This brief guide may help first-time visitors to Tasmania. Tasmania is an island state, so there are only two ways to travel here – by air or by sea. The north of the state is particularly well served as the ferry port is situated at Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania.
Mole Creek is 1 hour’s drive from the Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal and from Launceston airport.
Travel to Tasmania by air
There are flights between Tasmania and mainland Australia daily. Tasmania has two major airports, at Launceston and Hobart, with smaller facilities at Burnie and Devonport which mainly service local flights.
Virgin Blue and Jetstar Airways operate several flights a day between Melbourne and both Launceston and Hobart airports and, less frequently, to and from Sydney. Check for low cost specials; cheap, no frills flights make travel to Tasmania by air very attractive, especially outside peak season (Christmas to Easter).
Take the ferry to Tasmania
The very comfortable ferry Spirit of Tasmania travels overnight between Melbourne and Devonport on a daily basis for most of the year, with some no-sailing days in winter. Twice-daily ferries operate in the high season, so you can travel either overnight or during the day.
Tasmania road map and travel time map
The Tasmanian climate is temperate and offers four distinct seasons; which season suits you best depends on the sort of holiday you are planning. For active holidays, spring and autumn – even winter – may be a better choice than summer. Check out Tasmanian weather conditions and records.
When planning your holiday, keep in mind that many Tasmanians like to vacation right here in Tasmania. School holidays can be very busy, so it’s advisable to book your travel and accommodation early, or time your holiday to avoid the rush. Find out about Tasmanian school holidays here.
From around Christmas until after Easter it is recommended that you book your accommodation ahead of time, to avoid disappointment.