🖐 In this blog post we’ll share all known regulation around recreational drone use in Tasmania (Launceston & Hobart, TAS). Give a 👍 at the end of this post & feel free to share your experience or any updates you might have in the Australia Drone Discussion Group. Keep in mind that the content below is updated to the best of our knowledge & does not replace official sources & your research.
Tasmania (TAS) follows the common rules of the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). If you're looking for the unmanned aerial vehicle rules of Australia then click here.
As for a shortcut, no matter where in Tasmania, you should fly:
at a maximum altitude of 120 m above the ground.
away from private property, vehicles in movement, people or large crowds (including over beaches, stadiums or parks) & respect individuals' privacy.
at least 5.5 km away from airports (any airport, seaplane base or area where aircraft or helicopter take off & land) & give way to all other type of aircraft.
only during permitting weather & within your sight at all times.
away from areas where its use could interfere with police or first aid.
avoiding sensitive areas including government or military facilities.
🛫 To get to Tasmania, there is a high chance you will have to catch a plane, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tiger and Jetstar are pretty sweet with drones but would recommend you carry your batteries in fire proof bags for more safety.
💡 Smart! Get your drone batteries' firecase today and make sure you're complying with aviation safety rules.
This blog post will dig dive into Tasmania's specific locations where you can fly a drone safely. We will also uncover some secret spots where to fly within the biggest cities of the state & explain all specific permissions needed when flying above Tasmania's restricted areas.
But before anything, let's start with a little drone video to show how beautiful this corner of the world is (time to get some popcorn mate! 🍿🎬)
So where can I fly my drone in Tasmania (TAS)?
A short answer will be anywhere away from airports and national parks (unless authorisation). But thankfully there is a bit more info than this, thanks the "Can I fly there" app made by CASA in cooperation with dronecomplier and kept up to date with punctual events so its probably good to keep this link handy with you.
✅ It is also available in the Google Play Store & Apple Store for mobile use (makes sense as we not many of us fly with a desktop in their car trunk today 😜) Most main cities of Tasmania (TAS) are under strict regulations due to a heavy air traffic above or near them. But looking at the two most populated cities there are a few good news 👌
Drone Fly Map Hobart
In Hobart, the city's airspace is restricted by a few heliports but it remains reasonable. However be aware on the East side of Derwent River which is basically a no fly zone without permission and approvals ahead.
✅ Sweet spots to fly your UAV around Hobart:
From Taroona all down the South West Derwent Riverbed.
From Moonah all up the North West Derwent Riverbed.
Drone Fly Map Launceston
🚨 In Launceston, there is one heliport (The Glebe) that is close to city's CBD making the whole centre unfit for flying a drone as you need to be at least 5.5 kms away from any airport/heliport according to CASA rules.
✅ Other than this, just keep a safe distance from the airport and you should alright.
Flying a drone in TAS national parks & marine reserves
✅ Flying your unmanned aerial vehicle in a national park comes under the competence of Parks & Wildlife Services of Tasmania. You will need to ask to the park's manager if its alright before flying above any national park in TAS. After all, these are sanctuaries for animals & the idea is to leave them in peace in these preserved environments 👌
There are exceptions for commercial and research flights which you will need to apply for an authorisation directly with the parks' authorities.
The list includes the famous ones such as:
Cradle Mountain National Park
Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Freycinet National Park
Southwest National Park
Tasman National Park
& many more.., find a complete list here
Watch out for sea mammals! 🐳
Marine life in Tasmania (more particularly whales) is strictly looked after; you should fly your UAV (considered as a helicopter as hovering above) no closer than 500 m from any sea mammals in Tasmania (🦈 Sharks are not sea mammals btw 🧐) Further recommendations have been given such as avoiding to approach from the back or the front.
💡 Smart! Water glare is a killer when flying above TAS coastal waters, make sure you have a lens filter before flying there.
Drone & Privacy Laws in TAS
CASA is pretty straightforward and transparent on this topic; they won't investigate any privacy concerns or claims as their job is restricted to aviation safety. The primary body in charge of privacy laws in TAS is the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner which in turn advises you to first complain to the organisation or agency causing you issues with a 30 days delay before escalating to them - find out more.
Once you got everything in order, you can start flying above Australia's awesome landscapes & create videos like this one:
💡 You're a local, have a question or want to share a travel experience? Head to our Australia Drone Discussion Group
Disclaimer: Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information researched, we take no responsibility for any loss, harm or damage caused as a direct or indirect consequence of relying on this information. It is your responsibility to seek advice from qualified local & relevant authorities for needed information about local drone rules and regulations.
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