Tasmania puts the ‘down’ in ‘downunder’ and its capital, Hobart, is fast becoming a must-see getaway from the mainland for its unique mix of modern and heritage attractions. Tasmania has four distinct seasons, each offering different experiences for travellers booking cheap flights to Hobart. Summer is generally considered peak season for Tasmania, and this is when the city is at its most lively with fresh produce markets, festivals and opportunities for a plethora of outdoor activities. Seafood lovers have a great reason to look for cheap flights to Hobart during this time with a bounty of blue-eye trevalla, scallops, crayfish and, of course, oysters and mussels. Average temperatures in summer hover around 21C, though 40C has been recorded. Keep in mind December to January are the optimal time to visit Hobart, being the warmest and driest months, but the prices of flight tickets rise along with the temperatures.
Tasmania doesn’t really have an off-season as such, as there is plenty to do here no matter what the weather. Generally autumn, winter and spring are quieter seasons so you will be able to find cheap flights to Hobart during this period without too much trouble. Come prepared for all weather, even in summer, when travelling in Tasmania with additional warm clothing and a rain jacket.
If you’re wanting a warm holiday and to experience famous events like the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and Taste Festival, then book your flight tickets for the summer months. The winter season has its own attractions, with skiing in Ben Lomond National Park, admiring snow covered landscapes and enjoying hearty meals served fireside at boutique restaurants. June and July are best months for experiencing the winter in Tasmania, but if you’re after the cheapest flights to Hobart, then August is your best bet. For views of the eastern coast of Tasmania when flying in, choose a seat on the left hand side of the plane.
The four main airlines that operate direct flights to Hobart are Qantaslink, Tiger Airways, Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Australian cities serviced by these airlines include: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Melbourne and Sydney are the busiest domestic routes for flights to Hobart.
Hobart International Airport (HBA) is located in the suburb of Cambridge, approximately 15 km from the city centre. Shuttle buses and taxis are the main mode of public transport to cover the 20 minute trip. The Tasmanian Redline Coaches offer a hotel or motel drop-off service, and taxis are located out the front of the terminal. If there are none waiting, then ring one of the major taxi companies, phone listings are near the baggage carousels. Car rental companies are situated inside the airport.