The trip from the Mainland of Australia will take just over an hour from Melbourne, 1 hour and 40 minutes from Sydney or about hours from Brisbane. Arriving at Hobart Airport is a bit of a step back in time, no jetways here.

The flight will either fly down the Coal River Valley – the views of Hobart will be on the right hand side of the plane – or will circle over Frederick Henry Bay and Seven Mile Beach to land from the South.

You can get out of the front or rear of the plane – down the steps and walk across to the Arrivals Building. If it happens to rain, umbrellas are available at the foot of the stairs. If it is windy – more likely than not – be ready to hang on tight!

Hobart Airport View Tasmania, Australia
Hobart Airport View Tasmania, Australia

The arrivals area is not large and is dominated by drivers with signs, racks of promotional brochures and people waiting to meet the arriving passengers. There are regulations regarding bringing fruit and vegetables into Tasmania and the cute sniffer dog will give your hand luggage a going over before moving on to the checking the luggage that will arrive on the carousel.

If you need a place to rest your head for the night you have the Travelodge Hotel situated near the airport.

If you’re accommodation is sorted, the car rental offices are only 25 metres from the exit doors or you can the coach transfer to Hobart City meets every flight and you can buy tickets on board the bus. Taxis leave from in front of the building (turn right when you go out the door – about 50 metres along). If you are picking up a Campervan rental, you can call the rental company from the arrivals area, or you can book a Campervan online through 

You drive into Hobart by crossing the Tasman Bridge, roughly a 20 minute car ride – you cannot see the city from the Airport. You’ll be welcomed to the city by viewing one of Hobart’s most popular icons, Mt Wellington also named Kunanyi by Tasmania’s indigenous people. During your stay, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience spectacular views of Southern Tasmania.

View of Hobart from Mt Wellington/kunanyi Lookout

On departure, you can drop your rental car off about 1 hour 15 minutes before flight time. This will give you plenty of time to get into the departures building and check in.

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Recommended Self Drive Itineraries and Tours in Hobart:

7 Day Icons of Tasmania

9 Day Tassie Icons Self Drive Package – Hobart

3 Day Gourmet Hobart & Surrounds

8 Day History, Art and Nature Self Drive Package


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