'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.

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FREE Downloadable Map
and Camping Locations Guides (PDF)

CLICK HERE for a free , downloadable map of Tasmania, showing the touring routes, that can be saved on your device for internet free use. Ideal for use with the Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series (in PDF) below.

Driving in Tasmania

If you’re visiting Tasmania and intend to drive a car or ride a motorbike while here, there are a few simple tips and rules you should know that will help keep you and your passengers’ safe.

Driving Times and Distances in Tasmania

Click here to find driving directions and distances between any two Tasmanian points

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

Spirit of Tasmania

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

National Parks Passes & Park Entry Fees

A valid park entry permit is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks. A range of national park passes lets you choose the best way to get out and experience Tasmania's world-class national parks.

Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series (PDF)

Ideal for use with the downloadable map (above), this series of guides (in PDF) offers information on freedom camping areas, van park locations and facilities.

Each of the following guides is loosely based on routes in the downloadable map and run sequentially (as you travel), rather than alphabetically, for greater ease of use.

  1. Devonport to Launceston and surrounds
    Lists 29 sites ranging from National Parks through to commercial caravan parks. [PDF - 128 kb]

  2. The Heritage Highway
    Includes 24 sites ranging from free camps to commercial caravan parks. This guide runs from Launceston to Hobart and Richmond. [PDF - 128 kb]

  3. Tamar Valley and the North East
    There are 39 freedom camps and caravan parks listed in this guide, that takes you through some delightful beach and fossicking areas. [PDF - 148 kb]

  4. Tasmania's East Coast
    Features 37 locations on the magnificent East Coast, including free camps and van parks, covering the area between St Helens and Buckland. [PDF - 136 kb]

  5. Tasmania's North West Coast
    From Devonport to Arthur River, this guide includes 38 freedom camping sites and van parks. [PDF - 140 kb]

  6. Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur
    Covering the area from Sorell down to the Tasman Peninsula, this guide contains 11 freedom camping sites, including caravan parks. [PDF - 120 kb]

  7. Huon Trail and Bruny Island
    Running south from Hobart, this guide contains 19 freedom camps and caravan parks. [PDF - 108kb]

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A guide to travel, sightseeing and services.

A Cheapskate's Guide to Exploring Tasmania By Car looks at 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.
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Touring Tasmania At 315 kilometres west to east and 286 kilometres north to south. and an area of 68,331 square kilometres, Tasmania is the smallest state of Australia, having a surface area nearly equal to that of Ireland (84,420 square kilometres).
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Getting To Tasmania Information on the Spirit of Tasmania that includes a link to schedules and bookings, as well as a useful link to a 'Traveller'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.
The Towns of Tasmania

This section includes: camping, accommodation, eating out, sightseeing, history, toilets & dump points, information centres, doctors, vets, real estate and emergency services.

Also included is the list '200 Tasmanian Towns', each linked to a relevant Wikipedia page.

Travelling Library Series

Check out our growing range of free books (PDF) that can be downloaded to your device for use without internet connection.
Free/cheap Camping & Caravan Parks

As well as the options covered in each individual town in this work, the following links will take you to some of the very best information that I can presently find on free and cheap camping and caravan parks.

RV Repairs,
Dump Points
& Public Toilets
Recreational vehicle dump points, a national listing of public toilets and a Yellow Pages list of Caravan & Camper-Trailer Repairs & Servicing in Tasmania.
This page also includes caravanning tips and information.
Fossicking in Tasmania Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fossicking for such things as gold, sapphires, Topaz, jasper, turquoise, amethyst, smoky quartz, clear quartz, petrified wood, chalcedony, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.
Learn more.
Newspapers On-line These external links offer access to the Hobart Mercury, Launceston Examiner and the Advocate.
Environment and Produce A delicious guide to Tasmania's environment and produce that includes details of the wine, cheese, beer, cider and chocolate trails.
Tiger Track Stamps

A Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way for you to keep track of your amazing tasmanian adventures, as you hunt down over 130 Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.

Fun Pages For Kids
and their Adults
A range of free and low cost things to play, make and do when driving or confined to camp, for kids and their adults.
Kym and Lyn's Tasmanian adventures

From landing to departure, Kym and Lyn poke into nearly every corner of this magnificent state in a delightfully written journal of their extended visit.

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