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Australia’s only state that’s an island, Tasmania, or Tassie, is a bounty of natural wonders, including unique wildlife, spectacular coastlines and rugged mountains. With a few cities and a lot more small towns and rural life, Tassie is a perfect choice for anyone wanting to experience an outdoorsy, laidback lifestyle.

As a Kiwi moving to Tassie, for the most part you will be in for a smooth transition, thanks to the similarities in culture and lifestyle between New Zealand and Australia. This also applies to laws and things like road rules. One thing to keep in mind is that the charm of Tasmania is its rustic setting, and outside of the cities like Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, and Devonport, getting around will mostly entail having a private vehicle. And a lot of bicycling and walking is the norm. There is no train service on the island, but there is are ferries and public buses. And the cities just mentioned also have Uber service.

What are the airports in Tasmania?

Coming in from New Zealand, you won’t be able to get to your destination without a stopover in one of Australia’s bigger cities. At present, there are no direct flights from New Zealand to any of the Tassie airports. However, the Aussie cities of Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne have direct flights to Tasmania. Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, and Devonport all have airports, with Hobart International Airport being the best connected and largest.

From Melbourne there are almost hourly flights to all four - Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Wynyard-Burnie. If you’re coming in from Sydney or Brisbane you will find there are daily flights to take you to Hobart and Launceston. Given that the island state is not terribly large, most commuting within is done by road, so don’t expect to find more than a handful of domestic flights once you’re in Tassie.

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Getting to the city when you arrive

Having the Uber service start up in the main cities has been a boon for incoming passengers, and you will be able to get an Uber from any of the four airports into the city or suburbs. There are also regular non-app based taxis available. And of course the airports have car rentals for those who want to be independent and drive around. Hobart also has a shuttle service that takes travellers into the city centre – SkyBus Hobart Express is an express bus service that goes to and from Hobart airport and the city.

Hopping on board the ferries

Some of the ferries in Tasmania are aimed at giving visitors a taste of the island and there is even a cargo transportation ferry. You can get a ferry to take you across to Tassie from the regional ferry services are mostly useful for getting to and from some of the more remote islands. These include the Bruny Island Ferry vehicle/passenger ferry that goes from Kettering to Bruny Island in southeast Tasmania, the Encounter Maria Island from the east coast’s Triabunna to Maria Island National Park, and Furneaux Freight that is a weekly service from Bridport in northeast Tasmania to Lady Barron on Flinders Island. The other two ferry services run daily. There is a ferry to get from Melbourne to Devonport, a weekly service that takes over 10 hours each way – the Spirit of Tasmania.

Taking the bus

Tasmania’s bus service offers connectivity between the bigger cities and towns, but do note that weekend service tends to be scanty. There are also smaller coach services that run between the regional towns. Tassielink is the bus line with the most routes across Tasmania, including express service from the Devonport Spirit of Tasmania ferry terminal to Hobart or Launceston.

Driving in Tasmania

If, like many people, you decide that having your own transportation is the best choice as you begin your new life in Tasmania, then it is important you know that your New Zealand license will be valid for three months after you make your move, after which you will need to have a Tasmanian license to drive around. Getting a license, if you are an experienced driver, is relatively easy to do, and the road rules and overall laws are pretty similar to what you will have been used to in New Zealand.

If you don’t have an existing/previous driver’s license, then Australia classifies you as a novice and you need to go through a more rigorous assessment, whereas if you have a full driver’s license from New Zealand (or any country, for that matter), you are classified as a non-novice.

Remember just like in New Zealand, you will need to register your vehicle, and this process automatically means you have the minimum third-party personal injury insurance. But based on your personal needs, you may want to consider getting additional car insurance. You can purchase your car new, or used, from a dealer, or for a cheaper option, look at buying direct from a seller. There are of course certain laws to be aware of for this. You and the person selling you the vehicle must sign a transfer of registration form and once this is done and you are the car owner, there are legal aspects you should know, like you are now considered responsible to make sure the registration is paid and current, and there is no money owing on the car. If you want to ship your car over from NZ, Ausmove can help- just give us a call to find out the process and possible fees and levies in Australia.

Given the remoteness of some areas in Tassie and the many rural little towns, you will find that such spots have just the one fuel station outside the local general store. The major cities and bigger towns will have petrol stations all around and are likely to be cheaper priced too. But if you are traversing the smaller spots, do keep in mind that it may be a good idea to keep an idea on your fuel gauge and know how far your next pit stop may be, so you don’t find yourself stranded.

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