A Cheapskate's Guide to
Exploring Tasmania By Car

For pre-planning or use on the run, this free site is a useful, on-demand travel guide
for touring Tasmania by car, caravan, RV, or hitch-hiking.

About This Guide




List of Contents

A guide to travel, sightseeing and services - what to do, where to stay and a little history of Tasmanian cities and towns.

About This Guide

This work has been designed to offer the maximum amount of information possible, while remaining an interesting and manageable read

Front Page

Includes list of contents, Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series and a free, downloadable map of Tasmania

The Towns and Regions

Looks at the towns, camping, accommodation, eating out, sightseeing, history, toilets & dump points, information centres, doctors, vets, real estate and emergency services.

Guest Reviews

A place for readers to write a review on their favourite Tasmanian town, caravan park, freedom camp, attraction, bakery or cafe

Fun Pages
For Kids and their Adults

A range of free and low cost things to make and do, for kids and their adults, when driving or confined to camp.

Free and Cheap
Camping

you can choose from camp-grounds provided by councils, commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites.

Dump Points ~ Van Repairs ~ Public Toilets

An easy access guide to Dump-Points, Van Repairs and Public Toilets.

Environment and Produce

Loads of links to Tasmanian food, beer and wine trails for you to follow and enjoy.

Fossicking in Tasmania

Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fosicking for such things as gold, sapphires, topaz, jasper, turquoise, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.

Tiger Track Stamps

A Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way for you to keep track of your amazing tasmanian adventures, as you hunt down over 70 Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.

 

 

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About This Guide

This work has been designed to offer the maximum amount of information possible, while remaining an interesting and manageable read.

Each of the sections on individual towns offers its history, places of interest, architecture and things to do as well as availability and location of public toilets, tourist information centres, doctors, police and free camping sites, where available.

Depending on your selection of transport, you can stay in some of our many, handy caravan parks, hotels, B&Bs, self-contained cottages or backpackers hostels, or for the more adventurous, you might simply camp your way around.

One of the more delightful aspects of Tasmania is that more people live in the many small towns and villages than in the state's two main population centres.

Despite the fact that this work has been written by a serious 'cheapskate', you will be able to choose your own style of visit, ranging from the most basic to absolute five-star luxury.

In order to control the size of the work while offering maximum information, I have included a number of external links throughout this work to the best data that I can find - each of which is kept up-to-date by its own webmaster.

External links throughout this work include:

  • Spirit of Tasmania schedule and on-line booking site
  • Distances and times by road (including fully functional Google maps) 
  • Accommodation (by town)
  • Attractions (by town)
  • Cafes and restaurants (by town)
  • Events (by town)
  • Shopping (by town
  • Tours (by town)
  • Dump Points
  • RV Parks
  • Van Repairs
  • Public Toilets
  • Weather forecast (by town)
  • The Wine Route
  • Tasmanian cheese trail
  • Tasmanian Beer and Mead Trail
  • Tasmanian Whisky Trail
  • Tasmanian Sweets and Chocolate Trail
  • Tasmanian farm-gate (fruit)
  • Tasmanian newspapers on-line
  • Fishing licences
  • Prospecting licence

One of the great risks people face when visiting Tasmania is that they are inclined to fall in love and seriously consider packing up and moving down.

Knowing this, I have included real estate for sale in this work, with links for specific towns on the real estate.com.au website, which is constantly updated for you

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Touring Tasmania

Tasmania is an island located about 250 kilometres south of Victoria, across Bass Strait.

At 315 kilometres west to east and 286 kilometres north to south, with an area of 68,331 square kilometres, it is the smallest state of Australia having a surface nearly equal to that of Ireland (84,420 square kilometres).

Its general character is mountainous, with numerous beautiful valleys, rendered fertile by numberless streams descending from the hills, and watering, in their course to the sea, large tracts of country.

The total length of Tasmania's coastline (including its many islands) is approximately 5,400 km.

Despite its size, the state boasts around two-hundred diverse towns and villages for you to explore, outside of the four major population centres.

When planning your trip to Tassie, it is a good idea to look at the overall layout of the state and to assist you in this task I have added the following (external) link, where you can download a wonderful map of the state (in PDF) free - to print or save on your device.

Download Free Map

This page will also give you access to free maps of: Hobart City Centre, Launceston City Centre, Burnie and Devonport.

When you have decided on a basic route, you can get driving directions, road distances and driving times between towns, as well as fully functional Google Maps to help you on your way, by following this (external) link:

Directions and distances

A cautionary note
Being in Tasmania is a bit like being a kid in a lolly shop.

Despite planning my trips with military-like precision, I usually end up in a totally different place - so magic are the many options - so make a plan and also plan to be side-tracked and possibly take longer than originally thought.

Remember, 'The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once' - Albert Einstein.

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Getting To Tasmania

Over time I have had many people ask if a passport is required to visit Tasmania and if there is a need to change their Australian dollars.

Tasmania is a state of Australia, not a separate country.

So, how do you get here?

By Air

Tasmania has four domestic airports, which are:

  • Hobart Airport in the south
  • Launceston, Devonport and Wynyard Airports in the north.

Flying time direct from Melbourne is around 1 hour 10 minutes and from Sydney around 1 hour 50 minutes.

You will be able to pick-up and drop off your (pre-booked) hire car or camper at the airport.

By The Spirit of Tasmania


The Spirit Of Tasmania

You can make your travel to Tasmania an integral part of your trip by traveling across the Bass Straight on one of the Spirit of Tasmania ferries.

The trip on board Spirit of Tasmania takes approximately 11 hours on days of single sailings and 9 hours on days of double sailings.

Just park your vehicle below, and then check out the wide range of facilities on board.

You can have a meal on board at either the Leatherwood Restaurant or the Captain's Table or have a little flutter in the Star Club, the gaming lounge, with all the latest gaming machines, watch the TVs in Lavender Cafe or enjoy a drink and maybe a snack, at the bar.

Latest release movies are screened in the cinema free of charge, while the on-board shop, Tasmania At Sea, stocks newspapers, magazines, books, gifts and anything you may have left behind, as well as providing tourist information.

The ferry crosses Bass Strait all year round, between Station Pier in Port Melbourne and Devonport on Tasmania’s north coast, most nights, in both directions and during peak season there is the option of traveling on a day sailing on certain days of the week.

On-board accommodation ranges from airline-style seating to private deluxe cabins.

All cabins feature private facilities, adjustable air-conditioning and a 220-volt socket.

Vehicles and trailers of all sizes can be accommodated on-board, and (pre-booked) kennels are available.

Spirit of Tasmania schedule
This link offers schedules, prices and online booking for both evening and day sailing departure dates and times.

Bringing your dog?
Before a dog can enter Tasmania, its owner must have evidence that it has been treated with praziquantel at a dose rate of 5 mg/kg body weight within 14 days before entry to Tasmania.

The evidence can be a statement by a vet, a statutory declaration by the owner, or other evidence of treatment (such as the pill packet) that is carried by whoever accompanies the dog into Tasmania.

Quarantine
A Traveler's guide to Australian interstate quarantine (in PDF) that will help you check what you can and can’t take across state and quarantine borders and avoid on-the-spot fines.

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External Reference Links

Tasmanian Newspapers On-line

Other Links

  • Tasmanian Events Diary
    Information about Tasmania's world class events such as 10 Days on the Island, the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Dark MoFo and the Taste of Tasmania
    Festival.

  • Inland Fisheries Licence
    Visit this site, for licence conditions, angling season, fees and purchases.

  • Prospecting Licence
    A prospecting licence is valid for 12 months from date of issue and the external link above contains all required details and application for a licence that allows the holder to conduct fosicking activities for rock and mineral specimens outside of the declared fosicking areas.

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