Due to the varying climate no matter when you come to Tasmania bring a warm jacket. If you are coming in the cooler months, it’s best to bring clothing you can layer because even the winter sun can be quite warm.
Tasmania has seven day trading, however not all shops are open on Sundays, however, there are many great markets held on weekend’s right around the state.
When to travel
Each season in Tasmania has its own appeal, making anytime a great time to visit! During the summer months it is festival time and can be very busy. Autumn is the best time to sample some of Tasmania’s renowned fresh produce at events like the Taste of the Huon or Agfest. In Winter, cosy up in front of a log fire or indulge at the Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe. In Spring, come to see the lush green country side and the magnificent heritage gardens in bloom.
How to get to Tasmania
You can fly direct to Tasmania from Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane. Book your flights with Virgin Australia, Qantas, Jetstar or Tigerair Australia. Interconnecting flights are also available from all other capital cities and major metropolitan areas.
There are nightly sailings between Melbourne and Devonport and vice versa aboard the Spirit of Tasmania, enabling you to bring your own vehicle. Over the peak season day sailings are also available. Bringing your own car has many advantages. The extra space for luggage, the fishing rods or golf clubs will add to your holiday experience. The journey across Bass Strait takes between 9 and 11 hours.
Best way to get around Tasmania
Whether you hire a car, campervan or take your own vehicle on the Spirit of Tasmania, having your own transport is definitely the best way to see our Island State, as particularly in regional areas, public transport can be limited. Self-drive holidays are made easy in Tasmania with good roads, light traffic and short travelling distances between major towns and cities. Most people chose to travel in a loop around Tasmania which avoids the need to backtrack and provides the opportunity to visit the majority of Tasmania’s main highlights.