One great way to discover the apple isle is to self-drive in Tasmania. You’ll find that Tasmania is all of Australia’s’ best bits mixed together to make a perfect slice of heaven. English style countryside, speckled with pretty beaches and lovingly adorned with a rugged coastline. Now add to that a commanding art and culture scene, delicious local produce and award winning local wine and whisky and you’re starting to get a flavor of what this little gem has to offer.
If you’re planning to self-drive in Tasmania, here are some things you must know to avoid any glitches in your otherwise wonderful holiday.
Tasmania is bigger than you think
Google maps might give an impression that we can go from point A to B in 2 hours but when you’re driving down long winding roads in a remote wilderness area, it might be a different story. Plus, the island is jam-packed with attractions and you might want to stop longer at some points to absorb the pristine beauty. So give yourself enough time to travel between places so that it is an enjoyable holiday. You won’t enjoy much if major parts of your days are spent inside a car.
Avoid driving at dawn or dusk
One of the most striking things about Tasmania is its booming wildlife, but while this is fascinating, you don’t want to hit one of these beautiful creatures or pay a fortune in damage costs. They love wondering around and cross roads far more frequently than you would imagine. Stay safe and avoid driving when it is getting darker because this is when the animals are most active and visibility is poor.
The weather is unpredictable
You might be heading to Tassie in summers, but you could still experience some cold days. Weather can change a few times over the course of a day; it can be sunny when you head out for hiking but cloudy and rainy the next minute. So, dress in layers and invest in good quality poncho and windproof outer clothing so that you can stay warm at all times. Remember to check the weather before you plan activities for that day.
The quarantine laws are very strict
Tasmania has one of the most stringent quarantine laws to protect it itself from many agricultural pests and diseases found elsewhere in the world. Some common items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers are also prohibited. Therefore, be sure to confirm what you can and cannot carry into Tasmania before you pack your bags.
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