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5 tips to prepare for a family campervan holiday in Tasmania

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Tasmania is the ideal location for your family holiday. The short driving distances and stunning scenery means you won't have to worry about keeping the kids occupied while out on the road either. Tasmania is also host to a special collection of wildlife which can't be found anywhere else in the world.

Tasmania has seven different marine nature reserves near beautiful beaches, especially in the Macquarie Island area. It's also the only place in the world you can see the famous Tasmanian devil. He likes to hang out among platypuses, bandicoots, kangaroos and wallabies, so chances are if you see a 'tassie devil' you'll get to see lots of other cool critters too.

Using the following tips, you can plan the best Tasmanian family holiday.

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1. Consider the weather before you go since most of Tasmania's attractions are outdoors

Picking the right time of year to travel helps you avoid heavy rains and having to spend your holiday indoors, rather than out. December to February is a great time to enjoy the warm summer weather and go to local beaches and festivals.

If you're worried about the Australian summer heat, autumn (March through to May) offers a moderate outdoor climate with beautiful scenery of color-changing leaves all over the island. 


2. Choose a comfortable route to Tasmania

Getting to Tasmania with a camper is a breeze on the Spirit of Tasmania. Sailing between Melbourne and Devonport twice daily.

With plenty of on-board facilities you'll disembark feeling relaxed and ready for your holiday. The 9hr journey offers 5 bars and restaurants, an on-board cinema, gift shop, gaming lounge and for those travelling over-night a comfortable cabin or recliner to get a few zzz's in, meaning you'll arrive in Tasmania refreshed and ready to explore!

This ship also allows children younger than three to travel free of charge.


3. Pick the best driving routes to suit your family

When traveling with very small children, you might prefer to stay close to more populated areas so you have easier access to any supplies you may require at short-notice. Therefore, you could plan a route around the south-east to enjoy Hobart, Port Arthur, Freycinet National Park, Swansea and Cockle Creek. These spots have lots of attractions and a range of camping amenities readily available. 

If you're traveling with older kids, you can opt for more adventurous routes offering opportunities to explore biking trails or go kayaking around the western Tasmania, all within an hour or two from main cities.

Russell Falls, within Mount Field National Park, is a good example of a place where your family can go caving, trout fishing, hiking or bicycling on beautiful treks for all skill levels. 

4. Plan a park-friendly visit by following Tasmanian National Park rules

Bring plastic trash bags with you because there are no public rubbish bins at most national parks. It's a good idea to leave your dogs at home when visiting any Tasmanian National Parks because they're generally not allowed in these areas. By leaving your pets at home, you'll have a better chance at seeing some of the native wild-life too!

For your safety and the safety of others, only build fires in designated park fireplaces. 

5. Prepare to encounter Tasmanian wildlife

In Australia it's important to keep insect repellent with you to protect you from accidental stings from wild bugs. It's also a good idea to wear protective shoes and pants when hiking in the woods and avoid trekking through tall grass as snakes seek protection from predators in these areas. Fishing also isn't allowed in the marine reserves.