Driving in Tasmania

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Once you're in Tasmania, there's a lot of exploring for you to do. How you get around will all depend on how you got to Tasmania in the first place.

If you arrive by ferry from another part of Australia, you can travel with your own car, which will give you plenty of options for exploring the vast state.

Remember, Tasmania is about 68,000 square kilometres large, so while it might seem like just a little island, it's actually a whole vast landscape of its own.

While there is plenty of transport available to get from place to place, if you want to get off the beaten track and have some of your own adventures, then you will need to have your own car.

For those flying into Tas, don't worry. You can hire a car and there are various vehicle providers at the airports. That means you can chuck your baggage in the back, grab a map and get going.

If you're from a country like the US that drives on the right-hand side of the road, remember that in Australia we drive on the left! Brush up on the local road rules before you set off and maybe get a GPS system included in your package as well.

Even if you're behind rented wheels or bring your own car, you can still enjoy guided tours on days that you can't drive – for instance if you want to have a few glasses of wine while on a vineyard tour!

But there's nothing like jumping into your own vehicle, packing some snacks and some great music, and cruising round the countryside yourself.

Check out all the beaches, cliffs, mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and parks plus visit as many of the small towns dotted throughout the state as you can – it’s often there that the true character of Tasmania is revealed. Jump aboard one of the many coach tours, ferries, ships and boats when you'd like someone else to take the wheel.

Touring with your own car - coming to Tasmania by Spirit of Tasmania

Touring Tasmania by  Car - stopping to see the scenery when you like - Image Credit: NRMA

Rental Cars - Image Credit: RentforLess

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