Planning to visit the south island of Australia and reach the peak of Mt. Wellington? There are two ways to reach Tasmania and each has their own perks. Take note that traveling via sea only has one regular schedule.

Travelling by Air

If you are tight on time, travelling by air is the option for you. It only takes about 30 mins to one hour and 30 mins depending on where you’re headed and where you departed from. There are frequent scheduled direct flights from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane to four of Tasmania’s Islands namely, Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, and Burnie (Wynyard).

There are also daily flights to King Island and Flinders Island via Melbourne and Launceston.

Discover Tasmania has more detailed information on which airline goes where.

Travelling by Sea

Sailing across the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Devonport aboard the Spirit of Tasmania is one of the most iconic travel experiences you can get. Travelling by sea is the only way to travel with your beloved pets. The ship has kennels located on ventilated decks and fresh water is supplied throughout the journey. The ships depart from both harbors on a regular basis and depending on demand, open up another schedule.

  • Departs at 7:30 PM and arrives at 6:00 AM the following day
  • Departs at 9:00 AM and arrives at 6:00 PM (Opens up on peak periods/demand)

The Spirit of Tasmania is fully equipped to please all of its passengers with amenities such as three bars, two cinemas, a market kitchen, an interactive game zone, a children’s play area, and a reading room. When the second schedule opens up there’s also bingo, trivia, and live music.


Whatever your budget maybe there will always be a place to rest. There are four options to choose from which are:

  • Deluxe Cabins

Includes: Queen Sized Bed, Private ensuite, flat screen TV, and an ocean view

  • Twin Cabins

Includes: Two single beds

  • Four Bed Cabins

Includes: Two sets of bunk beds perfect for a group of friends

  • Recliners

Perfect for light travelers and a low-cost alternative

Travel Load:

It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling light or heavy, as you might have already guessed, The Spirit of Tasmania is a BIG ship that can even accommodate vehicles with trailers and caravans. If you plan on bringing your car to Tasmania, travelling by sea is your option.

Traveling by either sea or air, you are guaranteed to enjoy your journey, as they say, “Getting there is only half the fun.” Just remember to be prepared on your journey and bring the essentials.