Separated by the Bass Strait through a 240km stretch from mainland Australia, Tasmania provides a rare opportunity to encounter an abundance of unique and endemic wildlife sightings in a geographically concentrated area.
The population of Tasmania is approximately 541,000. The main centres are Hobart, the capital city with a population of about 126,000 in the South and Launceston is the second-largest city with about 68,450 people in the North. Devonport with approximately 21,500 and the town of Burnie with 18,000 in the North-West.
The city of Hobart has the nation’s second-lowest year-round rainfall (626 mm or 24 inches) of all Australian capital cities. The average summer temperatures sit between comfortable 21°C to 26 °C. Winter’s average is 12°C (52° F). This is why Tassie is known as a year-round travel destination, and every season has its advantages.
Travelling to Tasmania
Tasmania can be reached by a sail over the Bass strait with the Spirit of Tasmania ferry on a 12-hour journey from Melbourne and disembarking at Devonport. Or by airplane with direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Canberra into Hobart. And with direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney into Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.
Exploring the Island
Join your local tour guide on one of our five-day or more small-group or private tours starting from Hobart and Launceston in our comfortable and well-appointed vehicles. Explore the many history-filled places and visit one of the Tasmanian animal sanctuaries where you can get close to the many endemic species and to our icon animal, the Tasmanian Devil. Get out and about and indulge yourself on a typical Tassie foodie tour, visit local providores and meet the makers.
A self-drive in Tasmania provides a great alternative option to travel the island state at your own pace. Premier Travel Tasmania has suitable tours for every budget and interest.
Places we visit
- The Hobart city centre, formerly known as Hobart town with its vibrant waterfront. Battery Point and the art galleries at Salamanca Place and North Hobart with its many restaurants.
- Mount Wellington is the imposed backdrop of Hobart, with great views over the River Derwent and Southern Tasmania.
- MONA, the museum for old and new art in Berriedale at the shores of the Derwent River.
- Launceston, the gateway to the Tamar Valley, the City Park and the Cataract Gorge.
- The UNESCO heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park with the Dove Lake, a deep blue Mountain Lake. The place to be for the possibility to observe the many endemic Tasmanian animal species in their natural habitat. And the Wilderness gallery with a fantastic exhibition about the belief to be extinct Tasmanian tiger/thylacine.
- Bruny Island, known for its great food and the only population of white wallabies in Tasmania.
- Port Arthur, the former convict settlement immersed in a lot of history.
- The sun-drenched east-coast with the stunning Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet National Park.
- Flinders Island within the Furneaux Island group, and King Island, which is well-known for some of the best golfing in the world.