Visitor guide

Visiting Tasmania

Emergency — Police, Fire or Ambulance000 (triple zero)
Trading hours (generally)
Banks:Mon to Thurs 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Fri 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Offices:Mon to Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Post Office:Mon to Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Shops:Mon to Thurs: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

Fri: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Sat: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.Sunday trading has been implemented in the larger cities and in the major tourist precincts, but mostly it is the larger department stores which open on Sundays.
Pubs:Pubs are generally open 7 days a week, from 11am to midnight (later on Fri and Sat nights).
WeatherView current weather conditions and outlook on weather.com
View current weather and forecasts on the Australian
Bureau of Meteorology
(BOM) website
Tasmania’s average temperatures
Tasmania's climate:Tasmania lies between latitudes 40° and 43° in the southern hemisphere, right in the pathway of the notorious "Roaring Forties" winds that encircle the globe. Tasmania's latitude is equivalent to Salt Lake City, New York, Barcelona, Rome or Beijing in the Northern Hemisphere, and has a very similar climate to England.
Seasons:The seasons in Australia are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. It is advisable to check the weather conditions before traveling, and pack suitable attire for the season.
View current weather conditions and outlook on weather.com
View current weather and forecasts on the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website
View average temperatures graph
Etiquette
Smoking:In Tasmania, smoking is now banned in ALL areas of pubs, clubs and hotels.
Tipping:Although tipping in Australia is not mandatory, it is generally acceptable in restaurants and for room service, hotel porters and cab drivers.
Dress:For business, gentlemen are generally expected to wear a suit and tie, and women may wish to wear a suit, trouser suit (pantsuit) or conservative dress.When not engaged in business, casual clothes are acceptable in most situations, with the exception of some restaurants and hotel lounges, which may require a jacket and tie to be worn by gentlemen or more formal attire to be worn by ladies.
On the road in Tasmania
Driving:A current Tasmanian, Australian or International drivers licence is requiredSpeed limits (unless otherwise sign-posted):
Freeways/Highways:100km/hr
Cities and towns:60km/hr
Residential areas:50km/hr
Speed cameras:Yes
Random breath testing (RBT):Yes
Random drug testing:Yes
Petrol:Available 24 hrs in major centres
Seat belts:Must be worn by all occupants of vehicles
Helmets:Must be worn by motorcyclists and bicyclists