The Spirit of Tasmania Ferry

Sailing nightly between Melbourne and Devonport with additional day sailings during high demand periods (September – May), Spirit of Tasmania provides the flexibility of bringing your own car from the mainland – simply drive on and drive off. The sailing takes between 9 – 11 h and there are a range of accommodation options to suit all budgets (for those on a night sailing) plus bars, a restaurant and two cinemas showing the latest movies.

The Spirit of Tasmania is offering conference delegates a booking special. Use the link below and follow the instructions when booking. The deal includes access to the best fares available on their chosen sailing days, please note fares may fluctuate until payment has been made. When booking, select either ‘Aust. Speleological Conf. 2019 (Spirit)’ or ‘Aust. Speleological Conf. 2019 (Flexi)’ fare to take advantage of the deal.

If Aust. Speleological Conf. 2019 is not included in the fare type name, this indicates you may have left the Exclusive Members Page booking platform and may need to re-check before proceeding.

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There are three airports in Tasmania from which interstate flights arrive and depart. The closest to the venue is Devonport Airport, this is a small regional airport with limited flights. Launceston Airport is the second largest, Australia’s main airlines fly to Launceston (direct from Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane). Hobart, in the south of the state, is the largest airport in Tasmania (direct flights from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Adelaide).

AirportTime to Venue (Devonport)Time to Mole CreekTime to Junee – Florentine (Maydena)Airlines
Devonport10 – 15 min1 hr3.5 – 4 hrsQantas Link
Launceston1 – 1.5 hrs1 hr3 hrsJetstar, Virgin, Qantas
Hobart3 – 3.5 hrs3 – 3.5 hrs1.5 – 2 hrsJetstar, Virgin, Qantas, TigerAir

Hire (Rental) Cars, Campervans and Motorhomes

A variety of hire (Rental) cars, campervans and motorhomes are available to hire from Launceston and Hobart airports. Limited hire services are also available in Devonport. Summer is peak season in Tasmania so booking early may be necessary.

Taxis and Uber

Taxis are available in larger towns. Uber arrived in Tasmania in 2016. It may be limited to the Hobart area.

Please Note:  Domestic animals are not allowed in national parks in Tasmania.  If you do bring a pet with you, or you are planning on bringing food, you need to take note of biosecurity rules.

Public Transport

Public transport is limited in Tasmania. Buses run in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie and also connect larger towns.

Local buses:

Regional connections:

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