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Road trip to Tasmania

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 replica hut.

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.

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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 self-contained cabin.

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!

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Cradle Mountain
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.

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