Image credit: Tourism Australia
Touring the natural wonders of Tasmania
doesn’t mean leaving the 4WD at home.
Tasmania. It’s a land of rugged
wilderness and sublime
panoramas just begging to be
explored. But making the
journey doesn’t necessarily
mean hopping on a flight. From Sydney,
you can drive to Melbourne on barely more
than a tank of petrol with all your usual
gear in tow and be on the Spirit of
Tasmania I or II across the Strait.
These newly redesigned vessels can sail
to Devonport, Tasmania in nine to 11 hours,
but with modern cabins, a plethora of
dining options, a cinema and game zone
you’ll probably wish it were longer.
Disembark on the Apple Isle and you’re
ready to begin your adventure immediately,
leaving you with more time to take it all in.
Moment of discovery
Discovery Holiday Parks make the perfect
base from which to get started.
Conveniently located in all key centres, it’s
advisable that you take two nights at each
(maybe three in Hobart) in order to get the
most out of these top family destinations.
Discovery Holiday Parks – Devonport is a
waterfront delight. Wander through the
peaceful landscape of the Tasmanian
Arboretum or step back in time at Home
Hill to view the mementos of Joseph
Lyons, Tasmania’s only Prime Minister.
The park’s self-contained cabins have all
the modern touches and are priced to suit
all budgets. Immaculate interiors are warm
and inviting and contain all the essentials,
so there’s no need to bring linen.
Devonport is a great place from
which to explore Stanley and the northwest
coast. Make the most of every day by
not packing up. Stay a few nights and just
take the car, returning back to Devonport
for dinner and your bed already made.
With two choices of Discovery Parks you
can choose to stay either in town or in the
suburb of Mornington. Both deliver a range
of park facilities including cabins, van sites,
camping and camp kitchens. Introduce your
family to Port Arthur, the Tasman peninsula
as well as Antarctic history at Shackleton’s
Tassie is a great place to introduce
your children to new food flavours, with
farmers markets, cellar doors (mum and dad
only) and farm gates at every turn. You can’t
go past fresh fish and chips on the wharf at
Constitution Dock; it’s a winner.
Image credit: Tourism Australia
The historic village of Hadspen is located on
the South Esk River, a mere 10 minutes from
the heart of Launceston in a region rich in
cultural heritage, art galleries, museums,
vineyards and agricultural lands. On your
travels, collect fresh produce and return to
Discovery Holiday Parks – Hadspen to
play ‘Masterchef’ in your impeccable
Collect a bottle of Tasmanian Pinot
Noir on the road to enjoy back at Hadspen.
Fresh air and exercise make for sleepy kids,
while a welcome glass of Tasmanian Pinot
and no driving makes for a relaxed night in!
Spectacular Cradle Mountain has to be seen
to be believed. Revel in the fresh air in this
wilderness of ancient rainforest and alpine
heathlands. Located adjacent to the Cradle
Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park,
Discovery Holiday Parks - Cradle
Mountain makes you feel at one with this
World Heritage nature experience. Private
cabins and well-screened van sites rest
gently on this protected landscape.
For those with teenage children,
Cradle Mountain is a hiker's paradise: make
your way to Marion's Lookout for one of the
most spectacular views on the planet. The
well-maintained trails meander through
enchanted forests so have your camera
ready for the wildlife you'll see on the way.