TASMANIAN TRAVEL GUIDE

'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.

Your Easy Index


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.

Calculator for Driving Times and Distances in Tasmania


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]

    Free Farmgate Camping

    Farmgate Mate is a new agri-tourism program aimed at getting more drive tourists out into the regional and rural areas of Australia to sample our great produce and experience our warm hospitality.
    The program links up self-contained* motor-homes, campervans or caravans to a wide range of different farm hosts who provide a FREE parking space on their property for up to 24hrs - in return the driver has the opportunity to sample and/or purchase local produce direct from the farmgate.
    * (fixed or casette toilet, grey-water holding, power and water)
    .
    Click here for detail

     

About This Guide

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

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).
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.
Experience Tasmania Looking for things to do in Tasmania?
Check out the full details of over 50 experience tours, attractions, activities and much, much more complete with price guides as well as secure booking facilities if required.
NOTE: At the top of the experiences page the link 'Destinations' allows you to toggle between the north and south of the state.
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

Finding reading material while travelling can be a bit of an issue and reading on-line both difficult and expensive, so it is handy to know that visitors to Tasmania can apply in person for a 3 month membership to the library.

You can also 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.

Frequently Asked Questions
About Tasmania

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