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Melbourne to Tasmania - Transport Options for Tourists, Locals and Visitors

By Edited Sep 10, 2016 1 0

The trip from Melbourne to Tasmania is undertaken by thousands of locals and tourists every year. Tasmania is one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations, blessed with large tracts of world heritage listed rainforest that has remained largely untouched for over 40,000 years. With stunning mountains, rivers and vistas underpinned by its convict past and beautiful cities of Hobart and Launceston, undertaking the trip from Melbourne to Tasmania is a must do activity on any holiday within Australia. Being an island state, separated from the closest mainland capital Melbourne by 430km (267miles) of ocean, there are two main methods for travelling between mainland Australia and Tasmania, ferry or airline.

Ferry – Spirit of Tasmania to and from Central Melbourne, Victoria and Devonport, Tasmania

The ferry service, The Spirit of Tasmania has linked Melbourne to Tasmania via the port of Devonport since 1993. During this period, it has carried millions of passengers and hundreds of thousands of vehicles, allowing visitors to experience all of the delights of the Apple Isle in the comfort of their own vehicle or campervan. Voyagers depart nightly all year round from both Melbourne and Devonport, with an additional day time voyage offered on most dates during the peak holiday times of December and January.

Advantages

  • Can be extremely cost effective for families especially if a suite is hired for an entire family being cheaper than flying groups to Tasmania;
  • Perfect for touring around Tasmania. Take advantage of the wonderful touring roads, charming bed and breakfast accommodations and relaxing atmosphere by taking your own car, caravan of camper van;
  • No luggage restrictions, fill up your car with your gear and avoid the horrendous baggage fees imposed by the airlines;
  • Restaurant and entertainment facilities on-board with the option to hire private cabins and suites for the perfect nights rest.
  • Pets are allowed but are securely stowed for the voyage;

Disadvantages

  • Time, 9-11 hours is a long time to be cooped on a boat, even one as well appointed as The Spirit of Tasmania
  • Bass Strait can be extremely rough, not great for those who are prone to sea sickness.
  • Shower facilities are not available to guests who do not have a cabin or a suite.
  • After arriving in Tasmania, the closest major population centre, Launceston is still an additional 60 minute drive away and the state capital, Hobart, is 3 hours.

Flying - Qantas, Virgin Blue or Jetstar from Melbourne to Tasmania (either Hobart or Launceston)

The Melbourne to Tasmania route is serviced by the three main Australian domestic airlines, Qantas, Virgin Blue and Jetstar. All airlines fly multiple services per day from Melbourne to the two major Tasmanian cities, Hobart and Launceston.

Advantages

  • Time, with flying times under an hour to either Hobart or Launceston, flying is by far the fastest method of travel between Melbourne and Tasmania
  • With intense competition between Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue, there are multiple flights per day between the two destinations and fares at times can be purchased for less than $50 per person each way;
  • You have the option to fly out morning, noon or night to better fit your travelling schedule;
  • You arrive directly in a major population centre;

Disadvantages

  • A vehicle will need to be secured if you are planning on doing any touring or travelling around the state;
  • Australian airlines have become increasingly strict with baggage limits, with significant fees now being imposed for additional luggage;

Conclusion

Flying is the best option for short Tasmanian get aways but if you have the time, nothing beats seeing Tasmania in all its glory via a self driving holiday after catching the ferry to Devonport. But it doesn't matter how you arrive, Tasmania is sure to delight the senses and leave you gasping for more.

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