Trip Report – Meg, Ben, Isabell and Emily

Meg, Ben and their two children enjoyed spending more than 3 months travelling around Tasmania on their road trip, and this is their story!

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Who are you?

Ben, Meg, Isabell and Emily, and we are from Perth, Western Australia

When did you do your Lap of Tasmania?

Spring – August to November 2019

How many days did you spend in Tasmania?

We stayed 3 months.

What vehicle did you use?

We explored Tasmania with our own dual-cab Landcruiser ’79 Series with a 22ft New Age caravan.

What car hire company did you use?

We used Europcar

What were your favourite experiences?

  • Our favourite experience in Tasmania as a family was Maria Island!
  • This was closely followed by our climb up Mt Amos (overlooking Wineglass Bay)
  • We also loved walking the Cape Raoul track (near Port Arthur) and experiencing snow at Cradle Mountain National Park!

How many of the ‘Big 12’ did you see?

We saw 10 of the ‘Big 12’.

What was your itinerary, and where did you stay?

These are the towns and caravan parks we stayed at (in order): 

What was your favourite accommodation?

Our favourite places to stay were the BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park, and Gowrie Park Wilderness Village (an easy drive from Cradle Mountain).

At Gowrie Park Wilderness Village the owners were so friendly and accommodating, we felt like we’d been adopted into the family! And Big4 St Helens was really well set up, with level slabs, a bit of grass, the camp kitchen was incredible and well stocked.

What tips and advice do you have for other travellers?

  • If towing a caravan, research the roads you plan to take as some we found to be quite narrow, steep and with hairpin turns. These were the three sections we found a little bit challenging:
    • The C136 road at Cethana (between Gowrie Park and Moina) – here
    • The A10 road near Tarraleah and Tungatinah – here
    • The B24 road between Queenstown and Strahan
  • Take your time, there is no rush in Tasmania!

How would you sum up your Lap of Tasmania holiday?

“Our time in Tasmania was nothing short of incredible. We were especially taken by the breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife found in Tasmania. We will be back, perhaps on a more permanent basis!

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Editors Note

Ben and Meg were big contributors to the Lap of Tasmania Facebook Group as they travelled their way around Tasmania – and since moving on to other parts of Australia they are still helping out fellow travellers with their helpful advice!

See more of their stunning photography at Four Who Explore on Facebook, and Four Who Explore on Instagram

Andrew Strikis

Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.

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