferry that operates between Melbourne, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania. You are also able to transport your vehicle and some pets on the Spirit. The trip duration is overnight, arriving at your destination in the early morning. In summer there are additional day sailings. There are actually two ships operating, the Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 2.
Virgin Australia flies to Launceston and Hobart from Melbourne and Sydney. The airline was previously called Virgin Blue and became Virgin Australia in May 2011.
Qantas flies into Hobart from Melbourne and Sydney, and into Launceston from Melbourne. Qantas subsidiary Qantaslink flies into Devonport.
Jetstar flies from Melbourne and Sydney to Hobart and Launceston. Jetstar is a subsidiary of Qantas.
REX flies from Melbourne to Burnie and King Island.
Getting around Tasmania
There are a large number of car hire companies operating in Tasmania. This link takes you through to a listing on the Discover Tasmania website.
Driving in Tasmania is mostly on secondary roads rather than major highways or freeways, so mostly just one lane in each direction. Due to this and also the often hilly and windy roads, driving times can be a lot longer than what you might estimate by just looking at the distance between two places. This link takes you through to the Discover Tasmania and a table of driving times and distances for common journeys in Tasmania.
Metro operates public transport buses in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie. Timetables, fares and route information is available on their website.
Merseylink provides public transport buses in Devonport and surrounding areas.
Redline provides transport between main cities and towns in Tasmania, as well as airport shuttle services in Hobart. Their site provides timetable, fare and route details.
Tassie link provide coach services across the state and to many regional towns. Their site provides timetable, fare and route details.
Photo credit: Spirit of Tasmania | Tourism Tasmania | Rick Eaves