The great southern land we call Australia offers some of the best camping in the world. We are spoilt for options when it comes to places to go and camp in Australia. Each state and territory offers unique places for adventure with vastly different landscapes to explore.
When it comes to camping though, there’s one place that never quite gets the mentions that it deserves. That place is our little island friend known as Tasmania.
We’re here to stick up for the little guy because Tasmania offers some truly unique experiences for seasoned and beginner campers alike. It doesn’t matter what type of camper you are if you have a trusty camper trailer with you, you’re always going to have a ripper time.
At Mars Campers, we have on and off road camper trailers that will prepare you for any camping experience. They’re robust, reliable and easy to set up with everything you need stored inside the camper trailer.
A camper trailer is also an easier option to take on the Spirit of Tasmania. In this blog, you’ll hear about all the reasons why Tassie should be your next camping destination.
The northern parts of Tasmania are home to two large cities, Devonport and Launceston, the former being the larger of the two. Up north, you’ll find plenty of historical landscapes about Australian history to see and explore.
There is rich farmland in the area that produces some of the best wine and food for the locals and yourself to experience. For those looking for an adventure, there are lavish green fields with elm trees, lavenders, vineyards and orchards for a stunning scenic campsite.
In the middle of the northern coast sits Narawntapu National Park, a coastal landscape that blends many different environment types in the 43 km2 area. It’s a peaceful refuge that is a must see for anyone visiting the northern parts of Tasmania.
For campers, you’ll find inlets, lagoons, sand dunes, small islands and wetlands to explore during your stay at Narawntapu. This park is home to many animals including Bennet wallabies, Forester kangaroos, Tasmanian devils and wombats; which can all be seen during the evening time as they graze and look for food.
Camping is permitted at the following locations:
If you’re thinking of camping you’ll need a camp pass and the current park fees for reference; they can be found here. For more on what to do, where to go and how to see it all visit their official website by clicking this link.
Just south of Devonport, about an hour drive is Mole Creek Caravan Park. It’s a privately owned location surrounded by picturesque mountains and small farmlands. The park is situated next to Sassafras creek, and the owners make a concerted effort to keep the area as naturally preserved as possible.
The unique location of Mole Creek gives campers the ability to stay next to the creek where they have the option of catching trout and seeing wildlife appear right from the comfort of their tent or camper trailer.
Mole Creek is dog-friendly with many amenities on offer such as toilets, hot showers, fire pots and much more. If you’re interested in seeing what Mole Creek has to offer you can visit their website by following this link.
Just like the mainland of Australia, the east coast is more populated with many small towns compared to the western. These small towns can serve as a great place to stock up on supplies or grab a bite to eat.
The east side does offer more settlements to visit, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be more metropolitan and busier; in fact, it’s the very opposite as this side of Tasmania is littered with campsites.
If you haven’t heard of it before there’s a famous Great Eastern Drive, you can do where you visit all of the main stops along the eastern seaboard of Tassie. It’s a great road for campers with a camper trailer at your side, for more visit the Great Eastern Drive website for an itinerary.
The first stop you should consider if you’re taking the Great Eastern Drive is the Freycinet Peninsular, otherwise known as the popular Wineglass Bay. The national park located there isn’t your average coastal sightseeing pit stop.
The peninsula has produced some of the best peaks, bay locations and beaches for visitors to explore. The pink granite peaks offer spectacular views of Wineglass Bay, the secluded bays are peaceful escapes and the white sandy beaches rival are some of the best in the country.
It doesn’t matter if you wish to stay in Freycinet for a weekend or a week, you’ll likely leave wanting more. There are many camping options that range from unpowered campsites to luxury retreats. You’ll be able to go birdwatching, bushwalking and kayaking all in the one day. There’s plenty more to see at Freycinet and it can all be found by visiting their website.
Towards the end of the Great Eastern Drive, you’ll find a hidden gem called Maria Island National Park. It’s Tassie’s only island park and can be accessed with a ferry. The island has a rich history ranging from indigenous populations to an Italian pleasure resort.
There is plenty of history for an island about 115 km2 in size. You’ll be able to explore the ruins of Darlington; a ghost town, Reservoir Circuit; a fantastic walking tracking and Fossil Cliffs limestone quarry.
If you’re looking to camp on Maria Island then there are two options for you to choose from; bunk accommodation at the old penitentiary in Darlington and various free campsites around the island. You can view more at Maria Island’s website.
When we think of southern Tasmania, you likely imagine the capital city of Hobart; a comparatively busier area to the rest of the island. However, when you go outside of Hobart, there are some dense and remote camping options for you to see and stay.
The southern parts of the island are home to some remote national parks, dense wilderness areas and isolated fishing villages littered along the southern coast. There’s plenty to see with excellent camping and hiking options as well as scenic drives.
There are two major national parks in the south coast of Tassie, the expansive Southwest National Park, which we’ll cover later in the blog, and Tasman National Park — it’s the little cousin that’ barely a quarter of the size the Southwest park.
At the very tip of the south-eastern edge of Tassie, you’ll find the Tasman and Forestier Peninsula, a cluster of land that barely hangs onto the mainland of Tasmania. This area is famous for Port Arthur — a prominent location for Australian history.
Across the bay, you’ll find Tasman National Park, a place with soaring rock formations and sea cliffs. You won’t find better sights across a peninsula landscape overlooking crystal clear water in Tassie, making the park a very popular destination for campers.
There are 40 campsites in Tasman National park, some of which come with amenities. You’ll be able to find everything you need from their websites here. There’s plenty to explore, but you’ll have to book in advance.
The largest national park in Tasmania is held by the Southwest National Park; an enormous landscape full of lush wilderness and the finest remote areas for you to camp during your time in Tasmania.
If you’re looking for dense bush walks, secluded campsites and a little bit of a challenge, then Southwest National Park is for the most seasoned camping veterans. Tackling the expansive Southwest National Park means lots of travelling, and there’s no better way to do so than with an easy to set up and pack up camper trailer.
If you’re thinking about camping at the Southwest park, then be prepared for a 3-hour drive from Hobart to one of many campsites. For more on activities, campsite fees and a handy map, visit their website for all the details you’ll need before you go here.
The west coast of Tassie is a unique area of the island to explore and visit. It was once home to many historic mining towns with many heritage buildings and attractions to see and visit during your time there.
Nowadays, you’ll find an exciting blend of old and new with eco-retreats littered around the west coast, only a short drive from historical mining sites. If you’re interested in utilising your camper trailer there are ancient rain forests and rugged mountains to explore on this side of the Tassie as well.
Tassie might not evoke visions of giant dunes and frighteningly white sand as far as the eye can see, but that’s what you’ll get if you visit Henty Dunes. It’s an unmissable contrast to the rest of Tasmania that is painted in deep green and blue water.
It’s not all desert though; there are many campsites with pleasant shaded areas to beat the heat. The area is considered a local secret because there’s nothing quite like seeing a 30-metre dune or the expansive desert that magically turns into a dense rainforest.
The entire national reserve is without any facilities, but many locals and tourists alike have found places to camp all over Henty. It’s a unique location that can’t be missed if you’re on that side of Tassie.
You can’t visit Tasmania without camping near a lake, and there’s no better sight than Lake Mackintosh on the west coast of the island. Whether you’re a sightseer or an avid fisherman, there’s plenty of reasons to visit and stay near Lake Mackintosh.
Lake Mackintosh is a free campground that requires no booking but only allows you to stay there for a maximum of 7 nights. It’s dog-friendly and offers some great places to fish, with a license, for rainbow and brown trout. Check it out if you’re in the area.
There are many reasons to visit Tassie but none better than to take your camper trailer and explore the wonders of this beautiful island. You’ll have no trouble going on and off road with a camper trailer from Mars Campers; check it out. If you’re wondering what camper trailer would best suit you contact us today and the Mars team will help you out.