A seasoned backpacker, Kirsty has spent eight months traveling Australia’s mainland, getting around by bus, campervan and even as a passenger in a truck from Adelaide to Perth! Read about her campervan adventure in Tasmania.
Tasmania has so much to offer, whether campervan enthusiasts are interested in backpacking in the luscious forests, lying on white, sandy beaches, or visiting cultural exhibits and historical sites. While planning for our upcoming Tasmanian adventure, check out my top tips, which assure your journey is nothing less than spectacular: Before visiting Tasmania, you can rent a campervan in Melbourne, Victoria. Subsequently, you may transport the camper on the Spirit of Tasmania, which is a popular ferry that frequently travels from Melbourne to Devonport.
- Extensive Maps
As I explored Tasmania’s sizable forests, I realised that my high-quality smartphone with a GPS wasn’t going to be the best option for finding my way around – it was not always able to obtain signals from nearby towers . In order to solve this issue, bring a printed map – ones that show the locations of the campsites of each park are an added bonus! Furthermore, some comprehensive guides indicate the condition of dirt roads that are rarely used. Always ask a local for recommendations, they also have the best tips for where the best restaurants and lesser-known attractions are! Bonus!
- The Wildlife
I highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the wildlife in Tasmania before approaching any unknown animal or insect on your journey! Have you heard of the Tasmanian Devil – it got its name for a reason! While it’s unlikely you will encounter one (I never did), the endangered Tasmanian Devil can be quite aggressive. Before I went on an extensive excursion, the friendly locals told me about the creepy crawlies that I should avoid- spiders that have red stripes. The venom of these insects can cause severe pain, and if a person is bitten, don’t place a bandage on the site because the covering could cause the venom to penetrate more deeply into the skin. That’s a sure fire way to end your holiday quickly!
- The Wheels and the Tires
With a temperate climate, Tasmania has four seasons, and during the spring and the autumn, mud commonly builds up on the roads of the forests. While mud can be fun and add to the aventure, it does make driving a little tricky sometimes! Although you should not have any problems traveling from coast to coast, it is wise to make regular stops at gas stations and check in with road conditions. I drove through large areas of wilderness without any stations!
- Managing Electricity
Most campervans are able to power appliances in the camper – such as the cooking elements and the fridge. If the battery has a low level of electricity, it will generally become fully charged if you drive the vehicle around for a few hours. You can also plug your campervan in to many of the campsites! This costs from $2 to $20, or is included in the campsite if you are staying the night!
- Strategies for Storing Food
In order to prevent the scent of food from reaching animals, you can place the foods in an airtight cooler. Additionally, you should always remember to close the camper’s windows when you are not near the vehicle. And make sure you comply with quarantine regulations – there is a lengthy list of restricted foods and items, which you can see on the Tasmanian Government’s website.
When planning your trip, keep in mind that there are seven territories, but two are islands that cannot be accessed with a campervan. Each territory has unique attractions, but the entire state offers cultural, historical and natural attractions. Have fun exploring such a unique part of Australia, and the world!
And now – enjoy the trip!