Tasmania's small enough to get around easily but big enough to be filled with a million reasons to visit. The forests are greener than envy, the beaches bluer than blue and the mountain areas so wild and untamed you'd think you were in some surreal nature movie. The coastlines are like nothing you've ever seen before and the rivers and waterways are just waiting to be swum in, dived into, ridden on and fished silly. And then of course, there's the cities - don't the names alone make you want to visit? - Hobart, Devonport, Strahan, Burnie, Launceston, Richmond. Exquisite restaurants, cool bars, terrific shopping and great places just to sit and take it all in. Find your favourite adjective and you'll be able to use it over and over in Tasmania.
Getting to Tasmania is only part of the journey – getting around this great state is a real trip. You’ll either arrive there by ferry or you’ll be so keen to get here, you’ll jump on a plane and arrive in one of the major cities, ready to hit the ground running. The Airporter Shuttle Service at Hobart airport meets all flights and drops off at hotels, motels, bed and breakfast accommodation and hostels in central Hobart and inner city suburbs. The Airporter Shuttle meets all scheduled flights into Hobart Airport. A popular way to explore Tasmania is by campervan and there are a number of operators to choose from. Stage lengths are easy and there is a good range of camp sites with every facility for the 'nomad' traveller. There is a mixture of 'fee-pay' and free sites throughout Tasmania. Book directly with our Tasmanian based operators or use a booking service such as Discovery Campervans Australia. Look for the blue and yellow
it's your pointer to the friendly, helpful, accredited Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres. Stop in and get advice, maps and ideas. Book an adventure or your next overnight stay. The Visitor Information Centres are part of the Tasmanian Visitor Information Network, staffed by friendly knowledgeable locals who are passionate about Tasmania, and in particular - their areas. Each is open seven days a week.
Ensure that you hold sufficient funds for the whole of your stay in Australia, and have access to emergency funds in case you run out of money. Ensure that you have a return or onward air ticket (mandatory for certain Australian visa categories). Do not rely on obtaining money from sources such as tax refunds to fund a return flight.
Beware of scam adverts offering to sell information claiming to help you extend a working holiday visa. Second year working holiday visas are available if you have worked in a rural area (e.g. fruit-picking) for three months during the first year of your working holiday. Some British (and other foreign) nationals have falsely claimed to have worked on farms using information/documents bought from scam advertisers. As a result, they have had their visas cancelled and been excluded from returning to Australia for three years. In early 2011, there was heavy rain and flooding throughout Australia, including in northern Tasmania.