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4 Reasons To Skip Hotels And Take A Campervan Around Tasmania

There are pros and cons to every situation, but you would be hard pressed to find any major con about jumping in a campervan to explore our island state of Tasmania. In fact, exploring by van is probably the only way you should see Tasmania.

Often referred to as a “baby New Zealand“, the sparsely populated Tasmanian landscape lends itself to road trips, camping and a whole lot of outdoor activity. If you need more convincing to forgo the luxury of a hotel, here are four pretty solid reasons to see Tasmania by campervan:

You make your own schedule

 

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Holidaying to a super tight schedule is nobody’s idea of fun – and it almost never goes exactly to plan. Missing out on seeing things because you are on a mission to get to the hotel you booked before the check in desk closes sucks big time. With a campervan – your own means of portable accommodation – you don’t have to miss out on anything.

If you don’t quite make it as far as you wanted to get one night, it is no worries – you have your bed for the night right there with you. If you decide to spend some extra time to explore the lesser taken roads, no worries – you don’t really have anywhere you need to be.

You aren’t bound by bookings and you can just cruise on through the sights of the state at your own pace.

It’s way cheaper

 

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It doesn’t take an honours in abstract algebra to work out that paying to rent one thing is cheaper than paying for two. Instead of forking out for a hotel room as well as a hire car, cut costs and combine the two.

A Wicked Camper with space for two starts from around $117 plus $29.99 per day. Split between two people, the camper hire barely even makes a dent in the pay packet, and you are left with plenty of coin to spend on camping essentials (marshmallows and a campfire jaffle maker, obviously). It may not be as ritzy as a hotel room, but the campers come fully equipped with everything you need to cook up a decent feed and get a good night’s sleep.

You spend more time outdoors

 

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In a campervan, there are no creature comforts; and it is all about the outdoors.

When you don’t have a coffee machine, TV, lush robes and king sized bed with a mountain of pillows to get acquainted with, you can bet your bottom dollar you will be up and about at first light exploring the great outdoors. Let’s face it, there is no such thing as black out curtains in a van, and the communal ablution block isn’t much to keep you hanging about at your campsite all day.

Even if you are laying low and spending your time around camp, most of the campsites offer great walking trails or views to entice you away from your set up. If they don’t, then just jump in the van and stop up wherever you fancy exploring on your way to your next spot.

You can get a million-dollar view on a tight budget

 

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Who said you had to pay through the nose for accommodation with a view?

There is something quite special about opening the door to your van in the morning and looking out over the rugged Tasmanian landscape; even more so than seeing it through the window of your fancy hotel room.

A lot of Tasmania’s most spectacular sights are within the bounds of the national parks – somewhere hotels, AirBnBs and hostels can’t yet touch. When you are staying in a campervan, you have a VIP pass to some of the best bedroom views in the state.

If you want to wake up to the ocean, the campsites in Freycinet National Park look out over Richardson’s and Honeymoon bays (and are at the base of the Wineglass Bay walk); but if the mountains and lakes are more your thing, book yourself a site at Lake St Clair. Unpowered sites start from around $16.00/night for 2 people, and powered sites around $18.00/night (plus park entry fees).

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(Lead image: Andrew McIntosh, Ocean Photography / Tourism Tasmania)