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Submitted: Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:05
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Staying at the showground in Hobart (really good)need some information i want to tow my 26ft van to Strahan, how long does it take to drive over.Have been told could take up to 7hrs is this correct.
Thinking of stopping of at Derwent Bridge and checking out the wall,if it takes that long to drive over can anybody recommend places to stay around Derwent Bridge.
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Reply By: Member - mechpete - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:09

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:09
why don,t you talk to the locals ,
I,m sure they would have a good idea of travel times
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Reply By: humpback - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:14

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:14
Hence thats why im writing on this forum.
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Follow Up By: Member - MARIC - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 14:04

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 14:04
Do you have Wiki Camps, might have a bit more info, or the caravan forum, I gain a fair bit more knowledge from all sources. Only having been over their once suggest having a break between.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:24

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 13:24
If the road from Hobart through Derwent Bridge and Queenstown is still like it was when we went there quite a few years ago, and you are towing a 26' van, I would allow the 7 hrs, take it easy and preferably when it isn't raining.
Beautiful scenic country but not a trip to be hurried in my opinion.

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Follow Up By: disco driver - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:49

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:49
If you are worried about Queenstown to Strahan, why not go through Zeehan to Strahan. It's a much easier drive and Zeehan has a great Museum that's well worth an overnight stopover.
It's a bit longer but much easier on the nerves and brakes.

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Reply By: Member - Tony H (touring oz) - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 14:24

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 14:24
The Wall is FANTASTIC....dont miss it. When I was there about 15 months ago, I found a free camp just down the road from the turn off to The Wall....free camp as in a clearing but way big enough to get the 200 & a 22ft van easy.
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Reply By: baznpud (tassie) - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:44

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:44
Hobart to Strahan is doable in a day but you are better off to do it in two, much easier on you, the car, and the misses.
We have left Hobart early am (9ish) and got to Derwent Bridge by lunch time.
There is good camping at Lake Burbury, from memory the caretaker charges $5.
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Follow Up By: baznpud (tassie) - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:53

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:53
Meant to add, when you get to Tarraleah, take the left hand turn onto what is known as the 14 mile road, actually 21ks (C601) it's gravel, (SIL was on it couple months back, and said it was in good nick) but saves you dropping down into the valley, and the steep climb up the other side.
Enjoy "The Wall" it's fantastic.
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Reply By: Brian - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:52

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 15:52
Dont forget to visit Nelson Falls in the vicinity of Derwent Bridge although may be not a lot of water coming down this time of the year , only 5 minutes walk or thereabouts
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Reply By: Motherhen - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 16:21

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 16:21
Even without stopping to see all there is along the way, it would be too much in one day towing a big van. Our actual time on the route (reverse direction and leaving from Zeehan which we had used as a base rather than Strahan) would have been two days, but we also went to the Mount Field National Park, Lake Pedder (lovely campground) and to the Gordon River Dam adding a second overnight to the trip.


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Reply By: rumpig - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 22:21

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 22:21
The Derwent Bridge Hotel allows free camping in the front gravel car park area, we camped there this time last year with another mate in our camper trailers..there was also a couple of motor homes did the same also. The pub does a good feed, but isn't cheap by any means. The Wall is well worth seeing and I wouldn't miss it, I'd also leave the van at the pub or The Wall if you can, and go check out the wood stave pipeline at the road that leads to Laughing Jack Lagoon...amazing to see and free to do.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 22:51

Saturday, Dec 19, 2015 at 22:51
Our overnight stop was at a small lagoon where that old wooden pipeline starts.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 09:25

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 09:25
The timber part of the pipeline starts about half way into Laughing Jack Lagoon from memory, I recall passing a small lagoon area on the drive in there that I assume you may be talking about. We lunched at Laughing Jack Lagoon itself, there wasn't a real big area there for turning around with my camper trailer on the back.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 14:31

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 14:31
Yes Rumpig, that is the one where we stopped. You can see the pipeline starting from this dam clearly on Google Earth Road to Laughing Jack Lagoon
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Reply By: wendys - Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 14:55

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 14:55
We stayed at the campground at Cynthia Bay, in the National Park - but our van was shorter than yours. Used that as a base for some day walks in the NP - can also do a ferry ride the length of the lake.
That drop down into Tarraleah is really long and steep, so if you can avoid it, do so. We had the landrover in low range and a low gear, and the brakes were still smoking by the time we got to the bottom! The downhill section into Queenstown is several kms long, but not as steep - manageable with lower gears.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 22:25

Sunday, Dec 20, 2015 at 22:25
There is nothing wrong with the highway around Tarraleah, except for the drivers driving technique. If you take it steady and use your gears when descending you will cope quite well. Or to put it in another way, learn to drive. There are thousands of vans being towed through there without problems.


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Reply By: humpback - Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015 at 08:20

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Thank you to everybody who took the time to respond,your great feedback was much appreciated.
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