How to get here and away, find your way around the state, learn about quarantine requirements, phone coverage and what to expect from the weather.
If you are coming from interstate you can fly QantasLink into Devonport or Regional Express into Burnie airports direct from Melbourne Airport. Both flights are just over an hour. Alternatively you can board the Spirit of Tasmania in Port Melbourne and arrive in Devonport nine hours later. Hire cars are readily available in Devonport and Burnie.
Sharp Airlines flies daily from Tasmania to King Island. Regional Express Airlines services the island daily from Tullamarine.
Tasmania has some of the world’s strictest quarantine regulations. There are restrictions on bringing fruit, vegetables, seeds, plants, flowers, fish, birds, animals plus other items into Tasmania. On the other hand there are quite a lot of items you can take with you when you leave, such as meats, seafood, flowers and fruit but it depends on which state you are travelling to. Check the Department of Primary Industries and Water website for a list of items you can bring in and take out.
Tel: (03) 6233 3352 or 1800 084 881 or visit www.dpiw.tas.gov.au
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.
Visitors planning a day walk, or overnight hike, are strongly advised to let a reliable person know of your planned walk or hike and your estimated time and date of return, and to ring that person immediately on your return. Visitors are also advised to register their walk or hike in a registration book if available. Please note: these books are not checked unless a person is reported missing.
All walkers are advised to carry plenty of water, food, SPF 30+ sunscreen and first aid supplies. Suitable warm clothing should be carried at all times as weather conditions can change suddenly and dramatically. All walkers at Cradle Mountain must be prepared for changeable weather, including rain, wind, snow and heat at any time of year.
Looking at a map of Tasmania, distances can appear short in comparison to other Australian states. In many instances travel between towns can be very direct but in many parts of the Island roads are winding, hilly and sometimes mountainous, so please allow extra time. There are excellent sealed highways, marked as ‘A’ roads. ’B’ roads are also sealed, as are some of the smaller ’C’ roads. Occasionally you may travel on an unsealed (gravel) ’C’ road to reach a particular destination, in which case you are advised to reduce your speed.
In winter and the cooler months some roads are subject to frost, ice and snow. Exercise particular caution if you observe road signs warning of ‘Black Ice’ any time in winter.
Slow down and be alert for wildlife when driving in Tasmania. Unfortunately native animals do not have any road sense. If you are driving in the early morning, at dusk or during the night you may consider driving at less than the recommended speed limit.
It is illegal to use a mobile phone when driving in Tasmania and legal limits on alcohol consumption apply when driving. Seatbelts are compulsory by law.
Burnie: to Devonport – 47km (35 min), Stanley – 78km (1 hour), Strahan – 181km (2 hours 15 min), Waratah – 63km (55 min).
Corinna: to Arthur River – 109km (2.5 hours), Burnie – 124km (2.5 hours), Queenstown – 88km (1.5 hours), Strahan 99km (1.5 hours), Waratah – 69km (1 hour), Zeehan – 153km (45 min).
Devonport: to Cradle Mountain – 85km (1 hour 15 min), Deloraine – 49km (30 min), Latrobe – 10km (10 min), Launceston – 98km (1 hour), Sheffield – 30km (30 min), Ulverstone – 22 km (20 min).
King Island, Currie: to Airport (15 min), Cape Wickham (1 hour), Naracoopa and Grassy (30 min), Stokes Point (1 hour).
Latrobe: to Cradle Mountain – 90km (1.5 hours), Devonport – 10km (10 min), Railton – 14km (15 min).
Penguin: to Cradle Mountain – 88 km (1 hour), Stanley – 81 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 191 km (3 hours).
Sheffield: to Cradle Mountain – 75km (60 min), Devonport – 27km (30 min), Strahan – 190km (2.5 hours), Ulverstone – 38km (45 min).
Stanley: to Arthur River – 85 km (1.5 hours), Burnie – 60km (1 hour), Devonport – 109km (1.5 hours).
Strahan: to Queenstown – 41km (45 min), Rosebery – 71km (1 hour), Tullah – 86km (1.5 hours), Zeehan – 38km (40 min).
Ulverstone: to Cradle Mountain – 76 km (1 hour), Stanley – 93 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 203km (3 hours).
Waratah: to Burnie – 65km (1 hour), Cradle Mountain – 50km (45 min), Strahan – 115km (1 hour 30 min), Wynyard – 64km (1 hour 15 min).
Wynyard: to Burnie – 19km (20 min), Cradle Mountain – 124km (1 hour 35 min), Devonport – 68km (1 hour), Stanley – 55km (45 min), Strahan – 199km (3 hours 25 min).
Outside of main towns regional mobile phone reception in Tasmania’s North West is unfortunately poor or non-existent in some areas. If you are planning to stay in contact with family, friends or work using your mobile we suggest you ask your accommodation in advance what mobile reception is like in that area.
Tasmania’s North West enjoys four distinct seasons.
Spring (Sept – Nov) is a terrific season to see the native flora and fauna in flower. Expect some cold weather and spring rain so pack a raincoat and umbrella.
Summer (Dec – Feb) is definitely the time of year for outdoor activities so pack SPF 30+ sunscreen and a hat for the day and warmer clothes for those cool to mild summer nights.
Autumn (March – May) is slightly cooler but you can still expect plenty of sunshine so keep the sunscreen and hat handy.
Winter (June – Aug) is still a great season to travel around the North West of Tasmania as it has a much more temperate climate than the South. Overnight frosts can be followed by crisp blue skies and sunshine.