How much of Tasmania have you explored? How many giant trees have you stood beneath in awe? How many beaches have you walked the length of and said, gee I didn’t expect that beach to be that long? How many bush wees have you done? Lots? A few? Hardly any?
I haven’t done nearly as much as I’d like but am working on it. Because we have too much of a special thing in our wild backyard to not pack some Vita Wheats and a Fruit Box, pull on some old sneakers, get in the car and find some fern fronds, waterfalls or spinifex to walk by.
Of course, a little motivation (aside from Tasmania’s unmatched splendour, that is) can help you get out the door, and here it is: Lets Go Dare, a collection of Tassie adventures by Wally, Rochelle and Teddie Dare (yes, that’s their surname - extra cool points!). I’ve admired these guys for a while, particularly as the snazzy trio uncovers Airbnb gems and surprise pockets of raw luxury. I asked the family about their travels and what tips they have for getting lost…
Have you always lived in Tasmania? What do you do when you're not travelling the isle?
Yes, we both have all our lives. When we are not travelling the Isle we spend our time spending as much time as we can as a family and obviously working (Wally as a banker and Rochelle as a Graphic Designer for another Tassie brand, Francesca Jewellery).
You cruise around in a bus and very sweet campervan called Fanny (did you renovate her yourselves?): tell us about it?
Yes we call our Landrover Discovery a “bus”, and Fanny is our little van we bought from Blessington in the past summer and did the full reno ourselves. You can see the reno from start to finish on our Instagram story, “Fanny Reno”. We had so much fun doing this even though it took layer after layer after layer of paint to cover the 80s brown laminate.
You also stay in some great Airbnbs - where's your fave and do you have any advice to rental owners?
Yes we have! And it really does pay to spend some time on Airbnb and search just “TAS” then you get hit with all the options and you can favourite the ones you like regardless of location. We have a whole “to go to” list that we hit up every time we want to go away without Fanny.
Our top Airbnb picks that we have had the pleasure to stay at so far are...
Cressy House Estate, Cressy
Joe’s Bookie Shed, in the Tarkine
Cove Cottage, Coles Bay
Tasmanian Country House, Ouse (great for larger groups)
Soloman’s Store Cottage, Campbell Town
Since experiencing Airbnb accommodation and short stays over the past years, our advice to rental owners is: it’s all in the finer details. We always say when booking a place “It is not how new or fancy the place is, as long as it is clean, and what I say is: the rest doesn’t matter.” So I guess based on that view, as long as the place is genuine then we are happy. In saying this, our favourites stretch more than just the physical accommodation. The experiences around the stays and interactions with the owners were incredible, making it more than just a nice place to sleep in for the night.
Favourite place/thing/walk/beach/cafe in Tassie?
Place: Corinna - see our blog on our website on this magical place and you can see why this was a no brainer from us.
Thing: Outdoor baths/showers. We always go on about how you must experience this in Tassie’s climate. The crisp air mixed with the hot steamy water takes you to places you have never been. You feel fresher and happier after this. Our top picks are...
- Left of Field camping ground: outdoor bath
- Cradle Mountain Lodge: Kingbilly suite
- Seymour Waves: outdoor shower
…and if you are camping, invest in a solar shower ($10-$20) from any outdoor shop and you will not be disappointed.
Walk: Our favourite walk, although this was a tough choice was, Duckhole Lake near Dover. It’s a 4km return walk to an incredible sink hole. It was so peaceful there, the walk weaves alongside a creek and you can hear all the wildlife as is it so still! We stumbled across it one day after seeing a small sign from our drive back from one of our other favourite spots, Southport.
Beach: Hands down, Little Musselroe Bay Beach. Again, untouched, perfect white sand and crystal clear blue water! An absolute must if you are venturing to the northeast coast.
Cafe: This is another tough one haha! We are not coffee snobs at all, so when we stop in a town we usually just head to the first place we see! We have stopped at many cafes along our travels but if we had to select just one it would be the Top of the Town Bakery/Cafe in New Norfolk. Every time we are heading through the Derwent Valley we make our first stop here. The Coffee is great, food is hearty, fresh and super cheap! Their salad rolls are a must!!
Advice to families who may think packing up to go and explore is all too hard?
You can check out some great parts of Tassie with less effort that it takes to go to work or get the kids to school. Just jump in the car, pack a lunch and water and get going. The best part is you learn by doing and you don’t have to start with a big trip, start small and work your way up and as you do you become more organised. Key thing for us with longer trips/overnighters (especially with a toddler) is to write a list and just tick it off as you pack. Don’t stick to strict timelines, things will pop up so just run with it. Click and Collect groceries on your way. Not every supermarket does it but there should be one in your area. Better still find one near your destination, like the IGA in St Helens for those heading that way.
Where are you off to next?
We have a loooooong list but we really want to explore the Tarkine more, we missed most of it on our last big trip in the van because of car issues, so definitely going back there. We need to do a week on Bruny Island soon and of course we want to go back to Corinna.
Pics kindly provided by Rochelle. There are many, many more great images, stories and inspo on the Lets Go Dare Instagram page or website.