Flights and Ferry
Hire Cars Hobart Tasmania
Many of Tasmania's attractions and accommodation is at the end of a short section of gravel road. It is important that you choose your car hire accordingly.
We work with Bargain Car Rentals because of their generous gravel road policy. Please ask us to provide a hire car quote as part of your itinerary
What restrictions are there when visiting Tasmania ?
Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent quarantine regulations. Please help us retain Tasmania's disease-free status. The introduction of a pest or disease can cost primary industries and the community millions of dollars.
These guides can help you as you travel to Tasmania.
Maps and Itinerary suggestions
Road closures and other emergency information
TasALERT is the official government emergency information service. It brings together road closure and emergency response for fire, storm, snow, flood, police and other emergencies.
Take an unforgettable full day tour, exploring the incredibly remote waterways and wilderness of Bathurst Harbour/Port Davey.
Departing from Cambridge Airport, our aircraft will fly you into this remote area via the South Coast. Flying over Hobart's eastern suburbs and the Derwent River, we will make our way down the D'Entrecasteaux Channel, past Recherche Bay to Tasmania’s most southern point, South East Cape. At this point we leave civilization behind and enter the vast South West Wilderness by following the South Coast Track all the way to Melaleuca.
On the ground at Melaleuca, you'll have the opportunity to explore some of the area, including a visit to see the rare and endangered Orange-Bellied Parrot at the Denny King Bird Hide, and do some short local walks.
Board one of our boats for a trip down Melaleuca Inlet and Bathurst Harbour, to the remote Celery Top Islands, take walks in the wilderness and enjoy lunch whilst breathing some of the cleanest air in the world.
Late in the afternoon, we'll return to Cambridge Airport, flying via spectacular Federation Peak, and Mt. Picton, over Huonville and Hobart City.
Beware of Overbooked Flights
To minimise the effects of cancellations and overbooking:
Airlines overbook flights to maximise their passenger load factor, and therefore revenues, on the basis that there will be no-shows for every flight. Some American airlines overbook flights by a factor of 10%. Australian airlines overbook flights by much smaller factors. Some airlines rarely overbook.
Generally, Australian airlines will rebook the passenger on the next available flight on its services at no additional cost. For airlines with multiple flights per day, that might not be a huge problem. If your chosen airline has only one flight per day, that means at least 24 hours of your holiday lost.
Australian airlines downplay the possibility of overbooking in their conditions. This is what they state: Qantas – there is a slight chance; REX – there could be rare occasions; Virgin Australia – on rare occasions; Jetstar – on rare occasions. The Airline Customer Advocate does not keep statistics for complaints received for denied boarding by reason of overbooking, so it is not known how ‘rare’ it is for a flight to be oversold.
There are many stories of Tiger cancelling flights and denying individual passengers. Tiger policy will keep your cash then leave you to sort your own problems. "...we will provide you with compensation of AUD 85 per passenger in the form of a flight travel voucher." For Tiger terms see http://www.tigerair.com/travel_services/denied_boarding.php
Other airlines can still spoil your travel plans but provide varying degree of compensation. REX will offer a one-way flight voucher; Virgin Australia a credit voucher (with a credit value to be determined); Jetstar will offer a flight on another airline, if it is unable to provide a same day flight with Jetstar.
ACCC in Australia has not seen fit to provide guidelines to Australian airlines to provide the kinds of benefits to passengers who are denied boarding that we see in Europe, USA and Canada. This attitude will change if and when there is a surge of complaints about overbooked flights.
For full story see http://www.eglobaltravelmedia.com.au/denied-boarding-compensation-overbooking-a-guide-to-air-passenger-rights-in-europe-usa-canada-and-australia/