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Where to Find Snow in Tasmania

Monday, June 25, 2018

Are you dreaming of a white winter where you can build a snowman for a change? With Winter just around the corner, snow is already starting to settle in selected areas of Tasmania. One of the most frequently asked questions we have here at Cruisin' is "where can we find snow?" To help guide you in the right direction  this year, here are the top places to find that allusive white powder on your winter getaway in Australia's beautiful island state. 

Mount Wellington

The pinnacle of Mount Wellington has already seen its first dust coating of the season and it's impressive. Whether you are seeing it up close or from a distance, this sure is a spectacular sight that is a welcome addition to any Tasmanian winter visit. Rug up and take a drive to the pinnacle for spectacular views of the city below and to make a snow angel or build a snowman. If you're lucky, you might even find snow as low as The Springs, just a short drive from Hobart's city centre. Locals and tourists alike can be found fossicking in the snow during the winter months and it is a truly iconic Tasmanian winter experience. 

Cradle Mountain 

Perhaps one of Australia's most stunning natural sights and Tasmania's most visited tourist attractions, Cradle Mountain sees its fair share of snow throughout the winter months, particular on its higher peaks. Don't forget your camera because this is one photo opportunity that you don't want to miss. For the best views of the mountain, visit Dove Lake and walk the circuit track or if you want the ultimate birds eye view, there are a number of scenic flights that operate in the area. Snow only settles on the ground only a few times of year and we recommend staying a few days to guarantee that snow experience!

Ben Lomond 

If it's skiing you're after, beautiful Ben Lomond is the place to be. Ben Lomond National Park is the only vehicular accessible alpine snow area in Tasmania. The ski slopes are best accessed by Troop Carriers that run on demand from the PWS registration area at the top car park and cost just $15 for the 15 minute drive to the top (unfortunately the slopes cannot be accessed by motorhomes or campervans). Don't worry if you don't have your ski gear with you as you can easily hire the gear at the top for affordable rates. On the slopes you will also find a cosy public shelter with a welcoming open fire area and toilets cleaned daily. If you're looking for something to warm you up, the friendly onsite cafe offers a range of treats ideal for escaping the cold including hot snacks and drinks. First-time skiers are also catered for as the park offers both group and private ski lessons. The ski area uses snow guns to top up the natural snow, making the conditions perfect for skiing and tobogganing. Ski season depends on snow fall but usually runs from early July to mid-September. For more information visit

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Top 10 Activities For Families In Tasmania

Monday, April 16, 2018

With the school holidays upon us now is the time to go and spend some family fun time in Tasmania. This list of top 10 activities for families in Tasmania will have everything to keep the kids both young and old entertained while spending the day out together. 

Zoo Doo

620 Middle Tea Tree Road Richmond

Phone: 03 62602444

Open 7 days

Get up close and personal with the animals at Zoodoo Zoo. Zoodoo has a great variety of animals for the kids to meet from meerkats to zebras, wombats, koalas and of course our famous Tassie devils. Delight in the birdlife in the walk-through aviary or partake in a safari tour. 

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

593 Briggs Road, Brighton  

Phone: 03 6268 1184

Open 7 days

Bonorong has an amazing range of Australian wildlife to meet and greet and not only have day tours but also offer a night tour where you can experience the nocturnal creatures including sugar gliders, quolls and the Tassie devils in their natural habitat.

Sweets and Treats

50 Bridge Road  Richmond

Open 7 days

No trip to Richmond is complete without a visit here. Watch your kids eyes pop at the range of sweet treats available at the Richmond lolly shop. Whether you like them chewy, crunchy, sweet, sour they have something here to please even the fussiest lolly muncher with locally made and imported treats and sweets.

Hollybank Treetops Adventure

66 Hollybank Road, Underwood   

Phone: 03 6395 1390

Open 7 days

Fun action packed adventures await you at Hollybank. Spend a couple of hours on their ropes courses (which cater for all ages and comfort levels), fly like a bird on a ziplining tour or drive like a boss on one of their Segway tours. For the bigger kids, Hollybank also has twilight zip line tours so you can be at one with nature and spot some nocturnal creatures on your travels.

Hastings Caves/thermal springs

754 Hastings Caves Rd Hastings  

Phone: 03 6298 3209

Open 7 days

Experience Newdegate Cave – Australia’s largest tourist cave and one of the largest dolomite caves in the southern hemisphere is an adventure like no other to be found in Tasmania. Explore the Platypus and Hot Spring Walks and take a dip in the thermal springs while you are here.

Ride the Don River Railway

Forth Rd, Don 

Phone: 03 6424 6335

Open 7 days – (trains only run Wednesday to Sunday)

You don’t need to be a train enthusiast to enjoy a day learning about these magnificent machines ranging from steam locomotives to diesel. Take a ride on the steam train (they depart every hour on the hour).

Sea Horse world

Shed 1A Inspection Head Wharf

200 Flinders Street, Beauty Point  

Phone: 03 63834111

The little ones will be enchanted by the underwater wonders of the seahorses at Sea Horse World. They offer shark and seahorse feeding and have a touch pool giving the kids the chance to touch the seahorses, crabs and starfish. Whilst you are in the area you should consider visiting Platypus House, home to both the platypus and the echidna.

Glengarry Bush Maze

48 Jay Dee Road, Glengarry 

Phone: 03 6396 125

Open 7 day

Fun for the whole family can be had at Glengarry Bush Maze. As well as the maze there are games including a giant Connect 4, giant chess board tyre maze and of course the hedge maze you can get lost in. Its a great place for lunch that caters to both the kids and the adults alike and has a great little gift store offering puzzles and brain teasers to suit any age.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery

2 Invermay Rd, Invermay 

Phone: 03 6323 3777

Open 7 days

Discover the wonders of the universe at the Planetarium where you sit back and take a journey to across the universe and beyond exploring the cosmos and unlocking the mysteries of space and space travel. Fascinating stuff!! While you are here you should check out the Tasmanian Collections which includes bushranger artefacts and dinosaurs.

Sliders Tube Park

Cnr Caswell and Conway Street, Mowbray   

Phone: 0409 875 540

Open 7 days

If you have the energy to burn and want a fun day out with the kids you just have to ride the slides at Sliders. Two 100m slides and a small 15m slide for the littlies will give them plenty to be excited about. These are dry slides so ideal for all year round use. Sliders also offer a vast range of pedal buggies to suit 1 to 6 riders for hire.

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5 Useful Resources for Your Tassie Adventure

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Exploring Tassie in a camper may just be the best way to see the state. Our reservations team have put together their top resources to make planning and enjoying the experience easy!

This is the go to website to learn more about Tasmania's national parks and their amenities. With over 40% of the state protected in these parks and reserves, you will have ample opportunity to get up close and personal with local flora and fauna. On the website you will find important information on where to buy your national park passes, where you can camp with a motorhome inside the park and bushwalking facilities. 

2. Public Toilet Map 

The public toilet map website is ideal for determining where the nearest black water dump point is. All you have to do is type your current location into to the search bar and the dump points in the area will appear on the map with their address on the left hand side of the page. 

3. Caravan & Camping Guide Tasmania

The Tasmania Caravan and Holiday Park Guide 2016 lists all the parks in the state where you can connect your motorhome to a powered site to charge the battery. Use the book to plan and be sure to make bookings in advance for peak holiday seasons when the state sees a shortage in caravan sites. 

4. Camping Sites around Tasmania Facebook Page 

If you're looking for advice from the Tassie locals on where to camp in the state, visit the Camping Sites around Tasmania Facebook Page. Here you can ask your question to administration and they will post it to the main page on your behalf. This page is visited by camping-enthusiasts that know the ins and outs of what the Tassie camping scene has on offer so don't hesitate to visit before you travel. 

5. WikiCamps Australia 

WikiCamps Australia is the perfect app to help you plan your stay as you go. It can be downloaded onto a smart phone or tablet and has a 15 day free trial. The app will let you know the closest camping facilities to your current location and the amenities on offer at each site. This app is added to on a regular basis and offers off the beaten track information. 

Complete a booking request online today and begin an adventure that you will never forget!

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Cruisin' Photo Competition: WIN a $2000 travel voucher!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The next Cruisin' Photo Competition will be drawn on the 31st of December, 2016 at 5 pm. Good luck to all entrants and congratulations to Sue Spry for recently take home a $2000 travel voucher. 

At Cruisin' Tasmania we want to see your best Aussie travel photos from your holiday with Cruisin'! Enter our Cruisin’ Photo Competition to be in the running to win a $2000 travel voucher valid for any of our motorhomes at any of our conveniently located Australian branches!

Who Should Enter

Anyone who has travelled with us over the past 17 years is welcome to enter the Cruisin’ Photo Competition! We know you all have old photos lying around, why not enter them here?

How to Enter

It’s easy! Just follow these instructions to enter and you can’t go wrong.

  1. Like us on Facebook at Cruisin Motorhome Rentals (you can find our Facebook Page by clicking on the Facebook icon at the top right hand corner of this page)
  2. Share your Cruisin’ travel photos on our Facebook page by uploading them as a Photo/Video to our wall!

If you are having trouble entering for any reason, email us at [email protected] and we will help you out!

What Will We Accept?

We want to see all of your travel images, whether the motorhome is featured or not. But! They must have been taken during the time that you were travelling with us. Video content is also welcome and will be entered in the competition.

Terms & Conditions

All photo or video content entered in the competition must be your own and have been taken during the period of time that you travelled with Cruisin’ Motorhomes. The winning travel voucher includes the Hassle Free insurance package. The offer does not include any other travel costs including, but not limited to, flights, fuel, living expenses and relocation fees. Applicants must be no younger than 21 years of age. All entrants must accept the following terms and conditions: Cruisin’ and the entrant will jointly own the copyright of the submitted entries. You give permission for Cruisin’ to use your photo or video at our discretion. The winner will be announced on the website and Facebook Page on the 31st of December 2016. All other standard terms and conditions apply and voucher use is subject to availability.  

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Featured: Strahan Holiday Park

Friday, January 22, 2016

Family-owned Strahan Holiday Park is situated in idyllic Strahan and is the perfect gateway to explore the treasures of the West Coast. 

The park provides powered and unpowered sites that have access to enclosed barbeque areas, a guest laundry, Wi-Fi and hot water supply. 

Strahan offers a variety of fun-filled activities for those seeking a Tasmanian adventure. Wild Rivers Jet is a company that offers a variety of Tours in the West Coast area. The King River experience is a must and is an exhilarating 50 minute adventure from Strahan to the King River in a High Performance Jet Boat. You will pass by spectacular panoramic views of the rugged mountain ranges and coastline and experience the unkempt beauty of the West Coast. 

Visitors to Strahan should also take the time to do a cruise of the Gordon River. World Heritage Cruises offer a range of routes taking you past old convict ruins on Sarah Island and the narrow entrance of Hells Gates. Cruises that provide buffet lunch or dinner are also available to those looking at doing a half-day tour. 

Strahan Holiday Park is a comfortable location to begin your Tasmanian West Coast Adventure. For more information call the park on +61 3 6471 7442. 

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Featured: Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park

Friday, January 22, 2016

This seaside holiday park is located in the centre of the picturesque town of Bicheno on Tasmania's east coast just over 2 hours' drive from the capital of Hobart. 

The caravan park accommodation includes both powered and unpowered sites to accommodate campervans, motorhomes and tents. The cabins and units are fully self-contained with kitchen facilities and bathrooms. 

Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park provides a range of onsite features to enhance your stay including large BBQs, picnic tables, grassy areas for relaxing, a children's playground, well-stocked camper's kitchen, clean amenities block, free Wi-Fi and grey water drainage. Reception is open 7 days a week from 8:30 am to 7 pm and can provide information on tours and attractions in the local area. 

The town of Bicheno is home to a variety of seaside activities including guided boat tours, diving , kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. After an action-packed day of outside activities, guests will find they have access to fantastic restaurants specialising in local seafood and fresh produce. Wine enthusiasts will delight in the Great Escape Wine Tour and golfers can choose from a variety of courses in the area. 

Douglas-Apsley National Park is just a stone's throw from the accommodation where you will find a majestic Tasmanian nature encounter. Visitors to this national park will see deep river gorges, waterfalls and dry eucalypt forest. There are a number of walking tracks in the park and no shortage of scenic spots to enjoy a quiet picnic amongst the wildlife. 

Bicheno is the perfect place to experience a seaside escape in Tasmania where you can take advantage of spectacular coastline and explore the hidden gems of the region. 

For more information contact the park directly on +61 3 6375 1999 or 1800 904 199. Email: [email protected]

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10 Must Visit Destinations from Hobart to Brisbane

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Travelling coastal Australia is one of the most scenic drives in the country and we're giving you the chance to make this beautiful journey with our one-way specials from Hobart to Brisbane or Sydney. You will SAVE 25% OFF the rental rate and Cruisin' will give you a $350 voucher to spend along the way! Consider these must-visit destinations on your one-way adventure: 

Hobart, Tasmania 

Hobart, to its inhabitants, is the crowning jewel of Tasmania and is well worth discovering on your one-way Cruisin' adventure. The city has a myriad of attractions and can be explored in a short amount of time thanks to its manageable size. Walk the streets of historic Salamanca Place perusing art galleries or dining alfresco at one of the many cafes before making your way to Brooke Street Pier to catch the iconic Mona Ferry (sample some of the state's boutique produce on your way to the terminal). Save at least half a day for exploring the Museum of Old and New Art before dining at the wharf or North Hobart, areas known for their top notch restaurants catering to a variety of budgets. Photo: Jesse Hisco Photography

Port Arthur, Tasmania

Port Arthur is Tasmanian's most significant convict heritage site and the largest open air museum in the country. Spend a day exploring the ruins and learning about convict life in the early-1800s. If you don't mind being frightened, don't miss the famous Ghost Tour which runs at night. There is an abundance of scenic walks along the Peninsula where you can witness the jagged coastline up close. Photo: Wikipedia 

Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

On your way to Devonport to catch the Spirit of Tasmania, don't hesitate to take a slight detour to explore one of Tasmania's most spectacular national parks. Coles Bay is the gateway to Freycinet National Park where you will encounter spectacular Wineglass Bay. Enjoy a light bushwalk on the Hazards Circuit Track and marvel at the beauty of the Hazards from the end of the jetty in town. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. 

Melbourne, Victoria 

Arguably one of Australia's most lively cities, Melbourne is a cultural oasis and not to be missed on your one-way journey to Brisbane or Sydney. Once you arrive on the Spirit in Port Melbourne, take a drive to nearby St Kilda where you will find a hip and happening cafe scene and a great beach-side atmosphere. Explore the local markets or enjoy the novely of Luna Park. The CBD has an abundance of shopping and a quirky cafe culture and street art. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Sale, Victoria 

The Port of Sale provides access to the lakes region and is a scenic stopover point on your way up the coastal road. The town has a great range of restaurants, cafes and art galleries on offer and is a convenient destination to relax after a long drive. Wander around the town's water front boardwalks and admire the scenic views. 

Port Macquarie

Port Macquarie is another of New South Wales' popular coastal destinations worth visiting on your motorhome holiday from Hobart to Brisbane. This vibrant coastal city offers a diverse variety of activities including surfing, river cruises and scenic flights. Enjoy an action-packed stay or simply wander around the town and appreciate the laidback vibe. 

Sydney, New South Wales 

It would be a crime to simply pass through New South Wales without stopping to experience the heightened atmosphere of Australia's most famous metropolis. If it's your first time visiting the city don't forget to tick off all the bucket list locations including Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, the Rocks for a quick bite, Manly Beach and the famous suburb of Bondi. If you're seeking a more relaxed experience of the city, pack a picnic and make your way to the Botanic Gardens with a scenic view over Sydney Quay. Photo:

Byron Bay, New South Wales 

The uber-cool hub of Byron Bay is the ultimate destination for Aussie hipsters and is the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying Australia's beautiful coastline. Stay centrally so you can enjoy the range of quirky cafes and boutique shopping. Don't miss the scenic walk to Cape Byron Lighthouse, the easternmost point of mainland Australia. Keep your eyes peeled for whales migrating below. Photo: Wikipedia 

Gold Coast, Queensland 

For some fun in the sun, don't miss a visit to the Gold Coast located just one hour from your final destination of Brisbane. Visit the Theme Parks, get lost in the crazy atmosphere in Surfers or while away your days at the beach. This is a great destination for simply enjoying the best of Australia's weather. Photo: Commons Wikimedia 

Brisbane, Queensland 

Last but not least, don't forget to pencil in some time exploring your final destination: Brisbane. The sub-tropical capital is worth a visit with plenty to do and see. Take a ride on the Observation Wheel in South Bank, explore the Botanic Gardens or take a kayaking tour on the river. Photo: Wikipedia 

Complete a quote online today to book in your one-way adventure from Hobart to Brisbane (or Sydney).

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Cruisin' One Way Specials: SAVE 25% OFF

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Anyone looking for an affordable one-way escape from Hobart to Brisbane or Sydney will delight in our one way special where you can SAVE 25% OFF the rental rate from 20 April 2016 until 10 June 2016. There is no one way fee and we are giving YOU a $350 travel voucher!

Travel through the scenic countryside of Tasmania before venturing onto the mainland where you can explore the beautiful seaside towns and cities. This one-way adventure will introduce you to the highlights of Tasmania and coastal Australia and is a great opportunity to experience an affordable holiday! Your motorhome will come fully equipped for your holiday needs with a linen kit, towels, kitchen and living appliances. 

Terms and Conditions

  • Standard Cruisin' Motorhomes Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Vehicles and Rates: Not available with any other Cruisin' Motorhomes rates or special offers. 
  • Pick-up: Cruisin' Hobart branch 
  • Drop off: Cruisin' Brisbane branch or Cruisin' Sydney branch 
  • Valid between 20 April 2016 until 10 June 2016. Book by 15th of March 2016. 
  • Offer is subject to availability. 
  • Offer applies to new bookings only. 
  • Cruisin' reserves the right to withdraw the offer from sale at any time. 
  • Cruisin' is not responsible for booking the Spirit of Tasmania. 

Call our friendly reservations team for more information or complete a quotation online today! 

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The Best Birds Eye Views in Tasmania

Thursday, January 21, 2016

No matter which way you look at it, Tasmania offers startling views. For a unique look at the state's diverse terrain, we recommend a birds eye view and here's 3 of the best you will find in the state!

Wineglass Bay & Maria Island with Par Avion Wilderness Tours 

Multi award-winning Par Avion Wilderness Tours is the ultimate nature experience and your key to seeing the best of the east coast from above. The flight departs just moments from the Cruisin' Hobart branch in Cambridge and you'll glide up the spectacular east coast of the state towards Freycinet Peninsula and jaw-dropping Wineglass Bay. Enjoy the mesmerising view below before hovering over Maria Island and its pristine shores, once a penal colony. Keep your eyes peeled for the historic Port Arthur convict ruins and  seals colonies as you experience the best of this area from the air. The cost is $450 per adult and includes flights, a boat tour and lunch. Par Avion also operate flights over the West Coast, South West Coast and Hobart city. 

Hollybank Treetops Adventure 

The Hollybank Treetops Adventure tour allows guests to glide above the trees with stunning views of the old and new growth forests around Hollybank, located just moments from Launceston. The zipline tour takes visitors up into the forest canopy where they will race between platforms on steel cables. The length between platforms is anywhere between 15 to 400 metres and you will find yourself up to 30 metres above the forest floor. This is the perfect birds eye view for nature lovers or adventure seekers! 

The Pinnacle of Mount Wellington, Hobart 

For the ultimate city birds eye and panoramic view, drive to the pinnacle of Mount Wellington rising above Hobart at a height of 1200 metres. Here you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of the city divided by the Derwent River. Visit on a clear day or at sunrise or sunset for the best outcome. Don't forget to bring along your camera to document what you see! 

What's your favourite view from above? Let us know on our Facebook Page

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Featured: Beach Retreat Tourist Park

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Photo: - Table Cape by dusk

This charming beachfront camping accommodation is a popular option among budget travellers looking to explore the hidden treasures of the North West Coast of Tasmania. 

Beach Retreat Tourist Park is set in tranquil Wynyard and is in convenient close reach to the airport. The accommodation offers a friendly atmosphere and range of cabins, motel-style units and powered or unpowered campsites to choose from. 

Beach Retreat's park facilities include: 

  • A quaint lounge/kitchen area with hot plates, a microwave, fridge, toaster and all the cooking appliances you could ever need;
  • Laundry area;
  • Clean amenities block;
  • Grassy tent sites available.
Wynyard is Tasmania's tulip capital and is a great place to catch a glimpse of the state's penguin colonies. Nearby Fossil Bluff can be easily accessed from the accommodation and is home to the largest fossilised marsupial ever discovered and a prehistoric whale skeleton. Visitors should keep their eyes peels for the endangered Giant Freshwater Crayfish that hide in Seabrook Creek. The town itself is fantastic for golf-enthusiasts with a range of courses to choose from and foodies are catered for with eating out options to suit all budgets. 

Beach Retreat Tourist Park has friendly and helpful onsite staff and is a beautiful setting to enjoy Tasmania'a rugged North West. Contact the park today on +61 3 644 219 98 to make a booking. Book in advance in peak seasons. 

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