What can you do if you have a spare week or so during the semester and want to do something different?
Go to Tasmania!
This is what me and a friend did during the Easter break in April. Somehow I managed to get 10 days off from uni and decided to go for a roadtrip around Tasmania, which was one of the best decisions I made in my life.
Going for a trip like this will not be super cheap – you need to be prepared for that. But there are some ways to make it affordable, and here are some ideas tried out by the two of us.
There are ways to rent one for as cheap as you can. I would recommend using compare sites such as Motorhome Republic, which we have used, or Vroom Vroom Vroom, to find the cheapest deals. However, don’t rent through these websites, as they will charge you a 2% surcharge – after you found a camper, just contact the dealer directly.
The price will depend on how good the car is, how many people you need it for and how early you rent it. We were actually pretty lucky as we managed to rent one the day before our flight (don’t ask me why we waited so long), and paid $600 for the two of us for 9 days, which I think is still good – it would be almost the same to stay in a hostel, and with a camper we could sleep virtually anywhere we liked.
Another thing to consider is where are you going to stop to sleep – preferably for free.
There is a mobile app called WikiCamps which shows you free (as well as paid) camping sites all around Australia, Tasmania included. We found it really, really, REALLY useful – you can check customer reviews, whether the site has showers, water, BBQ and other amenities, and the app is compatible with Google Maps, so getting to a chosen spot is shamefully easy.
You can also have a look at a map here, on the Travelling Two blog, however it doesn’t cover all of the spots listed on the WikiCamps app.
The problem with free camping sites is that many of them don’t provide showers, kitchen areas or even drinking water, however, surprisingly, some of them might – plan beforehand and check all the options available and you might be in for a bargain. Tasmania is very traveller friendly, which is definitely a nice add-on.
3. Things to do and see
If you are a bit of a traveller, then you’ll be heading to Tasmania to see as many places as you can. There are many possible routes you could take during your road trip, starting from a city of your choice: Devonport, Launceston or Hobart. We began and finished in Hobart, which I think was a good choice, as there are many things to see in this beautiful city.
You can see the map of our road trip below to get you started:
I would highly recommend going to national parks – they are simply beautiful. My favourite was the Freycinet on the east coast and the Rocky Cape, up north.
To be able to enter Tasmanian national parks, you will have to pay a fee for you and your camper – you can either buy a 24 hour pass ($24) or a 2 month one ($60). I would recommend getting the second one, as in the end it will work out cheaper. You can get it online or in person at any of the parks.
Also, a thing not to miss is the Cradle Mountain summit at the Lake St Clair National Park – just have a look at these pictures:
4. And how to make this all cheaper?
I would recommend PLANNING, and doing it early. We were a bit spontaneous and due to that sometimes were going back and forth, paying more for fuel. Having said that, we still managed to keep our trip relatively cheap, thanks to free camping and menu of bread and pasta, closing it in around $1000 for a 10 day road trip, which I think was a good price for the unforgettable experience and memories.
And so I’m sure you can do your road trip for much cheaper if you plan well and early. Good luck and enjoy your own Tasmanian adventure! Let me know how you guys went!