Tasmania may look like just a little island on the map, but there is plenty to see and do. And an overseas holiday in the comfort of your own caravan or camper, what more could you ask for?
The advantage of touring Tassie by caravan or camper is that, like caravanning everywhere, you have all your own things handy leaving you the time to enjoy each day; it’s what caravanning is all about. There are also many well-equipped caravan parks to rest up and socialise with fellow travellers.
Just remember to drive with caution as the roads in Tasmania often have very narrow shoulders, and in some cases, none at all. Keep in mind that logging trucks use many of the mountain roads.
Book overnight travel on the Spirit of Tasmania, and just nine hours and a good sleep later you’ll arrive and be ready to get on your way to your Tasmanian adventure.
Devonport is a lively and commercial hub not least in thanks to the daily influx of tourists who arrive in the port on the Spirit of Tasmania. As well as the historical Home Hill, the former abode of the only ever Tasmanian-born Prime Minister, Joseph Lyons, places of interest include the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, celebrating the city’s seafaring history, and the Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre.Explore Devonport attractions and accommodation, including Abel Tasman Caravan Park and Discovery Holiday Parks.
The world heritage site is undoubtedly one of Tassie’s most iconic landmarks. Be warned, however that you’ll find your ears popping with the rise in altitude on the drive up towards Cradle Mountain in Lake St Clair National Park. The campground just outside the entrance to the park is a good base. Walk to the visitors centre and catch the shuttle bus out to Dove Lake. Walk the Dove Lake circuit and take the turnoff towards Marion’s Lookout. This track is steep and rough, with chains in some sections to help pull yourself up. The beautiful view of Dove and Crater Lakes will be your consolation prize.
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Visit Tasmania’s second largest city after Hobart, and one of the oldest cities in Australia. The whole thing can be explored on foot and makes a great base for those interested in doing some tastings in the Tamar Valley Wine region. As with many older locations, Launceston is famous for its heritage buildings, including the National Rose Garden, the Woolmers Estate and the Beaconsfield Mine.
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Dangling off the eastern side of Tasmania into the Tasman Sea, the Freycinet Peninsula is a great place to set up camp. The campsites are tight in the summer, but the beautiful Wineglass Bay is just a few metres away. The east coast experiences warm, dry weather encouraging the growth of dry forest and wildflowers, which are common for most of the year. The peninsula was named after navigator Louis de Freycinet, who was part of the French expedition to explore and char the area ion 1802.
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The walk to Wineglass Bay is a hike up hundreds of steps to get to the lookout, but it’s an essential part of any Freycinet National Park itinerary. The 5km (1.5 hours) return ramble allows for plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the stunning scenery as you pass Coles Bay and Great Oyster Bay. The view of the iconic Wineglass Bay and its shimmering white sands and blue water is worth the trip.
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Follow our East Coast of Tasmania travel itinerary.
Make a stop at the Nature World wildlife park where you’ll find Tassie Devils, and a range of other wildlife. Continue on up the coast to Evercreech Forest Reserve. Here a short walk through the beautiful rainforest ferns will take you to the White Knights, the tallest white gums ever discovered.
Hobart has many points of interest including the Salamanca markets where you can pick up presents for friends and family back home. The state capital is of course the home of the world famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), as well as the state capital building and many restaurants, pubs and shops. Top off the day with fish and chips at the wharf, another must-do Hobart activity.
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Make the journey from Hobart to Launceston with our travel itinerary.
Not far from Hobart you’ll find Richmond, which is home to the oldest bridge in Australia. The landmark is a popular destination for visitors to walk across and take photos. Once in the town pay a visit to the old gaol and the art and crafts shops along the main street. The Richmond Caravan and Cabin park is conveniently located on the outskirts of town too if you want to stay the night.
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The caravan park is fantastic in Port Arthur — it has well-spaced, drive-through bays that are screened with bushes, making them very private. A 40 minute stroll around the lovely bay takes you to Port Arthur Historical Site. There are ruins in various states of repair, gardens, a house done up in period furniture, a museum with a range of convict period relics and the solitary confinement cells. The model prison provides real insight into the way in which prisoners were forced to live in isolation. This was supposedly done in order to cure them of their criminal tendencies.
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Touted as the ‘edge of the world’, it is the westernmost point of Tassie, with nothing but sea between there and Argentina. There is pleasant camping to be had at the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area. From here head south along the 4WD only Western Wilderness Drive which skirts the edge of the Arthur Pieman Reserve, the two hour drive offers stunning views of raging rivers and tall trees.
Drive about 45-minutes from Queenstown and you’ll find the tourist hub of Strahan on the banks of the second-largest harbour in the southern hemisphere, the Macquarie Harbour. It was a major port during the west coast’s mining days, but these days it makes an anchorage for local fishing fleets. This pretty little fishing harbour has historical and cultural charm in abundance. That and the fact that it’s the gateway to the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park ensure its popularity.
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Follow our West Coast of Tasmania travel itinerary.