We all know that Tasmania is a truly wonderful place to visit. With its lush green hills and stunning coastline, it’s the perfect place for travellers looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life. But if you’re planning on visiting the island state, there are a few essential things you need to know before you touch down. Keep reading to find out what these top nine things you need to know before visiting Tasmania!
1. There are strict rules about what you can bring into Tasmania
Tassie has some of the strictest biosecurity rules in the world. To help protect the local wildlife there are restrictions on what you can bring into the state including various animal and plant products, types of food, and different types of machinery. Read all about it on the Tasmanian Government’s website before you visit so you’re not caught off guard!
2. You’ll probably want to book a car
Tasmania is surprisingly big and, with limited public transport options, you’ll probably want to hire a car to explore the more remote parts of the state. Check out local car hire companies or rideshare sites like CarNextDoor to book a car today. That said, if you can’t manage to snag a car then don’t worry – we’ve pulled together a handy guide on how to travel around Tasmania without a car!
3. Places close early (or sometimes don’t even open)
Many places outside the capital city of Hobart embrace the small country town life, which means they normally close their doors early and often don’t open on weekends. It’s a blessing if you want to relish in the quiet life, but a little troublesome if you’re looking for a late night feed or some emergency petrol. Be sure to keep this in mind and plan ahead to make your trip seamless.
4. There can be four seasons in a day
Tassie is known for its wild weather, at times delivering four seasons in a day! A summer’s day can start with snow and end sunny and warm. So pack multiple layers so you’re prepared for any situation.
5. Sunburn is real
The cool weather can catch you off guard but make no mistake you can still get burnt! Tassie still has ‘extreme’ UV ratings in summer, so you’re going to want to slip, slop and slap to avoid getting burnt. And download the SunSmart app to find out what times of the day you should use sun protection to keep safe.
6. You’ll need to be cautious about the wildlife
Tread with caution when you travel out in the bush. Tassie has three types of snakes and all are venomous. Then there’s the poisonous redback and funnel web spiders, and the small but nasty ants known as Jack Jumpers. Don’t even get us started on drop bears…But seriously, it’s very unlikely you’ll come across these on your travels and even less likely you’ll be bitten! But on the rare chance you think you might have been, be sure to seek medical treatment straight away.
7. Prepare to pay to get there (but worth it!)
Australia is a big country and as a result interstate flights around the country can often add up. Tasmania also doesn’t have an overseas airport, so international visitors will need to fly into Sydney or Melbourne first and travel on from there. Be sure to keep an eye on Jetstar and Virgin Australia for flight specials to save some cash.
8. There can be limited phone reception
While phone reception has definitely improved over recent years, it’s still patchy and often lacking. Telstra has the best coverage in the state but there are still gaps in the more remote parts of the state. Remember to download those offline maps before you set out so you don’t get lost.
9. The locals are willing to help you out
Taswegians are known for being extra friendly and always willing to lend a hand. If you run into trouble on your trip to Tasmania, then don’t hesitate to reach out to a local and they’ll be more than happy to help get you back on your feet!
Now that you’ve found out the nine essential things you need to know before you visit Tasmania, you’re all set for a trip of a lifetime!
Before you head off on your adventure
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