Sun 30 Jun 2013
Campervan with toddlers in winter… good or bad idea?
- Won’t know till we get there
- Everyone’s different regarding what they enjoy or can put up with!
- Perfect example… me Vs my husband!! I enjoy camping, he doesn’t!
- Will see how we go for space and general comfort as well!
- If taking toddlers in a campervan though, make sure it can take the car seats you need, and that the beds are toddler safe before you book
What’s the weather like for ‘shorter’ hikes/walks that time of the year?
- Most likely cold and wet
- As to how cold and wet… who really knows till we actually get there!
Many walks available to do with a stroller?
- There are a few
- I’m guessing those that are labeled wheelchair accessible should be no problem for a stroller
How best to keep toddlers warm and dry during hikes?
- We’re thinking of using an Ergo baby carrier for our then 10month old, and whoever’s carrying him, wrapping their larger size raincoat around him as well. ?? smaller umbrella as well if it’s really heavy rain to reduce water running down between adult and child. This worked well for us before in New Zealand.
- For longer hikes, we’re thinking we’d also take a Kathmandu child carrier backpack for our then 2.5yr old. Wearing our own raincoat, and putting a poncho over her and the backpack. Have yet to test this method!
Free camping with campervan?
- Apparently there are quite a few sites available
- We’ll see what we end up doing when we get there
- Also depends on if we end up deciding if we want to pay for power so we can have a heater going overnight, or if we want showers and toilets or not
Accessibility of camps, hikes, and other things during winter?
- Can sometimes be inaccessible due to snow
- Won’t really know till we get there
If booking into accommodation… do you need to book much in advance?
- Not such an issue in winter unless there’s something happening maybe
- Like possibly in Latrobe during the Chocolate Winterfest in July, but we fly into Launceston the night before so decided to stay in Launceston instead and just do a day trip.
Are many things or areas closed during the winter season?
- A few are yes!!
- Not many (?? 2 or 3 of the things we would’ve liked to have done), but definitely worth checking before you go.
- Tarkine Forest Adventures – Slide into the Tarkine: Shut during winter season
- Eagles Eyrie – Maydena: Can shut depending on weather. Refund/Reschedule will be offered if this occurs they said
- Westcoast Wilderness Railway: Shut due to financial issues. ?? re-opening for 2013/14 summer season
Recommendations on things to definitely do/not do with toddlers?
- Depends on what your toddlers enjoy
- We’ve received quite a few excellent suggestions, so will have to see what happens and how the kids enjoy them when we get there
- For kids needing a baby seat, it pays to check that tour companies are able to cater for them. We’ve found several companies that wouldn’t be able to take our 10-11month old as their vehicles didn’t have an anchor point for his seat.