Catherine and Dara have recently completed a six-week roadtrip in Tasmania, Australia as part of the WorldNomads Vantastic programme. We wanted to speak to them about that part of Australia that seems even further away than the rest of it.

To listen, hit play below or find episode 142 in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

To listen, hit play below or find episode A in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud:

The two American expats have now set up home in Melbourne, but they’ve had one heck of a moving in period! You can read more about their journey through Tasmania or check out their application video:

And compare that with their final video documentary:

More Vantastic

The Vantastic adventures are over now, but you can listen to our podcasts about the Vantastic road trips through New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, and Queensland.

To listen to this episode, hit play above or check in iTunes, Stitcher or Soundcloud.

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  • 1. Don’t drive at night in areas where there’s more dead kangaroos than live kangaroos.
  • 2. Campervans have a high centre of gravity and Falcon Wagons are rear wheel drive with lots of grunt. Be extremely careful if you are not familiar with these vehicles. It’s easy to roll a van and easy to lose control of a Falcon if you’re inexperienced.
  • 3. Give dirt roads / unsealed roads more respect, even 40km/h can be too fast if you’re not careful.
  • 4. Don’t hitchhike–not all people who hitchhike meet axe murderers, but some do.
  • 5. Check the inside edge of your front tyres regularly: poor wheel alignment causes tyres to scrub out quickly and a front tyre blow out is very scary.
  • 6. Always wear your seatbelt.
  • 7. If driving on left for the first time, leave the music off for a while and ask the person in the left seat to act as lookout.
  • 8. Don’t leave valuables visible inside your car when parking at popular tourist destinations.
  • 9. Do everything humanly possible to avoid overheating your car. If your temp gauge moves away from normal stop and call roadside assistance. Do not drive on.
  • 10. Beware of retirees, offering cups of tea at outback roadside rest stops–.it could be hours before you manage to get away again without being rude.

Your thoughts on "Vantastic road trip Tasmania podcast"

  • Tasmania is a world apart from many countries. I am not talking about the wilderness, the wonderful culture, or the fact that it is a quick flight or boat trip from the mainland. I am talking about the weather. If you are positioned in a location such as Burnie, you are facing North. Did you know that the temperature may be recorded as 13 degrees and Melbourne 20 degrees, yet 13 degrees in Burnie is in fact very mild. Believe me this state of Australia is an absolute perfect location for all your travel needs.

    on October 28, 2010 at 1:05 am Reply

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