FACTS & FIGURES

Climate

  • Tasmania enjoys a temperate, maritime climate. Nights can be cool throughout the year, so some warm clothing is recommended.
  • The average summer temperature is a comfortable 21°C (70°F). Average winter temperature is 12°C (52° F).

Currency/Banking/Money Exchange

  • The Australian Dollar (AUD) is the local currency.
  • Travellers’ cheques may be cashed at most major hotels and banks. Most banks are open 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday.
  • Automatic Teller Machine withdrawals are in Australian Dollars AUD. Accepted credit cards include American Express, Bankcard, Diner’s Club, MasterCard and Visa.
  •  Tipping is not compulsory in Australia.

Entry Requirements

All overseas visitors to Tasmania require a valid passport and pre-arranged visa (except for New Zealand).

Consult Australian Customs and Quarantine on behalf of international delegates and for exhibitors import requirements.

Interstate visitors should heed plant quarantine regulations. (Australian Department of Immigration).

Public Transport

Buses, taxis and limousines and ferries are readily available.

Events

For a full calendar of events taking place around Tasmania, visit: www.discovertasmania.com.au/what-to-do/events.

Retail

Most shops are open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday with reduced opening hours on weekends and public holidays.

Hobart boasts an increasing number of designer boutiques and lifestyle shops with new additions popping up regularly. An online directory of Hobart CBD shops can be found at Hello Hobart

Also, Launceston is fast becoming renowned as ‘the’ destination in Tasmania for boutique shopping. Visit Destination Launceston for your guide to our local treasures.

Supermarkets

Most convenience stores and supermarkets are open for extended trading hours, seven-days-a-week (7am – 7pm or later).

Restaurants

Tasmania is renowned for great food. To explore Tasmania’s many restaurants, click here.

And for something a bit different

Premium Tasmanian wine grape varieties include pinot noir and chardonnay (used in Tasmania’s outstanding sparkling wines), and Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Meunier and Petit Verdot.
Tasmania is Australia’s second-biggest producer of potatoes, with a harvest of more than 360,000 tonnes.
The Tasmanian Tiger was Australia’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. The last documented Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity in 1936. Considered to be extinct, unsubstantiated sightings persist.
More than 65 per cent of Australia’s scientists specialising in Antarctic science and research live in Hobart.
Hobart’s Wrest Point Casino was the first legal casino to be opened in Australia.
Tasmania’s three major wind farms have total generating capacity of 308MW.
Ratho Golf Links at Bothwell is believed to be the oldest golf course in Australia. It is also one of the oldest surviving golf courses outside of Scotland.
More than 42 per cent of Tasmania is World Heritage Area, national park and marine or forest reserves.
Tasmania contains Australia’s largest tracts of cool temperate rainforest, with 82 per cent protected in reserves.
About 4 million oysters are harvested in Tasmania every year.
Tasmania has more than 2,000 km (1,250 miles) of walking tracks and 18 national parks.
Hobart has the second-lowest rainfall of all Australian capital cities.