GETTING TO TASSIE
Yep you Mainlanders (or internationals) gotta get to the Apple Isle first. So, once on the mainland, you can get to Tassie by:
The fastest way to get to Tasmania (and closest point of entry to Blue Derby!) is via Launceston Airport.
Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas all have regular flights into and out of Launceston Airport, including direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne.
Twin ships sail in both directions from the Spirit of Tasmania terminals located at:
The Esplanade in East Devonport, Tasmania; and
Station Pier in Port Melbourne, Victoria.
GETTING TO DERBY
Derby is located to the east of Launceston and by road is the only way to go (no trains! nor hot air balloons!). If you haven't driven your own car (via ferry etc), you might want to hire a car as there is no public transport that works time-wise for this event (the only bus service doesn't operate on public holidays, which the Monday of the event is!).
For vehicle hire CLICK HERE.
There are some private shuttle and transfer services. Check here.
There are two main road routes to get there:
via Lilydale (less corners, but a little less scenic)
via Springfield (more corners, hillier, more scenic)
Please be aware, Tasmanian roads can take longer to travel when compared to highways on mainland Australia!
TRAVEL TIME: Launceston Airport to Derby - 1 hr 30 min / 105 km
Please note that the Tasman Highway between Launceston and Scottsdale (A3), on-route to Derby, has some tight corners. You may prefer to travel via Lilydale on the B81, especially if you're driving a campervan or towing a trailer. This alternative route should only take an extra few minutes.
If you are staying at a town nearby Derby and heading straight there on the Friday before rego, travel times from Launceston are:
Branxholm - 1 hr 25 min / 94.5 km
Winnaleah - 1 hr 40 min / 107 km
Scottsdale - 1 hr 10 min / 69 km
Bridport - 1 hr 10 min / 89 km
Weldborough - 1 hr 50 min / 123 km
St Helens - 2 hrs / 150 km
If you arrive in Tasmania via Hobart or Devonport, you will need to allow extra travel time! And if you can't find accommodation in Derby, make sure to check out the options available in one of the nearby towns!
Branxholm - 5 min / 7 km
Winnaleah - 8 min / 8.5 km
Scottsdale - 20 min / 32.5 km
Bridport - 40 min / 54 km
Weldborough - 20 min / 22 km
St Helens - 1 hr / 66 km
CHECK ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS HERE.