Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Tasmania Roadtrip - Part Two!

Cradle Mountain Behind Dove Lake
Cradle Mountain across Dove Lake
By Bjorn Chistian Torrissen

Tasmania is a gem to explore and perfect for Campervan travellers of all age. The locals try to keep it to themselves, but the word's out! Check out part one of the roadtrip for the sights heading up the east coast between Hobart and Launceston.

We begin in Launceston, Tasmania. Join the journey and pick up a Campervan there, or continue your travels from Hobart.

While you're in Launceston, and before you get on the road to Devonport, take a trip to Cataract Gorge. Scenic cruises operate through the gorge, there are many walks and you can even take a chairlift across the gorge.

Swimming pool , chairlift, First Basin and suspension bridge - Cataract Gorge [Launceston]
Cataract Gorge
By Jorge Lascar - Flickr

Located just out of Launceston is Stoney Rise Wine Company where you can experience great food and wine while overlooking the Tamar River.

Take a tour in Warrawee Forest Reserve to see some cute platypuses and at Beauty point visit the acclaimed Seahorse Point. Near Devonport, Port Sorell has a popular beachside caravan park to rest your sightseeing eyes.

Stanley's Nut
By Prince Roy - Flickr

From Devonport, cruise along the North coast to Smithton. Remember, if you're in a campervan you have so much freedom to stop anywhere on the way for a scenic cup of coffee or afternoon nap. Before reaching Smithton, take a right turn towards Stanley. Here, Stanley's Nut, a 152-metre high basalt monolith will tower out of the sea sheltering the town at it's base. Take a chairlift ride up it or walk up for a fabulous view. Stanley has a superb Campervan Park right on the water's edge with nice grassy sites.

Head back on the same coast you came in on and when you reach Somerset, take the A10 south. Stop at Waratah, a former mining town at Mount Bischoff and anywhere else en-route, but definitely take the C132 to Cradle Mountain.

Cradle Mountain Dove Lake HDR Stevage
Cradle Mountain
By Stevage - Wikimedia Commons

Cradle Mountain is a world renowned spectacle in Lake St Clair National Park. It's unspoilt beauty and rich animal and plant life make this a incredible place to visit. There's a deep but very tranquil lake and many walking tracks to take advantage of. Stop into the vistior's centre when you arrive to get more info about the area. Set in the bushland outside the area is the welcoming Discovery Holiday Park - Cradle Mountain to lay your head for a night or more.

8km South-west of Roseberry is the temperate lush rainforests beholding the spectacular Montezuma Falls. Roseberry offers a nice range of services and shops for the traveler.

Between Roseberry and Derwent you can take a river cruise from Strahan across Macquarie Harbour and up the waters of the Gordan River. Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park is also a pretty place to visit. Short walks lead you to Rainforests, lookouts and waterfalls.

150  Tas 2011 Russell Falls, Mount Field Nat Park
Russell Falls, Mount Field National Park
By jeffowenphotos - Flickr

Cast a line in a stream between Derwent Bridge and New Norfolk and you may pull up a Trout! Visit Mount Field National Park with beautiful forests and waterfalls and you may see a bandicoot! Consider spending the night in Hamilton Campervan Park and from there you can visit the historic St. Peter's Anglican Church.

Port Arthur
By Martybugs - Wikimedia Commons

From New Norfolk, it's not far to Hobart via Bridgewater, and here is where the journey ends. If you haven't had your fill yet, take the road over to Port Arthur. Port Arthur will show you some intriguing Tessellated Pavement- an odd geological formation by the waters edge. The evocative Port Arthur ruins are a favourite to visit. The area includes ruins, restored ancient buildings a penitentiary, asylum, church and some magnificent gardens.

I hope this journey has been helpful! Don't forget to book ahead for a Campervan through Campervan Hire Sale Finder. If you know of any great spots on this journey, let us know!!

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