About Tasmania

Tasmania - The Island is 315 kilometres (189 miles) west to east and 286 kilometres (175 miles) north to south, and is comparable in size with the Republic of Ireland, West Virginia (USA) and Hokkaido (Japan). It covers an area of 68,331 square kilometres (26,376 square miles).

Electricity

Tasmania’s electricity is hydro-generated with some energy also harnessed from the wind. Electricity is 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. If you require 110 volts, make sure you bring an Australian electrical socket converter.

tasmania-map-350px.gifShopping Hours

Retail opening hours are unrestricted in Tasmania. Large supermarkets are generally open from 0700 to 2100 seven days a week. Many smaller convenience stores are open longer. St Helens being a tourism centre, hours tend to vary from the norm.

ATMs and EFTPOS facilities are widely available.

Most banks are open 0930 to 1600, Monday to Friday.

Gas/Petrol

Available 24 hours in major centres. Fuel prices are slightly higher in regional areas, but as travelling times are short between destinations, your fuel costs won’t be exhorbitant.

Speed Limit

The speed limit in built-up areas is 50 kilometres per hour unless otherwise indicated. The maximum speed possible on roads outside cities and towns is usually 100 kilometres per hour, although there is a limit of 110 kilometres per hour on a small number of high quality roads. On all open roads, however, lower speed limits are frequently indicated and these limits must be adhered to.

Speed cameras and random breath testing units operate throughout Tasmania.

Seat belts and safety

Seat belts must be worn in motor vehicles - motorcyclists and bicyclists must wear helmets.

Time Zones

Tasmania operates on Australian Eastern Standard Time (EST). During daylight saving, clocks are advanced one hour between October and March.

Tasmania's Seasons

Tasmania has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn has still sunny days and magnificent blazes of colour as 200 year-old oaks, elms, birches and our own native beech, turn from gold to red in preparation for winter. Winter runs from May through August. However, because we sit in the Southern Ocean, Tasmania's climate can vary greatly on any given day.

The average maximum daily summer temperatures sit between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius (62 and 73 degrees Fahrenheit) and winter daily between 3 and 11 degrees Celcius (37 and 51 degrees Fahrenheit). Our location below the 40th parallel means our summer evenings have long languid twilights.

Rainfall varies dramatically across the Island state. Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres (24 inches) is Australia's second-driest capital city (after Adelaide). While on the west coast an annual average of 2,400 mm (95 inches) ensures the rainforest thrives. Rainfall in the St Helen's region is more moderate than other regions.

To find out more about our daily and weekly weather, check out the weather chart on the front page of the website

What to Wear

Tasmanians have an informal and relaxed style of dressing. Smart, casual street wear is acceptable for most restaurants and evening events. But remember, 'There's no such thing as bad weather. There's only bad clothing'. So no matter when you come to St Helens, bring a warm jacket and a rain jacket. If you are coming in the cooler months, it's best to bring clothing you can layer because even the winter sun is quite warm.