Coming To Launceston

Because it is an island, Tasmania is the only state of Australia that cannot be reached by road, unless of course you take the car ferry from Melbourne to the north coastal Tasmanian port of Devonport. This is a popular option for mainlanders as one needs a motor vehicle when touring Tasmania as public transport options are limited.
By Air hobart

Travelling to Tasmania and Launceston from Australia's state capitals, and from overseas.

By Sea hobart

All about visiting Tasmania by sea - from ferries, to yachts and cruise liners.

By Road hobart

Travelling to Tasmania by car ferry, and to Launceston by road.

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Planning Your Visit


Best Time To Go
More than anywhere else in Australia, Tasmania enjoys four seasons, each with its own unique pleasures and appeal so there is no "best time" to visit. It all depends on what you want to see and experience. More >>

Itineraries
This website has been designed to make it easy to plan where to go and what to do. A wide range of destinations are presented, including some within Launceston and its suburbs, and others in the surrounding areas that are ideally visited by car or an organised tour. Many guided tours using a variety of transport options are available.

Around Launceston Tours

Beyond Launceston

Cradle Mountain

When planning a trip to Tasmania from another state or country, it is important to remember that as Tasmania is Australia's smallest state, there is no destination in Tasmania that is more than 5 drive from Launceston, and in fact most take half that amount of time to get to. Scenery in Tasmania changes from one region to another, so it is possible to sample a variety of Tasmania's vistas and landscapes within the space of a day or two spent out of Launceston.

For self drive destinations, single day and multi-day drives and itineraries to locations beyond Hobart, including other parts of northern Tasmania, click the "All of Tasmania" button below.

All Of Tasmania




See and Do

wildlife
Wildlife

Wildlife sanctuaries and zoos; in the wild.

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History and Heritage

Historic Homes, Heritage Sites and Museums.

parks and ardens
Parks and Gardens

Great spots to relax and enjoy.

national parks
National Parks and Reserves

Get close to nature.

views and vistas
Tours

Guided tours and activities around Launceston and the Tamar Valley.

views and vistas
Walks

Walking trails in and around Launceston.

Travel Tips

The cheapest way to Tasmania from Sydney

Incorporating Tasmania into a visit to Sydney or Melbourne is something many overseas travellers don't even contemplate - after all, it's overseas (well that's how many people see it, even though the flight from Sydney to Hobart is only 20 minutes longer than the flight to Melbourne). The perception is that it takes time out of one's travel schedule and money from the travel budget to fit more distant destinations like Tasmania in, but with a bit of careful planning and application of a bit of local knowledge, such is not the case. In fact there is a way to include a trip to Tasmania into a visit to Sydney that could well be cost you less money than if you stayed in Sydney! Not only that, you'll get a day or two sightseeing in Melbourne thrown in for free!

The Cheapest way to Tasmania from Melbourne

Just as you can reach Tasmania from Sydney without losing any daylight time travelling, and at a cost that can often be cheaper than staying in Sydney, visitors to Melbourne can do the same thing. The secret is to take the overnight ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. From there, you can hire car and drive to Hobart, or catch the coach direct from the ferry terminal.

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