Qantas (tel. 13 13 13 in Australia; www.qantas.com) flies from Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne to Hobart. Virgin Australia (tel. 13 67 89 in Australia; www.virginaustralia.com.au) flies from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, and Adelaide to Hobart. Tiger Air (tel. 03/9034 3733; www.tigerair.com/au) flies to Hobart from Melbourne.
The trip from the airport to the city center takes about 20 minutes and costs about A$40 by taxi. The Airporter Shuttle Bus (tel. 1300/385 511 in Australia; www.airporterhobart.com.au) meets planes and delivers passengers to hotels in the city and farther afield for A$17 one-way or A$30 round-trip to the city center for adults and A$13 each way for kids. Book at least 2 hours ahead for departures, and if you are on a flight before 9am, you need to book by 6pm the night before.
Car- and camper-rental offices at the airport include Avis (tel. 03/6248 5424), Budget (tel. 1300/362 848 in Australia, or 03/6248 4183), Europcar (tel. 13 13 90 in Australia or 03/6248 5849), and Thrifty (tel. 1300/367 227 in Australia or 03/6248 5678). You might find better bargains in town, with lower-priced rental companies such as Lo-Cost Auto Rent (tel. 03/6231 0550).
Two high-speed ships connect Melbourne and Tasmania. Spirit of Tasmania I and II can each carry up to 1,400 passengers and up to 500 vehicles. They make the crossing from Melbourne’s Station Pier to Tasmania’s Devonport (on the north coast) in between 9 and 11 hours. The twin ships leave both Melbourne and Devonport at 7:30pm and arrive at around 6am the next day. During busy times, there’s also day service leaving both ports at 9am and arriving at 6pm. Accommodation ranges from reclining seats to comfortable air-conditioned cabins with Queen-size beds and en suite bathrooms, and four-berth cabins suited to families. Reclining seats cost from A$126 adults, or you can upgrade to an inside (no porthole) twin cabin from A$178 per adult. Fares for an inside four-berth cabin start from A$158 adults and A$76 children aged 3 to 15. Prices depend on the season and whether you have a porthole or not. Transporting a standard car costs A$79 to A$89, depending on size, year-round. Facilities on the ships include a la carte and buffet restaurants, a cinema, gaming lounge, and four bars.
For reservations tel. 13 20 10 in Australia or 03/6421 7209 or book online at www.spiritoftasmania.com.au. Special offers are regularly available. Tasmanian Redline Coaches (tel.1300/360 000 in Australia or 03/6336 1446; www.redlinecoaches.com.au) connect with each ferry for transfers to Hobart. Driving a car from Devonport on the north coast to Hobart on the south coast takes less than 4 hours.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.