Free Camping in Tasmania

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free camping in tasmania: a brief introduction

Tasmania is an island vibrating with history. It features some of our planet’s most beautiful natural landscapes, where visitors can breathe in what is believed to be the cleanest air in the world. Over 40% of the land mass of the island is made up of national parks, and Tasmania is the only territory in the world where you’ll find wild Tasmanian Devils. The beaches are pristine, with Neptune-blue waters and crunchy white sand. Guests to the island will find heritage centres along both the east and west coasts. As well as colourful art museums and centres of natural history. And, luckily for us, free camping in Tasmania is perfectly doable. Which gives visitors the opportunity to explore all of the aforementioned, without breaking the bank. To learn more about what Tasmania has to offer its visitors, check out our 10 day Tasmania itinerary.

Going forward, this post will aim to provide its readers with a comprehensive knowledge of how to go camping in Tasmania free of charge. I will cover all the campsites by region, detailing their various amenities and facilities. It is worth noting that this article will focus primarily on camping in the traditional sense, i.e. with a tent. But most of the campsites I include will be suitable for caravans or campervans too.

A Quick Summary of the free campsites in tasmania

Before we dive into the more detailed section of this post, here is a quick summary of all the free campsites in Tasmania. Broken down by region. If you’re in a hurry, or you just want the name of a campsite, this is the section for you. Otherwise, keep reading on for more information on each site.

Northeast

  • Northeast Park
  • Derby Park
  • Waterhouse Camping – (Blackmans Lagoon, Big Waterhouse Lake, South Croppies, Waterhouse Point and Ransons Beach)
  • Little Musselroe Bay

Free Camping near Launceston

  • Lilydale Campsite
  • Ben Lomond Campground

Northwest

  • Lake Gairdner Free Camping Area
  • Kentish Park Campgrounds
  • Liffey Falls Campground
  • Bannons Park
  • Preservation Bay
  • Midway Point Sulphur Creek
  • Ulverstone Nicholson Point
  • Green Point Campground

Free Camping near Devonport

  • Forth Recreation Ground

East Coast

  • Shelly Point
  • Scamander Forest Reserve (Trout Creek)
  • Lagoon Beach Campground

Free Camping near Bicheno

  • Douglas-Apsley National Park – (Apsley Waterhole Site, Heritage Falls Site and Tevelein Falls Site)
  • Friendly Beaches Camping Area

Free Camping near Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park

  • River and Rocks Campground
  • Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve
  • Cooks Beach Campground
  • Mayfield Bay Camping

Free Camping near Binalong Bay

  • Jeanneret Beach Camping
  • Dora Point Camping Area
  • Grants Lagoon Camping

Free Camping Bay of Fires

  • Sloop Reef Camping
  • Big Lagoon Camping
  • Cosy Corner North/Cosy Corner South
  • Swim cart Beach Road Camping Ground
  • Policeman’s Point Camping

West Coast

  • Pieman Heads

Central, South and Everywhere Else

  • Cockle Creek Campground
  • Lake Rosebery Campground
  • Dee Lagoon Camping
  • Teds Beach Campground
  • Bronte Lagoon Camping

National Parks Pass

Please note that a few of these campsites listed above and detailed below, are within the territory of a national park. Tasmanian law requires all visitors to their national parks to hold a national parks pass. Consequently, although it is free to camp within certain areas of national parks, visitors will still bear the cost of a national parks pass. The pass can be bought here.

Now, let’s take a look at all of the wonderful free camping areas that Tasmania has to offer.

free camping north east tasmania

Home to the wonderful Bridestowe Lavender Farm, the Queen Victoria Museum, Cataract Gorge and Little Blue Lake, the north east region of Tasmania is a welcoming mix of culture and nature. Luckily for us, it is also home to some of the best free campsites Tasmania has to offer. And here they are:

Northeast Park

Free Camping in Tasmania - Northeast Park

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes (coin-operated)

BBQ: Yes (coin-operated)

Maximum stay: 7 Nights

Firewood available: N/A

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: Buy bottles in Scottsdale

Waste facilities: Yes

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Scottsdale (2 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Derby Park

Free Camping in Tasmania - Derby Park

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: Yes

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: N/A

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: Yes (taps on site)

Waste facilities: Yes

Wi-Fi: Yes

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Ringarooma (18 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Waterhouse Camping

Free Camping in Tasmania - Waterhouse Camping

Waterhouse encompasses five different camping areas: Blackmans Lagoon, Big Waterhouse Lake, South Croppies, Waterhouse point and Ransons Beach. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own gas stoves or barbecues for cooking. And it is worth bearing in mind that these sites are very basic.

Blackmans Lagoon – Home to two small campsites, both of which are fenced and lie adjacent to a pine plantation. The campsites rest at the southern end of the lagoon. Unfortunately, there are no facilities at these campsites.

Big Waterhouse Lake – This campsite can be found on the northern shore of the lake. Again, it is fairly small and has no facilities.

South Croppies – A few campsites are spread around the northern side of the point, South Croppies Road and the track to the southern side of the point. Again, unfortunately, there are no facilities.

Waterhouse Point – The largest of the camping areas, Waterhouse point encompasses several great spots behind the beach. Including zones known as Village Green, Mathers and Waterhouse Point. All of the zones have their own ‘closed composting system’ hybrid toilets. Which are sensitive to chemicals. Dumping of portable toilets is not allowed. The nearest waste facilities are at Scottsdale, St Helens, George Town or Bridport.

Ransons Beach – This area includes four campsites all found at Casuarina Hill. Here, again, you will find the hybrid composting toilet systems.

Little Musselroe Bay

Free Camping in Tasmania - Little Musselroe Bay

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes (pit toilets)

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 2 weeks

Firewood available: Bring your own

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents (not suitable for large vehicles)

Nearest major city/town: Gladstone (28 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Free Camping Launceston

Launceston is perhaps the best-known city in Northeast Tasmania. Home to Cataract Gorge, the Queen Victoria Museum, magnificent walking trails and sculpted gardens. Resting on the Tamar River, Launceston is a great place to take a cruise, too. And it just so happens that this riverside city is nearby three of the best free camps Tasmania has to offer.

Lilydale Campsite

Free Camping in Tasmania - Lilydale Campsite

Powered site: Yes (for a fee)

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes (small fee)

BBQ: Yes

Maximum stay: 2 Nights

Firewood available: Yes (free)

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: Yes

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, small campervans

Nearest major city/town: Launceston (25 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Ben Lomond Campground

Free Camping in Tasmania - Ben Lomond Campground

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No (bring a fuel stove)

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: Yes

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Launceston (50 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Liffey Falls Camping

Free Camping in Tasmania - Liffey Falls Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: Yes

Maximum stay: 21 Nights

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Launceston (45 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Free camping north west tasmania

The northwest of Tasmania is perhaps even more abundant in free campsites than the Northeast. Making it one of the best regions for free camping in Tasmania. And fortunately there is plenty to see and do in the region. Including the Sheffield murals, where you’ll find that every wall tells a tale about the north west’s history. It’s also home to a number of marvellous breweries and vineyards. As well as several beautiful hiking routes and viewing spots, such as Mount Roland and Marions Lookout. And don’t forget abseiling down the Cradle Mountain canyons, and kayaking in Dove Lake.

Lake Gairdner Free Camping Area

Free Camping in Tasmania - Lake Gairdner Free Camping Area

Powered site: No

Toilets: No

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Sheffield (35 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Kentish Park Campgrounds

Free Camping in Tasmania - Kentish Park Campgrounds

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes (closer to lake than campground)

Showers: No

BBQ: No (but areas for BBQs are provided)

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: Yes

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Campervans, Caravans, Tents

Nearest major city/town: Sheffield (15 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Bannons Park

Free Camping in Tasmania - Bannons Park

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Ulverstone (15 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Preservation Bay

Free Camping in Tasmania - Preservation Bay

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: No

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Campervans, Tents, Caravans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Penguin (3 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Midway Point Sulphur Creek

Free Camping in Tasmania - Midway Point Sulphur Creek

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: No

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Penguin (5 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Ulverstone Nicholson Point

Free Camping in Tasmania - Ulverstone Nicholson Point

Powered site: No

Toilets: No

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 2 Nights

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: No

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No (buy bottles in Ulverstone)

Waste facilities: In Ulverstone

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Self-contained vehicles only

Nearest major city/town: Ulverstone (2 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Green Point Campground

Free Camping in Tasmania - Green Point Campground

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes (cold and outdoors)

BBQ: Yes

Maximum stay: 7 Nights

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: No

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: Water tap onsite, but it needs to be boiled before consumption

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes, Tents

Nearest major city/town: Marrawah (3 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Free Camping Devonport

A city that lies where the Mersey River meets Bass Strait, Devonport is awash with local history and culture. The city is home to the Bass Strait Maritime Centre, where visitors can learn about early explorers, shipwrecks and steamers. Additionally, there’s the Devonport Regional Gallery, which showcases exclusively Tasmanian art. And then there’s Home Hill Museum, which was the residence of the former Australian prime minister Joseph Lyons in the early 1900s. There is only one free campsite that can be said to be near to Devonport. And here it is.

Forth Recreation Ground

Free Camping in Tasmania - Forth Recreation Ground

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes (at the nearby club)

BBQ: No (but areas for BBQs are provided)

Maximum stay: 2 Nights

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: At café nearby

Waste facilities: At nearby club

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Campervans, Caravans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Devonport (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

free camping east coast tasmania

The east coast of Tasmania is the island’s most sought after holiday destination. Home to the alluring Bay of Fires, which encompasses some of the finest stretches of coastline in Tasmania. You’ll find Binalong Bay at the southern end of the bay, and Eddystone at the northern end. Both beautiful places in their own right. The stunning coastal town of Bicheno lies to the south of the Bay of Fires conservation area. Here you’ll discover what is possibly Tasmania’s best beach, named after the town. Additionally, there are several national parks, encompassing rare wildlife and captivating landscapes. The east coast plays host to a significant number of free campsites. Which makes it one of the best regions when free camping Tasmania.

Shelly Point

Free Camping in Tasmania - Shelly Point

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes (pit toilet)

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: No

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Small Caravans and Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Scamander (5 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Scamander Forest Reserve (Trout Creek)

Free Camping in Tasmania - Scamander Forest Reserve

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes (pit toilets)

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No (but you can bring your own as they provide fire pots)

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Small Caravans and Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Scamander (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Lagoon Beach Campground

Free Camping in Tasmania - Lagoon Beach Campground

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Scamander (20 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Free Camping Bicheno

Nestled between the Douglas-Apsley National Park and Freycinet National Park, Bicheno is a dazzling coastal town. Bicheno has a population of around 1000 people, and is primarily a fishing port and beach resort. Which is why camping around Bicheno is a favourite among travellers. And, as luck would have it, there are a few free campsites within a 20 minute drive of the town.

Douglas-Apsley National Park

Free Camping in Tasmania - Douglas-Apsley National Park

Those visiting Douglas-Apsley National Park have a choice of three camping sites:

Apsley Waterhole Site – This site sits at the south end of the park. It has no vehicle access but is only a ten-minute walk from the carpark. The spot is quiet, well-shaded and close to the waterhole. There are also composting toilets nearby.

Heritage Falls Site and Tevelein Falls Site – Both of these sites are more remote than the first, and tend to be used as overnight stops for those doing multi-day walks. They are both situated on the banks of the Douglas River, and can be reached by walking along the Leeaberra track from the north of the park. Neither of them have toilets. Campers will also need to bring their own food, water, tent and fuel stove. No booking is necessary.

Friendly Beaches Camping Area

Free Camping in Tasmania - Friendly Beaches Camping Area

Within the Friendly Beaches area, basic camping is available at Isaacs Point. Spots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis for a maximum of 14 nights. There are a range of campsites which accommodate for tents, campervans and caravans. Isaacs Point has pit toilets but unfortunately no fresh water. So campers will have to stock up on water and food in Bicheno, which is only a 20 minute drive away. Fuel stoves are allowed but be sure to check whether there is a ‘total fire ban’ before using one.

Binalong Bay Camping

Binalong Bay lies at the southern end of the Bay of Fires Conservation Area. This small town has a population of just 300 people, making it particularly cosy. Further, it is the perfect place to begin a trip along the bay of fires. And, Binalong Bay is close to three of the best free campgrounds Tasmania has to offer.

Jeanneret Beach Camping Area

Free Camping in Tasmania - Jeanneret Beach Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes (pit toilet)

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Binalong Bay (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Dora Point Camping Area

Free Camping in Tasmania - Dora Point Camping Area

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: Yes

BBQ: Bring a fuel stove

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Binalong Bay (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Grants Lagoon Camping Area

Free Camping in Tasmania - Grants Lagoon Camping Area

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Binalong Bay (5 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Camping Bay of Fires

The area was named by Captain Tobias Furneaux. Who saw the Aboriginal fires burning on the beaches as he sailed by the bay in 1773. Although, the name could just as easily apply to the orange lichen that cloaks the rocks lining the bay. Here visitors will find Tasmania’s clearest waters, and whitest beaches. The bay stretches from Eddystone Point at the northern end, to Binalong Bay at the southern end. Campsites are abundant along the bay of fires. And it is considered one of the best areas for free camping in Tasmania.

Sloop Reef Camping

Free Camping in Tasmania - Sloop Reef Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: No

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Small Caravans and Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Binalong Bay (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Big Lagoon Camping

Free Camping in Tasmania - Big Lagoon Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: No

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Small Caravans and Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Binalong Bay (15 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Cosy Corner North and South

Free Camping in Tasmania - Cosy Corner North and South

Both sites allow a maximum stay of 4 weeks. Visitors are welcome to bring dogs, as long as they are kept on a lead. Neither site requires any advanced booking. Cosy Corner North has excellent pit toilets nearby, but neither campsite has water taps, bins or firewood. Cosy Corner North is suitable for tents, caravans, campervans and motorhomes.

The south cosy corner site is split into two camps. One of which is more suitable for larger vehicles. Visitors can take a hot, coin-operated shower at St Helens foreshore. As well as buy water and get rid of their waste at the nearby sports complex.

Swimcart Beach Camping

Free Camping in Tasmania - Swimcart Beach Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Binalong Bay (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Policeman’s Point Camping

Free Camping in Tasmania - Policeman's Point Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Small Caravans and Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Eddystone (30 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Free Camping Coles Bay and Freycinet National Park

Now we journey further south along the east coast of the island. This is where visitors will find the magnificent Coles Bay, which is the gateway to Freycinet National Park. Coles Bay rests beneath dazzling pink granite mountains, and overlooks the beautiful, clear water of Oyster Bay. This region is plentiful in free campsites, and here they are.

River and Rocks Campground

River and Rocks Campground

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes (pit toilets)

Showers: No

BBQ: Yes

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: Yes (if your provider is Telstra)

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Coles Bay (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve

Moulting Lagoon Game Reserve

Camping space is limited within the reserve due to the narrow strip of land between the lagoon and the reserve boundary. Generally, campers are encouraged to use Freycinet National Park for camping, rather than the reserve. That being said, there is a low key camping spot available within the reserve. It lies to the south of the Kitty’s Mistake carpark off the Coles Bay Road. There are unfortunately no toilets there, but a few fireplaces have been set up for use. Additionally, the carpark at Top Bank is sometimes used for camping.

Cooks Beach

Cooks Beach

This is more of an unofficial camping spot along the Freycinet Peninsula. But lots of people cite it as the most beautiful camping spot in Tasmania. So I couldn’t leave it out of this post. Don’t expect to find many facilities around here. But be prepared to drink in the natural beauty of the area.

Mayfield Bay Camping

Mayfield Bay Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 4 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes (if kept on leads)

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No (but there is an online access centre in nearby Swansea)

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans and Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Swansea (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

free camping west coast tasmania

The west coast of Tasmania, though incredibly beautiful, has far fewer free camping spots than the east coast. Nevertheless, it is a mosaic of charming natural landscapes. On the west coast visitors can white-water raft down the Franklin River. Or take it easy with a cruise along the gentle Gordon River. This region is also home to 1,000-year-old Huon pines, which make up one of the world’s last temperate rainforests. Considered one of Tasmania’s last truly wild places, the west coast is definitely worth a visit.

Pieman Heads

Pieman Heads

In the Arthur Pieman River Protected Area, which flanks the Arthur River, you’ll find camping areas. The areas are fairly informal and do not provide many facilities. So be prepared to bring your own firewood, water, a composting toilet and anything else you may need. There are also no rubbish bins provided. Further, there are no powered sites in any Arthur Pieman River camping grounds.

free camping central, south and everywhere else

In this section I have listed some more free campsites that can be found on the island. Just in case your journey takes you through the centre of Tasmania, or perhaps the south.

Cockle Creek Campground

Cockle Creek Campground

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes (pit toilets)

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 3 Weeks

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: No (there is tank water but it must be treated before drinking)

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Small Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Huonville (1 hour and 25 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Lake Rosebery Campground

Lake Rosebery Campground

Powered site: No

Toilets: No

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Tullah (10 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Dee Lagoon Camping

Dee Lagoon Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: No (bring a portable toilet if possible)

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: N/A

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Small Caravans and Campervans

Nearest major city/town: Hamilton (45 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Teds Beach Campground (plus Edgar Campground and Huon Campground)

Teds Beach Campground

Powered site: No

Toilets: Yes

Showers: No

BBQ: Yes (electric, free)

Maximum stay: 2 Weeks

Firewood available: Bring a fuel stove

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: No

Water available: Yes (but non-treated)

Waste facilities: Yes

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents (though not recommended due to hard ground and harsh weather), Caravans, Campervans and Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Strathgordon (5 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

Bronte Lagoon Camping

Bronte Lagoon Camping

Powered site: No

Toilets: No

Showers: No

BBQ: No

Maximum stay: 7 Nights

Firewood available: No

Shaded areas: Yes

Dogs permitted: Yes

Water available: No

Waste facilities: No

Wi-Fi: No

Suitable camping methods: Tents, Caravans, Campervans, Motorhomes

Nearest major city/town: Bronte Park (15 mins drive)

Booking needed: No

free camping in tasmania: packing list

Tasmania can experience a huge variety of weather conditions depending on the season. The warmest months are December through March, where temperatures generally sit between 17 and 24 degrees Celsius. During winter, May through August, temperatures can sit anywhere between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius. The interior of the country is somewhat colder that the coasts. So it is my suggestion to stick to the edges of the island when camping. That being said, Tasmania does experience harsh weather all over. Especially on the west coast. Here is a useful list of things to pack when you go camping in Tasmania.

  • Warm, windproof clothes
  • Rain jacket
  • Light jacket
  • Thick socks
  • Shorts/t-shirts
  • Comfortable bed clothes
  • Walking shoes
  • Beachwear
  • Tent
  • Water bottles (for camps with water taps)
  • Camera
  • Sun-protection
  • Car insurance
  • Driving license

There are also a number of things you will be able to buy in Tasmania. For instance, you can buy fuel stoves, firewood and portable toilets. Which are items you may need when camping in areas that don’t provide these things. Additionally, you’ll probably need to hire a car and a caravan, or a campervan. Luckily, Tasmania is excellent for hiring cars and camping vehicles. For car hire, check out the 10 day Tasmania itinerary.

For caravans and campervans, the two best places to find rentals are Devonport and Hobart. There is no shortage of rental companies. And seeing as you will likely be flying into Hobart, you can hire your car and camping vehicle as soon as you land. Of course, if you rent a fully-kitted-out vehicle, you won’t need to buy a toilet, or other self-sufficiency items.

Best of Luck with your Tasmania Free Camping Journey

I sincerely hope that this guide to free camping in Tasmania has been useful for you. Generally speaking, there are a lot of areas that allow free camping in the country. Albeit some require you to purchase a parks pass. But, the pass is not expensive and it gives you access to all national parks across the country. So that you can take in the incredible natural landscapes around you and be one with nature. Also, if you’re interested in travelling to the little island pearl southeast of the Tasmanian mainland, check out this article on camping Bruny Island.

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