Frequently Asked Questions Tasmania

Where are Games Ceremonies being held?

The Opening Ceremony will be held in Devonport and Closing Ceremony in Burnie.  Further details about these events to be announced.

Transport options to and from Games Ceremonies will be available.  Details will be provided at a later date and updated to the AMG website.

Where will other social events be held?

16th Australian Masters Games will have a uniquely Tasmanian social program on offer, with a variety of events held in various locations across the North West Coast. Details of these events are to be confirmed.

Where is the Accreditation Centre located?

The Accreditation Centre will be located in Ulverstone.

How do I get to the Games?

As Australia's only island state, access to Tasmania is by air and sea only.

Direct flights are available from Melbourne to Wynyard (Burnie), Devonport, King and Flinders Island.

Alternatively many visitors travel to Tasmania from Melbourne by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. Departing from Melbourne and arriving in Devonport, this has the added benefit of letting you bring your own car, or hire a car when you arrive and make the most of Tasmania's touring potential.

Regular Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar and Tiger Airline flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston.

Many visitors to Tasmania’s North-West region begin their Tasmanian visitor experience by flying into Hobart or Launceston. Touring Tasmania via a fly-drive package is a very popular and effective way for visitors to experience the uniqueness of Australia’s island state. The drive from Hobart to Devonport is a three-hour trip; Launceston to Devonport is a one-hour drive.

Getting around?

With good roads, few freeways or motorways travelling times between games venues is relatively low and part of the fun.  Please refer below for travelling times between locations.

If you wish to extend your stay and travel around Tasmania do not underestimate the times it takes to have a good look around and take in the scenic views.  This will take several days.

There are no train services in Tasmania so travellers rely on bus and coach and of course car-hire to get to and from our cities and regional centres.

Coach tours offer a comfortable and relaxing way of seeing the state with many national coach touring companies offering traditional coach touring around Tasmania. They provide extensive year round multi-day itineraries for budget, deluxe and luxury travellers.

Specialised small escorted group touring is also available to cater for particular interests and the youth touring market.

Travelling Distance & Times

Burnie: to Devonport – 47km (35 min), Stanley – 78km (1 hour), Strahan – 181km (2 hours 15 min), Waratah – 63km (55 min).

Devonport: to Cradle Mountain – 85km (1 hour 15 min), Deloraine – 49km (30 min), Latrobe – 10km (10 min), Launceston – 98km (1 hour), Sheffield – 30km (30 min), Ulverstone – 22 km (20 min).

Latrobe: to Cradle Mountain – 90km (1.5 hours), Devonport – 10km (10 min), Railton – 14km (15 min).

Penguin: to Cradle Mountain – 88 km (1 hour), Stanley – 81 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 191 km (3 hours).

Sheffield: to Cradle Mountain – 75km (60 min), Devonport – 27km (30 min), Strahan – 190km (2.5 hours), Ulverstone – 38km (45 min).

Stanley: to Burnie – 60km (1 hour), Devonport – 109km (1.5 hours).

Strahan: to Queenstown – 41km (45 min), Rosebery – 71km (1 hour), Tullah – 86km (1.5 hours), Zeehan – 38km (40 min).

Ulverstone: to Cradle Mountain – 76 km (1 hour), Stanley – 93 km (1 hour 15 min), Strahan – 203km (3 hours).

Wynyard: to Burnie – 19km (20 min), Cradle Mountain – 124km (1 hour 35 min), Devonport – 68km (1 hour), Stanley – 55km (45 min), Strahan – 199km (3 hours 25 min).

Do I need a car?

As outlined previously, the most popular, effective and convenient method of individuals and families that tour Tasmania is to bring your own car on the Spirit of Tasmania or hire a vehicle when you arrive. Many team sporting groups that come to Tasmania to compete often hire large vehicles or mini buses to get around.

Where can I hire a car?

All national car-hire companies operate large scale businesses in Tasmania and offer a range of different car-hire touring options.

Where should I stay?

Tasmania’s North West region offers a variety of accommodation options within easy travelling distance to games and sporting venues.  Accommodation ranges from hotels and motels, bed & breakfast, self-catering, backpackers and hostels and numerous caravan and camping options.

For enquiries or to book accommodation on Tasmania’s North West please contact the Australian Masters Games Tourism hotline on 1800 649 514 or visit

If you are looking to explore Tasmania further discover our wonderful state by selecting a prepared package which includes accommodation, car hire and selected tours and attractions.  All packages include a bonus touring map and visitor guide and free car upgrade. Click Here for further information. 

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