From the heat of Malaysia our journey ventures South to the cooler climes of Tasmania, so we need to change of planning on travel, clothes and accommodation. Having originally planned to hire a camper van to journey around and sleep in, there was problems with renting one for an affordable rate as it turned out that it is their off season, so many rental companies are closed.
On investigation we were able to sign up for the Top 10 Holiday Parks in New Zealand, which would allow us to have discounted accommodation not only in New Zealand but also at the BIG4 Holiday Parks in Tasmania.This would allow us to stay within budget by hiring a car instead of a camper van and stay in chalets at our different locations. Result.
Problem solved – now to locations
So, flying into Hobart, back to a more Westernised environment, and to much cooler temperatures – time to dig out all those warm layers that we’ve been carrying through Malaysia! Chance to check out the waterfront, cafes and bars, while exploring one of the smallest capital cities.
Collecting our car (figuring out where to fit the luggage!) our first driving destination is Coles Bay – exploring Wineglass Bay, thank you Allan Bland for this suggestion, and Freycinet National Park, for the Eastern most part of Tasmania.
2 nights stay in a cabin then off North to Launceston – the second biggest city in Tasmania and home to the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery which will be a favourite with Molly Bee!
Up we go to conquer Cradle Mountain, this will be the coldest place we visit on our trip and the reason we have lots of layers packed! As we write this blog the UK is being battered by ‘The Beast from the East’ and ‘Storm Emma’ so we have been trying out our new waterproofs and fleeces!!
We’ve blown the budget for Cradle Mountain by booking into the Cradle Mountain Hotel so that we can assured of some warmth and luxury once we have been off exploring.
From Cradle Mountain we will be heading West to Strathan and we are hoping the weather will be kind to us as we drive down. This is one part of Tasmania where there aren’t any BIG4 Parks so after some research we have booked the lovely looking Kitty’s Place for the night we are there.
A long drive now as we head back to Hobart and stop overnight before heading over to Port Arthur to visit the infamous prison – I hope that everyone behaves themselves so that we don’t have to leave anyone behind!!
Then back to Hobart for our last few days and a chance to experience the famous Salamanca market before we fly out and head to New Zealand.
15 nights and over 1200KM driven!