- FAQ 1: Driving Rules
We drive on the left side of the road in Tasmania, just like mainland Australia; however, our speed limits and road signs may be different!
Unless signed otherwise, the speed limit on open sealed roads is 100 km/hr and 80 km/hr on gravel. Most towns have a speed limit of 60 km/hr, which reduces to 50 km/hr in the central parts of town. Of course, speed limits are just that - limits. Please ensure you drive according to the conditions!
For more about Tassie's road rules and signage please see more here.
- FAQ 2: Travelling Times
Tasmanian road distances and relative travel times can be deceptive! Some of our roads wind up, around and through mountainous terrain, so check estimated times, as well as distance! For instance, the distance from Scottsdale to St Helens is 93 km, but it will take 1 hour and 40 minutes to drive due to the road conditions.
See our Getting Here page for more information.
Also, if any of your family suffer from motion sickness whilst travelling, a good, natural tip is ginger. This is available in tablet form from pharmacies, or sipping on dry ginger ale is another alternative. The bubbles can help to settle a woozy stomach! Another favourite is Ginger Nut biscuits. Experiment to find what works best for you and your family.
- FAQ 3: Mobile Coverage
In Tasmania, your mobile devices might have limited coverage!
Telstra has the broadest and most reliable coverage within this part of Tasmania. If your regular mobile service doesn't have coverage, low cost Telstra 'pre-paid' mobile phones are available for purchase at the Derby Post Office and the Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre.
Use these links to find out where you'll be able to pick up a signal:
- FAQ 4: Passport Requirements
A passport will not be required for entry into Tasmania if you are already in Australia!
Although we sometimes get left off the map... we are Australia's only island state and are really not that far away!
- FAQ 5: UV & Weather Conditions
We are lucky in Tasmania, with a climate of four distinct seasons - sometimes all four in one day!
Make sure you throw in showerproof coats when you pack, and don't forget some warmer clothes, just in case!
And note that sunscreen is essential in Tasmania - use it all year round! Many visitors get caught out. Whilst it may not seem as warm as other states, UV radiation is strong. Check the daily SunSmart UV Alert at http://www.cancertas.org.au, http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/uv, in the weather section of the newspaper, or as a free Smartphone or iPad app from http://www.sunsmart.com.au/resources/sunsmart-app.
- FAQ 6: Mt William National Park
Located in the top corner of north-eastern Tasmania, this National Park is home to Tasmania’s only endemic kangaroo - the Great Forester Kangaroo. There's great viewing opportunities of these and other Tasmanian native wildlife, particularly around dawn and dusk, as well as magnificent pristine coastline and native plantlife.
(Don’t forget you’ll need a National Park's Pass to visit this area! Grab one at the Scottsdale Visitor Information Centre on your way!) You'll also need to take water with you!
Camp sites are available: see Tasmania Parks & Wildlife for more info!
- FAQ 7: Branxholm Red Bridge
Branxholm was the site of Tasmania’s only race riot when, in 1877, Chinese miners were confronted by a group of angry European miners.
The Red Bridge in Branxholm commemorates this event.
- FAQ 8: Moorina
The tiny hamlet of Moorina, situated between Derby and Weldborough, is believed to be named after a sister of Truganini. Moorina was once the supply and transport centre to the many tin mines around the area, and it was from here that bodies were taken to the port of Boobyalla to be shipped back to China! A memorial and unique burning tower can be seen at the Moorina Cemetery, just off the A3, and the Trail of the Tin Dragon marker tells stories of transportation nightmares and cultural customs.
- FAQ 9: Sidling Range
The Sidling Range provides spectacular panoramic views! From a lookout on the A3 approach from Launceston, our lovely part of Tasmania lays before you, with fertile farmland surrounding Scottsdale and views to Bridport and the coastal areas, surrounding mountains, and all the way to the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait.
Golden autumn and clear winter days afford the best of views!
- FAQ 10: The Great Briseis Water Race
An amazing feat of mining engineering, this water race was commenced in 1901, and the 48 km of race were hand built by three gangs of approximately 100 men in just 15 months. Today you can ‘walk with history’ along the Great Briseis Water Race Walk at Branxholm, and take in the remains of four metre deep cuttings through solid rock, sections of original stonewalling, and remains of timber trestle fluming structures that testify to the character of those who undertook this mighty task.
- FAQ 11: National Park Entrance Fees
A valid park entry permit is required for entry to Tasmania's National Parks. The money raised from park fees goes directly towards the upkeep of our parks and reserves. It is used to maintain and upgrade visitor facilities, walking tracks and information booths.
Visitors to the state have a number of different pass options available to them, the most cost effective being the Holiday Pass range. This pass covers entry into all of Tasmania’s National Parks for up to two months, and also provides free use of the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus.
Residents or regular visitors to the State may find that the Annual or Two Year Parks Pass options are more economical. These passes cover entry for up to three vehicles and one boat, as long as they are all registered or garaged at the one address.
Not sure which pass to get? See the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service page: "What type of pass do I need?"
Please see here for more information: http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=914