Fly to Hobart with Flight Centre
Hobart has been making a name for itself as a culturally rich capital city with an art and food scene to rival its mainland counterparts. If your curiosity gets the better of you, book your flights to Hobart on Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair or Jetstar and see what all the fuss is about. Just a quick trip from Melbourne or Sydney, Hobart is the perfect starting point to enjoy a taste of Tasmania.
The airport is 17 kilometres from the city centre with connections by taxi or the Redline Airporter shuttle bus, which meets every flight. The bus costs $18 one way; book online. Expect to pay between $40 and $50 for a taxi, depending on time of day and traffic. Alternatively, Hobart Airport is a hub for major car rental companies.
Average flight time: About 1 hour 55 minutes from Sydney and 5 hours 35 minutes from Perth.
Daily flights from: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane
Major airlines: Virgin Australia, Qantas, Tigerair and Jetstar.
Cruise in to Tassie's charismatic capital
One of the best things to do in Hobart is take a cruise on the Derwent River. Beyond the river, Hobart's deep water harbour welcomes a number of cruise liners, boasting a lively waterfront precinct within walking distance of the city centre.
Hot Hobart holiday packages
Take the hassle out of planning your Hobart getaway by booking a holiday package with Flight Centre. With flights and hotels combined in one neat package, all you need to do is decide which Hobart highlight is going to be first on your to-do list.
Discover Hobart's hidden gems with a tour
Steeped in Colonial history, Hobart's convict tours are a popular choice for visitors, with optional night-time ghostly experiences. If close encounters don't appeal to you, consider a journey out to Bruny Island, a trek up Mount Wellington or a trip to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory or Cascade Brewery.
Hire a car and explore the Apple Isle
Tiny Tassie is perfectly suited to car travel. Consider booking a hire car and road trip around the island to historic Port Arthur, only an hour and a half away, or to the northern city of Launceston which will take you around two and a half hours.
More destinations to discover
A breathtaking combination of mountainous wilderness, spectacular coast, dark but fascinating history and urban sophistication makes Tasmania a must-see on the itinerary of any visitor to Australia. One of the best ways to see Tassie is by car. The roads are good and the traffic light. If you have a week to spare, you can explore the whole island, but two weeks or more would be even better. If you are travelling through Melbourne, a Spirit of Tasmania ferry to Devonport offers an alternative to air travel.
The second-largest city on the island after Hobart, Launceston boasts its own scenic waterways – the North and South Esk meeting to form the Tamar River – and superbly maintained examples of Georgian and Victorian architecture. Take a cruise to see the stunning Cataract Gorge, and immerse yourself in a burgeoning food and wine scene while using Launceston as a base to explore the north.
Acknowledged capital of the “wild west”, Strahan has shrugged off its image as a tough mining and timber port to emerge as a tourist hotspot offering sole access to the World Heritage-listed south-west wilderness area of Tasmania. Originally a mining outlet for nearby Queenstown, Strahan is now a cruise centre for the Gordon River and terminus of the popular West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Tasmania celebrates the outdoors. The climate can be challenging but the rewards are legion. The Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast is about as good as it gets. Walk to Wineglass Bay, voted among the 10 best beaches in the world, savour the facilities of five-star lodges, or rough it and love it on a park camp site. About two-and-a-half hours from Hobart and Launceston.