Tasmania was recently named the best island destination in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and the 4th best island in the world at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and by Lonely Planet. To celebrate we’re looking into the best campsites around the state so that you can get up close and personal with this spectacular island.
Mt Field National Park
Discover the tall trees of Tasmania in Mt Field National Park, with 100m tall swamp gums, among the largest in the world. There are a number of short and longer walks to enjoy depending on your ability level. It’s just a short stroll to the spectacular Russel Falls and a short drive up to some amazing lookouts and Lake Dobson, which is truly breathtaking. There’s also a lot of native wildlife in the area so keep a lookout for yellow-tailed black cockatoos, crescent honey-eaters, green rosellas and echidnas.
Narawntapu National Park
Often called the ‘Serengeti of Tasmania’, the Forester kangaroo, Bennett’s wallaby, Tasmanian devil and wombat can all be spotted at this popular camping spot. Walk straight up to the wombats as they’re used to visitors (but no touching). The park offers beaches, islands, headlands, wetlands, dunes and inlets to explore.
Arthur Pieman Conservation Area
Set up camp at the Edge of the World in the Manuka, Prickly Wattle and Peppermint campgrounds right beside the Arthur River. Take your board and surf at Marrawah or 4 Wheel-Drive on the trails surrounding the grounds. Best of all you can bring your dog with you and national park fees don’t apply.
Right at the bottom of Australia’s most southerly road in the Southwest National Park (Tasmania’s largest), is the World Heritage Area’s South Coast Track, an absolute must-see for walkers. The park also boasts numerous stunning beaches and coves, perfect for diving. Visit Hastings Caves and the thermal springs pool, as well as the Ida Bay Railway. No charges for camping however national park fees apply.
Mt William National Park
Set up camp at Stumpy’s Bay, just by the north end of the Bay of Fires and explore the crystal waters of the beaches and Tasmania’s famous orange lichen-covered boulders. Set out on the Forester kangaroo drive to see large roos and pack your binoculars for some fantastic birdwatching opportunities. National park fees apply.
Freycinet National Park
Last but by no means least, Freycinet National Park is an iconic Tasmanian experience not to be missed. Set up camp among the dunes and explore the beaches. Discover the wineries nearby and explore the many trails on offer. A ballot system is in place for summer due to the immense popularity of the destination, however, there is also free, basic campsite nearby at Friendly Beaches.
Photo Credit: Kirsty Tanner