Well developed and reliable

Tasmania has excellent public infrastructure, well developed internal transport systems, and reliable air and sea links with the rest of the world. It is this highly efficient network that facilitates Tasmania’s economic competitiveness.

By Road

Major roads in Tasmania are tar-sealed and suitable for B-Double (large semi-trailer) services. An extensive range of trucking firms are based within the state, providing local and domestic cartage.

By Rail

The Tasmanian rail network is a freight system and there are no commercial passenger services. Connecting all major ports, cities and resource areas, the network comprises approximately 867 kilometres of permanent way and structures which carry substantial tonnages of bulk goods and heavy freight.

By Sea

99.6% of Tasmania's interstate and international trade is by sea and Tasmania is serviced by a number of domestic shipping services, with international connection through the Port of Melbourne. The four major deepwater ports are in Hobart, Launceston/Bell Bay, Burnie and Devonport and all have facilities for containerised, bulk goods and general freight. The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme provides financial assistance to shippers of freight between Tasmania and mainland Australia, providing equal opportunities for Tasmanian industries to compete in mainland markets.

By Air

There are four major airports operating in Tasmania (in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie) and they are serviced by Qantas, Jetstar, Regional Express and Virgin airlines. The two major islands in Bass Strait are serviced by King Island Airport and Flinders Island Airport (Whitemark). Regular, timetabled freight services, using dedicated freighters, are available out of Hobart and Launceston airports and charter freight services are available from a number of air operators based in Tasmania and on mainland Australia.

Road Travel Times

  • Burnie to Hobart: 3 hours 30 minutes (326 kilometres)
  • Burnie to Launceston: 1 hour 30 minutes (148 kilometres)
  • Burnie to Devonport: 30 minutes (49 kilometres)

Air Travel Times

  • Burnie to Melbourne: 1 hour
  • Launceston to Melbourne: 50 minutes
  • Launceston to Sydney: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Hobart to Melbourne: 1 hour
  • Hobart to Sydney: 1 hour 55 minutes

Sea Travel Times

  • Devonport - Melbourne: 9 to 11 hours (429 kilometres – day and night sailings)

Renewable Resources

90% of Tasmania’s energy is derived from renewable sources. While the majority of electricity is created using hydro-electric generators, Tasmania also has Australia's largest wind farm, Woolnorth, in the far north-west. Tasmania is connected to the National Electricity Market via the Basslink high voltage undersea cable, which enables electricity to be exported during peak demand periods on the mainland and imported in off-peak periods, or to supplement on-island generation if necessary. Tasmania is also linked to the Australian natural gas network by a sub-sea transmission pipeline.