The best camping spots in Tasmania

There are few more picturesque states in Australia than Tasmania, which is why it is a favourite with campers.

There are mountain ranges, wilderness trails to explore and beautiful seaside escapes as well.

It seems like the whole state is available for camping, so how do you know where you should head?

Here are some of the best spots according to Camping Tasmania.

Mayfield Bay
Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve is a conservation area south of Swansea on Tasmania’s east coast and a great spot for camping.

Credit: Pete Harmson

Mayfield Bay’s sandy beach and coastal area offers good camping, fishing, swimming, surfing and diving, as well as wonderful views across Great Oyster Bay to Freycinet Peninsula. The reserve has shady trees and toilet facilities but you’ll need to bring your own drinking water and camping gear.

A little further north from Mayfield Bay is the convict-built Spiky Bridge. This unusual looking bridge was built in the 1840s by a convict road gang. The bridge was built from local fieldstone with stones placed vertically along the parapet, giving the bridge its spiky appearance. It’s been claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle falling over the sides.

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Trial Harbour
Featuring magnificent beaches, fantastic views and great fishing, Trial Harbour, on the west coast of the state, is a picturesque delight.

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The site really comes alive in summer and there are great places to explore such as the old federation and Cornwall mines, with buildings, tunnels and old bits of machinery to be found in the surrounding bush.

Camping in Trial Harbour is free and when you come, bring everything that you will need with you as there are no shops. 

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Macquarie Heads
Also on the west coast, the Macquarie Heads camping ground offers bush campsite accommodation just 15 kilometres from Strahan.

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You can have a picnic at the nearby Swan Basin picnic area, walk along the Ocean Beach or go fishing in Macquarie Harbour.

Access to the camping ground is along a gravel road and unpowered bush campsites are available for a small daily fee of $15 per day and a caretaker is onsite.

Macquarie Heads camping ground provides good grassed sites next to the harbour and is suitable for tents, caravans, campervans and motorhomes. A boat ramp, public toilet and dumping point are available.

Bruny Island
Beautiful Bruny Island lies just off the southeast coast of the state and is only a short trip from the passenger ferry from Kettering.

Credit: Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman

There is something about Bruny Island that captures the imagination of those who visit and no place is this more evident than in South Bruny National Park – a place beloved for its striking landscapes and diverse coastal scenery.

South Bruny National Park’s towering cliffs are a spectacle set against the wild Southern Ocean. Atop one of the southern headlands is Cape Bruny Lighthouse, first lit in 1838 and today offering a fascinating insight into the history of this rugged coastline. 

Credit: Tourism Tasmania & James Bowden

There are camping sites available within the South Bruny national park at Cloudy Bay and Jetty Beach. 

Fortescue Bay
This sheltered bay combines a white sandy beach with lush rolling hills to provide a picturesque backdrop to your weekend away.

Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Toby Story

Just a two-hour drive from Hobart, Fortescue Bay campground puts you in prime position to explore Tasman National Park, and is the perfect spot for bushwalking, boating, kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, and diving.

Where are some of your best camping spots you have found when travelling in Tasmania? Why not share your thoughts in the comments section below?

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Written by Ben



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