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Motorhome Mission Down The Heritage Highway

The run from Launceston in the north down to Hobart in the south of Tasmania is a brief two-hour affair down the Midland Highway if done without stopping. This is an impossibility for campervan travelers though- our exploratory minds and our lust for new sights and sounds just cannot fathom a drive down the center of Tasmania without gleaning some kind of appreciation for the scenery we are passing through. And so we stop and we look and we take it all in – and it is harder to find a deeper sense of satisfaction than the one instilled in us by this drive known as the ‘Heritage Highway’. The expansive valley it passes through is a tapestry of fields, quaint historical settlements, and crisp, clear rivers; slowly knitted together over time and presented to you in its present form to explore, enjoy and file under ‘exceptionally beautiful’ in your scrapbook of campervan travels.

Heading south from Launceston the first stop-worthy village is reached after just 20 kilometres- Evandale. A strong theme of this drive is the heritage-classified, Georgian-style buildings that dominate the settlements you will drive through, and in this department, Evandale is an exemplary starting point. There are over 38 gracious buildings in the town, many of them on the tree-lined main street. A half day in the town is a good period to appreciate the diversity of heritage it contains, and will also allow you to take a stroll down the banks of the South Esk River. If you happen to be in town on a Sunday then you will be fortunate enough to experience the Evandale Markets, a great place to pick up a souvenir and some local fare.

Just a few kilometers south of Evandale is one of the best-preserved Georgian-style buildings in the country, Clarendon Homestead. Lying on the banks of the South Esk River it was built in 1838 for a wealthy wool and grain dealer, and besides the large porticoed main building, many farm buildings have been superbly maintained. Its beautiful gardens are great for a picnic or a long walk, and if you find you have some extra time on your hands then pay a visit to the nearby township of Nile. This collection of heritage buildings on the banks of the River Nile is most notable for the impressive tower of St Peters Church, which was built in 1839.

There is an interesting story about the Racecourse Hotel in the next town south, Longford. In this hotel, a thieving woman who stole two gold sovereigns from a pair of farmhands was tracked down by them and murdered for her crime. A dark piece of history that should not be allowed to detract from the beauty of the town, but rather add to its rich heritage. The most striking thing about Longford is not the Racecourse Hotel, it is the Brickenden National Estate. This is a historic working farm that has been owned and run by the same family for over two hundred years. With seven miles of river frontage, it is a popular destination for trout fishermen, and bushwalkers love making their way through the thick and lush bush that covers most of the estate. Speaking of trout fishing, the nearby town of Cresswell is seen as the trout capital of Tasmania because its waterways run thick with the popular sport fish. Every August the Annual Tasmanian Trout Exposition of Australia takes place, so if you are keen on your angling then coincide your motorhome adventure down the heritage highway with this large festival.

The next town as you head southwards is considered the historical heart of Tasmania, and there are over one hundred buildings in the town that exceed a century in age. Stop and savor the many attractions in the town, which are spearheaded by the Convict Brick Trail. This trail is dedicated to the nearly 200 000 convicts that came to Australia over 100 years. Each brick is dedicated to a convict and has their name, their birth and death dates, and a bit of information about them. Another popular spot to visit is the Fox Hunters Return, a pub that has been serving the public since 1840. Don’t miss The Grange either, a large manor-style building standing in the center of town.

Continuing south, Oatlands is worth a look because of the large collection of colonial sandstone buildings it is home to (the largest number in a village environment in Australia). Walking down the main street is like stepping back in time – there are over 87 sandstone buildings on the street alone and a total of 138 in the town boundaries. From Oatlands, it is a leisurely 79 kilometers down to Hobart. You can complete this in one hit, or if you have time call into Pontville. 35 kilometers north of Hobart, this was once an important stopping point and one of the main suppliers of stone to Tassy. Today it is another quiet town on the Heritage Highway, remarkable for the vestiges of its past rather than for any importance it has today or in the future.

And then it’s on to Hobart. With the spell-binding Mt Wellington dominating the skyline here you can see Hobart as the cherry on the cake of your journey, a journey whose short distance takes in a great deal of the past and gives a stunning portrayal of the Tasmanian countryside. You can’t go wrong with this campervan trip.

10 Great 4WD Tour And 4WD Trip Locations

Of all the extreme sports why go on a 4WD adventure? Other than not having a 4WD and the right equipment of your own, the reasons mostly sum up to apprehensions about traveling alone and simply not knowing where to go.

That is what 4WD adventure packages are for. Expert guides and 4WD drivers take you on roads less traveled; combine it with action-packed activities and breathtaking scenery for the perfect exhilarating extreme experience. You can rent a 4WD vehicle, be shown around places that you will only see in travel magazines, and get your adrenalin boiling with great activities. Don’t know where to go? Here’s a teaser of 10 great locations where you will finally enjoy your 4WD adventure:

  1. Kakadu National Park, the Northern Territory
    A World Heritage-listed park located 120 km east of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. A location with refreshing monsoonal microclimates, beautiful landscapes, and well-known wetlands on the plains. This park is so vast that it is as big as Israel, Slovenia, or El Salvador and is considered Australia’s largest National Park. Its diverse environment is home to a variety of lush flora and amazing fauna.
  2. Bullfinch to Goongarrie Station, Western Australia
    This route takes you through a remote country near Mt. Manning Nature Reserve. On the way, you will also pass through Lake Ballard and the Menzies, and great western woodlands. Other sights also include the Helena and Aurora Ranges and Yowie Rocks.
  3. Simpson Desert, Central Australia
    Endless red dunes that traverse North & South make up this section of the Australian Outback. Marvel at shimmering mirages, and be amazed at the historical imprints of civilization taking over the past.
  4. Cape York, QLD
    This is an area where roads are often rough and undeveloped, a scenario that allows access to amazing landscapes, countless river crossings, and bountiful nature spots.
  5. Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
    Cruise through a choice selection of huge mountain ranges, amazing gorges, and refreshing waterways.
  6. Tasmania
    Fish, swim, and bushwalk along Tasmania’s mix of rocky slopes, bush tracks, and waterways.
  7. Coral Bay, Western Australia
    Offers crystal clear waters, vast riverways, astonishing National Parks, and rocky headlands. Enjoy your 4WD adventure in this state of unsurpassed beauty.
  8. Gregory National Park, Northern Territory
    Place a 4WD adventure here and experience authentic Australian bush camping and Aboriginal culture as you take a journey and soak in the sights of the amazing and diverse landscape.
  9. Victoria
    A 4WD experience filled with snowy spots, native wildlife, and lush forestry. Take a break from driving and be thrilled with skiing or snowboarding.
  10. Queenstown, New Zealand
    Go nostalgic on this 4WD adventure as you traverse through the old abandoned mining towns of Skippers Canyon and Macetown. Rugged roads add more to the experience of off-roading as you explore premier and authentic trails with the experts of 4WD adventure.