Travel Info

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Event Locations

A map showing event locations, major towns,  travel distance and times is available here – Oceania2015 Event Locations Map.

Transport

January flights into and out of Tasmanian cities fill quickly and you should book these as early as possible. The same applies for ferry travel with the Spirit of Tasmania between Melbourne and Devonport.

When booking flights into Tasmania it is sensible to check flights to both Launceston and Hobart as both airports are well serviced.

The organisers have negotiated an agreement with long time orienteering supporter AutoRent Hertz to provide discounted car and campervan hire to competitors. Details are available here and we suggest you make bookings as quickly as possible because hire cars and campervans quickly become booked out for January.

We have also negotiated discount fares on the Sirit of tasmnai ferry service form Melbourne to Devonport. Details are available here and we suggest you make bookings as quickly as possible as fares will increase as time gets closer to a departure

Accommodation

Important Notice

The carnival is being held during Tasmania’s peak tourist season and accommodation can be booked up well over a year in advance. We are recommending that accommodation is booked prior to the end of 2013. Please consider that as long as sufficient notice is given, there is rarely a financial penalty for cancelling or changing accommodation bookings.

The Event Centre for January 2-5 will be the city of Launceston in Tasmania’s north and for January 6-11  will be Swansea and St Helens on Tasmania’s East Coast. Whilst Launceston and its immediate surrounds are a logical base for event days 1 to 4, competitors might choose to stay in or close to a number of locations for event days 5 to 8. From south to north, these include Swansea, Bicheno, Coles Bay, St Marys, Scamander and St Helens.

Event Camping

Information about organiser provided camping is available HERE

Other Useful Information & Links

There are many accommodation options available that you can research via the links below. A few options are specifically mentioned but please use the Tourism Association links below to find other options including camping grounds.

General (North & East Coast)

Tourism Northern Tasmania

Launceston Travel & Information Centre

Tasmania’s East Coast website below includes details of the four Visitor Information Centres on the East Coast at Bicheno, St Helens, Swansea and Triabunna. Contact them directly if you want the best advice and for booking information for the East Coast.

East Coast Visitor Information Network (including bookings)

St Helens Area

You may also like to contact the St Helens TVIN Office (East Coast Visitor Network)  directly and they will be most happy to assist you to secure accommodation and answer any questions you might have about the region.

Their email address is sthelensvic@bodc.tas.gov.au. Their phone number is +61 3 6376 1744.

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston (North)

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www.grandchancellorhotels.com

Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston, the city’s premier 4 ½ star hotel, offers superior accommodation in the centre of the northern capital of Tasmania. Visit our website to book and receive 15% off the Best Online Rate using Promo Code: OCEANIA2015

Leprena Apartments, University of Tasmania, Launceston (North)

Leprena apartments are multi-bedroom units that house five or six guests with self-catering facilities. Each unit consists of  a self-contained kitchen, a lounge area and bathroom. Communal laundry facilities are available and include washing machines, dryers, iron and ironing boards. The University of Tasmania have created a special page that provides details of the apartments and along with how to book for your stay.

Please note that this accommodation is not available  for competitors in the Sprint Distance World Cup race.

Competitors competing in the Oceania Sprint Distance Championships choosing this accommodation option will be required to observe the specific embargo provisions for the campus up until the completion of the Oceania Sprint Distance Championships.

Contact University of Tasmania accommodation services via the special Oceania booking page at accommodation.utas.edu.au/facilities-and-services/orienteering-accommodation-2015

Longford Riverside Caravan Park (North)

Just outside Launceston, this is a very picturesque park located on the banks of the Maquarie River.. They have mostly powered and unpowered sites (78 powered & 50 unpowered) with only 14 beds in on-site vans (new and good quality) and modern amenities blocks. They have a good video on their home page and they will honour current prices for bookings for Jan 2015 and will accept them now.

Contact the owners, Robert and Anne O’Hara, via their website www.longfordriversidecaravanpark.com

Myrtle Park Council Camping Ground (North near Day 3 event)

The Council is prepared to set aside an area suitable for up to 100 and has made an exception for booking in our case by opening a tentative booking sheet in June, a month before their usual opening date of July for bookings for January 2015. However entrants will be required to confirm their booking on 2 July, 2014 to give the council enough time to fill the space and this confirmation can only be done by ringing 63993368. Bookings cannot be made by email.

To make the booking:

  1. Contact the Myrtle Park kiosk in June
  2. Identify yourself as part of the orienteering group, specify type of of equipment (eg tent, camper etc.) and how many people and the number of days.
  3. Confirm the booking on July 2 by ringing 63993368 not email . 

Hadspen (North)

Discovery Holiday Parks.

Ben Stebbings 6393 7142

Attractive rural area,15 minutes west of Launceston. Predominantly cabins for 6pp but includes 25 powered sites and small area for 6 tents.

Mention orienteering for rates fixed from mid 2013 prices.

Legana (North)

Launceston Holiday Park.

Attractive rural setting 10-15 minutes north of Launceston on West Tamar Highway

10 cabins for 5pp, 5 cabins x 2pp. Powered sites by 50.

Gumleaves Bush Holidays (East Coast)

Gumleaves Bush Holidays is located on the East Coast, midway between Orford and Swansea. Accommodation is in fully self contained, two and three bedroom Cabins, with private barbecue area. Gumleaves is set on 400 acres of natural bushland. Gumleaves also has a caravan park with both powered and non-powered sites, and backpacker accommodation. Their link is http://www.gumleaves.com.au/

Tidal Waters St Helens (East Coast)

Tidal Waters Resort St Helens, surrounded is conveniently located in the seaside town of St Helens. Tidal Waters Resort St Helens is just 15 minutes away from the Bay of Fires and beautiful Binalong Bay. The resort features 60 elegant guest rooms on two floors, each with ensuite bathroom and private balcony with garden or water views. Their link is http://www.tidalwaters.com.au/

White Sands Estate (East Coast)

White Sands Estate is ideally located for you to enjoy all the east coast has to offer including Freycinet National Park & the Bay of Fires. Relax in the ocean facing villas and enjoy the best of Tasmanian Cuisine accompanied by the resort’s own Iron House wine and beer in the Brew Haus restaurant.

It is ideally located between Swansea/Coles Bay area and St Helens and would make a great base for the events on the east coast during Oceania. Visit the website www.white-sands.com.au to book and receive 10% off best available rates using Promo Code: OCEANIA

 

Things to Do, Pre & Post Oceania Tourism Suggestions

Launceston

East Coast

Hobart & Tasmania generally

Planning a holiday in Tasmania before or after Oceania. Here are a few travel itinerary suggestions courtesy of Discover Tasmania

14 Days Around Tasmania

7 Days Around Northern Tasmania

5 Days Along Tasmania’s East Coast

 Download The Tasmanian Visitor App

 the Tasmanian visitor app designed for use on smartphones and tablets, provides an easy and convenient way to access a comprehensive range of Tasmanian tourism products and services. Use it when planning a holiday or to locate and get directions whilst in the State. It’s free to download now at the App Store and on Google Play.

 

Before Oceania

2014 Xmas 5 DaysComing to Oceania from outside Australia? One option is to take in the traditional Aussie Christmas orienteering festival the 2014 Xmas 5-days. This year this will be held in and around Sydney  from December December 27 to December 31.

Visit the 5 Days website at onsw.asn.au/xmas-5-days-2014 for more information.

 

 

As another option, Orienteering Victoria will run a short series of training events on the weekend 26th-28th December for orienteers attending the World Cup/Oceania events in Tassie. They will be offering the following events:

26 December (evening) – Muckleford forest sprint (gold mining terrain)

27 December (morning) – Mount Tarrengower middle distance (granite)

28 December (morning) – Mount Beckworth middle diatance (granite)

Please see http://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/events/bush/WUFT/ for more details