Tasmania, is a beautiful island to the south of mainland Australia. With a land mass 68,400 square kilometres it is about 1/2 the size of England but with a population of only 517,500 people. Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world. It is known for its vast rugged Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Wilderness Area which covers over 1/5 of the state land mass and protects one of the last true wilderness regions in the world.
Tasmania is also known for its fine food and wine production, its historical sites and its contemporary cities. Its small size, and friendly locals, lends itself to easy travel before or after the competition. For more information, see www.discovertasmania.com.au/
Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania lies nestled between the estuary of the Derwent River and kunanyi/Mount Wellington. It is a charming harbour city, pop 218,000 with many attractions to explored ranging from the docks area, the museums, the varied architecture, the superb local food and wine, and the natural beauty of kunanyi/Mt Wellington.
Hobart is a safe city where walking, and driving are easy, and with a good public transport network. The Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic centre is situated at the edge of the CBD and is within easy walking of most accommodation.
July is winter in Tasmania so come rugged up and enjoy our crisp days. However, be aware that the pool building is very well heated so you will not be cold. Typical outside temperatures for July are a minimum of 4o C and maximum of 12oC.
All visitors to Australia will require a visa before arriving in the country, except New Zealanders. Please note that these visas may take up to 4 weeks to process depending on where you are coming from so please do this early.
Getting to Hobart
International flights to Hobart will need to transit through Melbourne or Sydney. The Hobart airport is 15 minutes drive from the CBD and the organising committee is pleased to be able to provide transfers to and from the airport for all visiting teams at reasonable cost. Please visit the accommodation portal on the website to express your interest.
Alternatively, and for supporters:
- Shuttle bus approx. $18 one way
- Taxi approx. $45 one way
Cars or buses may be hired from the airport via all major rental companies
Getting around Hobart
Walking – most accommodation, restaurants and sights are within easy walking distance of the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre
Driving - Hobart is an easy city to drive in and there is parking close to the pool. Remember that in Australia we drive on the left hand side of two way roads.
Public transport- Hobart has a bus network which runs frequently to the city centre. From here it is a short walk to the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre. You can just hop on a bus and pay the driver or you can get a green card. For more information, please see www.metrotas.com.au
The organising committee has organised accommodation packages from 3-5 star which can be accessed by either teams or supporters. Please use the portal via our website.
The currency in Australia is the Australian dollar
Driving in Australia – We drive on the left hand side of a 2-way road. All international drivers are required to have an international driving permit as well as a drivers licence from their country of origin. For more information and road rules see http://www.australia.com/en/planning/road-safety.html
Australia uses the metric system.
Australia uses 240V, and a 3 plug system. Most overseas visitors will need to use an adaptor.
We encourage all visitors to have travel, including medical insurance.
- AMBULANCE - Phone 000 - Ambulance Cost is charged for distance required and can be very expensive, hence the need for travel insurance.
- POLICE - Phone 000 Free for everybody
- FIRE SERVICES - Phone 000 Free for everybody
Royal Hobart Hospital, 48 Liverpool St, Hobart.
Free to all Australians and players from countries with reciprocal arrangements.
Wait is often long, depending on severity of emergency.
Hobart Private Hospital, Cnr Argyle and Collins St. Hobart.shorter wait but fees apply.
AFTER HOURS GP
The After Hours Doctor
252 Main Rd, Derwent Park, Ph 03 6165 2360
Open weekdays 6pm-10pm.
Open weekends 9am-10pm.
AFTER HOURS PHARMACY
North Hobart Pharmacy, 360 Elizabeth St, Hobart
Open 8am-10pm every day