Tasmania is part of Australia, so English is the predominant language spoken across the state. Even though there are pockets of overseas-born citizens who speak another language at home, a high percentage of Tasmanians are monolingual.
The Australian dollar (AU$) is the only currency accepted in Tasmania. Banks in Hobart, Launceston and other major cities will be able to exchange money and travelers’ checks, and Hobart International Airport does have a currency exchange. In the larger conurbations, credit cards can be used for hotels, meals and shopping purchases. ATMs are in abundance throughout the towns and cities, generally accepting transfers from overseas and credit card withdrawals. As you get further away from the coastal cities, ATMs do become less frequent.
Tasmania is on Australian Eastern Standard Time, so 10 hours ahead of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC +10). The state follows daylight saving, so it becomes UTC +11 between the months of September and April.
Tasmania follows mainland Australia when it comes to electrical usage. Devices need to be able to withstand 220/240 Volts; otherwise travelers will need a converter. Tasmanian electrical plugs are three-pronged. Two are flat-pinned and diagonal, while the third is a vertical, flat-pinned grounding prong.
To call Tasmania, dialers will need to use the Australian country code of +61 if outside Australia, then the Tasmanian area code of 03. 900 and 1800 GSM networks are used in the state, but visitors may receive little or no coverage on the western coast and in wilderness areas. Places like Hobart and Launceston have plenty of spots that offer internet access, but the smaller towns and less inhabited areas have much more limited connectivity.
There are no international connections made from Hobart, but the state still operates under Australian customs laws when it comes to duty-free limitations. 2.25 liters of alcohol and no more than 200 grams of tobacco items are allowed through customs without a penalty. Visitors can also carry up to AU$900 worth of gifts.
Tourism Tasmania, Hobart: +61-3-6230-8235 or http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/.
Consulates in Tasmania
Germany Honorary Consulate, Hobart: +61-3-6223-8239 Royal Thai Consulate, Hobart: +61-3-6224-3811 Consulate of Greece, Sandy Bay: +61-3-6225-2825 Estonian Consulate General, Blackmans Bay: +61-3-6229-1705 Swedish Royal Consulate, Lauderdale: +61-3-6248-9307 Royal Danish Consulate, Derwent Park: +61-3-6273-0677
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