Access to markets

Tasmania has a very clear and focused global outlook.

We are strategically located for business opportunities in Asia with strong trade links into south-east Asia and close proximity to China and India. This means that your business in Tasmania can capitalise on growth within the region.

Tasmania is also the hub for Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean logistics network. Gateway to the East Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island with excellent port facilities and regular flights from Hobart to Antarctica.

Close distances to all ports

Tasmania is a small island that is 294 kilometres (184 miles) long and 315 kilometres (196 miles) wide.  There are small distances between population areas, providing short transportation times.

In most instances, your business operations will be located less than 100 kilometres from plant to port, providing fast access to distribution channels.

With airports in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie, and seaports in Devonport, Burnie and Hobart you are provided with quick and easy access to mainland Australia and international destinations.

Tasmania offers a strategic Asian Pacific location where your business can benefit from time zone advantages between international markets. Shift seamlessly from New York to Los Angeles and then to Asia and Australia, allowing you to build a 'follow-the-sun' operation.

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Access to Antarctic and Southern Ocean

Tasmania is a hub of expertise in Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean science, research, education and logistics.  Tasmania has the greatest concentration of Antarctic and Southern Ocean scientists and institutions of the five Antarctic gateway cities (Punta Arenas, Ushuaia, Cape Town, Hobart and Christchurch). Hobart is the headquarters of Australia's Antarctic program and gateway home for the French program (Institut Polaire Francaise Paul Emile Victor). Antarctic activity is also supported by the research, government and business membership alliance, the Tasmanian Polar Network, and by Antarctic Tasmania - a Tasmanian Government agency dedicated to supporting the businesses and organisations that make up the Antarctic sector.

Hobart is a gateway to East Antarctica, the Southern Ocean and sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island with excellent port facilities and regular flights from Hobart to Antarctic. There are a number of other international ports that are also gateways to Antarctica but only Hobart offers the following combination:

  • the amenities of a modern and attractive capital city, with excellent sea and air transport infrastructure
  • world-class expertise in Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and marine education, research and support services
  • ready access to a wide range of specialist Antarctic and cold climate expertise and products through the Tasmanian Polar Network.

Hobart's magnificent deep-water port is1,390 nautical miles (2,575 km) from the Antarctic mainland and 1,852 nautical miles (3,429 km) from Australia's Antarctic base at Casey Station. The port offers shipping operators a complete range of 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week port services and full provedoring, stevedoring, cold storage, quarantine and maintenance facilities.

Regular flights operate during the summer months between Hobart International Airport and Casey station in East Antarctica. The flight time is approximately 4.5 hours and provides a fast option for moving scientists, expeditioners and high priority cargo south each summer season.

Hobart International Airport also has warehousing and aviation services for Antarctic expeditioners on site.

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