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 Construction Set
With Straws and Pipe Cleaners


Make a construction set with just bunch of drinking straws,
some fluffy pipe cleaners,
scissors and heaps of imagination.

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.


Make Your Own Construction Set
With Straws and pipe cleaners

Straight or Simple L Joint

The Straight or Simple L joint is the easiest of all.
Simply bend your pipe cleaner in half, twist together and slip a straw onto each end.
You can bend the joint to any angle that you require.

Simple T Joint

This joint will allow you to join three straws together so that you can make simple models.
Bend the pipe cleaner in half then twist from the bent bit up to about a third of its length.
Bend the two untwisted bits out to the side then bend each of these arms in half and twist them, one at a time.
Slip a straw onto each of the little legs and you have finished your first simple model.

Five Way Joint

Fold two pipe cleaners in half and twist to about a third of their length.
bend each of the four skinny arms out to the side, fold each one in halves and twist together,
You will be able to make more complex shapes.
Using this method you can make a variety of different joints.

Make Two Basic Shapes

The Cube:  This is about the simplest shape to make.
You will need 12 non bendy straws and eight 'T joints'.
Simply slide a T joint into each end of 4 straws, bend each 'T joint' to a 90 degree angle then join them up with the other straws.
The Pyramid: You will need 8 non bendy straws, 4 'T joints' and 4 simple joints.
Join 4 straws together with the 4 'T joints' each with one leg sticking up at the corner.
Slide four straws into the four free legs then tie the top together with your four simple joints. How easy is that ?

Now just add your imagination to create almost anything you can think of.

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