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The Best Spots For Camping In Tasmania
When it comes to camping, we Aussies do it better than anyone else. From the whiff of smoke wafting in the air around the nighttime campfire to nature's alarm clock of Kookaburras laughing in the distance, we live for these simple moments of tranquillity. And even though Australia has an abundance of secret camping spots, each filled with its own hidden gems that are tucked away waiting to be discovered, this time we cast the spotlight on Tasmania. So make sure you have your fishing rod packed, your tent ready and your backpack strapped, as we will show you where to find the best spots for camping in Tasmania.
But before we kick off our list, it is important to consider the amenities and requirements when choosing a camping spot. Tasmania's terrain is rugged and challenging, so always consider the following when choosing a camping spot in Tasmania:
- Do your require a powered site?
- Accessibility to shops and fuel
- Ability to hike challenging terrain to campsites
- Vehicle accessibility, some sites are only accessible by 4WD
- Weather and time of the year - some sites may be prone to flooding, damaging wind or excessive heat.
No matter where you pitch your tent in Tasmania, you'll be treated to stunning views, unique bushland and unlimited exploration opportunities. Tasmania is the perfect camping destination for families, groups, couples and solo travellers, offering an abundance of camping choices depending on your needs. Now let's get to our top picks for camping spots in Tasmania.
- Cockle Creek, Southwest National Park
- Mount Field National Park
- Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park
- Bay of Fires
- Freycinet National Park
- Maria Island National Park
- Bruny Island
Cockle Creek, Southwest National Park
Located in Southwest National Park, Cockle Creek is nestled on the border of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is analogous to Middle-earth, featuring sweeping hills hiding ancient ruins, snow-capped mountains, giant moss-covered boulders and deep valleys that twist and wind their way through the primordial landscape. Simply put: if camping is a fun outdoor adventure, then Cockle Creek is an exhilarating escapade of elation. Camping is free and no bookings are required, yet there are no services or shops in the area, so camping 'off the grid' is a must. However, there are plenty of walking tracks to explore, 85km of beach to roam and an abundance of wildlife to observe.
Why you'll love Cockle Creek:
- Free for camping
- Secluded and away from the business of towns and cities
- Beautiful beaches to roam and explore
- Abundance of walking tracks
Mount Field National Park
Adorned with alpine tarns, cascading waterfalls and towering mountains blanketed with fresh snow, Mount Field National Park is located about 1.5 hour's drive from Hobart. Campers will have 14 camping sites to choose from, all fully equipped with amenities such as picnic areas, hot water showers and more. One of the biggest lures of Mount Field National Park is that it majestically showcases all four seasons, from wandering through one of the world's tallest eucalypt forests and swimming in glacial lakes to meandering down walking tracks along arresting hillsides and carving through snow-dusted hiking tracks.
Why You'll Love Mount Field:
- Close proximity from Hobart (1.5 hours drive)
- Excellent amenities including showers and picnic areas
- Many activity options including walking, hiking and swimming
Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park
Before visiting Cradle Mountain, one of the most important pieces of camping equipment you mustn't leave without is your camera, and from a glance, it's easy to see why. A plethora of pristine lakes pooled beneath soaring mountains and a night sky spangled with the illuminated cosmos unintruded by light pollution are only a mere glimpse into the ethereal splendour that is Cradle Mountain. This camping ground is also alive with a myriad of wildlife including Black Currawongs, Echidnas, Wombats, Quolls and Tasmanian Devils. Cradle Mountain has two main campsites and about a dozen hike-in camping sites, all offering incredibly unique views. But if you prefer to fully immerse yourself, Cradle Mountain also offers cabins that are fully equipped with cooking amenities, heating and extremely comfortable beds.
Why You'll Love Cradle Mountain:
- Pristine, 'Instagrammable' views you can't miss
- Spot wildlife
- Variety of drive to and hike in cap sites to choose from
- Cabins available for those who prefer 'glamping'
Bay of Fires
Bay of Fires is famous for its iconic bright orange and reddish boulders that are decorated along the sparkling sugar-white sand. With a coastline that stretches for 50km, Bay of Fires is an extremely popular destination for beach camping, whether camping in the northern or southern sections. Campers looking for an elegant retreat from the hustle and bustle of life can indulge in the many glamping options that are available. However, if you prefer a more 'hands-on' approach, you can pitch a tent at one of their camping grounds and explore the many surrounding features. For campers seeking adventure and exploration, strap on your hiking shoes and reconnoitre a deluge of attractions including rocky coves, gorgeous bays, 4WD tracks, underwater caves and so much more.
Why You'll Love Bay of Fires:
- Gorgeous coastline to explore
- Challenging hiking trails and 4WD tracks
- Many camping sites and options available
Freycinet National Park
Freycinet National Park is so highly sought-after by campers that there is a ballot system you must first enter if you are wanting to camp during the peak times (which are typically around Christmas and Easter). Whether you enter by way of ballot system or during their off-peak times, Freycinet National Park will not disappoint. Campers will have the choice of powered campsites, tent-only sand dune campsites and fully equipped Honeymoon Bay campsites. Regardless of what campsite you choose, there is a phenomenal choice awaiting those with a predilection for breathtaking views only found in a few places on Earth. Granite peaks display a dramatic contrast of rose and pinkish hues against a backdrop of the aquamarine ocean as it swallows the evening sun, lagoons enveloped with opulent scenery and pure white sand soft as sugar permeating between your toes are but a taste of what awaits campers at Freycinet National Park.
Why You'll Love Freycinet National Park:
- Breathtaking views to take in
- Powered camp sites available
- Pristine white sand beaches to enjoy
Maria Island National Park
Situated between a quiet beach and the World Heritage-listed Darlington convict settlement is Maria Island National Park, a camping wonderland that is brimming with scuttling wombats, scenic bike trails, eroded sandstone cliffs revealing an exquisite marble-like facade (also known as The Painted Cliffs) and wondrous Wedge-Tailed Eagles soaring above. Maria Island National Park consists of three campsites, one located in the Darlington area and two remote campsites situated at Frenchs Farm and Encampment Cove. Although if you prefer to have access to all the amenities close by, then head to the Darlington campsite. There is so much to see and explore, whether you want to relax on the beach and spot a whale or two, trek the summit of Mount Maria, explore the island on foot or bike, or simply spam your Insta with some of the most incredible photos you'll ever take.
Why You'll Love Maria Island National Park:
- Explore the exhilarating bike trails
- Scenic beaches and cliffs to roam
- Darlington campsite is accessible and close to amenities
Tightly bound together by an isthmus and consisting of five campsites, four on the south side and one on the north side, Bruny Island is like stepping into a scene from a postcard. Bruny Island features a great selection of walking tracks, with two of Tasmania's 60 Great Short Walks, with plenty of photo opportunities to take with the island's famous white wallabies. This incredible location lets you set up tent at their beach campsite with the stunning backdrop of an ancient forest in the background. The campsite is fully equipped with facilities like flushing toilets and cooking areas, but if you truly want to unwind in style, then check out their incredible glamping options.
Why You'll Love Bruny Island:
- Five campsites to choose from, each a gateway to different parts of the island
- Fully equipped camp sites available
- Glamping options available for stylish campers
Enjoy the Beauty of Tasmania On Your Next Camping Adventure
Camping in Tasmania is a powerful and benevolent experience, explore Tasmania's unique landscape and take in the serenity by camping amongst nature. It has the power to restore our senses and connect with nature while discovering new destinations that showcase the incredible beauty of this land we call home. For more inspiration for your next camping trip, check out the Adventure Centre.
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