Driving holidays are a wonderful way to see Australia; you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want.
If you are flexible with your plans, motorhome relocation road trips are a great way to go. These opportunities are generally last minute and you need to travel within the allotted driving time set by the hire company. However, it’s a fantastic opportunity to explore on you own terms for a fraction of the normal cost of hiring a motorhome. Here are some ideas for a motorhome relocation road trip in Tasmania.
My girlfriend and I recently relocated a motorhome from Melbourne to Hobart. We acquired the booking six days before departure with the requirement that the vehicle be dropped off in Hobart four days after pick-up. The hire charge per day was just $5, with the added incentive that the hire company would pay the cost of transporting the vehicle and one passenger on the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. Once the booking was secured, we set about planning the trip.
Tasmania is world-renowned for its natural beauty. It’s an island of more than 1,000 peaks; where vast wilderness, national parks and reserves cover nearly half the land mass. Working out what to see and what to miss was difficult, but we eventually decided that less was definitely more.
We agreed to go to Cradle Mountain National Park as it’s arguably the most scenic park on the island. There are many walks that can be done including the famous Overland Track, but due to our limited time frame we could only visit the park for a day. After doing some research we discovered an experience that would show us some of the park and provide a bit of adventure!
We found a half-day canyoning trip, which included a short hike within the park to the river. The activity began with a safety briefing, before we took the plunge into the brisk, 10-degree water. With plenty of sliding down or jumping off rocks and gliding through the rapids there was more than enough action to keep us engrossed for the 1.5 hours in the water. The biggest shock comes at the end of the trip, when you find out you’ve only moved 200 metres from where you started!
The next day was a long drive towards the east coast, but through some of the most magnificent scenery in Australia. Our destination was the town of Coles Bay, which is the gateway to Freycinet National Park — home to world-famous Wineglass Bay.
We spent the night in the park in order to get an early start on the hike up to the lookout across Wineglass Bay. It gets crowded from about 10am onwards. While being quite a cloudy morning, we assumed these clouds would blow off as the day progressed and we’d be greeted with the amazing images of the bay we’d seen so many times. We arrived at the lookout puffing and sweating to a view that can only be described as demoralising due to the thick and unyielding cloud bank covering the entire landscape. However, I soon began to appreciate the view for what it was. This is one of the joys of travelling — always expect the unexpected!
The rest of our final day on this whirlwind trip was a leisurely drive down the bottom half of the coast of Tasmania towards Hobart.
In a motorhome you really can see so much of a place like Tasmania. The roads are very good and everything is well signposted. I would highly recommend this economical form of travel as a way to see our amazing country — which too often gets passed over in search of something more exotic.
Do you have any tips for doing a motorhome relocation road trip in Tasmania? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.
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Stephen Hodges was a teacher and a social worker before he left Australia for a three-year overseas adventure. While travelling, he worked as a grouse beater in Scotland, a chicken farmer on a Kibbutz in Israel and a camp counsellor in France. On his return to Melbourne, Stephen began working in the travel industry and set up a business, which he ran for six years. He still has a passion for travel and believes life is all about experiences — and that you can find them in the most unlikely places, if you look hard enough.