Where should we go in Tasmania?

Now that the motorhome is registered, we are planing on spending Summer on the delightful island of Tasmania. We had hoped to leave last year but with the bus conversion taking longer than expected esp things like the slide-outs taking over 10 months to be made and shipped from America, things just didnt go as planned. Then on top of all that, I  (Michelle) get a little crook only to be finally diagnosed with a rare head cancer. So then that throws everything totally up in the air.

Now the bus is now officially registered as a motorhome and I am starting to feel much better and the doctor is happy for me to continue with checkups with a colleague in Tasmania and thus we are  now able to start planing. Our daughter moved home early this year with the idea of house sitting while we were traveling. Thankfully she is still willing to stay here while we gallivant around Tassie.

The only way to get your RV over to Tasmania is on the Spirit of Tasmania. We have booked the ferry. We have booked the motorhome and the car as separate vehicles as we found this to be the cheaper option rather than take the car as a towed vehicle.

So  now this is where you guys come in! Where should we go? Thankfully our schedule is very loose and flexible/ We also are fortunate in that we  have 4 months before we need to come back to the mainland.

We are the type of people that make only a rough idea of a plan and then make decisions along the way. We are able to free camp extensively. Rob has been to Tassie before but it was well over 35 years ago. Whereas everything will be totally new to me. We want to go slow and enjoy the places we visit and the people we meet along the way.

Make sure you also list your favourite camp grounds especially any free camp spots since we are seld sufficent and all setup for free camping.

We need your advice!

So help us out please. There is with an incredible amount of choice for places to go.We love the natural side of life and generally tend to avoid spending a lot of time in cities, though there are some exceptions. We want to dig a little deeper and find the real Tasmania.

We love the quieter pursuits

  • national parks
  • beaches
  • waterfalls
  • easy bush walks
  • snorkeling
  • watching great sunsets
  • scenic drives
  • new experiences
  • great campsites
  • fabulous happy hours with other campers
I also have a hankering for the crafty side of life especially craft markets and fairs and Rob loves a good feed without the fancy price tags.

Places already on our radar

 Freycinet National Park 


Bruny Island


Liffey Falls in Deloraine


 Where else should we go and what activities should we definitely add to our list?

Powering up the Motorhome

To live any kind of 'normal' life on the road we will need to have access to some sort of power. We also plan on frequent free camping since it is a lifestyle we really enjoy now that we have been introduced to it on our Western Australia trip. By the way, free camping is the Australian equivalent similar to boondocking or rather dry camping which is basically camping anywhere (legally) with limited or no amenities.

Since we plan on spending the majority of our time free camping we did a lot of research and thus have possibly made our motor home rather unique. We chose not to have any gas. (The wife has a 'thing' against gas since one self ignited in our first home. Thankfully we were home at the time and avoided damage to the house and ourselves!) Optioning for no gas, not only saved the costs of having it installed and certified by the appropriate authorities we also believe it to be safer.

Our power supply 240v also is not very conventional in a few ways. Most of our appliances will be regular household appliances even though we intend to spend weeks at a time free camping, we believe we have ensured that we will have enough power to run these appliances even if there should be some cloudy or rainy weather.

Our Induction cooker
Ordinary household fridge with a microwave oven on top
We opted for lots of  solar panels on the roof to ensure plenty of power. We covered all the spare spaces on the roof with small solar panels since this utilized the area available much better than larger ones plus they fitted the slope better too. Smaller panels also have better power generating capacity especially when some shade falls on a panel. See our blog post on solar panels for more details.

The bus roof full of solar panels
Adding more batteries to run everything only works if you have adequate generating capacity to charge them. We opted for solar panels and lithium batteries.

We installed solar panels on the roof to ensure plenty of power but then we had to ensure we could harness that power and after much research, we went with lithium batteries, for many reasons but mainly because they are much more efficient. The batteries are 400amps at 24v Lithium batteries and are controlled by a Dingo controller using SSR unit to take the bulk of the power from the solar to the batteries using a Vitron shunt off a negative cable to show us the amps, volts etc.

Connecting the Lithium batteries together

We have a separate 12 volt system and we have connected to solar 80w panel in the control box as well. 12 volt used to be the standard for extra low voltage power systems eg led lights etc. 

Dingo solar charge controller
Rob wanted 2 different systems. If we use 12 volt out of a 24 volt system then we are only using half of a battery which s not  good for constant use. A 24 volt system is more efficient because you can use smaller cables and higher output  to allow a more efficient distribution of power. So we are going 24V with a 240V inverter.  Sine wave inverters provide the same quality of power that you can expect from mains power. They are therefore safe to use with all your electronic appliances but they do cost more than the modified square wave models.

Battery Inverter

The higher the current (measured in Amps) the bigger the components need to be. High currents require large diameter cables and fuses, both of which can be expensive. However by doubling the voltage you get double the power (Watt) at the same current.


Sure we could have considered petrol generators, which are a cheaper alternative but they are not very neighbourhood friendly, they are noisy, they are not allowed in all campsites and you need to cart extra fuel for them as well as that creating on-going running costs.We have been at some camp sites that generators run upto 18 hours. Luck has it we were far enough away not to have to put up with these ourselves, though we feel sorry for anyone close by them.

I am hoping we never need a generator - only time will tell.