Tasmanian road trip down memory lane

Years ago, when our children were young, we rented a campervan and drove around Tasmania. It was brilliant!

They’re older now and we’ve been on many holidays since then, but this is the one we remember most fondly, for its innocence and simplicity. So Rob and I recreated the journey with just our memories. It wasn’t the same but it was still terrific, because Tasmania is an exquisite destination, however you travel.

Here’s my story, published in The Sun-Herald/Sunday Age Traveller on April 11, 2015:

Tassie campervan


And you can read it here online at smh.traveller.com:



About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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5 Responses to Tasmanian road trip down memory lane

  1. Hello from a fellow contributor in the Writers Abroad anthology: Foreign and Far Away. I’ve just found your blog and enjoying a browse through it. Your article brings back memories of my visit to Tasmania: I really must dig out the article I wrote about the trip – no online link unfortunately!
    Looking forward to reading more of your travel writing. Best wishes, Susan. 🙂


    • Hello, Susan,
      Thank you for making contact and I’m glad you enjoyed the browse! I love your insect photos – clear and beautiful. I was also taken with your Skeleton Coast entry. I have been to Namibia but would love to return to explore that magnificent area.
      Tasmania is a beautiful place, isn’t it. Would love more time in the wilder areas of the south west and north west – perhaps another time!
      Best wishes, Alison


      • Alison, I loved Namibia and definitely want to return one day: Tasmania too! If I ever figure out how to put in a link to a PDF I’ll post my travel articles on some of my favourite destinations. In the meantime, I’m glad you enjoyed my insect photo – I’ll be posting more in my mini-series over the next few weeks. 🙂


  2. Romi says:

    Well Alison, you should certainly come back to Tasmania one of these days! It’s as beautiful as ever and I’d love to meet you! (: Hope you’re well! xx


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