Travelling by car
If you’re travelling from the north, drive along the Bass highway (A2) via Stanley / Smithton and head down to Arthur River on the C249. This road is sealed and gives great views of the wild Tarkine coastline.
When driving from the south, take the C249 from Zeehan to Corinna. Parts of this road are sealed, the last 12km is gravel and leads to the Fatman Barge where you will cross the Pieman River into Corinna. It will cost approximately $20 to cross the river.
If you are coming from Burnie take the B18 and head north to Arthur River via Smithton. Don’t forget to stop at Stanley and climb the Nut for a tree top view of the Tarkine.
Take the A10 if you are coming from Cradle Mt and turn north onto the B18 and into Waratah. Enjoy the drive through button grass valleys under the backdrop of Tarkine mountain ranges. The road narrows and changes gravel as you wind your way deeper south toward Corinna.
Roads are safe and accessible all year round within the Tarkine region – at times you might experience a snow fall now and again.
Drive carefully and watch out for wildlife on roads. You may catch a glimpse of two of our endangered birds, the great Wedge-tailed Eagle or the shy rare Goshawk.
Most of all, it’s important to take time to stop and explore on foot – we want you to see more of Tasmania than the white line on the highway!
If you would like to hire a car there are several car hire companies available. They include the following Avis, Thrifty and Europecar.
Avis Car Rental
Based from the Burnie Airport at Wynyard, Avis Rent a Car have a wide range of vehicles for hire, at competitive prices. Whatever your needs, from small manuals to large automatics, 4 wheel drives and even an 8-seater people mover. Phone (03) 6442 2512 or visit the Avis Rent a Car website for more information.
Travelling by air
If you wanted a quick weekend away or wanted to come for a few weeks. there are regular flights into Burnie/Wynyard, Devonport, Launceston and Hobart airports.
Although there are no scheduled direct flights between Tasmania and other countries, it’s easy to access Tasmania from mainland Australia. All international flights into Sydney and Melbourne offer seamless domestic connections.
Airlines Servicing Tasmania
Tasmania is a little over an hour’s flight from Melbourne, the nearest mainland capital city. A number of airlines fly into Tasmania.
Tasmania has four domestic airports: Hobart Airport in the south, Launceston, Devonport and Wynyard Airports in the north. Flying time direct from Melbourne is 1 hour 10 minutes and from Sydney 1 hour 50 minutes.
The closest airport to the Tarkine is Wynyard Airport on the North West Coast. There are daily flights to and from the mainland of Australia.
Airlines flying to Tasmania are Qantas, Jetstar, Rex, Virgin and Tiger.
Qantas flies several times daily into Hobart and Launceston from Melbourne and Sydney, while QantasLink flies into Devonport. There are connections from other mainland centres on the Qantas/QantasLink network. Reservations – phone 13 13 13 or www.qantas.com.au
Regional Express operates daily services into Wynard (Burnie) from Melbourne and daily into King Island from Melbourne. Reservations – phone 13 17 13 or www.regionalexpress.com.au
Virgin operates daily services to into launceston and Wynyard from Melbourne. Check the Virgin for direct flight information from other major cities. Reservation –
phone 13 15 16 or visit: travel.virginaustralia.com/au/holidays/tasmania
Travelling by bus
Bus services will get you from major towns and cities in Tasmania (Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie). Redline coaches will get you along the north west coast to Smithton, but you will have to make your own way into the Tarkine from there.
Travelling by Sea
The Spirit of Tasmania. Spirit I and II ferry services travel between Station Pier in Port Melbourne and Devonport on Tasmania’s north coast. Bring your own vehicle and explore at your own pace.
The superfast 29,000 tonne Spirit of Tasmania I and II have more than 700 berths (220 cabins) and make nightly crossings in both directions, leaving at 2000 (8pm) and arriving at 0700. Additional sailings are scheduled in peak periods, with a daytime sailing in both directions leaving at 0900 and arriving at 1800 (6pm).
Standard vehicles travel on the ships for only AUD59 one way. For further details on fares or to make a booking go to the website www.spiritoftasmania.com.au
Traveling safely in the Tarkine
- Check how long it will take you to drive between places and give yourself plenty of time
- The Tarkine is a remote area so make sure you carry plenty of supplies. There are limited fuel supplies in the area so note where fuel stations are on your route.
- Avoid driving after a long flight.
- Know the road rules. In Australia we drive on the left side of the road.
- Wear a seat belt – it’s the law.
- Find out about weather and road conditions before you travel.
- Take regular rest breaks.
- If you’ve been drinking alcohol – don’t drive. Strict drink/driving laws apply.
- Speed limits are enforced more strictly in Australia than in many other countries.
Take extra care on dirt roads.
- Our animals come out at dawn and dusk, so watch out when driving at these times.
- In an emergency, stay with your vehicle.
- Before you cross the road, look right, look left, look right again and cross only when safe to do so.
- Check your mobile/cell phone coverage as some areas within Australia are only accessible using satellite phones… check with your mobile phone carrier.
- Mobile/cell phones are not to be used while driving – strict laws apply.
- Look for the yellow “i” on the blue square for visitor information.
- For more detailed information visit www.discovertasmania.com