What to do, where to stay, how to get around

We’re delighted to welcome you to Tasmania.

Here’s some information to get you started as you plan your trip here.

Fast facts

Hobart Airport is just a 15-minute drive from Hobart’s city centre.

Visit the Discover Tasmania website to plan your itinerary, see what’s on at the time you plan to visit, find some great deals on car hire and accommodation and entry to key attractions.

Information desks for car rental companies are located outside, in front of the Hobart Airport terminal.

Every arrival at Hobart Airport is met by a shuttle bus and taxis that will take passengers into Hobart city.

Tasmania’s weather can change rapidly, so check the forecasts. Even in summer, it pays to pack a warm jacket!

Lonely Planet, recently named Tasmania as the fourth top region to visit in 2015.   http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/tasmania

Hobart & Southern Tasmania

The Lonely Planet has just ranked Hobart as one of their Top 10 Cities. Once you experience this picturesque historical city hugging the banks of the River Derwent, nestled at the foot of majestic Mount Wellington, you’ll understand why they loved it so much.

Hobart is the perfect base from which you can access the amazing attractions that Southern Tasmania has to offer ­– including Richmond (26kms from Hobart), the Huon Valley (38kms), Bruny Island and the D’Entrecasteaux Channel (37kms), Mt Field National Park (72kms), Port Arthur (93kms) and more.


Hobart’s climate is similar to Wellington, New Zealand and Porto Madryn, Argentina, with a mild, temperate, maritime climate and four distinct seasons.

The warmest months, January and February, are also the driest. While the mountains are sprinkled with snow in the winter, at sea level the daytime temperatures and clear, crisp days are ideal for some outdoor activities.

Hobart is Australia’s second-driest capital city. Rainfall is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, although the winter months are the wettest.

No matter what time of year you are here – it pays to pack a warm jacket!

Things To Do

Depending on the time of year, you’ll find a tremendous range of things to do in Hobart and the rest of Tasmania.

Visitors enjoy food and wine festivals, sporting events, music and performances, craft exhibitions, tours of historical and contemporary attractions … View Event listing

Where To Stay

There are all kinds of places to stay while you’re in Tasmania – get back to nature with camping sites in national parks, or stay in caravan parks, unique bed and breakfasts, friendly guest houses, convenient motels or plush hotels. Why not mix up your holiday and stay in a variety of different types of accommodation?

How To Get Around

Our heart-shaped state seems small – it’s about 300 kilometres from north to south and has around 500,000 people living here – but it can take longer than you think to get around. Use travel guides or talk to locals to work out how long your trips will take you.

Our roads are excellent, but some are winding and take you through mountainous country.

How adventurous do you feel? You can get around Tasmania by bicycle, motorcycle, car, campervan or bus. Taxis, public buses and tourist buses operate in Hobart major cities. Regional buses run between some of the smaller towns, or you can book a coach tour. In some places you’ll find ferries, yachts and small charter flights.

Most visitors find that driving themselves or taking coach tours allows them to see exactly what they want, when they want.

The Discover Tasmania Travel Information page has all the information you need to find the best places to stay, what to see, what to do and how to get around in Tasmania.

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