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 a Balloon/Water Rocket


All you will need is a bucket of water, loads of balloons, some good friends and definitely NO snow.

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 a Balloon/Water rocket

O K! I will start at the start for this ever so simple, fun project.

All you will need is a bucket of water, loads of balloons, some good friends and definitely NO snow.

At the time of writing this, Australia is still in the middle of a long, long drought and it is up to all of us to save as much water as we can.

It is also very hot so we need a fun way to keep a little cool.

Playing under the garden hose would be fun but we must all be responsible in our water use.

You know already that, if you blow up a balloon and let it go it flies off in all directions making a really funny noise.

Try it a couple of times and then you will better appreciate the Water Rocket.

How to Make It

  • Fill a bucket with water making sure that you turn the tap off when it is full.

  • Dip your balloon in and fill it with water.

  • Blow up the balloon making sure that the water doesn't squirt back into your mouth.

  • Hold the balloon by the 'valve' with the big bit pointing up and let go.

Who can get their Rocket to fly the highest? Who can get the wettest?

Who cares? It is all far too much fun

NOTE: The Water Rocket is not recommended for indoor use.

Sorry about that, did I forget to tell you that you need a towel?


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