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 Play Dough


A bit of flour, water, oil and food colour makes a wonderfully silky play dough.

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 your own Play Dough

The recipe


  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 50g Salt
  • 150ml Water
  • 1 teaspoon Cooking Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
  • Different Food Colouring

You will need
A saucepan, a pastry board,a wooden spoon and some cling wrap


  • Add 1 - 2 teaspoons of Food Colour to the water and stir well

  • Mix Flour, Salt, Cream of Tartar and Cooking Oil in a saucepan

  • Slowly add the Coloured Water to the other ingredients in the saucepan mixing well as you add

  • Cook on low to medium heat, stirring until the dough becomes thick and comes away from the side of the saucepan
  • Scrape the mixture onto a cutting board or other smooth, flat surface

  • Soak the saucepan immediately

  • Leave the Play Dough to cool for at least 15 minutes to be sure that it is cool inside.

  • You can make some other colours as you wait.

  • Knead the Play Dough until it becomes silky-smooth and workable


When you have finished playing with your Play Dough wrap it in Cling Wrap and store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator


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