For travelling around Tasmania, self-drive is the most popular visitor transport of choice, with good reason, as the roads are, for the most part, in excellent condition and by and large devoid of other vehicles with knock-your-socks-off views every mile of the way.
However although four wheels do manage to cover the ground (of which there is considerably more than most visitors imagine – Tasmania is the 26th largest island in the world) at the fastest possible speed, this can vary considerably from one side of the island to the other, and sometimes from one winding, precipitous photo-stop-inducing mile to the next. Travelling around Tassie by car leaves the island’s greatest treasures – secret lakes, vast waterfalls tumbling from jagged peaks, perfectly formed coves and platypus-filled streams - hidden away down unsealed tracks, down which your hire car will possibly not be permitted to drive unless you have made arrangements with your car hire company (note - all the cars hired by Tasmanain Odyssey are insured for unsealed roads).
It is very important to remember that driving in Tasmania at dawn or dusk is highly inadvisable when the roads will be liberally carpeted with marsupials. If you plan to explore ‘off the beaten’ track, a four wheel drive is recommended.
There are some excellent small group tours available for those who are not inclined to drive such as Premier Travel Tasmania which does regular departures as well as private charter trips for those with specialist interests. The private guides in Tasmania are second to none, especially for out-of-this-world wildlife experiences and everyone should take at least a day out of their self-drive itinerary to take advantage of the skill, expertise, knowledge and wonderful company afforded by an expert guide.
Pedal-power is undoubtedly one of the best ways to travel around Tasmania by road at a more leisurely pace, taking full advantage of the scenery, the empty roads, and the cleanest air in the world with which to fill your lungs. There are several guided and self-guided options available as well as lots of mountain biking for the more adventurous. For those who love walking and who have the time to spare, Tasmania is Australia’s greatest walking state - there are hundreds and hundreds of miles of walking tracks including the Great Walks of Tasmania, which incorporates some of the greatest multi-day walks in the world, and of course any number of short walks.
Everyone, but everyone should experience Tasmania from the air. Par Avion will, in half a day or a full day, take you on a trip of a lifetime in a light aircraft from Hobart to the South West Wilderness, the breeding place for the most endangered bird in the world, the Orange-bellied parrot. If you are travelling in a small group, it is well worth considering a private charter and create your very own epic adventure by air.
Lastly with nearly 2000 miles of coastline – that’s more than any other Australian state – it would be a crime not to take to the seas and explore the many beautiful bays and coves, the highest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, huge fur seal colonies, albatross, dolphin and whales, deep caves, and the myriad islands that make up the Tasmanian archipelago (there are 334 in total) including the outlying Furneaux Group of Islands. There are several excellent boat and fishing operators in most parts of Tasmania who know their coastline like the back of their hands. Whether you would like to try a spot of sea fishing, diving, island hopping, or just a gentle boat trip accompanied by excellent seafood and Tasmanian wines, this marvellous world is quite literally your oyster.