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First updated : 19 April 2009
Last updated : 02 July 2012

Introduction Reasons and How to get to Tasmania

This section of the website is about my travels in Tasmania and inevitable a sort of travel guide.  It's not about specific motels or parks or attractions but a general guide and hopefully inspiration for others to give a trip to Tasmania a go.

I'll be updating the site over the next month or so to keep myself busy with something different to write about! 

The decision to go to Tasmania for me was quite easy.  Although I have been there it's been about 8 years since the last trip a refresh and a different point of view was what I needed - to not think about work and other issues in real life for a few days.  (Along with a few friends and dog of course)  With Easter break coming up and various specials on offer I booked the trip.

Tasmania's small size and natural mountainous terrain means that there are many roads and destinations that will not only leave any motorcycle rider completely satisfied but also car and 4wd owners.

For international visitors - Tasmania is an island off the coast of Australia. Its separated by the Bass Straits about 600km from the mainland.  It is an Australian state not a 'foreign country' as many joke.  Shaped like an upside down triangle Tasmania is not a big island - about 315km at it longest part and 296km at its widest according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  For regular Australians it equates to a small part of the country - it is larger than the ACT through!  Tasmania probably has the strictest customs due to the various endangered species on the island.

How to get there?

All major Australian airlines connect daily to Tasmania so flights aren't a problem.  However it is not the complete experience.  For that you should take the ferry service from Melbourne.  The service is called the Spirit of Tasmania and departs from Melbourne, Victoria and arrives in Devonport, Tasmania and vice versa.  See their website for more information!

The ferry service was what we chose this time - mainly because of the fare specials and that I hadn't done it before.  The ship is quite big and carries cars, buses, trucks and motorcycles. You can even take caravans and dogs (with appropriate vet papers)! 

Flying to Tasmania is fine too - dependent on where you're flying from and what airline you take it is a quick and relative comfortable trip.  For normal trips (7 days) it is reasonably cheap but it can turn out expensive if you have a dog or a family along with comprehensive luggage.  Once in Tasmania there's the issue of transport which adds to the overall cost.

Hire cars, campers and even motorcycles if you can find them are available in Tasmania but if you have your own vehicle its usually better than a rental. I don't feel completely comfortable with rentals due to the excessive damage fees in this country. But if you're fine with that then go for it.

Like all southern Australian States, Tasmania has the usual 4 seasons. The best time to visit Tasmania would probably be during Spring, Summer and Autumn.  I would consider Winter too but there's no ski fields.  Otherwise its a bit cold for me.  So I would say September to April of the following year. This is only my opinion.

....more next week...

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