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a VirtualTourist member asked on Nov 15, 2014

State of Tasmania

car vs. camper

which is better car and hotels or camper / caravan ?



12 Answers


answered on 11/15/14 by
a VT member from Ieper

Camper van would be cheaper I think, you do not need to book any hotels. We were traveling with car and search hotels on the spot. There are many camping areas in Tasmania




answered on 11/15/14 by
a VT member from Barossa

The roads in Tasmania are narrow and winding,so just as my opinion, I wouldn,t want a Camper. Some areas are mountainous and you would be struggling with a camper. Elephant Pass near St Helens is one example. I would suggest hiring a smallish car and using cabins in camp grounds, I don,t know if you are from a cold country but heating is fairly vital in Tas. and cabins have heating, bed linen etc

There is a chain of Cabins called Cozycabins and I have heard good reports about them.

I used apartments in the centre of Hobart that I recommend, they are called The Old Woolstore Apartments.




answered on 11/15/14 by
a VT member from Brisbane

I think a car may be the best option or perhaps a small camper van, easier to negotiate the roads.




answered on 11/15/14 by
a VT member from Melbourne

I agree with margsch on the roads. We did Hobart to Launceston via the west (wet) coast in April/May this yearby rental car with hotels/B&B's etc - very windy roads. On the plus to campers side, I saw in many of the towns that campers are encouraged and get free sites for the vans - sorry I can't give more details.




answered on 11/15/14 by
a VT member

Thank you very much!..yeah I have been looking around for places to stay...but almost everything seems very dear... Thanks again.




answered on 11/15/14 by
a VT member

Thanks [VT member cb9f9]! Good advice! especially on the free sites for vans. Decided to go ahead and get a van, I was in New Zeaand a while back, was planning o get a van but fellow travelers said it was not good cuz of all the huge mountains and passes. CHEAP motels were everything. But Tas seems more expensive lodging wise. I enjoyed reading all your posts! I hope all goes well with Lady Gaw and things are going smoothly and she has some peace. :--)




answered on 11/16/14 by
a VT member from Melbourne

LOL Tiparoch, the peace for her will come when I'm 6 foot under.

If travelling from Hobart to the West Coast - Queenstown, Strahan and other parts, while the roads are in quite good condition they are VERY slow driving owing to the curves, bends etc. The road into Queenstown has almost 100 bends in about 5 km of road. See youtube.com/watch?v=J-nDXxed... and hang onto your computer seat. Lady Gaw at full throttle is not a pretty sight as she constantly told me to SLOW DOWN - LOL




answered on 11/16/14 by
a VT member from Barossa

I definitley agree that Tasmania is expensive, i worked at queenstown for 7 months and explored the island on my days off. I found admission to sights much dearer than on the mainland and Motels were often dire, described as "superior" and i thought , well maybe superior to a cave but very outdated furnishings, old bathroom fittings etc. Fuel was also a lot more expensive than here in South Australia.




answered on 12/3/14 by
a VT member from Moonee Beach

I own a motorhome and have taken it to Tassie three times. It's the best state for motorhomes which is why there are so many there. Car is fine but there are heaps of places to free camp around Tassie (I've written articles about that) and you get to stay right near the beach in many locations.
Car and B&Bs is fine as well, I've also done that three times and there are some lovely B&Bs to stay at all round the state.
Cheers, Ian




answered on 12/4/14 by
a VT member

Hi, Thank you for that! We have booked a rental! I am very curious about what you have written. Where can I find it? Also have you been to Bathurst Harbour area?




answered on 12/9/14 by
a VT member

Thank you very much!




answered on 12/9/14 by
a VT member

Thank you [VT member cb9f9]! Just found this comment. Still getting used to this site... Well bless you and Lady Gaw! Thanks [VT member cb9f9] for the advice!





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