Did you know that around 40% of Tasmania is just national parks? Breathe some of the cleanest air in the world, and with 19 stunning national parks to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to caravanning, camping and hiking!
Getting to Tasmania
Of course flying is always the quickest and easiest option. Especially if you’re in Melbourne like we are – with the flight to Hobart being around just one hour and 15 minutes. But if you’re keen on driving straight into your next adventure when you hit Tasmanian shores, why not take your caravan or RV with you? The Spirit of Tasmania offers simple solutions to all you travellers crossing the Bass Strait. Although it takes between 9 and 11 hours to get from Port Melbourne to Devonport, there are great dining and entertainment options available onboard to keep you busy.
Tasmania has 19 National Parks – do I need a National Parks Pass to see them?
You’ll definitely need a valid National Parks Pass if you plan on visiting any of the 19 exceptional national parks that Tasmania has to offer. While you could opt for a day pass (excludes Cradle Mountain), if you’re planning to visit multiple national parks during your time in Tasmania, then it might make sense to buy a holiday pass instead. This is valid for up to 2 months and includes entry to Lake St Clair-Cradle Mountain National Park. Or if you’re keen on visiting Tasmania more than once in a short space of time, you’ve got the option of an annual or two-year pass. Make sure you’ve got your pass handy and let the adventures begin!
Disembarking in Devonport
Perhaps you’re keen to start your holiday the moment your tyres touch Tasmanian tar. Why not try Mersey Bluff Caravan Park? It’s just moments away from Patrol Beach, so that you can kick off your shoes and get your toes in the sand as quickly as possible. The Mersey Bluff Lighthouse is only a 400m walk down the road and offers outstanding views of the Bass Strait. Just a short drive away is Lillico Beach, where you can experience the wonder of Australia’s little penguins at sunset. Speaking of penguins, head west from Devonport to the town of Penguin and take some snaps with the giant statue of one at the waterfront.
Feasting in Launceston
Now that you’ve unwound a bit in Devonport and hopefully seen some little penguins, it’s time to move on to the second biggest city in Tasmania. Launceston is just a 20-minute drive from Longford Riverside Caravan Park. Enjoy scenic views of the Macquarie River from your caravan or tent, and then head into Launceston to feast on some of the scrumptious Tamar Valley produce.
If you’re around on a Saturday, it’s definitely worth stopping by the Harvest Launceston Community Market. Plump fruit and vegetables, local honey and creamy cheeses are just a few of the delights you’ll find here. Once you’ve filled your tummy, you might want to take a short 15-minute walk from the town centre to Cataract Gorge Reserve for wonderful walking trails and views. Or perhaps you’d prefer to see the gorge from a different perspective? Then try the Gorge Scenic Chairlift that has been operating since 1972.
Experiencing East Coast magic at Binalong Bay
You’ve sampled some delectable local produce in Launceston, and now you want to feast your eyes on the natural beauty of the East Coast. Pull into Cosy Corner Campground just behind Cosy Corner Beach. The northern end is suitable for larger caravans, while the southern end is a little more sheltered with trees. Facilities are limited here, but it’s a small price to pay for the incomparable views. This is a convenient base to explore Bay of Fires and St Helens.
Meandering south to Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park is a popular destination. So popular, in fact, that there’s a ballot system in place for the summer season (December to February) as well as for Easter. Park your caravan or pitch your tent at Richardson’s Beach or Honeymoon Bay and inhale the fresh ocean air. Don’t forget to take some spectacular snaps at the Wineglass Bay lookout!
Heading to Hobart – Tasmania’s Capital
Hobart has come a long way since it was founded as a penal colony in 1804. This historic city now boasts opportunities to indulge in mouth-watering dishes like Tasmanian truffles and fresh oysters. And if you find yourself in Hobart on a Saturday, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Salamanca Market. Or how about exploring beautiful Mount Wellington? You must be exhausted after a long day of adventures. No worries. Just outside of Hobart in the picturesque town of Cambridge, you can unwind at Barilla Holiday Park.
Finally! Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Lake St Clair is the deepest freshwater lake in Australia and is the finishing point for the Overland Track. So perhaps you’d like to set up camp at Lake St Clair Tourist Park. Or Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain is another option if you’d like to enjoy this national park from further north. Keep an eye out for the native wildlife while you’re in the park: wombats, echidnas, quolls, platypus and, of course, Tasmanian devils all call this home.
Bonus! Standing at the Edge of the World
If you’re not ready to board the Spirit of Tasmania just yet, it’s worth heading north-west to the Edge of the World before making your way back to Devonport. Rugged coastline is the last land you’ll see as you stare into the endless ocean, which finally meets the African continent around 10,000kms away.
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