Essential Information

Thinking of coming to Tasmania? There are a few tips that will help you prior to arrival and when you’re on the ground here. If you’re unsure about driving here, how to get to us, or even what currency we use, we’ve included some essential and useful information to help you on your way.

How to get here

There are a number of options available to get to Tasmania. Find out about coming by air and by sea.

TASMANIAN VISITOR INFORMATION NETWORK (TVIN)

In southern Tasmanian you will find five accredited Tasmanian Visitor Information Centres that are part of our wider TVIN network. Keep an eye out for the blue and yellow “i” where friendly staff can assist you with booking accommodation, maps, itineraries and general travel advice.

Staffed by passionate locals, you’ll find centres in Hobart (CBD), Oatlands (Callington Mill), Kettering (Bruny Island Ferry Terminal), Huonville (on approach from the north) and Port Arthur (Port Arthur Historic Site). There are also white “i” centres that offer limited services.

DRIVING & CAR HIRE

Tasmania is a great destination for self-drive adventure. A few things to keep in mind – most importantly we drive on the left-hand-side of the road just like the rest of Australia. There are plenty of options for car hire and it’s also important to know our driving times. Some roads, such as the road out to the west coast is long and winding. Although it might not look far on the map, it’s important to allow plenty of time to get to your destination.

FREE WI-FI

The Tasmanian government has recently partnered with Telstra to offer free Wi-Fi at 50 locations across Tasmania, including popular locations in Tasmania’s south like Port Arthur, Salamanca and Hobart’s docks. You can access 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi for each device, at each network location, each day.

Find out more:
http://freewifi.tas.gov.au/

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Here’s hoping you won’t need our emergency services, but it’s best to be prepared. The emergency telephone number in Tasmania is 000.  In case of emergency, do not call any other number, dial 000 immediately and you will be connected to the emergency service you require.

TIPPING

Although tips are not expected here in Tasmania, it’s always nice to tip for great service and our locals will appreciate this gesture!

WATERWAYS

Tasmania is blessed with plenty of coastline – and most of us choose to live by the water. Whether it’s our highland lakes, wild rivers or rugged coastlines, when you’re enjoying these areas it’s important to be vigilant. We want you to enjoy our spectacular waterways, but always with care.

BUSHFIRES

While serious bushfire events are few and far between, they can spring up quickly in the summer months. Travellers should tune into radio AM 936 for information about bushfires and take careful note of instructions.

CURRENCY

Our currency is the same as the other states of Australia – the Australian dollar. All major credit cards can also be used here.

FUN

Essential information is not complete without mention of fun. It’s compulsory around here.

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