Hobart International Airport
The primary arrival point in Tasmania, the Hobart International Airport, is 17km northeast of Hobart. The city is where many visitors base their travels in this exotic Australian state, known for its white-sand beaches, lush rainforests and fascinating wildlife.
The airport sits on a narrow peninsula, which means arriving and departing flights pass close over the ocean. Airlines serving the site are Virgin Australia, Qantas, Tigerair Australia and Jetstar Airways. Their flights link Tasmania with Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
The airport maintains its “international” status because it has customs and immigration facilities for planes entering Australia. Passenger service from other countries ended in 1998, though there is still an international terminal that Skytraders uses for Airbus trips to Antarctica. The terminal also accommodates a small number of charter flights.
The domestic terminal has undergone a number of upgrades since its creation in 1976. The check-in areas and baggage carousels for all the airlines are in the same parts of the building. Qantas and Virgin Australia have lounges there.
The Hobart Airport Shuttle Service takes passengers into the city, to hotels and to a casino. A one-way ticket costs $20, and a return trip is $35. Some hotels, including the Travelodge, have free airport shuttles. Redline Coaches operates a bus service that connects the airport with Hobart’s central business district. Other ground-travel options are car rentals, taxis and limousines.
The Quality Hotel Hobart Airport is right next door. Among other nearby lodging choices are the Travelodge, nine-tenths of a mile from the airport; and the Ramada Resort, a mile away. Additional options include:
The town of Cambridge, a short drive from the airport, offers some interesting alternatives: The Sorrel Barracks bed and breakfast, Riverdale Estates Cottages and Cornwall Cottages. Car Rental Services are also available.