Ah Tasmania, this Australian territory is a plethora of diverse nature and wildlife, from their enormous trees to the Tasmania Devils, jaw-dropping mountains, and the several beautiful beaches. My trip to Tasmania was for 2 weeks, which was just enough time to cover the entire island! We started in Hobart then headed up the east coast to Bay of Fires, through to Launceston up to Davenport, then back down through Cradle Mountain! Our trip was basically a giant loop of the island, and we rented our car with a tent on top from WICKED campers. WICKED is the cheapest and most affordable campervan/car site in Australia, however, that does not make them quality. We had to return this car because our tent was broken which stalled our trip by a bit. However if you are looking for budget friendly options this is the place to rent from, be weary that you might get looks because almost all rentals have graffiti on them.
Tasmania or Tassie as the locals call it, is known for it’s diverse landscape on an Island with just over an area of 26,000 square miles. If you are looking for a long weekend getaway this is the place to do it! You can take a ferry (Spirit of Tasmania) from Melbourne to Davenport that is a 9 hour 30 minute journey, or you can fly from any major airport, we decided to fly but the choice is yours.
Check out my 7 Tips below on camping in Tasmania:
1.)Useful apps to download before the Journey: FuelMapAustralia & Campermate
These are the apps we found to be a necessity if you are planning to live on a budget. Campermate is great to find freecampsites, bathrooms, public showers, food and drink, you name it! You can save it on the app by liking it, so you can preplan where you go. There are several free camping areas, that have good waulity bathrooms, flat ground, and sometimes amazing landscapes. FuelMap is usefull if you are trying to save money on gas, gas prices can vary within a 5km radias sometimes up to 20cents a liter. This money can go a long way especially if you are taking a 1-2 week trip.
2.)Be an early bird to your camp site
We found that campsites in Tasmania typically fill up fast, and free campsites are on a first come first serve basis. If you arrive an hour before sundown you are likely to get a nice spot, and you won’t need to worry about scrambling to find another campsite. One night we headed to Bay of Fires, and stayed at the free Grants Lagoon- Bay of Fires Conservation area camp site, and we got the last spot, and arrived just after 5:00PM! If you are booking in a paid for campsite, be sure to call in advance to book in your spot.
3.)Pack Clothes for all seasons
This is super important, pack for all seasons! We arrived the beginning of March and the temperature was up to 30 °C, and some nights went down to 7 °C. The day we hiked up to Cradle Mountain the temperature was a high of 5 °C, and we were thankfully that we packed a jacket, hats, gloves and a scarf. Other days we were swimming and laying out on the beach.
4.)Top Tourist Traps/ Places to Skip
There were a few places we weren’t too excited about once we arrived because there was a line to get a picture. If you are looking for hidden gems and more secluded places these are the places to avoid: Wineglass Bay, although it was beautiful, and if you don’t mind lots of people and waiting to get a picture you can skip it. We weren’t impressed with Davenport, espeically after visiting magnificent cities like Launceston and Hobart, if it’s on your route maybe divert or spend more time in other places, like Bruny Island!
5.)Hobart deserves a Solid 2-3 Day Visit
If you are staying longer than a week, Hobart has so much to see from Mount Wellington, which you can drive or hike up, to the Mona museum, this deserves a visit from everyone! I’m not a big museum buff but the Mona was amazing, they offer unique and modern exhibits and took us 4-5 hours to go through the whole museum, the outside surroundings are also incredible! For one day alone you can explore the city of Hobart, like check out the Salamanca Market (on a Saturday), walk through the beautiful Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, or head down to the docks at Sullivans Cove where you can watch the sunset and have an evening stroll. As for campsites we stayed at Lea Bush Camping for 2 nights which was $10.00 per person. I highly reccomend staying here, it’s only 15 miunutes from downtown Hobart and you get the full camping experience.
6.)Cradle Mountain is a Top hike
If you are in Tasmania, make sure to stop at Cradle Mountain! There’s a reason it is one of the most well know national parks in Australia. From it’s truly magical mountain tops, to 360°s of gorgeous panoramic views, and a plethora of interesting wildlife, theres so much to see here. We did the Cradle Summit hike, an 8 hour roundtrip hike to the top of the mountain, and woke up super early in the morning. We camped at Chudleigh Showground which is a cheap campground closer to the mountain, so it wouldn’t be a far drive in the morning. You can park at the visitor centre where you buy a shuttle ticket/day park pass for $16.50 per person. The weather will fluctiate so be sure to pack winter clothing and rain coats in your backpack. There’s a good chance you’ll see wildlife on your hike like wallabies, wombats, echidna, tasmania devils, and so much more, make sure to abide by the park rules and don’t feed the animals. If you do the cradle summit hike, your in for a picturesque experience so be sure your phone and camera are charged up. Once you get to the top of the summit it’s known that you’ll have an incredible 360° veiw, however on days where it’s cloudy or rainy it’s not the easiest hike up to the very top. The day we went once we got to the top it started raining, and looking down it’s very steep, so I was incredibly nervous. As long as theres clear skys you can easily make it to the top!
7.)Be cautious when driving at night
For most animals the party starts at night, so be careful driving! On our way around the island there were so many dead kangaroos sadly, so we mad a plan to avoid driving at night, it’s better off this way anyway so you can secure a good camping spot before the sunset. There was one night we were driving to campsite later than usually around 8:30 PM and so many kagaroos were jumping along side our car, and some would dive right across us. Thankfully we never hit a kangaroo on our travels, although we did run over a 6ft snake that we thought was a log!
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