Hobart, Tasmania – Part 2 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Air connections are domestic only with a 1hr flight from Melbourne or 1hr 45mins from Sydney. As you will have already passed through immigration on the mainland there are no delays. Security with sniffer dogs enforces strict quarantine regulations, that means no fresh foods or animal products can be brought in and there are bins to dispose of offending items. Taxis and shuttle buses wait outside. You can get into town using the Airporter shuttle bus for A$18 one way or A$30 return. The buses meet all flights and you’ll see it parked outside the terminal. It drops off passengers at accommodation in the city centre and inner city suburbs. There’s little need to take one of the metred taxis that wait outside, but if you want to you’ll pay around A$35 into the city.
Most public transport within the city is via an extensive network of public and private bus services. The main arterial routes within the urban area are the Brooker Highway to Glenorchy and the northern suburbs, the Tasman Bridge and Bowen Bridge across the river to Rosny and the Eastern Shore, and the Southern Outlet Road south to Kingston and the Channel. Hobart' s urban passenger tram services closed in the 1950s and rail in the 1960s.
Leaving the city, motorists can travel the Lyell Highway to the west coast; Midlands Highway to Launceston and the north; Tasman Highway to the east coast, or the Huon Highway to the far south. Hobart is serviced by Hobart International Airport, and the smaller Cambridge Aerodrome, which mainly serves small charter airlines offering local tourist flights.
The population of Hobart is currently running at about 225, 000 people, although it does seem to be increasing steadily every year. The language throughout the whole area is English, based on its past history. It has a time zone that is GMT+10 or +11 hours depending on the time of year. Visas are required by UK nationals, however, you can get them free as e-Visitor visas which are available online at Australian government immigration website. You will need to convert your money as most places will only take Australian dollars (A$), currently (2019) you get about A$1. 8 to the UK£.
If you want to get an overall picture of the area then the best place to go is the summit of Mount Wellington which is 1, 270m high. It is accessible on a shuttle bus from the tourist office for a fee of A$25; or via a five-hour return hike from South Hobart. It’s recommended that you bring a good coat in winter as snow is not unknown and high factor sun cream in summer because it does get hot. Although Hobart is Australia’s second driest state capital, rain is possible year round.
I would recommend getting a good guidebook such as Tasmania by Lonely Planet as there is plenty you may miss otherwise. Also remember that accommodation is in short supply during festival season in January.
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