Encampment Cove Maria Island, Australia @Craig Vertigan
Encampment Cove Maria Island, Australia @Craig Vertigan
Encampment Cove Maria Island, Australia @Craig Vertigan

Tasmania is relatively cool in summer creating an escape option from the omniscient heat of mainland Australia. Cool shade amidst wilderness Tasmania is the stuff of your get out town plans. The abundant forests, wildlife encounters where animals outnumber people, arresting landscapes where you catch your breath. The unfolding sweep of mountains, valleys and rivers is a postcard invitation to go camping in Tasmania. Camp experiences range from an exquisite beach, several National Parks, camp where the fish run and trout is on the menu, or practice your wilderness skills in the more remote regions of Tasmania. Plus options for camping with kids.

Cradle Mountains, Lake St Clair National Park, Waldheim Cabins

Sparkling glacial lakes framed by soaring mountains combined with easy to multiple day walks is instagram gluttery. Visitors indulge in the eye catching moments, just remember to carry an additional battery for your mobile / camera. While it is not really camping, the cabins are equipped with electric heating, single bunk beds, basic cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and an electric stove. There are small fridges available in each cabin but no general-use power points you are in the wilderness.

What to do nearby:

  • Snag a cabin will be a great present for a great family holiday.
  • Cradle Mountain walks are pass your doorstep
  • Chill out your mobile does not have service


Cradle Mountains, Lake St Clair National Park, Discovery Park

Waldheim Cabins are booked solid, the kids are enthusiastic about the Tassie trip and all is not lost. Discovery Park is as close to the park entrance as you can get. There are numerous kids choices and a bit of pampering for adults with spa treatments nearby. A modern up to date campgrounds with rustic cabins, chalets and family suites to non-powered and powered sites.

What to do nearby:

  • Guided horseback riding treks
  • Visit Cradle Mountain Tasmanian Tiger Sanctuary
  • Canyoning adventures for the young at heart


Bay of Fires Bush Retreat

Glamping, well sort of as there is communal living space for kitchens and bathrooms. The tents are exquisite, fun and beautifully positioned among sandy spaces nestled in the bush. Spoiled for choice with 50km of pristine coast from Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point, an access point to Mt William National Park. Bay of Fires Bush Retreat really takes the prize for glamping / camping. Check out the pre-ordered catering platter plates. Very stylish way to camp, and did I mention the linen bedding.

What do nearby:

  • Hop, skip and photograph yourself on the bright orange boulders
  • Swim in cool crystal waters, definitely unpolluted although invigorating
  • Guided 4WD tours


Mt Field National Park Camping

Camping Mt Field, offers unpowered and powered sites, together with an amenities block located on a flat, well-grassed camp site. White trees shade lush fern gullies and undergrowth create a magical natural world where your mobile is switched off and time is set by nature. Mt Field National Park Campground, a small and peaceful place near the entrance by the Tyenna River is a gem of a classic Aussie campground.

What to do nearby:

  • Explore the numerous walks
  • Russell Falls, a place where you don’t want to leave the sheer delight sheer sheen of cascading water.
  • Sounds of nature awakening is very romantic, go camping with your favourite person


Freycinet National Park Richardson Beach

Freycinet National Park’s main campground is a hot ticket item. In fact in peak season visitors have to enter a ballot. Campsites are spaced out behind a tempting sandy beach in a bay at the top of Freycinet Peninsula, Richardson Beach. The dunes sites are spaced in a single line to offer privacy as well as immediate beach access. There are drinking spigots, flush toilets and showers dotted throughout the camp grounds.

What to do nearby:

  • Walks in Freycinet National Park. With both powered and non-powered sites, Richardsons Beach Campground is a great place for tent and campervan camping
  • Slip off to Coles Bay for a touch of urban vibe, cafes and art scene
  • Check out Wineglass Bay, a staggeringly beautiful arc of pure white sand


Tasman National Park - Fortescue Bay Campground

Need a break from Hobart a 2 hour drive gets you to Mill Creek Campground with sites suitable for boats, campervans and motorhomes. Generators are allowed up to 9.00pm. Campsites are either powered or unpowered. Communal facilities include hot showers, flush toilets, and BBQ areas. There is access to a basic store and caretaker on site during peak summer season. Forward bookings are recommended.

What to do nearby:

  • Collapse on the white sandy beach nearby and do nothing
  • Walk to Canoe Bay and Bivouac Bay
  • Snorkel, swim or dive Fortescue Bay


Strahan and Macquarie Harbour, BIG4 Holiday Park Strahan

A great place for families especially if there are fishing buffs in the group. School holiday programme, organised adventures for kids and playground. The fishing fan could bring home for the BBQ angling species from Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, Australian salmon, shark, flounder, striped trumpeter and morwong. The west coast region is a well known tourist destination and the entire area is a fisherman’s haven, having the waters of the harbour to fish along with the coastline. There are a number of readily accessible rivers within ten minutes of Strahan, the major port town in the area. As a BIG4 there is a range of cabins, chalets and motel style units as well as powered and non-powered camping sites.

What to do nearby:

  • Kayak hire for kids to explore waterways
  • Bike hire for family to explore local cycle trails
  • Find a platypus wildlife viewing


Bruny Island, Captain Cook Holiday Park

A family friendly option with a playground, school holiday programme and options for parents to find time for themselves. The accommodation ranges from villas overlooking Adventure Bay, cabins, chalets, powered and non-powered sites as well as on-site caravans.

What to do nearby:

  • Bruny Island ice-creams for kids (perhaps Mum & Dad)
  • Wombat encounter
  • Crayfish for dinner anyone


Parks Wildlife Service manages several campsites on Bruny Island

For those who want to get away, Camping South Bruny Island is an ideal spot. Limited facilities, but a great campground that is very popular during summer. No bookings are taken. Campgrounds are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Self-registration deposit boxes are situated at each campground so please bring cash to pay the appropriate fees. A pay display kiosk is located at Jetty Beach for card payments. Make sure to have a backup plan checking campsites nearby.

What to do nearby:

  • Bruny Island winery exploration
  • The Neck lookout onto the penguin colony
  • Visit Jetty Cafe Bruny Island Wild for a fabulous meal at the ends of the world


North West Tasmania Black River Campground

A perfect getaway, your mobile lost service several hours ago. You are camping in a conservation area with birdlife as the principal local inhabitants. There is family swimming at Brickmakers Beach and boat ramp into the estuary. This large campground is part of the beautiful Peggs Beach Conservation Area, so you must bring firewood and a fire pot because campfires are not allowed. Tank water is available but should be boiled or treated for drinking. Although remote forward bookings are recommended during peak season. An Aussie classic nature camping experience. Tank water must be boiled for 5 minutes before drinking.

What to do nearby:

  • Local walks
  • Fishing
  • Bird watching


Travel Pack Information

  • How to get to the best camping grounds in Tasmania? Visitors must purchase an entry permit to all state and national parks. To take full advantage of the Tassie wilderness, opt for a Holiday Pass.  A vehicle pass is required.

The journey is worth it.

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