The trip to Tasmania was part of my 3rd journey to Australia: the 2015-2016 New year trip. I took the flight from Bangkok to Sydney, where I caught a connecting domestic flight to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania.
My friend and I traveled in Tasmania for one week starting with the state capital city Hobart and then we drove around the island to see as much as we could during our limited time. As usual I took many pictures from the plane during the two flights from Bangkok via Sydney to Tasmania.
Years ago, I had a wonderful opportunity to travel to both major islands of New Zealand. That’s still one of the most memorable journeys that I have done. The incredible scenery is forever engraved in my mind. Just sitting in the car and admiring the scenery from the car window was already worth the long flight from Thailand.
My two previous trips to Australia covered the most famous tourist destination cities on the west and east coasts, so I thought that it would be the right occasion for Tasmania this time.
We hoped that Tasmania was going to be similar to what we had seen in New Zealand, at least the northern island. In terms of geography both New Zealand’s northern island and Tasmania island are at around the same latitude: below 40° south.
In reality it wasn’t as we imagined, so I was little disappointed. Not that Tasmania was not beautiful but I had expected something more. Still Tasmania is beautiful and charming as it is. We had an enjoyable and peaceful vacation and all in all it is well worth visiting.
How to go Tasmania from Bangkok?
There are currently no commercial direct flights from city where I live to Tasmania. The best way to go to Tasmania from Bangkok is to take a flight from Suvarnabhumi to Tasmania’s nearest major cities and then to catch a domestic flight to Tasmania. So the choice for transport airports are:
Currently, there are four airlines operating the routes from Bangkok to Sydney or Melbourne (as far as I know):
- Thai Airways
- Jet Star (only to Melbourne)
Three airlines operate direct flight between Sydney or Melbourne and Hobart:
- Virgin Australia
For the domestic flight we chose Jet Star and overall it was OK, although their baggage allowance is quite low and one has to pay a supplement to bring more than 20 kg, but that is pretty usual for the low cost airlines.
It takes around 9 hours from Bangkok to Sydney or Melbourne and from there a domestic flight to either to Hobart or Launceston (the second largest city located in northern Tasmania) will take another 2 hours from Sydney or 1 hour and 15 minutes from Melbourne.
Overall it took us a total of 12 hours from Bangkok to Hobart, which is almost as long as the direct flight from Bangkok to Paris.
For the long haul from Bangkok to Sydney we chose to fly with Thai Airways because of its reasonable cost and convenient schedule. Thanks to our frequent flyer status the baggage allowance with Thai is quite generous and of course the flight with Thai allowed us to accumulate even more miles.
What mobile operator choices in Australia?
I chose an Optus SIM again like the last two times in Australia. It’s not the best operator and during my fourth trip I finally found a better one, but at least Optus has a booth at the airport which is very easy to find and the price and package are reasonable. Actually, it is almost as cheap as in Thailand while the standard salary of Australia is much higher.
The better operator I mentioned above is the national operator Telstra. Their SIM cards are not even for sale at the airport but those who can wait and can spend more time can find one in the city and I can tell you that it is worth the wait because Telstra have much better coverage in rural areas. However, for those who just travel in city areas or famous tourist destinations Optus would be good enough.
This was our second-time landing at the international terminal of Kingsford Smith (Sydney International Airport). The first time was very unpleasant as the airport looked old and the immigration officers were unprofessionally rude. But it had improved this time in terms of manner and it looked newly renovated.
The International and Domestic terminals are far from each other. There is no free shuttle between the terminals so we took an airport link train to the domestic terminal. It cost quite a lot: 6 AUD per person for just one station!
We arrived safely in Hobart airport. Although the sky was clear there was quite a lot of turbulence (I’m not sure is in normal here as it very windy in this region). The flight route crossed the agriculture part of the island from the north, over the middle to the south where Hobart is located. It looked very dry, like it had not rained for a long time although it was early summer. I couldn’t wait to see how it would look in reality when we touch the ground, as from the air it didn’t look very promising.