When-Where-Why?

We had read good things about this island so we said why not! It’s nothing extraordinary but it does pass the time. There are koalas, the coast on is very pretty but otherwise it is not an essential step. We stayed there shorter than expected, only 4 days and it is more than enough!

Before Coming

*Money

Here we use the Australian dollar (AUD). 1AUD = 0.62 euros in November 2019.

* Internet & Phone

There is wifi in many cafes and restaurants but also free wifi in the city. You can buy phone cards with a lot of internet. At Vodaphone, for 30AUD you have unlimited calls and messages and 30GB of internet for 30 days.

* Applications to download

I recommend that you download these applications:

– Great walks: The Tasmanian hiking application. It will give you a list of the biggest hikes in every corner of Tasmania.

– MapsMe: The best application for up-to-date offline maps.

-Wikicamps: This application lists all camping sites (free / paid), water points, and certain places of interest. It works offline.

– Camper Mate: This application gives you access to campsites but it does not work offline.

-FuelMapsAustralia: This application lists all the petrol stations.

*Food

Take a good look at the foods you can bring as some, such as honey and potatoes, are prohibited!

Transports

We rented a camper van on Motorhome Republic. You will need to take the ferry from Cape Jervis to come. You can change your tickets at the last minute if you arrive before, you will have to inform the reception and we will put you on the waiting list to get on the ferry; you will only climb if there is space at no additional cost.

Housing

Here are the campsites where we stayed:

Type of Camping: Very simple campsite in Vivonne Bay. The road is not paved to access it. There is space to eat with an electric bbq. There is a tap to wash your dishes and to fill your water. There is a beach five minutes away.

Price: 17AUD per couple without electricity / 24 AUD per couple with electricity

Water: Yes, not drinkable.

WC: Yes.

Shower: Yes, AUD 2 for 3 minutes.

Type of Camping: Camping in Flinders Chase Park. It is at the start of the hike of the same name. There are only toilets. The pitches are large and well organized.

Price: 16AUD per pitch.

Water: Yes, not drinkable.

WC: Yes.

Shower: No.

Important: To stay here you will need to make a reservation at the park’s visitor center or online. You will be given a location, you cannot settle anywhere.

Good to know: If you sleep in this campsite, or in others in the park, you save money on the price of the park and you gain an additional day in the park by staying two nights at their campsites.

Type of Camping: Camping simple avec de la place au départ des randonnées.

Price: 16AUD per site.

Water: Yes, not drinkable.

WC: Yes.

Shower: No.

Important: To stay here you will need to make a reservation at the park’s visitor center or online. You will be given a location, you cannot settle anywhere.

Good to know: If you sleep in this campsite, or in others in the park, you save money on the price of the park and you gain an additional day in the park by staying two nights at their campsites.

Food

On this island there are many producers of wine, beer and honey. Avoid buying in small convenience stores because it is overpriced and not justified! Check the products you cannot bring to the island (honey, potatoes for example).

Activities

On this island there are unfortunately a lot of paid things. You can pay for each visit or pay for a pass valid for one year which will save you some money.

* Flinders Chase National Park

What: The island’s national park. There are many things to see, beautiful hikes and lots of koalas!

Where: In the west of the island.

Price: To visit and stay in the park you will have to pay entrance fees: for two days: adults 16AUD / concession 13AUD / child 10 AUD / family 42 AUD

Good to know: If you sleep in the campsites of park, you save money on the price of the park and you gain an additional day in the park by staying two nights at their campsites. Koalas: In the visitor center parking lot and in the park next to it you can see dozens!

* Hikes

In Flinders Chase National Park There are several, here is the list provided by the park:

We did the following:

* Heritage Walk (n ° 2): very easy and you can see lots of koalas.

* Woodland walk (n°3) : very easy, in eucalyptus but without interest.

* Cape du Couedic & Admiral Arch (n°13 + n°5) : Easy and beautiful views of the coast.

* Remarkable rocks (n°7) : Easy and nice.

We did more walks in the north of the park, but to be honest they were not that interesting so I will not mention them here.

What: A beach and a walk to see sea lions. You can also go through a tour operator to go boating. You can also pay for a guided tour.

Hours: 9 am-5pm.

Fares: AUD 16.5 without guide per adult / AUD 37 with guide per adult.

Good to know: If you don’t want to pay, know that you can see lots of sea lions at Cape du Couedic, and it’s free!

What: A cave with stalactites and stalagmites. You have to do it with a guide, it lasts 40 minutes.

Price: AUD 21 per adult.

What: Beautiful fine sand dunes where you can mountain bike, sandboard or just walk.

Hours: 9 am-5pm.

Price: It’s free to walk

What: A magnificent beach of white sand and turquoise water. A little paradise!

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