From the spectacular peaks of Cradle Mountain, to the ancient temperate rainforests of the Tarkine/takanya, North West Tasmania has some of the island’s most rugged and iconic landscapes. Whether you’re travelling from the mainland of Australia, or another part of the state, getting to Tasmania is easy and leaving will be the only challenge.
From the mainland of Australia, the fastest way to get to North West Tasmania is by air. It is only an hour flight when travelling from Melbourne to Tasmania. QantasLink flies directly into Devonport and Burnie Airports, while Regional Express (Rex Airlines) flies directly into Burnie. If you’re travelling to King Island, you can fly Sharp Airlines from Burnie, or Regional Express, Sharp Airlines, and King Island Airlines from Melbourne
If you’d rather go by sea, the Spirit of Tasmania is a journey in itself! With restaurants and bars on board showcasing Tasmanian food and drinks, you can get a taste of the island before you even arrive. The Spirit of Tasmania takes nine hours from Port Melbourne to Devonport and gives you the option to take your car with you.
Although Tasmania is not accessible by car from the mainland of Australia, the North West Coast is easy to access from any city in Tasmania using National Highway 1. When travelling from Hobart, the journey will take just over three hours on the Midland Highway. A journey from Launceston to Devonport takes approx. one hour on the Bass Highway. When driving from Northern Tasmania, be sure to follow the Tasting Trail for some delicious fare along the way.