A trip around Tasmania
I had heard such amazing things about Tasmania and every single one of them is true. We've spent the last three weeks travelling around this beautiful state with our camper trailer and it's been worth the long ferry trip over. We spent a long time using our CamperMate app to find and research the very best spots in the key areas we wanted to visit. Here's a quick low down of each area. The North - we stayed in a place called Quamby Corner, which was a lovely little farm stay site nestled in the Golden Valley. We had got the day ferry over but had used CamperMate to find a campsite that was far enough away from the ferry dock to feel like 'real Tasmania' but not too far to navigate after a long day travelling. The nearby main town called Deloraine was really picturesque and it's only a short drive to Devonport or Launceston. If you do make it over to Launceston, I'd definitely recommend visiting Cataract Gorge, which has heaps of lovely walks to suit all abilities. There is even the world's longest chair lift! Liffey Falls very close by is also beautiful and features in the '60 greatest short walks' brochure (which is a great guide if you can pick it up from a local tourist information centre). Another fantastic quick walk, with amazing views was Alum Cliffs, which is up near Mole Creek. Overall we loved this part of Tassie - plenty of walks and beautiful scenery. The East - everyone seemed to recommend that we headed East (especially as it always gets the better weather) and we decided to start off in St Helens. St Helens was a winner because if you get great weather you can head out to the Bay of Fires, which has miles of beautiful beaches (Binnalong Bay being the most famous), and if it's a bit wet you can head in-land. I actually loved going in-land. The scenery was like something off a posh dairy advert - rolling green hills with sheep and cows grazing in the foreground. Halls Falls is worth the visit and Columbia Falls is a must, as it's claimed to be the tallest waterfall in Tasmania. There are various places to stop further along the East Coast, but we wanted to do some proper Tassie bush camping so camped up at Richardson's Beach in Freycinet National Park (home to the infamous Wineglass Bay). There are various campsites in the national park but it get's really busy so make sure you call the information centre ahead to book it up. Details are on the CamperMate app. As the park is at the end of a 20km road, I would recommend doing at least an overnight stop so you can cover off all the sites. The Wineglass Bay look-out is worth the climb, and if you can push yourself a little harder, the descent down to Wineglass Bay itself is a beautiful spot. There are also various other walks, look-outs and beaches that are a great way to explore this stunning part of the Tassie coast. The South - Another fabulous national park campsite, which we found through CamperMate was Fortescue Bay. This is right on the Tasman Peninsula, in the Tasman National Park, not far from Port Arthur. It's a pretty rough dirt track to get down to it but it's well worth the bumpy ride. There are two sites, but the one we were in was just behind the bay, nestled in amongst the trees. Port Arthur historic site is easy to visit from here and it's definitely worth taking a day for it. We also did the hike up to Cape Huay which was just stunning. Obviously, also in the South is the city of Hobart. We stayed in a farm stay out in a town called Huonville, which was only 30 minutes from Hobart so was a great base. Definite sites to see in Hobart include MONA, the Salamanca markets, the waterfront areas of Constitution Place and Battery point, and the botanical gardens. If you can make it up to North Hobart that is also a great hub for funky restaurants, cafes and bars. If you are outside of the city, towards the Huon River, the Tahune Airwalk is an awesome day out. If you don't fancy the walk up in the tree tops, there are various other walks which give you some great perspectives on the beautiful Huon River. The West - I'd love to be able to write more about the West of Tasmania but unfortunately we didn't get a chance to visit it. We just couldn't get good enough weather to warrant the long and bendy drives to get there, but if you can make it there in warmer weather I've heard it's a beautiful spot, but then most of Tasmania is! There is everything you need on the CamperMate app so get planning and do that trip over to Tasmania. You won't regret it - it's a beautiful part of Australia!