Getting There – Overland Track, Tasmania, Australia
This is certainly the most adventurous way to reach Tasmania. The Spirit of Tasmania runs from Sydney or Melbourne to Devonport. Devonport is located on the Northwest coast of Tasmania, about an hour and a half from the Cradle Mountain end of the National Park. From Melbourne the journey takes about ten hours and costs around $207AUD round-trip; departing daily. The trip from Sydney takes twice as long and runs for around $420AUD round-trip; departs three times a week. On the overnight ferry from Melbourne and all ferries departing Sydney, cabins with beds are available for a higher cost.
Spirit of Tasmania Terminal Locations:
Tasmania – The Esplanade, East Devonport
Victoria – Station Pier, Port Melbourne
NSW – 47-51 Hickson Rd, Darling Harbour
Bookings 1 800 634 906
Three of Australia’s domestic airlines fly to Tasmania. Although it may not be as exciting as the voyage by sea, flights are certainly faster and, in most cases, cheaper. Virgin Blue and Jetstar are likely to have the lowest fares, but fly with Qantas if the prices are close, because it is the nicest by far.
Qantas has regular direct services into both Launceston and Hobart from Melbourne and Sydney. Qantas also operates direct flights into Burnie and Devonport from Melbourne.
Virgin Blue has direct flights between Melbourne and Launceston and also Hobart with four daily services into the state. There is also a daily direct flight between Brisbane and Hobart.
Jetstar Airways flies between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne direct to Hobart, and from Sydney and Melbourne direct to Launceston.
Be aware of Tasmania’s quarantine rules, which do not allow any organic materials to be brought into the state. This is why it is a good idea to buy food supplies once you have arrived in Tasmania.
Both Launceston and Hobart airports are serviced by airport shuttles which bring you into the city for about 10$AUD. They meet all flights seven days a week, and reservations are not necessary.
If you need a ride to the airport however, call to make reservations.
Hobart Airport Shuttle phone: 0 419 382 240
Launceston Airport Shuttle phone: 0 500 512009
TassieLink has made the Overland Track easily accessible with services to and from Launceston, Hobart, Devonport, Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Claire. If you are hiking the track from North to South it makes the most sense to arrive via Launceston or Devonport and leave via Hobart or Devonport. If hiking from South to North, it is the most economical to arrive via Hobart and depart via Devonport or Launceston. On my trip I flew into Launceston and out of Hobart, and it was a good chance to see two great cities in Tasmania.
Launceston-Cradle Mtn/Lake St Claire-Hobart Adults $70, Students $63
Devonport-Cradle Mtn/Lake St Claire-Hobart Adults and Students, $57
Devonport-Cradle Mtn/Lake St Claire-Devonport Adults $75, Students $67.50
Hobart-Lake St Claire/Cradle Mtn-Launceston Adults $70, Students $63
Hobart-Lake St Claire/Cradle Mtn-Devonport Adults $57, Students $51.30
For further options and a timetable check out their website: www.tigerline.com.au
For booking and inquiries:
1 300 300 520
Int +61 362717320
You can also call Maxwell’s Coaches (03 6492 1431) for a private charter to the track.