'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.

Front Page

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.


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


Temporary Removal

Lists of Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations have been removed from this site until issues involving FREE CAMPING in Tasmania are resolved.

The Issue

FREE council-provided caravan parking and camping sites are now under threat across Tasmania following multiple complaints to authorities and intervention by the State Government.

A recent investigation by the Office of The Tasmanian Economic Regulator (OTTER) upheld four separate "competitive neutrality" complaints from caravan park operators against local councils.

It essentially ruled the councils, including Kentish, West Coast, Latrobe and Central Highlands, had acted unfairly against the operators by providing free unpowered caravan and camping sites.

You can read the full story at http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/696192/slap-for-councils-on-free-camping/



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 details

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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).
Read more.
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.

The Almost Everything Measurement Converter To help make converting old or American measurements to metric as simple as possible, A Cheapskate's Guide to Exploring Tasmania By Car has introduced The Almost Everything Measurement Converter to its pages.
Light to load at under 70 KB, I liken this page to the SWISS ARMY KNIFE for its functionality and ease of use.
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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