Mobile Living Made Easy Australia Issue 15 - Page 8

FEATURE — OUR TASMANIAN ESCAPE
IMAGE CREDIT : JARRYD SALEM AND ALESHA BRADFORD

OUR TIPS FOR TRAVELLING TASMANIA IN A CAMPERVAN

Having spent those three months travelling Tasmania in a campervan , we picked up a lot of tips along the way . Here are some of our top ones for first-time van lifers heading down to the southern tip of Australia .
BE SELF-CONTAINED
Many of the best free camps in Tasmania require you to be fully self-contained in order to stay there . This means you need to have a toilet onboard and be able to hold your grey and black water . It ’ s a small price to pay to protect the pristine environment and wildlife in Tasmania .
If you ’ re not self-contained , never fear - there are plenty of incredible campgrounds and caravan parks all over the state . But if you ’ re looking to make the most of the free camps ( we only paid for 4 nights camping in 3 months ), you ’ ll need to get a toilet and water storage .
GIVE YOURSELF MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK YOU NEED
On paper , the distance from one place to another doesn ’ t look very far in Tasmania . The reality is though that once you hit the road it ’ s not uncommon for a 100km-trip to easily take a full day .
The roads are narrow with many twists and turns , which adds to the fun but slows down the speed .
The road conditions aren ’ t the only consideration you ’ ll need to make though . The main reason you ’ ll need more time on your Tassie road trip is that there are a lot of incredible restaurants , landscapes , attractions and activities jammed into a very small place .
Don ’ t try to cover too much distance every day . Instead , leave camp early and have an open plan towards your next destination .
BOOK AHEAD FOR THE POPULAR SPOTS IN SUMMER
The secret is out and long-gone are the days where you could show up in the Bay of Fires at Christmas and find a free beachside camp . Thousands of campervanners are now making the journey across the Bass Strait every year , and they ’ re making a beeline for those stellar locations .
If you ’ re travelling during the summer months it pays to pre-book your campsites ( especially around school holidays ), or make a quick phone call to the caretaker before you drive over in case they ’ re full .
You ’ ll never be left stranded in Tassie , as there ’ s always a fantastic place to park up somewhere for the night . But if you want to wake up by the beach or as close as possible to the trailhead it ’ s best to give yourself some time to plan .
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