Tasmania has good roads, few freeways and motorways, and the drives are usually quite scenic. If you have not opted for a rental car, buses and coaches are a good way to get around the island.
Within Hobart, the Metro buses run across a fairly dense network and many of the attractions in the Hobart region are accessible by the Metro bus. Single adult cash fare ranges from $3.30 AUD – $6.90 AUD based on zones travelled. The Derwent Valley Link bus services the New Norfolk community, Derwent Valley and Hobart. Single adult fare from Hobart to Granton is $6.40 AUD while the farthest point to which the bus travels is Ellendale with a fare of $17.80 AUD. Outside of Hobart, other bus services such as Tassie Link, Redline Coaches and McDermotts Coaches offer tours and transfers to several locations within the island. The Mersey Link Bus Service offers connectivity in Davenport, Ambleside, Spreyton, The Tiers and Latrobe.
Many national companies such as AAT Kings and APT offer traditional coach touring around Tasmania with year-round multi-day itineraries for budget, deluxe and luxury travellers. There are also many options for local sight-seeing tours and specialised tours with themes around wine trails, adventure activities, wildlife, or historic sites.
There is a daily, 30-minute long ferry service to Maria Island from Triabunna Wharf, which is around 86 kilometres from Hobart. For Bruny Island, you can use the daily service operating from the wharf on Ferry Road in Kettering. This is a 35-minute drive from Hobart. The Ida Claire can take you from Cynthia Bay to Narcissus Point via Echo Point in approximately 30 minutes. Prior booking is essential to use this service.
Motorhomes and Caravans
Another popular way to explore Tasmania is by hiring a campervan, caravan or motorhome. There are ‘fee-pay’ as well as free sites around Tasmania and there is a good range of camp sites with all necessary facilities for the adventurous tourists.