Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Tasmania Roadtrip!

The Road Home
Road to Hobart
By jemsweb - Flickr

You may not expect the little island on the bottom of the Australia to be a Campervan holiday destination, but I'm here to tell you many a traveller has had many a fantastic holiday touring the hidden gem of Australia, Tasmania. The locals like to keep it to themselves because they're onto a good thing, but everyone must experience Tasmania at some point.

Hobart ,Mt Wellington
Hobart from Mt. Wellington
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This roadtrip will take you from Hobart to Launceston, where, if you're short on time you can leave your Campervan at Launceston, shoot back down to Hobart, OR continue a round trip of the island and end back in Hobart.

The best time to travel Hobart is in Spring and Autumn, but Summer is not too hot to be uncomfortable. Be sure to book a Campervan early so as to not miss out. Find one at Campervan Hire Sale Finder and you may even save some money on this Family, Lovers or Friends Campervan trip.

Arrive in Hobart and pick up a campervan for your dream holiday. Hobart is Australia's second oldest city situated astride the River Derwent and overlooked by the regal Mount Wellington. After having an explore in Hobart head East towards Sorell. Stop here if you like, but be sure to visit the historic and quaint town of Richmond. With quality arts and crafts, fantastic eateries, picturesque bridges and ancient buildings you'll be glad you stopped.

Tasmania 429
By Richard Gifford - Flickr

There is a campervan park at Richmond and one at Triabunna which incidentally is the place to get a ferry over to Maria Island. Maria Island is excellent for bushwalking, birdwatching and fishing and if you're keen to visit a Gaol, head on over. Before you arrive in Triabunna, be sure to spend some solitary time in Buckland's St. John the Baptists church. The stain glassed windows there date back to the 14th century, but let the church tell you the rest.

Keep heading north up the coast stopping and sightseeing wherever you fancy. That's what is so great about a campervan, so much freedom! Pull up and have a coffee on the beachfront or if you're tired, stay overnight in the closest campervan Park (of which there are many in Tasmania).

Wineglass Bay Lookout
Wineglass Bay Lookout
By Anna's Photos - Flickr

At Llandaff, take a right on C302. This will lead you to Wine Glass Bay in Freycinet National Park. Take heed of it's name and sit back with a glass of wine overlooking the spectacular postcard beach with secluded sparkling white sands. Walks to lookouts are 1 hour return or walks to the beach are 2.5 hour return, but well worth it. Head on back towards Bicheno where Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park is recommended for an overnight stay.

Heading north again, Lagoons Beach Conservation (about 32 km from Bicheno) area is a fantastic place to spend a few nights if you get yourself a self sufficient Campervan. This bushland area is quiet and beside the beach :-)

Keep following the A3 inland through towering forests, stopping where you see fit and interesting. Be sure to turn down towards St. Columbia Falls where you will witness masses of water cascading over a granite bass into South George River.

The Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm
By >littleyiye< - Flickr

You will however, find spectacular, the 48hectares of Lavender on Bridestowe Estate Lavender Farm in Nabowla ( a right turn off the main highway).

Once in Launceston, you have options. a) Drop your campervan off and head home, b) Head south through the island back down to Hobart or c) Prepare yourself to drive north-west and then south around the island (the best option if you have time).

For those heading back to Hobart it's a straight drive down on highway 1. Half way down are the Midlands where many towns have historic buildings - some of which are open to the public. However, don't miss Woolmers Estate near Longford (just south of Launceston). If you want to spend the night on the way down, hit up Longford Riverside Caravan Park, a pretty park on the Macquarie River. Stop and look at the many historic buildings on the way before returning to Hobart.

I hope this post was helpful and comment if you have any spots to visit on this roadtrip. Book a Campervan at Campervan Hire Sale Finder and have a fantastic journey!!

For the next edition of Tasmania Roadtrip i.e. Launceston to Hobart , on the West side of the island, check out the next blog post.

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