GoSee finds Tasmanian Tourist Parks fit travel needs with useful points of difference
GoSee at home on a Hillcrest
powered campsite St Helens
GoSee stayed at Seven Mile Beach near Hobart for three nights after an easy run from Triabunna. The run to Launceston Holiday Park on Tuesday, March 16 from the Abel Tasman Caravan Park, Devonport, included a stop for a meeting with the Caravan Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA).
They are the biggest club of their kind in Australia and their members make a mighty impression on their collective campsite at Carrick.
GoSee found there is one common point with all off us who love life on the road. We want it to continue with all the freedoms we now enjoy in Australia. Whether that continues into the future is up to travellers and the caravan industry.
One thing which will help is that travel tourism is one of Australia's few growth industries. GoSee agrees with the CMCA that our politicians seem to need help with appreciating this point.
We the travellers can help by leaving no trace as we enjoy the country. If we don't then what is now called the "Brown Ribbon" in Western Australia could lead to an over-regulation which will restrict an Australian freedom we have enjoyed for generations.
GoSee meets l-r Phil John and Diana of CMCA 014
The Brown Ribbon relates to the lack of toilet training which seems to follow the path of some travellers.
GoSee thinks there is more to this than people. We know from our recent experiences on the Canning Stock Route that wildlife, particularly dingoes and foxes, will excavate any toilet hole quick time.
So burning waste is one option which with great caution can help some of the time.
When that can't happen then the waste must be carried until it can be properly disposed of. GoSee will speak to National Parks on this point to ask what solutions they can suggest.
The Tasmanian Tourist Parks www.tasmaniantouristparks.com we stayed at all have unique points of difference. Abel Tasman Caravan Park in Devonport is super convenient for travellers using the ferry to Melbourne.
It is also one of the few caravan parks GoSee has used which greets guests as they arrive from the ferry at the gate and leads them to their campsite.
Abel Tasman campsite for motorhome travellers Devonport 002
The caravan park is geared to ferry time and even when the ferry is way behind schedule the Abel Tasman welcome is there.
Devonport has a number of attractions to suit the whole family. Just a short drive from the city centre, the Tasmanian Arboretum displays trees and shrubs from around the world. Culture is centred at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery.
Kids will love the up-to-the minute interactive exhibits at the Imaginarium Science Centre and all the family will enjoy a game of mini golf.
No visit to Devonport is complete without a cruise on the calm waters of the Mersey River estuary taking in the unique sights of Devonport and surrounds from the MV Centurion, while sampling some of the region’s superb food and wine.
Things to see and do include:
The Don River Railway.
House of Anvers Chocolate Factory.
Beauty Point Tourist park lives up to its name. The water view from cabin and campsites are million dollar outlooks. There is plenty of room for big rigs including serious 5th wheelers. Fishing is on the doorstep and the Beauty Point Tourist Park is a breath of fresh air with its peace.
Beauty Point Tourist Park is a real waterfront experience with direct access to thre attractions of the Tamar Valley 44 km north west of Launceston on the West Tamar Highway.
Powered sites cater for caravans, campervans or motorhomes. Some sites are big enough for 5th wheelers. Beauty Point Tourist Park has room to move. Drive through sites are available on request.
Beauty point Tourist Park has a range of cabins. Waterfront Carravillas for the budget conscious, Deluxe Cabins for families and Premium luxury Waterfront Cabins. All cabins are fully self-contained, and supplied with all bedding, linen and towels. Cots are available on request.
Beauty Point was originally established as the first deepwater port on the Tamar River and is now the site of the Australian Maritime College.
Nearby things to see and do include -
Asbestos Range National Park
The Tourist park is well clear of any noisy roads.
GoSee on the job at Launceston Holiday Park 054
Launceston Holiday Park is convenient to the city and all services.
GoSee stocked up on fresh fruit and vegetables at a nearby supermarket.
Inspectors in Melbourne and at Devonport make certain that travellers don't bring unwanted problems with them so we needed to load up.
Launceston Holiday Park is neat and clean with all facilities for comfortable camping including a license to sell liquor.
There is a comprehensive camp kitchen and barbecue which are included in the powered site $28 for two a night price.
Nearby things to see and do include -
Mole Creek Caves
Launceston Basin Chairlift
Tamar River Cruises
Chudley Honey Farm
Low Head Pilot Station
Low Head Penquins
John Temple Gallery (landscape photography)
Trout fishing tours
Launceston City Ghost Tours
Boags Brewery Tours
Bass And Flinders Centre
National Auto Museum
Hillcrest Tourist park is popular with anglers 057 (2)
GoSee left Launceston Holiday Park bound for Hillcrest Tourist Park at St Helens on Tasmania's east coast at 9am on Wednesday March 17.
We arrived right on 1pm after towing our Jayco Discovery over a winding B81 route through scenic Tasmania hills and valleys. .
The drive requires high concentration but driven sensibly it is a breeze. Our Captiva auto diesel made light work of the job of moving the easy-going 1400kg loaded Jayco pop-top caravan.
Tasmania and New Zealand have a lot in common with scenery and roads.
The run to St Helens requires care on bitumen which often has no shoulder. The Speed limit is NOT a Target, Drive to the Conditions.
This Tasmania shares with many New Zealand roads. We made full use of the gearbox and used the Captiva manual shift option to select a lower gear on long downhill sections.
We also advanced our Hayman Reese electric caravan brake unit from a setting of 12, which we have been using in general towing to 17. This brought the caravan brakes on earlier.
When used in combination with a lower gear when needed and gentle use of the Captiva's brakes we felt completely in control all the way.
Hillcrest Tourist Park is popular with anglers and as St Helens is noted for great fishing the honest, value Tourist Park and store is a fit for families. It is in easy reach of St Georges Bay beaches and boat ramps. There are eight ensuite cabins, along with ample caravan powered sites.
There is room at Hillcrest for self-contained big rigs. There is also a convenience store. The store provides petrol, take-away, groceries, postcards, gas refills and a range of Tassie beer, wine spirits for in house guests.
Things to see and do around Hillcrest include -
Walking - both Coastal Beautiful State Forest.
Bay of Fires
St. Columbia Falls
Blue Teir - explore the national beauty up in the hills.
Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park is close to all services, easy to access from the Tasman Highway, clean and compact with powered sites at $23 a double. The Boutique park is RV friendly and caters to big rigs to 10m.
The Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park has cabins in a garden setting, plus powered and unpowered caravan sites.
GoSee settles in at Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park
There is a Back Packers Cabin and a camping area too. The park has paved barbeque area, a picnic shelter and camp kitchen. Town centre is a short walk away to the Spring Bay Pub, and the ferry to Maria Island.
Things to see and do in Triabunna:
Just a 30-minute ferry ride from Triabunna, Maria Island National Park is one of Australia’s most beautiful uninhabited islands. The ferry departs daily.
The roads on Maria Island are suitable for mountain biking. With no other traffic on the island exploring on your bike is a great way for families with children to see Maria Island.The ferry departs daily.
Catch a fish off one of Triabunna's jetties.
Buy a crayfish fresh from a fishing boat.
Visit one of the many Wineries along the East Coast.
Enjoy birdwatching, bushwalking and East Coast beaches.
Seven Mile Beach is easy on the mind
Seven Mile Beach Cabin Park is in bushland about 20 minutes from the Tasmanian capital Hobart and historic Tasmanian icons like Richmond and Port Arthur.
The well presented natural park is a few minutes easy walk from a magnificent beach on the shore of Frederick Henry Bay. The crisp, clear water quickly sparks a tired body and mind.
Seven Mile Beach Cabin Caravan Park has a pet friendly policy and well behaved pets are allowed, but they must be on a lead at all times.
The park is close to the Hobart Airport, golf courses and horse riding. Seven Mile Beach Cabin Caravan Park is right on track for exploring the Hobart, Richmond and Port Arthur areas. Nearby Sorell is another Tasmanian centre with a surprising selection of significant heritage.
Things to see and do include:
Saddlers Court Gallery.
Lace & Rose Teacups.
Old Hobart Town.
Art Mob-Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery.
Galleries and museums
Have a dip in the sea.
Cook a barbecue.
About Tasmanian Tourist Parks:
Pet Friendly - Most Tasmanian Tourist Parks are pet friendly –
contact each Tourist Park for their pet policy specific info when booking.
Direct Booking - All Tasmanian Tourist Parks have a direct Booking facility on GoSeeAustralia.
Mates Rates - Tasmanian Tourist Parks have special “Mates Rates” offers.
Free Book Ahead and VIP Membership - There is a free Tasmanian Tourist Parks book ahead service and free VIP Membership.
Discount Cards - Visitors can pick up their 10 per cent Tasmanian Tourist Parks discount cards as soon as they arrive in Tasmania from any participating Tasmanian Tourist Park.
Editor's Note: Tasmanian roads like New Zealand require cautious driving. Too much speed will quickly bring problems.
The gearbox should be used for its braking affect as there are long steep, winding downhill sections.
Settings will vary between caravans so check that the setting chosen is doing its job. In motorhomes and campervans the gearbox should be used to bring in engine braking and help keep brakes cooler.
GoSee is posting this Tasmanian Tourist Parks touring series using Telstra. Tasmania is a Telstra island. GoSee is using Telstra 7 Series broadband gear and a Dell Vostro 1510 laptop.
Editors Note: Also see:
Part 2 of GoSee Tows Around Tasmania meets great beauty, convict ghosts and reads logs written by Capt. William Bligh
GoSee Bulldog diesel Captiva sinks in DPChip teeth on 1987km Around Tasmanian Towing Tour
Truganini great survivor of Australia's Black War faced adapt or die alternatives for her people
GoSee meets Tasmanian dump points as CMCA drives leave no trace initiative
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Boat launching ramp below Hillcrest TP St Helens 073
Dump point Launceston Holiday Park 047
Disabled shower Launceston Holiday Park 052
Hillcrest Store 075
Hillcrest Store and Caravan Park St Helens 070
Triabunna fuel is next door
Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park has easy access
The Hazards Coles Bay
GoSee rides the edge of Oyster Bay on the A3
GoSee gets up close with Swansea sea views
Drive-in dump point Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park
Seven Mile Beach stretches towards Sandy Pt
Seven Mile Beach is easy on the mind
Seven Mile Beach is on Frederick Henry Bay
Seven Mile Beach has a serious dump point
Seven Mile Beach has a good feel about it
Seven Mile Beach GoSee set-up for three nights
Seven Mile Beach GoSee in good company
Seven Mile Beach Camp Kitchen
Seven Mile Beach the sign says it all
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