Mission #5: Farewell Tassie
Before we went on this trip, I discovered many locals on TripAdvisor opposed to campervanning, especially for inexperienced people. We did it anyway, didn’t have any accidents and LOVED the convenience of it – so don’t let it deter you.
All you need to do is be cautious when driving. If you’re driving slow, Tasmania’s freeways are easy for people to overtake you.
So without further ado, here are some notes about campervanning and some camping sites, which might help those who want to do a similar trip:
- Costs – General prices for powered sites (so you can charge your vehicle, get power for charging your electronics) range from $27-$70 depending on the park and peak period prices. Some places consider December as peak, some consider after Christmas as peak. Consider booking smaller caravan parks in little towns near your destination if you want cheaper prices.
- Snug Beach Caravan & Cabin Park was our favourite and first caravan site. It’s located about 10 minutes from Kettering, where you can take the cruise to Bruny Island. It has a very homely feel with cards and boardgames in the camp kitchen and a great view by the bay to wake up to in the mornings.
- Discovery Holiday Park – Cradle Mountain is part of a big chain of parks, thus more expensive due to its popular location. It is located in the national park and is less homely, with smaller sites. However the benefit is it is not far from the visitor’s centre and bus stop (no campervans allowed past a certain point in Cradle Mountain). They also don’t recommend drinking the water, but if you must then boil it first.
- Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park – so some places have 2 minute time limits on showers. That’s not too bad, also you can just start the shower again in some cases. But this place charges $1 every 5 minutes! It’s a convenient location if you want to go to Maria Island, which we skipped. This was just a stopping point.
- Check in/Check out – We had something on every day, so we were often driving in the evening to our next spot. Most receptions close at 6pm or so. If you let them know you’ll be late in advance it’s usually fine. There is a mailbox where they will leave a map of the caravan park with your site highlighted, so you can enter and park. Some places have a boomgate, so your code will also be on it.
- Discounts – Stay at these caravan parks and each subsequent place will give you 10% off. There’s a little card you get at reception for them to stamp at your first place and then you just show it at the other caravan parks.
Our odometer tells us we travelled 1466 kilometres!
If you need inspiration, see our full itinerary below. We cut out Bay of Fires. I think we perhaps could have squeezed it in, but Christmas Day caused an issue. We didn’t want to get to Port Arthur on Christmas Day and not have much to do, as not everything is open. I guess the downside is in Tassie there’s not really any events for Christmas, but national parks stay open.
Day 1: Land in Hobart, pick up campervan aka Harry.
Day 2: Bruny Island.
Day 3: Mount Wellington and Mount Field.
Day 4: Gordon River.
Day 5: Cradle Mountain.
Day 6: Cataract Gorge.
Day 7: Freycinet National Park.
Day 8: Port Arthur.
Day 9: Port Arthur, Richmond and Tasman Peninsula.
Day 10: MONA & Mure’s.
Day 11: Fly out!
We rented through Autorent Hertz, with no issues at all. The.Adventouriist even had a good chat to the owner of the business about how he designed this particular vehicle. Every nook and cranny provided storage space, and there was even a TV on the wall.
Phone reception is scarce in Tasmania unless you’re on Telstra. We bought a portable Telstra wi-fi so we could search up things for our trip on the Internet when in remote areas.
If you have any questions or curiosities, please feel free to comment below. As for Tasmania, you are a well-deserved Lonely Planet Top 10 Destination. But the trip was definitely much more exciting in a campervan!
If you haven’t visited Tassie, I hope you feel inspired to plan your next adventure here.