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.

learn how to
Make, Keep and Train a
Pet Rock

Pet Rocks are the ideal pet for both the inexperienced pet owner
and for those too busy to spend a lot of time on pet care.

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 estate

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.


Learn how to Make, Keep and Train a
Pet Rock

Pet Rocks are the ideal pet for both the inexperienced pet owner and for those too busy to spend a lot of time on pet care.
They don't drop fur or feathers all over the place and, of course, don't eat, bite or poop.
When you have learned a little on training and maintaining them you could easily add to your pocket money by selling them to friends and relatives or your local shops.

Selecting your Pet Rock

As with the selection of any pet, you will need to figure out just what you want your pet Rock to do.

You may need a Pet rock that you can carry around with you to keep you company or, you may want a Rock to guard your house when no-one is at home.

Obviously the Guard Rock will need to be quite large and fierce looking and will need quite a large space to live in.

After you work out the size that you want you can go out and find your new companion.

Don't make the mistake of taking the first rock that you see because each will have a different personality.

Decorating your Pet Rock

The size, shape and texture of your chosen rock will suggest the best style and finish for your Pet.

It will need a mouth and eyes, of course, but you may also want to give it ears, a tail and legs.

You can decorate your Pet Rock with paint, fur, feathers or almost any other available stuff.

If you have chosen a Guard Rock, which will probably sit out in the front garden, your finish should be of waterproof materials and glue.

When you have finished your pet please don't forget to give it a name and, if you wish, you can use our Pet Rock Certificate.

Training your Pet Rock

You will find training your Pet Rock surprisingly simple once you get the hang of it.
There is only one command that they can understand which is 'Sit !'
This command should be delivered in a firm but caring voice.
Unless you have a very large Guard Rock you should take your pet for a long walk at least once a week.
Guard Rocks like to sit out in the front garden watching the world go by while smaller Pet Rocks love to live on or near the computer.
As with any other animal you should never give your Pet Rock chocolate or sweets and cakes as it will make them sick, or sticky.

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