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 water colour paint

With some cornflour, food colouring and a couple of other kitchen bits and pieces.

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.


water colour paint

The recipe



A quantity of Cornflour (Corn Starch) - An equal volume of cold water - Food colouring of required colour
This recipe is for any chosen quantity from enough for one rainy day at home through to bulk quantities for the school or church group (or for sale at your next fete).

As the paint will be dried and crushed for storage, quantities need not be precise though colouring should be added to the water a bit at a time until you have just the right shade for your needs.

You will need

Something to measure with (like a cup), a mixing bowl, a stirring spoon, an eye dropper, a bowl and spoon for crushing the dried paint (or a rolling pin) and a drying bowl or tray.


  • Determine the amount of each colour you will need to mak and mix equal parts, by volume, of the cornflour and water until the cornflour is in complete suspension.
  • Slowly add the food colouring to the mixture, with an eye dropper, while still mixing until you have achieved the desired colour.
    I usually pour each colour into an ice-block tray and allow it to dry giving me a real paint box.
  • Or you can pour it out onto a plastic tray and place it in a spot where it can slowly air dry.
  • When completely dry crush the paint to a fine powder and store until required.
  • To use the paint add water until you have the desired consistency and start creating.

Note: The vibrant colours you create will be translucent and you will be able to see all of the background lines allowing you to colour complex printed colouring in pages.

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