Australians drive on the left hand side of the road and all distances and speed limits are expressed in kilometres. Roads are in good condition with major routes clearly signed. Drink driving is a serious offence and the legal blood alcohol limit is .05%. All major banks are located in Tasmania and operate under normal business hours with EFTPOS and ATM facilities available in major centres. Disabled facilities are also available in most major shopping centres, accommodation and public areas including wheelchair access, hand-controlled vehicles for hire, and other mobility aids. You can arrive in Tasmania either by ship or by air. The Spirit of Tasmania I and II vessels offer overnight services via the Bass Strait from Melbourne and Devonport while major airlines such as Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer frequent direct flights from all major Australian cities.
In an effort to keep Tasmania disease free, you are forbidden to bring any soil, plants, fresh fruit, vegetables or honey into the state. Bins are provided at entry points for disposing of any of these items and inspections carried out by highly trained sniffer dogs. There are a number of recommended itineraries for exploring Tasmania and the state's smaller size and conveniently located regions make navigating popular destinations easy. With most popular areas just a few hours away, you can see more of this stunning state. The ideal way to explore the real Tasmania is by car or campervan and these are easily available from a number of affordable hire companies including renowned providers such as Maui, Britz, Europcar, Hertz and Budget. To rent a car or motorhome you must be 21 years or older and have a current driver's licence, however it is not necessary to hold an international license.