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Top Free Camps in Tasmania

by Rose Foster

Throughout Tasmania, there are a number of fantastic campgrounds on offer. Dispersed at different points in the state, each campsite provides a unique camping experience. With so much choice, it can be hard to decide where to go! So, to make this decision a little easier, we have compiled a list of 7 free campgrounds in Tasmania.

1. Bay of Fires Conservation Area, Mount William National Park

Bay of Fires is one of the most beautiful camping spots in Tasmania, with its stunning white sandy beaches and clear-blue waters. At this site, you are free to camp for up to 4 weeks without charge, so there’s plenty of time to bask in the beauty of this spot. 

 There are many access points along the bays and beaches at the Bay of Fires Conservation Area, meaning there is plenty of beach to explore. 

 Amenities:

  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Boat Ramp

2. Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve, Swansea

 This cozy beachside gem is nestled close to Swansea offers a shady spot for campers to unwind and relax. The grassy nooks that reside within this camping ground provide lovely views that look out over Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. Also, you are free to take a tranquil stroll across the white sand beach around Mayfield Bay and explore the historic Three Arch Bridge, built-in 1845. 

 Amenities:

  • Pet-friendly
  • Toilets
  • Fireplaces
  • Day-use picnic tables

3. Mersey White Water Forest Reserve, Lake Rowallan


The Mersey River sweeps through the beautiful heritage-listed wilderness, creating its own steep-sided valley. 

The Mersey White Water Forest Reserve acts as a protective frame around this riverside sanctuary. If you’re a keen fisherman, this spot is definitely worth it for the rainbow trout. 

 Amenities:

  • Pet-friendly
  • Toilets
  • Boat ramp
  • BBQ

 4. Lagoons Beach Conservation Area, St Marys

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Lagoons Beach is a spacious free camping destination with a shoreline that stretches on for 7km along the coast. At this campground you are free to roam the beach, bask in the sunlight and embrace the opportunity to fish for salmon. 

 Amenities:

  • Toilets
  • Fireplaces
  • Dogs permitted, but must be on a leash.

 5. Trial Harbour Campground Area, Zeehan

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Located in the northern part of Ocean Beach, Trial Harbour is a small area on the West Coast of Tasmania. Only 30 minutes from Zeehan, Trial Harbour is a hidden gem tucked between rainforest and grass plains. 

 As you pitch your tent at the campground, you will feel like you are sitting on the edge of the world as you listen to waves. Here you can enjoy magnificent beaches and great spots to fish.

 Amenities:

  • Pet-friendly
  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets

 6. Vale of Belvoir, Lake Lea

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This self-contained gem will feel like your own private oasis. Depending on when you embark on your adventure, you could have all the beautiful surroundings to yourself. Surrounded by wide-open space, you can enjoy a peaceful morning or evening walk where you will witness a range of wildlife and look out on Lake Lea.

 Amenities:

  • Limited 2WD access

7. Jetty Campground, South Bruny Island

Popular among tourists, Bruny Island is accessible via ferry from the small town of Kettering. This Jetty Campground offers all the delights of a beachside location, with a boat launch from the beach and a safe place for the kids to swim. Also, from this campsite, there is a 6-hour bushwalking circuit that takes you around the Labillardiere Peninsula. Undeniably, this campsite provides incredible access to the spectacular shorelines of Bruny Island and parts of the hinterland from Fluted Cape to Taylors Bay. Here, at this campsite, you will get the chance to witness the stunning sights of the dolerite sea cliffs, the magnificent beaches and explore the sheltered coves. 

 Amenities:

  • BBQs
  • Toilets
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Wheelchair accessible

 

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