Tasmania packs a lot in a small area. The route from Hobart to Tasmania’s west coast features towns, farmland, mountains, forests, and more in what could be a day’s travel, but there are plenty of spots to stop in your Goldstream RV.
A pleasant 40 minute drive along the Derwent River from Hobart, New Norfolk is a good place to stock up on supplies. There are small shops and cafes between there and Queenstown, but no large stores.
Mountains, forests and mining towns
Mt Field National Park has a lovely camping area by the Tyenna River. Unhitch your Goldstream RV there for a day trip up to the alpine areas of the park.
Head north to the West Coast Highway to travel through sheep-grazing countryside and the towns of Hamilton and Ouse. After Ouse, the road winds back through forests and mountains. Lake St Claire National Park is an obvious stopping place, with plenty to see and do, but it’s not the only option. The old hydro-electric towns of Wyantinah and Tarraleah have attractive camping spots. Lake Burbury has toilets, plenty of scenery, water and often no-one else. Take a fishing rod, a small boat and food.
The steep and winding road down to Queenstown passes through landscape denuded of vegetation due to old mining practices. Queenstown, while not beautiful, has a lot to offer a traveller.
The west coast
There are two good routes to the coast west of Queenstown.
Most people head out to Strahan, a base to explore Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon and Franklin Rivers. Head out towards Hell’s Gates, the mouth of Macquarie Harbour. There are extensive areas to park your Goldstream RV, though it’s probably best to avoid the area during the peak season from Christmas until the end of January. Most places are sheltered by bushes and low trees. Walk through sand dunes to the beaches from many places.
Alternatively, take the road north from Queenstown to Zeehan. It’s worth exploring the railway museum and pottering around the town and its surrounds. A gravel road goes from just north of Zeehan to Trial Harbour. Take all supplies as there are no shops in this largely abandoned town. There’s a lovely small camping area on the northern side looking west over the ocean and a nearby sandy beach. It is exposed to Tasmania’s prevailing westerly wind, but in settled weather, it is a beautiful spot.
Tasmania is full of wonders for caravanners, so be sure to add it as a destination for a future family holiday.