Are you planning a trip to Tasmania? Well, be prepared to have a trip filled with beautiful landscapes, beaches, wilderness and fresh air.
In addition, prepare your taste buds for wining and dining with the island’s specials. It’s an easy to navigate island as everything is close together, making it an excellent destination even when traveling solo.
To get the most out of Tasmania, here’s a compilation of a few important tips that will make your trip fun-filled, comprehensive, and memorable:
1. Plan Around The Weather
Tasmania’s weather is generally cool across all four seasons. Look at the weather in detail by season to decide which time suits you best.
- Autumn: It lasts between March and May. From cool and dry days to invigorating nights, the turning of leaves in Tasmania is such a phenomenon that the locals have named it “Turning of the Fugus.” It’s something you want to experience.
- Winter: This season lasts from June to August and is the best time to visit when you want a quiet trip. There are few people, and the accommodation is cheaper. It has the highest rainfall in all the seasons, but it’s an excellent time to experience the dancing waterfalls of Tasmania. Sleep is also better with the sound of rain falling on leaves.
- Spring: It lasts from September to November, and it brings a lot of changes as the transition from winter takes place. The flowers become a sight to behold as the valleys give you the most magnificent shades of green you’ve ever seen.
- Summer: This is the most preferred time by many visitors, and it lasts from December to February. It’s arguably the best time to visit, especially for social butterflies. You may encounter bigger crowds, but the weather is at its best. Besides, summertime is abuzz with activities and events that can make your trip exceptionally magical.
2. How To Get There
Tasmania being an island, you can only access it by sea or by air. It’s very accessible from all major airports, including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Gold Coast. All these flights are two hours or less to Hobart, except for the flight from Perth that lasts for four and a half hours.
If you travel by sea, you can go aboard the Spirit of Tasmania, a ferry that sails from Melbourne to Devonport and back. This means you can bring your vehicle with you. This trip will last between 9 – 10 ½ hours.
3. Your Itinerary
Depending on the length of your trip, Tasmania has enough to experience. There’s everything from beaches, gorges, wildlife, landscapes, museums, markets, and wineries. For the best experience in Tasmania, you should consider using professional tour services that are well-conversant with the area.
Reputed tour companies such as tasmaniatours.com.au and others provide organized day trips, trips by region, and cruises. Whether you’re on an organized trip or making your itinerary, these are the places to consider visiting:
- Hobart and the South: This is most likely your point of entry and an excellent place to start exploring Tasmania. Explore Sullivan’s cove, the point where the first settlers came ashore in the early 1800s. Other places of interest are Salamanca place, the Huon trail of southern Hobart, the Coal River Valley wineries, the World Heritage Sites, and the Tasman Peninsula.
- Launceston and the North: This is the northern side of Tasmania. The special attractions include the Cataract Gorge, the J. Boag and Son Brewery, the Queen Victoria Museum, the Tamar River, vast vineyards, strawberry farms, orchards, and lavender plantations.
- East: This is where you get the most immaculate beaches, with the famous Wineglass Beach repeatedly showing up on the list of best beaches in the world. Also, you get to experience a breathtaking coastline perfect for relaxation.
- West: The western side has its special kind of beauty. It’s lush yet also rugged and wild. Here, you can have your best white water rafting experience at the Franklin River Rapids, hike through the rainforests, and sail the beautiful harbours.
- North West: This part is known for its Narawntapu National Park, rich in wildlife and Australia’s largest temperate forest. It’s Tasmania’s food basket, and you’ll see farmers’ markets like never before.
- Central: Tasmania’s central region also boasts of famous World Heritage Sites and historic towns. Among the things you must try is going up the Cradle Mountain, even if it’s only to see the mountain reflected down on Dove Lake. It also has wild forests, rugged rivers, and steep gorges if you love a bit of outdoor adventure.
4. Getting Around
Whether traveling on an organized trip by a tour company or your own, driving around is the best way to move about in Tasmania. Good roads support self-drive, light traffic, and short traveling distances as the main destinations are very close together.
One thing is assured in Tasmania: You’ll enjoy whatever season or places you choose to visit. With beautiful sceneries, pristine beaches and landscapes, best markets, food, and drinks, Tasmania does seem to have it all.
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.