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Bushwalkers, backpackers, canoeists, cyclists, divers, surfers, 4WD enthusiasts, campers and outdoor enthusiasts generally love Tasmania for its' unique scenery, range of outdoor activities and sheer variety of activities on offer throughout the state.

For backpackers, public transport is an important consideration in not only generally travelling between major towns or regional centres but accessing those far away and more remote spots such as the famous Overland Track in the magnificent Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park.

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Getting to Tasmania


Ferry Services

The Spirit of Tasmania offers day and overnight sailings from Melbourne to Devonport and return. This ferry service can be cost-effective is travelling without a vehicle and happy to choose the cheapest accommodation. The sailing time is approximately 12 hours and you can bring your bike if cycling around Tasmania.

Airline Travel Tasmania

If your time is limited, there are many airlines that provide regular services between mainland Australia and Tasmanian destinations of Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie (Wynyard) as follows:

Jetstar is Qantas’s budget airline operating low-cost services from Melbourne, Sydney to Hobart and Launceston.

Book Jetstar

Virgin Blue is another budget airline providing daily services to and from Hobart and Launceston.The company flies to all Australian States and Territories, New Zealand and select Pacific islands and offers low fares.
Book Virgin Blue 

Qantas flies daily into Hobart from Melbourne and Sydney, and daily into Launceston from Melbourne. Qantas subsidiary Qantaslink flies into Devonport.

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Regional Express (REX) operates daily services from Melbourne to Burnie and King Island.

Book Regional Express

Tiger Airways is a low-cost airline providing daily flights to Hobart from Melbourne.  The company’s majority owner/operator is Singapore Airlines.

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Tasair is Tasmanian-based and operates commuter services between Hobart and Burnie (Wynyard), Devonport and King Island.  The company’s fleet comprises Piper Chieftains and Aero Commanders.

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Airlines of Tasmania operates airline and charter service throughout Tasmania and Australia. The airline provides essential services to remote destinations such as Flinders Island, Cape Barren Island and Tasmania’s west coast. Bass Strait islands services transition to Sharp Airlines on 01 September 2010.

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King Island Airlines flies into King Island from Moorabbin (Victoria).

Book King Island Airlines

Cradle Mountain Bus Services
  Cradle Coast Tours are experts in showing visitors around Tasmania’s north-west region.

Cradle Coast Tours focus on ensuring their guests have a relaxed holiday, and their guides have first-hand knowledge of the local area. 

The Cradle Coast region includes such highlights as Cradle Mountain, Stanley, Table Cape, Boat Harbour, Leven Canyon, Tamar Valley and the beautiful Gunns Plains Caves. Tours start with as few as two, and no more than seven guests.

You will travel in style and at ease in one of Cradle Coast Tour's reliable vehicles and simply take in the amazing local scenery. 

Your guide Howard Smith is a certified and experienced tour guide with a wealth of local knowledge that comes from many years of living and working on Tasmania's Cradle Coast region. You will be given insights into many aspects of this area of Tasmania that only comes from personal experience.

All tours include light lunch and entry to National Parks.



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You can choose from a range of transport option to suit your needs when visiting Tassie.Tasmania offers all types of transport options from cheap backpacker car rental, to efficient bus and coach services, to ships, ferries and rail.

Bus services and airport shuttles are excellent, cost effective options and may meet all your needs whilst a cheap rental car will give you the freedom to visit areas off the main routes and explore the Island’s more remote and wild natural attractions.

Tasmania is small but its' landscape is diverse and its population decentralised. The Island is 315 kilometres west to east and 286 kilometres north to south. It covers an area of 68,331 square kilometres.




Coach & Escorted Tours / Touring

Coach tours and small group services offer a the visitor to Tasmania a comfortable and relaxing way of exploring the state. Scheduled tours operate to many of Tasmania's major attractions, wilderness areas and coastal regions from major centres including from Devonport, Hobart and Lunceston to Cradle Mountain.

Scheduled Major City Connections

There are daily connections between the major destinations of Hobart and Launceston and to a number of regional centres. Redline and Tassielink can provide you with rates and timetables. Between these two major operators they provide a comprehensive statewide service.

Coach Touring

Many large national coach companies offer traditional coach touring in Tasmania. Operating large and comfortable coaches they provide an extensive range of year round itineraries for budget, deluxe and luxury travellers. With experienced drivers and coach captains this type of Tasmanian holiday allows you to enjoy the full experience without to worry about driving or planning an individual holiday.

Companies who offer tours to Tasmania include AAT Kings, APT, and Scenic Tours.

Specialised small escorted group touring is also available to cater for particular interests and the youth touring market; many of these tours originate from specialised overseas operators who also cater for non-English speaking clients.

Local Tour Companies

There are many choices for local touring options in main Tasmania towns covering sightseeing, small group guided tours, specialised tours to visit wine trails, adventure based activities, wildlife, historic sites and boat trips.

Car Rental

Car Rental, car hire Tasmania is a favourite way of holidaying in Tasmania. Self drive trips that combine great value car hire and accommodation as a touring package allows you flexibility.

Popular car rental operators with budget car rental to backpackers inlcude:

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