Sep
05
2013

Advice for Exploring Tasmania

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Tasmania is a beautiful place to experience and explore, with an adventure waiting around each and every corner.

Filled with natural beauty, sightseeing locations, friendly locals and some great cities and towns, you're bound to enjoy your time in Tas.

However, like with any holiday destination, there are some things you should be aware of once you decide to head to the state.

Now that spring is finally here, you might be tempted to jump into the water. Remember that the conditions in Tasmania might not be as placid as they are where you're coming from.

You'll want to be careful on Tasmanian roads,especially at dawn and dusk when animals may appear and give you a nasty surprise – keep those eyes open and alert! Some areas will have dirt roads that you may not be used to, so drive especially carefully on these.  Make sure to always take note of speed limits, as you would anywhere.

It's also important to remember that, unlike in some countries, it's illegal to use your cell phone while driving in Australia – so keep both hands on the wheel!

It's always a good idea to research your driving routes beforehand, with a map and satellite phone on hand. A GPS system is always a good safety net as well.

Because you may be driving to some remote areas, be sure to pack some extra water and food with you in case of emergency and tell someone, such as your hotel receptionist, where you're going and when you expect to be back.

When you head out into the wild

Of course, one of Tasmania's biggest drawing cards is its spectacular natural features. That means there are a number of trails, walks and hikes for you to enjoy with varying degrees of strenuousness. Some may be a couple of hours, while some may be a day trip. Others will take you multiple days and nights.

Before you head out into Tasmania's wonderful wilderness, it's essential that you are prepared as you never know when conditions or circumstances may change.

Many of Tasmania's walks are in remote areas that may not have cell phone coverage. This means that in an emergency it can be hard to get in touch with help. You may choose to carry a personal locator beacon that can be activated in a severe emergency situation so that rescuers can find you easily. However, the best way to avoid such a situation is to be prepared.

You need to know the conditions of the area before you set out and you'll need to have all the right survival supplies.

Choose a walk that you know suits your level of experience and fitness and plan it thoroughly beforehand – always bring a map and never walk alone. Three or more people are ideal for a bushwalking trip. Take clothing suitable for extremely cold and wet conditions, as well as hats and sunscreen for the sun. You'll need a tent and plenty of food of water and a first aid kit. As always, let someone know your plans and where you're headed.

Leave your pride at the start of the track. If you think conditions are dangerous and you might need to turn around, do. It's better safe than sorry!

Once you've covered these essential safety precautions then you'll be in the best position to enjoy all the wonders that Tasmania has to offer.

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