Don’t let the name fool you – Tasmania isn’t a state of devils and deserted wilderness. In fact, more than 40 percent of the island is protected as World Heritage Area, including national parks and wildlife reserves.
Tasmania is an island off the mainland of Australia and separated by about 150 miles of the Bass Straight. In total, Tasmania is about the size of Ireland or West Virginia. Tasmanians are very passionate about their environment. Travelers spending time on Tasmania will soon find that the people are just as precious to the environment as the island animals.
Most travelers visit Tasmania via air. Qantas, Virgin Blue and Regional Express (all local airlines) fly from the mainland to Hobart and Launceston. Travelers can find cheap flights to Tasmania from Melbourne if booked on the Internet (as opposed to at the airport).
Traveling through Tasmania is actually quite simple. There are no direct international flights to Tasmania, but visitors can reach the island by booking local Tasmania flights from one of the other larger Australian cities like Sydney or Melbourne. Once in Tasmania, the easiest way to get around is by car.
The temperate maritime climate guarantees a pleasant and affable entrance when you arrive Tasmania. Step off your flight to Tasmania and you’re immediately surrounded by sea, warm weathers and cool breezes. There is little extreme when it comes to weather, and while the west side is wetter than the east, both sides are warm and mild on the whole.
Best Time to Fly to Tasmania
Peak Season: The most popular time to travel to to Tasmania is the summertime months of December, January, and February. Warm days and mild evenings make for maximum outdoor enjoyment and relaxation.
Off-peak Season: The stormy months of July and August bring snow and rain among the mountains, but if you’re not one for soaking up the sun, it just might be the optimum time to avoid popular travel expenses by reserving a cheap flight to Tasmania.
Getting around Tasmania
Your Tasmania flight might get you on the ground, but it won’t get you around. Hit the road to see all there is to see by bus, taxi, or rental car. Most buses in Hobart, Burnie, and Launceston run service every day (including Sundays and holidays) and rides can be purchased through smartcard ticket services. Flag a taxi down or even book one online beforehand. If you’d rather control the road, car rentals are widely available.
Tasmania Travel Information
Wildlife: If nature calls, visit the Boron Park Wildlife Centre. Wallabies, snakes, koalas, and wombats, and of course Tasmanian devils, make this a must-see. Get there in the afternoon to view feeding time between 12:30-3:00, and head to Bush Tucker restaurant for lunch and tea for your own feeding time.
Hobart Nightlife: Enter the oldest live theater in the country when you go to the Theater Royal, built in 1837 with beautiful Victorian architecture and trimmings. Afterward, head to an even older tavern for a nightcap. Built in 1829, The Knopwoods Retreat’s historical insides make room for live jazz and blues bands on the weekends, and with all that you’ve saved from your cheap flight to Tasmania, you’ll have spare cash to spend at the Wrest Point Casino. Traveler tip: Proper dress is required.
Cadbury Chocolate Factory: Cave in to your craving. A saunter through the Cadbury Chocolate Factory will leave all five senses captivated. Be sure to book tours in advance, because this sweet spot fills up quickly, regardless of how serious your sweet tooth may be. Fortunately, the many stairs to climb at the factory ensure that you won’t return in a chocolate coma. Leave room in your suitcase and pack some chocolate deliciousness to bring home. You’ll friends will thank you, as will the flight staff aboard your Tasmania flight home.
Roman Baths: Luxury and relaxation await you as you go from room to room of increasing temperatures, ending only in enormous swimming pools and three baths of varying degrees in the Temple of Aquarius. Open on weekends and holidays until 8:00pm, this trance-like experience is a perfect way to rest on your first day after your long flight to Tasmania.