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.

Make Your Own Felt Animal Bookmarks

Just imagine how funny it would look if one of the elephants
in your back yard accidentally got squashed in a book.

List of Contents

A guide to travel, sightseeing and services - what to do, where to stay and a little history of Tasmanian cities and towns.

Front Page

Includes list of contents, Tasmanian Freedom Camping Locations Series and a free, downloadable map of Tasmania

The Towns and Regions

Looks at the towns, camping, accommodation, eating out, sightseeing, history, toilets & dump points, information centres, doctors, vets, real e

Download Free Map

This (external) link will give you access to free maps of Tasmania, Hobart City Centre, Launceston City Centre, Burnie and Devonport to print or store on your device.

Fun Pages
For Kids and their Adults

A range of free and low cost things to make and do, for kids and their adults, when driving or confined to camp.

Free and Cheap

you can choose from camp-grounds provided by councils, commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites.

Dump Points ~ Van Repairs ~ Public Toilets

An easy access guide to Dump-Points, Van Repairs and Public Toilets.

Environment and Produce

Loads of links to Tasmanian food, beer and wine trails for you to follow and enjoy.

Fossicking in Tasmania

Many of the locations this guide will be visiting offer the chance to do a little fosicking for such things as gold, sapphires, topaz, jasper, turquoise, agate and a range of other tumbling material for lapidarists.

Tiger Track Stamps

A Quirky, Free/Low-Cost Way for you to keep track of your amazing tasmanian adventures, as you hunt down over 70 Tiger Track Stamps and with luck - or skill maybe - find the elusive Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) - the most valuable stamp of all.


Make Your Own Felt Animal Bookmarks

It is nice to feel special and that is exactly what you will be when you create your own felt animal bookmarks.
You can make mice, snakes or even flattened out elephants.
Just imagine how funny it would look if one of the elephants in your back yard accidentally got squashed in a book.
What you will need
  • Some colourful felt squares
  • Stick on craft eyes
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper and a pencil
  • A fine felt tipped marker

How to make them


Think about all of the things that your selected animal should have such as tail, ears, nose or trunk, eyes, whiskers, tusks and, for the snake, a long skinny tongue.

Draw the body and the different parts on paper being sure to keep the bits small enough to be cut out of your felt pieces.

When you are happy with how they all look cut them out (if you are very small and your adults promise to be careful, it might be a good idea to ask them to do the cutting)

Pick which of the colours of felt that each part should be: For instance, in my silly mouse I have chosen a yellow body, black ears and tail. A funny looking snake might be green with red dots and the flat elephant will be, of course, grey with white tusks.

Lay the different patterns on the correct coloured square trying to waste as little felt as possible, and draw carefully around each pattern with your marker.

Cut out each piece very, very carefully and you are nearly finished.

For skinny things like tails and snake tongues simply cut a thin strip of your chosen coloured felt to the length that you want then give it a gentle pull to give it some character.

Whiskers might be from felt or a few bristles or straws from the household broom (but don't tell anyone that I told you that.)

Using craft glue, stick all the the bits together where they belong, including the craft eyes, and please wait until your creation is dry before using it. .

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