Tasmania

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Tasmania Money-Saving Tips

Tricky Roads

Many of the roads in Tasmania are narrow and bends can be tight, which makes driving times longer than you’d think. At dusk, keep an eye out for marsupials in the roads.

Park Entry Fees

If you intend to visit more than three parks on your trip, it’s worth it to pick up a two-month Tassie Holiday Pass for $56 from a visitor information center; a one-day entry fee is $22 (www.parks.tas.gov.au).

Skip the Rental Car Company

Tassielink coaches connect with just about everywhere in Tasmania, and even do pick up and drop off runs to popular trekking routes (011-61-3-6230-8900; www.tassielink.com.au). Good-value Explorer Passes are good for 7, 10, 14, and 21 days.

Spotting Wildlife

The best time to see most of Tasmania’s marsupials is at dusk. You are more likely to hear the ferocious wailing and grunting of Tasmanian devils in the west of the island as facial tumors have devastated their populations elsewhere.

Ghost Stories

Tasmania is brimming with old colonial cottages to rent and almost every one of them comes with a resident ghost – or at least, that’s what the proprietors claim. If you’re spooked easily, just raise your hands and say: ‘don’t mention any ghosts, please!’

School Terms

Traveling around Tasmania when local schools are out means there are fewer rooms in hotels, and campsites can get crowded. Term dates are from the second week in February to the last week in May; the third week in June to the first week in September; and the fourth week in September to the first week in December.

Cheap Flights

If you’re flying to Tasmania from Australia, be sure to check the websites of budget domestic airlines Virgin Blue (www.virginblue.com.au) and Jetstar (www.jetstar.com.au), both of which offer frequent sales and dramatically reduced ticket prices.

Drive on Your Left

Drivers here, as in Britain and Australia, drive on the left. Although it’s confusing at first, most U.S. drivers get the hang of it quickly.

Naming Tasmania

Tasmania is named after the Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman, who was the first European to spot the island in 1642. It was later called Van Diemen’s Land, before the islanders petitioned Queen Victoria to change the name back to Tasmania in 1846.

Tasmanian Aborigines

It is believed that the last true Tasmanian Aborigine was a woman called Truganini, who died in 1876. This followed decades of introduced disease, warfare, and discrimination from the European settlers. Today, some 150,000 people claim to have some Aboriginal heritage.

Fox Free

Unlike their mainland counterparts which are being devastated by European foxes, Tasmania’s marsupial population is thriving.

The Tasmania Tiger

The most famous of all Tasmanian marsupials is, unfortunately, extinct. The last Tasmania Tiger, a dog-sized marsupial with stripes on its hind quarters, died in a Tasmanian zoo in 1936. Farmers, who accused them of killing sheep and chickens, hunted them mercilessly.

The Tasmanian Devil

Made famous worldwide by the spinning creature in the Warner Brothers cartoons, the Tassie Devil is in danger of becoming extinct, thanks to an easily-transmitted facial cancer. In some areas the population has been reduced by as much as 90 percent.

Tasmanian Food

Tasmania is well-known for its fruit, especially apples and cherries, and fresh seafood, including oysters.

Consider a Hostel Stay

Hostels are the best, least expensive housing options almost everywhere you go, and an increasing number offer free breakfast. If you're staying a while in one place, speak with the manager about cleaning for your room - you'll clean house for a few hours in exchange for free boarding.

Cheap Eats

Do your grocery shopping at open-air markets and established grocery stores, and look below the eye-level racks – the cheaper items are generally not in easy sight!

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