Travellers taking cheap flights to Tasmania are spoiled for choice when it comes to destinations and activities on this remarkably diverse and wild island. From Hobart, the capital, with its stunning coastal setting, to beautiful, bird-full Bruny Island and Port Arthur, the historic former penal settlement. The east coast beaches are pristine, white-sanded and bordered by the bluest of seas. Across the island, to the west, small villages give way to the Tarkine wilderness and the World Heritage Area, which accounts for about 20 per cent of Tasmania. Peak season for tourists taking flights to Tasmania is summer (December to February) which is the warmest time of year with temperatures averaging between 17C and 23C. This is also when all attractions are open and activities and tours are up and running. Major summer events to note when booking flight tickets include the Falls Festival, MONA FOMA, Taste of Tasmania, Cygnet Folk Festival and the Wooden Boat Festival (every two years).
Winter (May to August) is low season with temperatures hovering between 3C and 11C. It’s not necessarily a bad time of year to visit if you want to see snow, and there are a number of winter festivals taking place. This is when you can get the cheapest flights to Tasmania and accommodation deals, making it a great time to visit if you’re on a budget.
Summer is the most popular time to book flights to Tasmania. The weather is at its best, and activity wise there’s plenty to see and do. Even in summer you should pack warmer clothing, as the weather can be changeable in Tasmania especially in the alpine areas. If you want to save on flight tickets and accommodation, the autumn and spring months may suit, most operators finish up for the year around Easter and start again in mid October.
Flights from Sydney to Tasmania – 1 hr 55 mins
Flights from Melbourne to Tasmania – 1 hr 15 mins
Flights from Brisbane to Tasmania – 2 hrs 45 mins
Flights from Perth to Tasmania – 5 hrs 55 mins
Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia operate flights to Tasmania from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, while low-cost airline Tigerair operates flights from Melbourne. Just a couple of airlines offer flights around Tasmania. Airlines of Tasmania offer flights from Launceston to Flinders Island as well as tours to South West World Heritage Area. Tasair offers Hobart-Devonport, Devonport-King Island and Burnie-King Island flights.
Your flight will land at Hobart International Airport (HBA) in Cambridge located 17km north east of Hobart. A bus service is available for every flight for passengers to the Hobart CBD. Taxis are also situated at the airport. For those planning to explore Tasmania, hiring a car or camper van is the best idea. Several car-rental companies have desks at the airport.
Tassielink and Redline offer extensive coach services around the island. Metro Tasmania operates bus services in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie.
Rail travel is not an option in Tasmania as there are no public passenger trains – just freight trains. Despite this, there are some great train journeys to take. The West Coast Wilderness Railway runs between Queenstown and Strahan, through the King River’s gorge. It’s a journey through rain forest. The Ida Bay Railway chugs from Lune River (about 90 minutes south of Hobart) to Deep Hole Bay, a distance of 7km.