Finding your Way

 

By Air

 

Hobart Airport is served by all major Australian airlines including QantasVirginJetstar, and TigerairSkyscanner or Webjet are useful web sites for checking out fares especially if traveling on a budget (note that cheaper flight options often don't include checked luggage and those sites may add a booking fee which is not the case when booking directly on airline web sites).

Another option for the journey to Hobart is to fly into scenic Launceston in Northern Tasmania with flights to Launceston Airport often being much more affordable than flying directly to capital city Hobart. Options to continue to Hobart from Launceston include hiring a rental car or traveling by coach. Driving down to Hobart from Launceston takes about 2h 30mins for the approx. 180km. Google Maps’s very optimistic estimate is 2h 13min whereas a leisurely trip including grabbing coffee in Campbell Town takes about 3 hours. There are a number of food options in Campbell Town including Zeps however they close at 8pm.

 

By Car

 

Yet another option for attendees from mainland Australia who wish to bring their own car is to travel by boat from Melbourne via the Spirit of Tasmania. The ferry arrives in Devonport in Northern Tasmania. Driving to down to Hobart takes at least 4h when following the highway and at least 5h when taking the most scenic (and partly unsealed!) route via Miena and the highland lakes on the Central Plateau Icy conditions can occur at all times of the year and even in summer travellers would be advised to check weather conditions prior to taking the highway lakes route.