Travelling To Tassie...

Submitted: Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 17:47
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Starting to research a trip to Tassie & believe that Ashley Gardens
Caravan Park in Melbourne & Abel Tasman Park in Devonport are the most convenient for day sailers. Any comment please ?
I also discovered that a C/t goes for caravan rates on the ferry, but
a trailer load of camping gear will cost a motza exta. Seems a bit harsh, something to do with "a permanent bed ". A bit off topic,
but once again I have travelled close to a thousand k on NSW
two most used highways..Hume & Pacific, & did not see one Police
presence. A couple of days either side of Christmas. Even the
electronic coppers were missing, those message board things.
The paper says the Police Dept must cut furthur Millions off their
budget. Whats next...cardboard cutout constables. On a happier note..the road toll was much lower.
All the best for 09 to all of EO, still a pleasant place to stay.
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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 17:55

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 17:55
goodday baz
seems a lot of interstate travellers like ashliegh gardens to start off with we are heading over on the day boat on 1-02-09 and heading straight along towards burnie (should be well rested )and will stay about 7 days in that area and then head s/west .burnie is only about 60ks away
when are you planning your trip

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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 11:12

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 11:12
G'day Steve, was going in March 09 but have just decided to go
chasing Barra near Darwin instead, so will defer Tassie to 2010.
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Reply By: jdwynn (Adelaide) - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 18:37

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 18:37

We stayed at Ashley Gdns prior to crossing to Tassie in Jan 07 and again May 08 - not a bad park. Easy to get to Ferry via Western Ring Road. CP will give you details of route. Could suit travellers from west more than from north though??.

In Devonport, we stayed at Abel Tasman Park on arrival and Cosy Cabins park (powered site) before departure , and preferred Cosy as had nice camp kitchen and more facilities for kids - still both parks were fine when we went.

have a good one, JD

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Reply By: Motherhen - Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 19:59

Friday, Jan 02, 2009 at 19:59
Hi Oldbaz

Definitely Ashleigh Gardens in Braybrook, Melbourne. Easy to get to from all directions (is right near a ring road). This is used principally by people going to and from Tasmania. They also have an area to park vans for those who go without their caravans, as well as cabins. At $32 per night in 2006 it was expensive, but it is well located, easy to get find, and easy to get to the ferry terminal. Staff advise you when and where to go. Facilities and laundry good. Lightly grassed campsites, including drive through. Nice touch - the staff member who books you in then escorts you (on a buggy) to your site. Area seemed fairly quiet at night for a city. Small shopping area with Safeway store right next to CP - very convenient - we took the trolley of groceries right to the caravan. Can take a bus into central Melbourne. A very good park and ideal for going to Tassie. We booked on line.

Can't comment on the best in Devonport and surrounds as we went straight to forum friends. As it is a day crossing, you may want to find something close, and there is a CP near the docks.


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Follow Up By: Member - John L (WA) - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 09:13

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 09:13
Seems a lot of us forumites visiting Tassie early 2009 - is there a state gathering in March/April we could meet at? Staying at Ashleigh 6/7 March & in Tassie for 6 weeks. Cheers Heather
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Reply By: Volvo driver - Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 12:09

Saturday, Jan 03, 2009 at 12:09
yes, caravans are subsidized, but boats etc aren't, shame really, love to take the boat when we visit our son but it's just too dear, unless we leave it there... he'd love that though,
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Reply By: Member - Min (NSW) - Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 16:06

Monday, Jan 05, 2009 at 16:06
Hi Oldbaz
We stayed at Ashleigh Gardens and Abel Tasman before/after our day crossing. Both very convenient.
Remember you will need to stock up on fresh food as you can't take it to Tassie. Very thorough search. Devonport is a good place to stock up.
IMHO get a cabin even if you are doing a day crossing. You can get one when you board. Some people are very greedy with the seats and you could find yourself without a comfortable one. Also if anyone in your party is not a good sailor it's nice to have your own bathroom and bed. We thought it was well worth the money.
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