Outback Tasmania

TOP 5 CAMPING SPOTS IN TASMANIA

Over 40 per cent of Tasmania consists of protected national parks and state reserves. Thus, the island state has a lot of places that are ideal for camping. Outdoor enthusiasts will feel a thrill exploring these lush and unspoiled landscapes. All the camping spots in Tasmania are easily accessible, too. Read on to discover some of the best camping spots in Tasmania.

TASMAN NATIONAL PARK

The Tasman National Park is 1.5 hours southeast of Hobart. This camping destination features soaring sea cliffs, striking rock formations, deep chasms and white sandy beaches. Campers bushwalk to discover the scenic views throughout the national park. This includes majestic views of the Tasman Peninsula as well as the coastlines of Australia.

The Tasman National Park is also known for its abundant wildlife, so you’ll likely see brushtail possums, Australian fur seals, penguins, dolphins and migrating whales during your camping trip.

The Fortescue Bay campground has two separate sites: Banksia and Mill Creek. Banksia has 24 shaded sites for tent-based camping. Mill Creek, on the other hand, has 21 sites designated for campervans, caravans and motorhomes. Fortescue Bay has toilets, a hot shower, electric BBQs and fireplaces.

FREYCINET NATIONAL PARK

Freycinet National Park is located on the east coast of Tassie. It’s about 2.5 hours from Hobart. The national park is a popular coastal camping destination. It features white sandy beaches, pink granite peaks, isolated bays and bird-filled lagoons. You can set up camp amongst sand dunes with the ocean just moments away. You can dive and go snorkelling in the water. Campers can also hike Mt. Amos. It might be a challenge, but you’ll be rewarded with a panoramic view of the peninsula.

Since a lot of people flock to Freycinet National Park in the summer, camping slots are awarded via a ballot system. Campers can head to the Friendly Beaches campground for some free bush camping. It has electricity, BBQs and toilets, but no drinking water.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN-LAKE ST. CLAIR NATIONAL PARK

Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park is located northwest of Hobart. It’s about four hours away. This camping destination features ancient rainforests and alpine landscapes. There are two main attractions: iconic Cradle Mountain and the well-known Overland Track. Most campers go bushwalking in the national park. There are different trails of varying difficulty levels.

If you’re up for a challenge, you can trek rugged terrain for eight hours to reach the Cradle Mountain summit. If not, you can just admire it from Dove Lake. Campers can also visit Cradle Valley to explore Aboriginal historical sites. Some of the animals you’ll likely encounter in the area are Tasmanian devils, platypus, echidnas, quolls and a variety of bird species.

There are several campsites in the national park. The Discovery Holiday Park is suited for campers who want a wide range of amenities. Meanwhile, campers who are taking on the Overland Track can stay at several huts along the area. There are basic amenities to ensure that campers can survive the six-day trek.

SOUTHWEST NATIONAL PARK

Southwest National Park is located at the southern end of Tassie. It’s about three hours southwest of Hobart. This camping destination is the largest national park in the island state. It features the Tasmanian wilderness that remains untouched by man. As such, the national park provides visitors with a rustic camping experience.

Since most of the areas are remote, they are hard to reach by foot. You can take scenic drives, have kayak adventures, take on multi-day treks or fly over the national park. You’ll be able to discover coves, thermal springs, caves, mountain ranges, lakes and rainforest.

There’s free camping at the Cockle Creek-Boltons Green camping area. It has basic amenities including picnic tables and toilets. Campfires are not allowed so you will have to bring a gas/fuel stove.

MT. WILLIAM NATIONAL PARK

Mt. William National Park is about 4.5 hours northeast of Hobart. This camping destination is known for its orange lichen-covered granite boulders, sandy beaches and clear blue waters. The hiking trails are easy but long. It takes about 90 minutes to reach Mt. William’s summit. You’ll be greeted with breathtaking views of the national park, and you can even catch a glimpse of the Bass Strait islands. After your scenic hikes, you can head to the beach for some swimming and fishing. You’ll also come across Forester kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, wallabies, echidnas and birds.

The national park has four Stumpy Bay campsites. They have amenities such as BBQs, picnic tables, fireplaces and toilets. You will have to bring drinking water and firewood.

These five camping spots in Tasmania will provide you with an authentic wilderness experience. If you want to, you can set up camp in the heart of thick bushland. Meanwhile, campers who wish to a little bit of comfort don’t need to worry. There are also a lot of campsites that offer a wide range of amenities. You can also enjoy the idyllic setting of coastal campsites. Regardless of your preferences, everyone is guaranteed to have a lot of fun exploring the natural beauty of Tassie.

 


 

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Jane F
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Jane loves camping, hiking and anything to do with the outdoors. She might love glamping but she will do it all.