Targa Tasmania

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Targa Tasmania

Tasmania is rumbling with the spirit of Targa Florio, a century-old car race that has its roots in Sicily. Once a worldly event showcasing Grand Old Touring Cars and Sports Cars in Sicily, the Targa is now one of the biggest tourist events in Tasmania. In the vein of the original event, those attending are able to see a wide variety of cars to compete in a number of categories.

What Is It?

The Targa Tasmania is a tarmac-based race and motor rally that has been taking place annually in the island state since 1992.

What You Can Expect

George Town coastline, Tasmania, AustraliaArriving in Tasmania at the time of the Targa, you can expect a 5-day event that traverses the whole of the island’s diverse landscape. The event is broken down in 6 legs from George Town to Hobart, through the major cities of Launceston, Strahan and Hobart. It consists of numerous competitions, incorporating a large array of cars. Categories that cars compete in are in stages and dependent on the car and its capability.

Who Does It Appeal To?

This event appeals to drag racing fans of all sorts, from frequent Formula 1 guests to smaller motor rally event lovers. In essence, it is a mix of rally and race. The event also brings together old Grand Touring cars and sports cars from 1900 to today. It’s a prime tourist destination for car enthusiasts of all sorts.

Why Go?

The Targa Tasmania offers a fantastic way (and excuse) to see Tassie. During the race, to find yourself situated roadside in a major destination on the rally is to be surrounded by exotic cars. Expect to see the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Lotus, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Ford, Holden, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Nissan, Audi, and Toyota, with the exquisite and rugged Tasmania landscape creating the perfect backdrop.

When and Where?

The rally dates vary so check in advance to make plans. If you want to meet the drivers and see all of the exotic cars you may want to get there early.

The event starts in George Town and makes its way south to Hobart. The whole of the event winds through 2,000 kilometres of territory.

Getting There?

Getting there is just a matter of showing up. Whether you want to stay in the northern, southern or western parts of the island you will be able to see the race. You can fly in to any one of the major Tasmanian airports and bus into any area that sees a leg of the race.

Local Tips

Stay in old Launceston or Hobart, or wait for the cars to pass from a scenic country hotel in the heart of Tasmania. To get the best experience, be at the starting point two days before the rally begins.

History

The rally started as a five-day event, but since 2001 has been a six day event. Finding its roots in Sicily, the rally is over a century old.

Tickets

Spectators get to check out the event free of charge, though there is of course an entry fee for rally participants.

Where To Stay

Peppers York Cove

George Town - North East Coast

This family-friendly George Town hotel is located on the beach, within 2 km of Elizabeth Park, Bass & Flinders Centre, and George Town Visitor Information Centre. George Town Watch House and George Town Memorial Hall are also within 2 km.
Along with a restaurant, this hotel has an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Self parking is free. Other amenities include a spa tub, WiFi in public areas, and a business center.
All 21 rooms offer wired Internet, refrigerators, and LCD TVs. Other amenities available to guests include minibars, hair dryers, and ironing boards.

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George Town - North East Coast

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is steps from George Town Memorial Hall and Bass & Flinders Centre. George Town Watch House and Elizabeth Park are also within 15 minutes.

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Comfort Inn The Pier

George Town - North

Situated in George Town, this motel is steps from Bass & Flinders Centre and George Town Memorial Hall. George Town Watch House and Elizabeth Park are also within 2 km.

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MACq 01 Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Sullivan's Cove, this hotel is within 2 km of Hobart Cruise Terminal and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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Hadley's Orient Hotel

Hobart - South East

Located in Hobart Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. David's Cathedral and Salamanca Market. Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Cascade Brewery are also within 5 km.

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Islington Hotel

South Hobart - South East

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury guesthouse is within 2 km of Australian Army Museum Tasmania and Cascade Brewery. Salamanca Market and Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are also within 5 km.

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ibis Styles Hobart

Hobart - South East

Situated in Hobart, this hotel is close to St. David's Cathedral, Australian Army Museum Tasmania, and Parliament House.

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Mantra One Sandy Bay Road

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Strahan Bungalows

Strahan - West Coast

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within a 15-minute walk of Strahan Golf Club and Beaches.

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Risby Cove

Strahan - West Coast

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Strahan Village

Strahan - West Coast

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Apartments at York Mansions

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Design Centre of Tasmania and Princess Theatre.

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Comfort Inn Coach House Launceston

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Launceston Aquatic Centre and City Park. Design Centre of Tasmania and National Automobile Museum are also within 10 minutes.

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Mantra Charles Hotel

Launceston - North

Located in the center of Launceston, this family-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brisbane Street Mall and Quadrant Mall.

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Auldington

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this luxury guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Launceston College, Royal Park, and Penny Royal Adventures.

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Art Hotel on York

Launceston - North

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