Ten Days on the Island

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If you were looking at timing your motor homing holiday with one of Tasmania’s many festivals there is perhaps no festival better suited then the biennial Ten Days on the Island festival. An autumnal event this year’s takes place between March 25 and April 3.

Ten Days on the Island is a unique arts and performance festival that takes place across the entire state so wherever you find yourself in your motor home there is sure to be something fascinating going on nearby.

If your in the north of the state be sure to stop in one of the Dance Halls located all over the north including St Helens, Launceston and Burnie, don’t miss out on the “Dance Marathon” taking place in Launceston’s St. Albies Hall on 1st and  2nd.  The north of the state will also play host to a range of concerts from a variety of groups including En Chordais from Greece, Færd from Denmark and the New Zealand String Quartet.

If you and your motor home happen to find yourselves in the North West of the state be sure to check out “In Teers” a series of installations along the Tamar Estuary and Esk River System. You may even be able to spot them while your driving along. If you’re in Devonport, Sheffield, Penguin or Deloraine why not share a secret with Tawdry Heartburn or check out the historical and geographical history of Devonport with the photographical exhibition “Tales from Suburbia”.

A definite highlight for the south of Tasmania is “Power Plant” a light and sound installation at the Royal Botanical Gardens of Tasmania. Be sure to park your motor home near by and give yourself a good hour one evening to check out this spectacular sight. At the Theatre Royal be sure to check out the Australian premier of “Animal Farm” based on the George Orwell novel. Or head over to the Backspace Theatre and check out “Poxed” written by Tasmanian Stella Kent and directed by Jillian Kelley. “Poxed” deals with the fascinating life of Lady Mary Montague.

For family fun all around the state be sure to check out “Far Flung Flicks” a mobile cinema traveling the state showing successful local animations and shorts.

You could take one of two approaches with Ten Days on the Island and your holiday, either drop in to whatever events are on in the areas you are in or if your really keen to soak up this great experience why not plan your holiday around the festival and see it all.

Ten Days on the Island finishes on April 3 and will next be held in Autumn 2013. For more information please visit: http://tendaysontheisland.com

Agfest 2011

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Agfest, the agricultural festival of Tasmania, is on again this year from Thursday May 5th until Saturday May the 7th at Quercus Rural Youth Park in Carrick.   For those of you that don’t know, Agfest has an impressive history that began in May 1983.  The festival was the result of the Rural Youth committee, with the help of the Department of Agriculture.  The first festival included 111 exhibitors and was a 2 day event with 9000 people attending.   Today Agfest is even more extensive, running over 3 days and with even greater numbers attending from all over the country.

Entry fees are inexpensive, with adults costing $13.00 and kids only $3.00.  The festival is open from 8:00am till 5:00pm daily, with facilities such as toilet blocks, feeding and changing rooms and Eftpos machines.

This year, 2011, is gearing up to be one of the best years yet with many features and competitions.  In store for those attending is the sheep dog trails, show jumping, youth craft fashion parade, craft pavilion, dairy feature, fine food stall and much, much more.  Competitions for this year include the much loved Ag Art Wear event, where teens can recycle junk yard items into cool costumes as well as the rodeo and wood chopping.  There are prizes for the best preserves, jams and jelly’s, and also for cross stitch, embroidery, knitting and sowing.Livestock and farming equipment, such as tractors, are also on display, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase and try out anything and everything that takes their fancy.Kids can indulge themselves with hay rides, face painting and the petting zoo.  And parents, rest assured, it is a very family orientated festival and there is no reason to leave the little ones at home.  However pets are not allowed within the festival so remember to leave your beloved pooch at home.  There is plenty of car parking available and easy to read directions on the agfest website www.agfest.com.au

Those travelling up from Hobart or down from Launceston have the opportunity to drive through some truly amazing places, so why not make it a weeks holiday, hire a campervan, and enjoy all that Tasmania has to offer.

Also if you are looking to buy a new motorhome or campervan or be one of the fist to see the new Talvor caravan be sure to check out the Cruisin RV sales site. Cruisin RV sales is the retail arm of GoCheap Motorhomes and the Tasmanian dealer for Talvor Motorhomes.

Hobart by Motorhome

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Motorhoming is an enduringly popular holiday option for many in Australia and the island state of Tasmania is one destination that is a great fit for those looking for the freedom of travelling in a campervan.

Like any great holiday experience, planning your trip in advance is key to making your stay in our wonderful state both interesting and carefree. Luckily Tasmania offers a range of different experiences and journeys yet remains small enough that travelling between destinations can be done at a lazy pace, which is fortunate as there is so much to see and do along the way!
One of Tasmania’s popular destinations is the capital Hobart, Australia’s second oldest city.

Make sure you schedule your trip so that you’re in Hobart on a Saturday. You don’t want to miss Salamanca Market, a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. However if you can’t be here over a weekend during the week Salamanca Place is still worth a visit for its wonderful restaurants, bars, boutique shops and galleries not to mention its gorgeous converted sandstone warehouses that make up Salamanca Place.

Founded in 1803 Hobart retains many of its original buildings, making it one of Australia’s more picturesque capitals. If you’re not game to try a ghost tour at night, make sure you soak up some of our history during the day. The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in the CBD is definitely worth a visit as is the Theatre Royale, Australia’s oldest theatre and the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is just a short walk from the city centre.

Overlooking Hobart is Mount Wellington, or simply ‘The Mountain’ to locals. Often covered in snow it makes a beautiful back drop for the city, but also provides numerous day walks, lookouts and picnic opportunities all within a 10 minute drive (in your camper of course) of the CBD.

There always seems to be something on in Hobart, so no matter what time of the year you plan your motorhoming trip there’s bound to be a festival to visit. Hobart plays host to many events including The Summer Festival (which includes the renowned Taste of Tasmania and the finish line to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race), The Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Hobart Fringe Festival, MONA FOMA, Tulip Festival, parts of Ten Days on the Island and stages of TARGA Tasmania plus many more.

You’ll want a few days to explore Hobart so make sure to hire your campervan in to one of the many holiday parks in the city surrounds and take your time soaking up all Hobart has to offer.

Visit the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and tour Tasmania

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One of the top maritime events in the world – the Australian Wooden Boat Festival is in Hobart in February 2011 (11-14).  This four-day Festival is a wonderful opportunity to hire a motorhome or campervan and visit Tasmania on a motoring holiday over summer and see some of the attractions it has to offer.

Some of the attractions in and around Hobart include the:

  • Salamanca Market;
  • Cascade Brewery;
  • Cadbury chocolate factory;
  • Port Arthur Historic site;
  • Seafood restaurants;
  • Numerous wineries; and
  • Magnificent Mount Wellington views.

The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is the premiere wooden boat festival in Australia.  The Festival is held on Hobart’s historic Sullivan’s Cove waterfront docks which has a rich association with nautical history.  Tasmanian timber is renowned for its suitability for boat and ship construction.  These timbers include the wonderful Huon Pine and Celery Top Pine.
Over the years, many amazing examples of the boatbuilding art have left the Derwent River’s shipyards.  Every kind of boat is represented at the Festival – from the tiniest dinghies to large traditional sailing ships, from small putt-putt’s and steamers to fast powerboats.  At the Festival you will be able to witness boatbuilding using traditional tools to craft magnificent boats and watch them take shape.  From boating enthusiasts to laymen, there is something for everyone to do at the Festival.
Some of the attractions of the Australian Wooden Boat Festival are:

  • an enormous collection of wooden boats of all descriptions;
  • a big display of model boats;
  • many permanent and temporary food outlets with an emphasis on fresh Tasmanian seafood;
  • nautical skill demonstrations;
  • live music and theatre; and
  • boat handling demonstrations.

Entry to the Festival is free.  More information about the Festival is on their website at http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/

A suggested itinerary is:

Day/DateSuggested route and attractions
Friday February 11Arrive at Hobart airport and collect your van early at Hobart Airport. Head off to the Australian Wooden Boat Festival and see all it has to offer. Whilst in a boating mood, you may wish to enjoy a cruise on the Derwent River to the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.Take the Huon Trail south to explore the waterways, wilderness, countryside and orchards of the Huon Valley.You may wish to stop at the town of Franklin which has fine restaurants and the Wooden Boat Centre. You could also visit Huonville and the Forest & Heritage Centre at Geeveston. A half-hour drive from Geeveston will take you to the famous Tahune Forest Airwalk, where you can stroll over the Huon River among the tree tops. You may wish to drive around an hour further south to visit Southport or the Hastings limestone caves and warm thermal springs.If you drive south via Huonville, on the return north to Hobart turn right just across the Huon bridge and be the drive through Cygnet, along the coast past Garden Island and up the D’Entrecasteaux Channel via Woodbridge, Kettering, Snug and Margate.Overnight in the Huon Valley or head back to Hobart.
Saturday February 12Visit the colourful and vibrant Salamanca Market in the morning. Spend some time in and around Hobart. Wander around the heritage properties around Battery Point, check out the galleries in Salamanca Place and the Saturday Salamanca Market, travel to the summit of Mount Wellington for amazing views of Hobart and surrounds and take a tour and a taste at the Cascade Brewery. You may even wish to visit the Australian Wooden Boat Festival again.Overnight in Hobart or travel to Port Arthur early to make the most of the next day.
Sunday February 13Head down the Arthur Highway to Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula. Take the Convict Trail from Cambridge through the Coal River Valley to Richmond where you will find the old Richmond Gaol and the Richmond Maze. You will travel over Australia’s oldest stone bridge at the Coal River. The Coal River Valley is Tasmania’s fastest growing wine region.Once at Port Arthur, spend time wandering or take a guided tour of the ruins of the Port Arthur convict penitentiary and surrounding buildings.Stay overnight near Port Arthur to take in the nightly Ghost Tour.
Monday February 14Take the Heritage Highway up through the historic Midlands to explore towns like Ross, Oatlands, Campbell Town, Evandale and Perth. You may wish to visit historic estates such as Brickendon and Woolmers and the National Rose Garden.To celebrate Valentine’s Day – you may choose to enjoy a romantic evening meal at one of Launceston’s famous restaurants, a winery or the Gorge Restaurant at the Cataract Gorge.Overnight in Launceston.
Tuesday February 15Explore Launceston – take the chairlift across Cataract Gorge, a cruise on the Tamar River and visit the Tamar Island Wetlands to see a variety of water birds. For fine craft and furniture, visit the Design Centre.If you’re a wine-lover, you may enjoy the Tamar Valley Wine Route, which takes you to many family-owned vineyards. Enjoy a visit to the quaint Swiss village of Grindelwald. If you are game, you may like to try cable hang-gliding.Drop your van off in Launceston before departing.