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Budget Rent a Car joins Targa Tasmania

27-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Budget Rent a Car is a proud sponsor of Targa Tasmania and is renowned for meticulously maintained vehicles and quality service. We offer a wide range of cars, 4WDs and mini buses as well as Australia’s largest fleet of truck and commercial vehicles. If you’re after a truck or commercial vehicle, visit for comprehensive details on our wide range of vehicles and locations which will suit all of your rental needs.

When you rent a car from Budget you can also earn valuable rewards points. Budget is a proud car rental partner of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program as well as a program participant with the flybuys program. 

Budget always offer customers a great rate and special deals to ensure you Drive your Dollar Further. In fact, Budget’s best cheap car hire rates and offers are available online. 

So start saving now and click on the Hot Deals Page to pick up a bargain today.

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Entertainment every night at Wrest Point

26-Mar-2015  Tracey Button

Welcome back to Wrest Point, offering free and live entertainment every night across multiple restaurants and bars.

Take your pick from the funky retro vibes of the circular Birdcage Bar, getting your sports fix in the beautiful ONYX Bar or the adrenaline pumping action of the Casino Bar.  Relax on Pier One’s waterfront boardwalk with a fine Tasmanian wine and delicious fresh seafood, experience Hobart’s fine dining icon atop the tower at the Point Revolving Restaurant, or grab a casual bite to eat at The Loft Bistro.

Find out what’s happening at Wrest Point at the click of a button.   Like us on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest offers, entertainment and special events.

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Targa Tasmania 2015 State Map

18-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa Tasmania returns back to the South this year creating a true North, South, East and West event.  27 April - 2 May 2015
For information on road closures around the state during the event click here

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Targafest a first for Hobart in 2015

11-Mar-2015  Ian Chesterman

Targa Tasmania’s commitment to Hobart continues to expand with the announcement that the state capital will now host Targafest on Friday, May 1, the penultimate eve of the six-day classic tarmac rally.

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Technical Regulations - Version 4 released

09-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Version 4 of the Targa Australia Technical Regulations are now available for download under Competition Regulations on our website with mainly clarifications of existing rules included based on some enquiries in recent months along with the return of the previous rule in relation to Classic competition wheel sizes, which will come into effect immediately after this year’s Targa Tasmania.
All changes are highlighted in grey for easy reference.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015

26-Mar-2015  Geoffrey Bott

The inaugural Targa Hellyer Gorge was an event designed to introduce newcomers to Targa events and give the experienced crews the opportunity to have a shakedown for the main event - Targa Tasmania.  Here are some of the cars and crews with their experiences.

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Country Club $30 food & beverage bonus!

20-Mar-2015  Tracey Button

Visiting the North of Tasmania for Targa 2015?

Country Club have a fantastic accommodation package on offer.

Rooms from only $149 including $30 food and beverage credit for use at one of their 5 restaurants, 4 bars, mini bar & room service.

To book call 1800 030 211 or visit and enter promo code “Escape North

*Valid from 1st March - 30th May 2015. Terms and conditions apply

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New Spirit of Tasmania ships get ready for a makeover

12-Mar-2015  Tracey Button

Spirit of Tasmania has appointed an international marine interior fitout and refurbishment specialist Trimline as the key contractor to fully refurbish Spirit of Tasmania I and II this year.

“This is the first time Spirit of Tasmania has undergone a major refurbishment since the vessels arrived in 2002,” said Spirit of Tasmania CEO Bernard Dwyer.

Mr Dwyer said today’s announcement was a significant one in the history of Spirit of Tasmania and for Trimline.

“Trimline is a highly regarded company that has completed significant, quality refurbishment works in the European shipping market,” he said.

“We are obviously looking forward to not only rolling out the changes but promoting the ‘new’ vessels to our key markets.”

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Baltech at Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015

08-Mar-2015  Geoffrey Bott

The Baltech MotorSport team entered their Mazda RX7 SP in Targa Hellyer Gorge in the Early Modern category as a shakedown for Targa Tasmania.

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Thoroughbred and Sports Trophy at Targa Tasmania for the first time

04-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

No roll cage required and normal competition modifications allowed.  Now you really can participate in one of the world's greatest Tarmac Rallies and live out your Targa dreams. Just like Bruce and Gail Absolon have decided to do with their beautiful SL500.

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Targa High Country Early Bird on sale now

02-Mar-2015  Alice McKenzie

Targa High Country 2015

After the success of the new three day format to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Targa High Country last year, we are excited to let you know that we will again run this course in 2015 from 6th to 8th November with documentation and scrutineering being completed on the 5th November at Mt. Buller. 

Entries are now open, with the ever-popular Early Bird Entry Fee on sale until 17th April.

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Targa Hits International Markets

27-Feb-2015  Alice McKenzie

New Offices opened in Europe and Asia

As the 25th Anniversary running of Targa Tasmania approaches in 2016, Targa Australia are ensuring that it will have the largest international field ever assembled for the Ultimate Tarmac Rally with the opening of Targa’s first international offices in London and Tokyo, which are also two of the world’s great cities.

Both regions have incredible car cultures with the London based office also covering all of Europe and the Tokyo office also covering large markets such as South Korea and China.

Event Director, Mark Perry said “Targa Tasmania has always seen international competitors attend but this has dwindled in recent years with the impact of the GFC hitting hard in both regions combined with a too high Aussie dollar increasing costs to travel half way around the world to race your car.  The world’s economies are on the mend, the dollar is down again and enquiries have increased in past year.  Added to this is the obvious drawcard of the 25th event and all it will have to offer so if we want to ensure that we have a good field of internationals, we need to be marketing and planning for this now as it takes a lot of work to facilitate an entry from overseas if they are bringing their car.  We are also working on a number of Targa car lease options where we will source a car locally to make competing in Targa Tasmania much easier for internationals in the future.”

In opening offices overseas, Targa Australia are investing heavily in the future of Targa Tasmania and Tasmania as one of world’s most beautiful island locations to ensure that the events standing in world motor sport is not only maintained but increased.

The new offices will manage every detail for international competitors, from the freighting of their car to their own travel, documents, accommodation and even meals to ensure a complete `one stop shop’ service is provided.

“We have never been able to provide such a service previously, you just need to have people on the ground who can be easily contacted in the same time zone and speak the language to do this and as the years tick by, the uniqueness of Targa Tasmania increases as does our profile internationally so now is the right time to invest heavily in these markets.  It is fair to say that the last few years have been tough ones for the event and it has had tough periods before.  The opening of our international offices is another sign that exciting times lay ahead and this forms part of our commitment when we took over the event that the future would be a bright one and that the Ultimate Tarmac Rally would see much growth and evolution to ensure it remains relevant for many years to come.” Perry concluded.

Contact details for Targa’s new offices can be found on the Contacts tab of our website at


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27-Feb-2015  Barrie Smith

For Sale – Evo X SST Showroom 4WD Tarmac Rally Car - $50,000

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Cricket Wrold Cup Fever Hits Wrest Point!

27-Feb-2015  Tracey Button

Former Australian cricket champion, Mike Hussey abseiled down the Wrest Point Tower on Friday 23 January, as part of promoting the World Cup games in Hobart.

Click here to view the video of the abseil on the Wrest Point Facebook page

A convenient ferry service to all the games in Hobart is running from Wrest Point to Bellerive – visit for details

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Autumn Escape Offers from Country Club Tasmania

27-Feb-2015  Tracey Button

Escape to Country Club Tasmania this Autumn. Rooms from $149 including $30 food and beverage credit for use at 5 restaurants, 4 bars, mini bar & room service.

To book call 1800 030 211 or visit

*Terms and conditions apply

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Every trail leads to an adventure in Tasmania

25-Feb-2015  Tracey Button

Everywhere you go on this island there’s a new touring route waiting to be explored, filled with characters you’ll adore.  Like Anita Dineen, the ‘maker of minor marvels’ whose award winning designs can be seen at the Design Tasmania Centre.

Then there’s her brother-in-law, award winning winemaker Jeremy Dineen.  As Chief Winemaker at Josef Chromy he’s been showing the world just how good Tasmanian wine is, winning 15 trophies and 260 medals in just 5 short years.

And as with every good road trip, there needs to be a bit of action and adventure.  Fortunately there’s plenty of that.  Why not swap the car for bike for a while and see why the world is quickly learning that every trail here leads to some of the best adventures on two wheels.  Then hit the road again and continue to explore Tasmania via its spectacular roads and drives all across the entire island.  Find more behind the scenery stories at GOBEHINDTHESCENERY.COM.AU

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Vale - Keri Simms

23-Feb-2015  Alice McKenzie

Vale Keri Simms

Targa Tasmania lost one of its long serving and hardworking senior officials over the weekend with the passing of Keri Simms. Keri or Kiwi as she was affectionately known, officiated at eleven running’s of the Ultimate Tarmac Rally fulfilling a lifelong dream of being a Stage Director in 2014 in spite of ongoing illness. Keri soldiered on leading her team onto the course each day all over the island to ensure our competitors and officials had a fantastic time wherever they were working. Keri sat on our Board of Management as part of her role thus achieving her goals at Targa Tasmania before sadly passing away.

On the behalf of all Targa competitors and officials, we pass our sincere condolences on to Josh, Sara Ann and family.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015 Team Legacy

19-Feb-2015  Matthew Cardinaels

Press Release - Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015 Team Legacy 1972 Datsun 240z
Supported charities – Command Welfare Trust, Legacy
2nd Classic Outright
9th Overall

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CAR703 goes to Targa Tasmania 2008

14-Feb-2015  Geoffrey Bott

In 2007 I started to build a 1985 TWR JaguarSport XJS replica.  In 2008 the car was entered in our first Targa Tasmania.  This is a few highlights of the story.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015 - Facebook photo gallery

12-Feb-2015  Erik Rathmayr

View all images on Facebook.

Be sure to tag yourselves and share for all your friends to see.

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Targa Hellyer Gorge 2015

7 February 2015 - Details  |  Entry List  |  Results

Targa Tasmania 2015

27 April - 2 May 2015 - Details  |  Entry List

Targa High Country 2015

6-8 November 2015 - Details  |  Entry List