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Tasmania - The Most Frequently Asked Questions?

Check out some of the things you may need to know about Tasmania below;

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

When is the best time to visit Tasmania?

Is it too cold to come in winter?

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

Are advance bookings necessary?

Where are public toilets located around Tasmania?

When and where can I go trout fishing in Tasmania?

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

Where can I get a National Parks Pass?

Do you have a listing of special events?

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

How do I get to King and Flinders Island?

Golf in Tasmania?

How do I see the Cadburys Factory?

What day does Salamanca Market operate?

Is there an airport bus service?

Where can I go skiing?

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

Where can I see a Tasmanian devil?

When is the lavender in bloom?

Do you have information on wineries in Tasmania?

How can I see the Franklin River?

Where can I see whales and penguins?

How much is petrol in Tasmania? Are there many LPG gas outlets?

Do you have ATMs? What banks are there in Tasmania?

What is the voltage of power points in Tasmania?

What is the flora and fauna emblem of Tasmania?

How do I get visa and passport information?

 

 

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

The superfast Spirit of Tasmania I and II make nightly crossings of Bass Strait in both directions between Melbourne and Devonport, leaving at 2000 (8pm) and arriving at 0700 in both ports. Additional sailings will be scheduled in peak sailing times, with a daytime sailing in both directions leaving at 0900 and arriving at 1900 (7pm).

Standard vehicles travel on the ships for AUD69 one way. For further details on fares or to make a booking go to the website www.spiritoftasmania.com.au

A limited number of kennels are available. Spirit of Tasmania supplies water and passengers are requested to provide pet blankets but no food for consumption during the voyage. (Note: There must be documentary proof of Hydatid Tape Worm treatment for dogs entering Tasmania and 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.

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Is it too cold to come in winter?

No. Winter days 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 a cheery fire. 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.

Where are the loos?

In a destination that prides itself on its touring routes, the location of public toilets is vital information. Click here to view a comprehensive map of public toilets.

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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.

Click here for more information on trout fishing.

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. A booking system has been introduced to lessen overcrowding on the Overland Track. Please visit www.overlandtrack.com.au for more information. The booking system for walkers operates from 1 November to 30 April each year. A National Parks Pass is required (see below).

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Where can I get a National Parks 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 $56 per car or $28 per person, a Holiday Pass allows entry to all Tasmanian National Parks, and is valid for eight weeks. Occasional users can buy a 24 hour pass costing $22 per car (up to eight passengers), while walkers, cyclists and motorcyclists and coach passengers pay $11 per day. Passes can be purchased from most Australian travel agents, and at all major National Parks and Tasmanian Visitor Information Network centres.

Do you have a listing of special events?

See our what’s on page for information on coming and future events.


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 or visit www.tasmaniaconventions.com.


How do I get to King and Flinders Island?

There are regular flights to King Island from Melbourne and Moorabbin airports in Victoria, and Devonport and Burnie (Wynyard) airports in Tasmania. Flights to Flinders Island leave from Moorabbin and Launceston. Cars can travel to Flinders Island on the Southern Shipping Company’s monthly ferry service between Port Welshpool and Bridport. Call 03 6356 1753 to book.

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Golf in Tasmania?

Tasmania has more golf courses per head of population than 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.

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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 the end of June, but can vary. 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.

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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.

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How much is petrol in Tasmania? Are there many LPG gas outlets?

Petrol is available in metro and suburban areas 7 days a week. Expect to pay a few cents more per litre than other Australian states. LPG gas is also readily available throughout the island.


Do you have ATMs? What banks are there in Tasmania?

All major banks can be found around Tasmania. They operate under normal working day trading hours, with ATM and EFTPOS facilities available in all major centres.

What is the voltage of power points in Tasmania?

Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC, 50 Hz. Plugs have three flat pins, so many overseas visitors will need a socket converter, which can be bought from camping shops or electrical stores for approximately $8-10 Australian.

If you have a digital camera, laptop computer or other electrical equipment that runs off a battery charger, check the back of the charger to ascertain the input range. As long as it is within the 220-240V range, a socket converter is all you will need. If it is outside this range, you will have to buy a transformer to increase or decrease the Australian voltage as necessary.


What is the flora and fauna emblem of Tasmania?

The Tasmania Bluegum (Eucalyptus Globulus Labill) is the official floral emblem. The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus Harrisii) is the unofficial fauna emblem of Tasmania.


How do I get visa and passport information?

For information on customs, quarantine, visa and other general requirements for visiting Australia, please click here.

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