Getting Here


The Tasmanian Writers & Readers Festival takes place in the Hobart CBD, with a majority of events held at Hadley’s Orient Hotel. See the Locations page for more details on Festival venues and addresses.



Flights to Tasmania operate on a regular basis from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. To compare prices and make bookings, visit Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar or Tiger Airways.

Flights within Tasmania are limited. Par Avion and Sharp Airlines operate flights within Tasmania connecting Hobart and Launceston to remote areas such as Strahan, Burnie, Flinders Island, King Island and the remote World Heritage Area South-West National Park.

Hobart International Airport is approximately 20 minutes drive from the Hobart CBD. There is an airport shuttle bus that meets all flights coming into Hobart. To book the shuttle service directly, ring 1300 385 511.

Taxis are located at Hobart Airport. A fare to Hobart should cost approximately $45 – $60 AUD.

More information on the Hobart Airport can be found here.



Driving is perhaps the best and most efficient way of getting around Tasmania. Cars can be transported on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, or can be hired upon arrival. Hire cars do book out very quickly over peak tourist seasons so it is a good idea to book in advance.

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city located in the South-East of the state. Approximate driving times between Hobart and other major destinations are listed below:

Hobart – Devonport: 3.5 hours

Hobart – Launceston: 2.5 hours

Hobart – Port Arthur: 1.5 hours

Hobart – Strahan: 5 hours

Hobart – Coles Bay: 2.5 hours

Hobart – Cradle Mountain (via Launceston): 4.5 hours



Metro Tasmania offers regular bus services in Tasmania’s major centres, including Hobart, Burnie and Launceston. You can find out more and download bus timetables and route maps on the Metro Tasmania website or download the free Metro Tas App for Apple or Android devices.

Tassielink and Redline coach services offer the most extensive services throughout Tasmania, and are the only forms of public transport that travel to some of the more remote areas within Tasmania. Transport to Tasmania’s remote areas can be difficult to organise as some services may only offer one bus every few days, and at inconvenient times. Visitors wanting to travel around the island by bus should make sure they have plenty of flexibility in their travel itinerary. For more information, visit the Tassielink and Redline websites.



The Spirit of Tasmania ferry services operates daily between Melbourne and Tasmania, arriving in the Nortern city of Devonport. For more information and bookings, visit the Spirit of Tasmania website.



Hadley’s Orient Hotel is the major Festival venue and our preferred accommodation partner.
34 Murray Street
Hobart, Tasmania
+61 (0)3 6237 2999

Other options for accommodation include: Salamanca Wharf Hotel, River Front Hotel and Villas, Hotel Grand Chancellor, The Henry Jones Art Hotel, The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, Best Western Hobart, Mantra One Sandy Bay, Fountainside Hotel, Mantra Collins Hotel, and Lenna of Hobart Hotel.