Australian Masters Games : Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions Tasmania

1.    Where should I stay?
2.    How do I get to the Games?
3.    Getting around
4.    Travelling Distance & Times
5.    Do I need a car?
6.    Where can I hire a car?
7.    What weather can I expect?
8.    What should I wear in Tasmania?
9.    Is it too cold to go to Tasmania in winter?
10.    Where can I find snow in Tasmania?
11.    Where can I get information about walking in Tasmania?
12.    Do I need to pay to enter Tasmania's National Parks?
13.    Do I need a fishing license to fish in Tasmania?
14.    When and where is the Salamanca Market held?
15.    Where can I see a Tasmanian devil?
16.    What are the quarantine restrictions on coming into Tasmania?
17.    How can I get to King or Flinders Islands?
18.    When is the best time to see tulips in bloom?


Where should I stay?

For enquiries or to book accommodation on Tasmania’s North West please contact the Australian Masters Games Tourism hotline on 1800 649 514 or visit

Tasmania’s North West region offers a variety of accommodation options within easy travelling distance to games and sporting venues.  Accommodation ranges from hotels and motels, bed & breakfast, self-catering, backpackers and hostels and numerous caravan and camping options.

If you are looking to explore Tasmania further discover our wonderful state by selecting a prepared package which includes accommodation, car hire and selected tours and attractions.  All packages include a bonus touring map and visitor guide and free car upgrade. Click Here for further information. 

How do I get to the Games?

As Australia's only island state, access to Tasmania is by air and sea only.

Direct flights are available from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie), Devonport, King and Flinders Island.

Alternatively many visitors travel to Tasmania from Melbourne by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. Departing from Melbourne and arriving in Devonport, this has the added benefit of letting you bring your own car, or hire a car when you arrive and make the most of Tasmania's touring potential.

Regular Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger Airline flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston.

Many visitors to Tasmania’s North-West region begin their Tasmanian visitor experience by flying into Hobart or Launceston. Touring Tasmania via a fly-drive package is a very popular and effective way for visitors to experience the uniqueness of Australia’s island state. The drive from Hobart to Devonport is a three-hour trip; Launceston to Devonport is a one-hour drive.

Getting around

With good roads, few freeways or motorways travelling times between games venues is relatively low and part of the fun.  Please refer below for travelling times between locations.

If you wish to extend your stay and travel around Tasmania do not underestimate the times it takes to have a good look around and take in the scenic views.  This will take several days.

There are no train services in Tasmania so travellers rely on bus and coach and of course car-hire to get to and from our cities and regional centres.

Coach tours offer a comfortable and relaxing way of seeing the state with many national coach touring companies offering traditional coach touring around Tasmania. They provide extensive year round multi-day itineraries for budget, deluxe and luxury travellers.

Specialised small escorted group touring is also available to cater for particular interests and the youth touring market.

Travelling Distance & Times

Burnie: to Devonport – 47km (35 min), Stanley – 78km (1 hour), Strahan – 181km (2 hours 15 min), Waratah – 63km (55 min).

Devonport: to Cradle Mountain – 85km (1 hour 15 min), Deloraine – 49km (30 min), Latrobe – 10km (10 min), Launceston – 98km (1 hour), Sheffield – 30km (30 min), Ulverstone – 22 km (20 min).

Latrobe: to Cradle Mountain – 90km (1.5 hours), Devonport – 10km (10 min), Railton – 14km (15 min).

Penguin: to Cradle Mountain – 88 km (1 hour), Stanley – 81 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 191 km (3 hours).

Sheffield: to Cradle Mountain – 75km (60 min), Devonport – 27km (30 min), Strahan – 190km (2.5 hours), Ulverstone – 38km (45 min).

Stanley: to Burnie – 60km (1 hour), Devonport – 109km (1.5 hours).

Strahan: to Queenstown – 41km (45 min), Rosebery – 71km (1 hour), Tullah – 86km (1.5 hours), Zeehan – 38km (40 min).

Ulverstone: to Cradle Mountain – 76 km (1 hour), Stanley – 93 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 203km (3 hours).

Wynyard: to Burnie – 19km (20 min), Cradle Mountain – 124km (1 hour 35 min), Devonport – 68km (1 hour), Stanley – 55km (45 min), Strahan – 199km (3 hours 25 min).

For more information about travelling throughout Tasmania, click here. 

Do I need a car?

As outlined previously, the most popular, effective and convenient method of individuals and families that tour Tasmania is to bring your own car on the Spirit of Tasmania or hire a vehicle when you arrive. Many team sporting groups that come to Tasmania to compete often hire large vehicles or mini buses to get around.

Where can I hire a car?

All national car-hire companies operate large scale businesses in Tasmania and offer a range of different car-hire touring options.


The Australian Masters Games have partnered with Budget and Avis for discounted offers:

Avis - 5th Day Free*
Reserve a select car group from Avis Tasmania for five consecutive days or more and receive your 5th day free of time and kilometre charges.
*Conditions apply 
CLICK HERE to book.

Budget - Get $20 Off* with Budget
Rent an intermediate (Group C) car or larger with Budget for three consecutive days or more and save $20.
*Conditions apply 

CLICK HERE to book.

What weather can I expect?

Tasmania has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn has still sunny days. Winter runs from May through August. However, because we sit beside the Southern Ocean, the world's weather engine, our climate can vary greatly - on any given day.

The average maximum daily summer temperatures sit between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.

Rainfall varies dramatically across the island. Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres is Australia's second-driest capital city (after Adelaide), while on the West Coast an annual average of 2,400 mm ensures the rainforest thrives. For more information see Climate and Weather.

What should I wear in Tasmania?

As Scottish comedian Billy Connolly once said, 'There's no such thing as bad weather - just bad clothing'. So no matter when you come, be sure to bring a warm jacket and a rain jacket. In the cooler months, it's best to bring clothing you can layer because even the winter sun is quite warm. Don’t forget your walking shoes in case you end up on a spontaneous walk through one of Tasmania’s incredible National Parks. 

Is it too cold to go to Tasmania in winter?

No. Despite Tasmania's southern location, there are areas of inland and regional Australia that experience colder winters. Winter days are generally bright, clear and crisp and in the highlands the snow-capped mountains sparkle in the sunlight. These days are great for walking followed by evenings spent by a log fire after a delicious meal of Tasmanian produce.

Where can I find snow in Tasmania?

The central highlands and the more mountainous areas often get snowfalls in the winter months. However, snow rarely settles at sea level.

Mount Wellington in Hobart has sporadic snow in the colder months (although it's even been known to have snow in December), and you can drive up the mountain to meet it.

Ben Lomond in the north-east, a 1-hr drive south of Launceston, is the perfect place for downhill and cross-country skiers. Mount Mawson at Mount Field National Park in the south (90-min drive from Hobart) is also a great spot after heavy snowfall. During the season, ski tows operate at both locations.

Where can I get information about walking in Tasmania?

Tasmania's tracks and trails are world-renowned. If you're a keen bushwalker, there's no better place to be. Here's more information on walking in Tasmania.

Do I need to pay to enter Tasmania's National Parks?

There's an entry fee for all Tasmanian national parks. The money raised protects and maintains the parks for the future. You must display a parks pass while in a national park. For more information, see pass prices and information. You can purchase a pass at most Tasmanian Visitor Information Network centres

Do I need a fishing license to fish in Tasmania?

You don't need a license to fish with a rod and line in marine waters in Tasmania.  You will need a license for freshwater. For more details see the Inland Fisheries Commission website.

When and where is the Salamanca Market held?

Salamanca Market operates every Saturday along Salamanca Place in Hobart, rain, hail or shine. It's open from 8:30am to 3pm and has some of the best arts, crafts, food and flowers in Tasmania. It's also a great spot for breakfast or lunch. Open every weekend of the year;  if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, the market is held on the Sunday (Boxing Day). For more information see Salamanca Market

Where can I see a Tasmanian devil?

There are plenty of opportunities to see Tasmanian devils in one of our wildlife parks - they're not so easy to see in the wild. 

What are the quarantine restrictions when coming to Tasmania?

Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent quarantine regulations. Please help us retain Tasmania's disease-free status by ensuring that when you visit you're not carrying or importing any restricted items. Find out more about what you can and can't bring into Tasmania.

How do I get to King or Flinders Island?

King Island is around 80 km north-west of Tasmania in Bass Strait. Several airlines fly into Currie (King Island)

Travel information for Flinders Island

Flinders Island is about 50 km off Tasmania's north-east in Bass Strait.

Sharp Airlines flies to Whitemark (Flinders Island) from both Essendon Airport in Melbourne and Launceston.

Furneaux Freight offer passenger service to Flinders Island on the Southern Condor departing Bridport Mondays at high tide.

Cars can travel to Flinders Island on the Southern Shipping Company's weekly service (scheduled for Mondays) between Bridport (northeast Tasmania) and Port Welshpool (Flinders Island). For more information or to make a booking call (03) 6356 1753.

When is the best time to see tulips in bloom?

Wynyard, is carpeted in tulips in September and October. You can visit the farm itself on open days during these months or enjoy all the festivity of the week-long Blooming Tulips Festival in Wynyard in October, the same month that Hobart's Royal Botanical Gardens celebrates with a tulip festival. For more information on Tasmania's natural events see our Natural Events Calendar.

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