Tasmania

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 08:58
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Well Hi All
I am planning a trip of 12 weeks to Tasmania but time is not a issue by my self,
In my 80 Diesel .mid March
I have a light pop top only 800 Kg for a little extra comfort,I am 73young
My truck is set up to sleep in as well & I have 3 solar Panels ,60 Litre of Water 3 x 100 amp hours batteries for Solar Power ,winch 19000 Lbs & all the recovery gear I should carry.including winch ground anchor.Duel Battery System under Bonnet
I have Ozi Explorer Moving Maps on Computer,as well as GPS 7inch screen,satellite phone ,next G phone & internet connection,

Questions
1.Should I take the van or leave it Home.
2.Place I must See
3.A travel Plan from Start to Finish
4.Blogs I should Read
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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:25

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:25
Motherhen has some very good blogs on Tassie ;)


Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: CLC50 (QLD ) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:34

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:34
Thanks Kev
I am sure I will get some good reading hear,from motherhen ,I have read his bogs before
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Follow Up By: Johnny boy - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:35

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:35
well Im going to have to read what M/H has to say as we are off on sunday for a few weeks .

Regards John.
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Reply By: Maîneÿ . . .- Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:38

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:38
Tassie in WINTER for 12 weeks (3 months) that is different
Can I ask why not travel to the Kimberley in winter ??

Maîneÿ . . .
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Follow Up By: Trevor R (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:51

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:51
Mainey, cause he is busy travelling Tassie at that time ;-))

Have fun Colin, don't forget your peter heater (you would know what that is wouldn't you? MM me if you don't hehehehe) lol!!

Trevor.
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Follow Up By: CLC50 (QLD ) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:56

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:56
Hi Mainey
Well I have travelled Australia for many years ,Except for the west Coast of Australia , I shall head that way when I see Tas
Just returned last August from 13000 trip to the Cape York & West Qld the second time to the top.
Working in the Snow River Scheme back in the 1960's I what experience that climate again ,But not the June & July Months ,as I have lived in Queensland since 1985

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Follow Up By: CLC50 (QLD ) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:58

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 09:58
Hi Trev
You better pack up & Join me long time no see
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Follow Up By: CLC50 (QLD ) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:02

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:02
Sorry Trev
I don't need one (Peter Heater) I cann't find the old fellow
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:06

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:06
Tassie is magnificent in Winter!

Crisp cool days, but usually sunny and not too windy.

Most of Tassie is the same climate as the Mediterranean where Europeans go for the winter. Even the west coast can be lovely.

I can't remember any day [over many winters] when the sun hasn't shone once or twice, with many being sunny all day.

The biggest problem is that the tourist industry in Tasmania doesn't understand this. They shut most tourist traps down, so ... the tourist trade will not build up. Luckily most of those things don't interest me anyway.

Also.... the daylights are pretty short!

Enjoy.
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:13

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:13
Colin, for 12 weeks in winter in Tassie, I'd take the van. :-))

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Follow Up By: CLC50 (QLD ) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:25

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:25
Hi Mr Bitch
I think you are right ,& I do have Air Conditioner (cold &" HEAT" the old bones might crack in that cold weather
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Follow Up By: Member - Royce- Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:08

Saturday, Feb 13, 2010 at 14:08
Because Tasmania is surrounded by sea.. it doesn't have the cold nights of inland Oz.... Well there ARE exceptions....
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Reply By: Member - Kevin B1 (WA) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:58

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 10:58
We did Tasmania in winter in 08 and found it not as cold as we expected. We also took the van and I believe it was a good move, plenty of free camp sites and were warm at night. It's a beautiful state and well worth the trip.
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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:29

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:29
Hi CLC50,
If you see a high-top Troopy 'Bushy' come and say hi :-))

KK
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Reply By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 16:59

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 16:59
Hi yu CLC50, you may or may not remember us, we ran into you in the car park at the Qantas Museum at Longreach.
The weather lately has been tops, but in a few months time you will get some nice days and also some chilly ones, but the evenings will most likely be chilly.
I would get off the boat, turn left and head along to the North East, to places like Beaconsfield, across the Batman Bridge and head in general direction of the Mt William National Park (pass available on boat), great camping at Stumpys Bay, go into the Eddyston light house, just before you get there turn left, great camp at Deep Creek.
Head down the East Coast, Bay of Fires, St Helens, great scenery and camp sites down to Port Arthur.
Then Hobart, Huon Valley down to the most southerly camp at Cockle Creek.
Then to the South West via New Norflok to Strathgordon, form here back to New Norfolk where you can go up through the lake country, or to the West Coast, a must see is "THE WALL" which is several k's before Derwent Bridge, up the West Coast to Queenstown, Strahan, camp at Macquarie Heads if weather ok can camp on the beach, then Zeehan, Rosebery (see Montezuma Falls), Corinna and up the Western Explora Road to the North West via Arthur River, Marrawah to Smithton, Stanley and in the general direction back to Devonport.
We live in the Huon Valley, if you would like some company and a red or two send me a message and will forward contact numbers.
Cheers
Baz
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Follow Up By: Member - Humff(TAS) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:41

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:41
Agree with all the above......especially THE WALL.... Its jaw dropping
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Follow Up By: CLC50 (QLD ) - Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 06:52

Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 06:52
Hi Baz & Pud.
Thanks for your information,& I do remember talking to you @ the Qantas Airport Car Park.I will drop in & say hi as I am sure by the time I get to Huon Valley I am sure I will need some one to say hullo to as I would of cranked all my mirrors by then
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Reply By: Member - Humff(TAS) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:06

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:06
A Lot of mainlanders who comment on the weather in Tasmania...have never been here. DONT TAKE ANY NOTICE....You are planning the trip in the Tasmanian Autumn......The most spectacular part of the year. Warm days .. cool nights. I could wax lyrical about the spectacular colours as the deciduos trees lose their leaves or the golden warmth of the light of the Tasmanian Autumn You have really have to see it for yourself. Bring your van, it will give a lot more choices where you camp.
All I can say to people who knock tassie weathet is it cant be any colder than the desert at night. put on ya thermals, ya polar fleeces and "Toughen up ya WIMPS
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Follow Up By: Member - Humff(TAS) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:38

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:38
If I can help in anyway with your trip to tassie just drop me an email That goes for anyone coming down here
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:57

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 17:57
Hi Humff- we did two weeks in Tassie one winter - was a great trip. Only thing was we couldn't understand Tasmanians obsession with "Poo". Everewhere we went there were signs advertising poo- horse poo, cow poo, chicken poo, alpacca poo- you name it and it was there for sale at various prices and packages. Whats the go?doc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Humff(TAS) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 18:25

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 18:25
The Poo thing......animal manures are used by a lot of Tasmanian gardeners to grow all those wonderful vegetables for sale in the roadside stalls . Tasmania in 2 weeks not being critical You must have been going. Know of people that have tried to do it in 3 months and still are planning to come back to see the things they had missed. Seen most of Aus. but there are things in Tassy I have not seen and I lived here most of my life. Come back again soon
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 19:03

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 19:03
Humff- "come back again soon" - absolutely! Two weeks was only enough for a 'taste' - but it was that or not go at all. So we went and managed to do one 'corner' and had a fantastic time. The kids got to see snow for the first time in their lives. Next time we go hopefully we will drive over and take our camper.I agree - 3 months is more what we need to have a decent look at things. doc.
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Follow Up By: Baz&Pud (Tassie) - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 19:49

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 19:49
Met a couple at the Bay of Fires a couple years back,they were from West Aus, they had been in Tassie for nine months and had only done 3500ks, that to me says tourists from the northern island fall in love with certain places and don't want to move on.
Can't blame them really.
Baz
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Follow Up By: Madfisher - Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 20:38

Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 20:38
Can relaqte to that Baz, trouble is your fishing is so good and I find it hard to move on. O well its an excuse to go back next year.
Cheers Pete
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Reply By: CLC50 (QLD ) - Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 06:57

Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 06:57
Thank you all for the great information.
Happy travelling to all as this is a great country to explore
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 11:30

Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 11:30
CLC50, We are in Tassie at the moment - nearing the end of a 14 week trip. Great place. March will be beautiful, but by May it would be a bit cold for us. We froze in November, though the locals commented at the time that it was unusually cold - thank goodness we have a diesel heater in the van. Once back on the Big Island, we will be heading for NT for the Winter.

You will love it. Yes, take the van. Being well set up, there are heaps of great free and cheap places to camp which will compensate for the cost of the van on the ferry. Get a NP parks pass on the ferry as the NPs are beautiful and many have excellent camp spots, a lot of which are free once you have the NP pass.

I am doing a Blog of our Tassie trip at the moment. The words are up and I'm working on the pics at the moment. Should be done in a few days. This is the link-Tassie Blog

Have a great trip.

Norm C
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