Tasmania Travel Guide: Road Trips, Attractions, Beaches & Accommodation

Planning a trip to Tasmania? Fantastic! This island state at the bottom of Australia offers so much for visitors.

In this Tasmania travel guide, I share everything you need to know about Tasmania in my Tasmania travel blog so you can plan your best trip ever.

Whether you want the best Tasmanian itinerary for a long weekend or a long epic adventure, I can help you below with plenty of inspiration and practical attraction and accommodation guides to help you plan your travel to Tasmania.

This guide is all about overall Tasmania travel planning with plenty of Tasmania travel tips. To read guides to individual places in Tasmania, click here.

If you have just started your travel Tasmania planning, I recommend you start with this article. I go step-by-step through everything you need to do to plan your trip to Tasmania including how to get to Tasmania, get around once you get there, where to go and what to pack and budget.

Tasmania Travel Guide

Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park

Tasmania is an island off the south east coast of Australia. One of the states of Australia, it offers a lot of variety and is quite different to the rest of the country, yet easy to reach and fun to explore.

With a population of just over half million, it’s also sparsely populated and it’s crazy easy to find a gorgeous beach or slice of heaven to yourself.

Find our ultimate how to plan a trip to Tasmania guide below.

Money

Tasmania uses Australian dollars just like everywhere else in Australia. ATMs are readily available in population centres and most places will take credit cards.

Weather

Tasmania has four distinct seasons, although sometimes these can all happen within the one day!

I have experienced snow in Tasmania at Christmas time and have been sunburned in winter so be prepared for all weather regardless of the time of year, especially cold weather. Parts like Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park can be cold and frosty at any time of year. Even Hobart can have a hot summer’s day and then the cold wind will start in the early evening and you can go from sweaty hot to freezing cold within an hour.

The sun is particularly harsh in Tasmania so don’t forget the sunscreen and hat. It’s much easier to get burned here than on the mainland of Australia.

Pumphouse Point over the lake
Our first glimpse of Pumphouse Point on Lake St Clair in Tasmania’s UNESCO listed World Heritage Wilderness Area

Getting To Tasmania

The major airport in Tasmania is in Hobart with reasonable flight options to Launceston and some flight options to Burnie and Devonport. Flights from other capital cities, particularly Melbourne, can be very cheap with a good deal.

Click here to look up flight costs.

The other popular option is to take the Spirit of Tasmania car ferry from Melbourne. This is an overnight or full day journey (day crossing are only at peak times) between Melbourne and Devonport on the north coast of Tasmania.

This is a great way to take your car with you which can save on car hire and make travel easier. However, if you aren’t taking your car, it’s easier, quicker and usually cheaper to fly.

Top Tasmania Travel Itinerary Options

Planning your trip to Tasmania but not sure how long you want to spend where and how it should fit together? Check out our itineraries as we have done the work for you!

Best Places To Visit In Tasmania

Looking for some travel guides Tasmania inspiration? There are many great destinations to visit in Tasmania but what are the best? If you are looking for inspiration for your trip, these articles are for you!

Best Tasmania Accommodation

There is a huge range of accommodation in Tasmania available in many different places in this island state. From camping in a national park to stunning eco-options, there are some great choices.

They are popular though so book ahead. You can find dedicated accommodation guides in the destinations part of this site.

Getting Around Tasmania

Getting around Tasmania is easy – if you have a car! This is not a good place to be relying on public transport.

Thankfully, it’s easy to hire a car and drive yourself. We love doing this! You can read more here about driving in Tasmania.

You can also bring your own car on the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne.

Other Tasmania Travel Guides

You can find more information on specific destinations in Tasmania here or find everything else you need to know about visiting Tasmania in all our Tasmania travel guides here.