best free campsites tasmania
best free campsites tasmania

OK, so best of lists can, of course, be very subjective. However, we’ve camped all over Tasmania for many years and we think we know the very best free campsites in Tassie. We’ve included the obligatory beach campsites, a campground in the central highlands and little-known campsites that are perfect for families new to camping, who want an outdoor experience but who aren’t seasoned campers.

  • Number 1: Camping Bay of Fires has to be number 1. Free camping for up to 4-weeks next to crystal clear waters and azure sandy beaches. Amazing. Lonely Planet even added Bay of Fires to its’ list of the World’s Best Beaches. Need we say more.
  • Number 2: Camping Macquarie Heads. From the East Coast to the Wild West Coast at Strahan. Setup your tent, and walk a few metres onto the beach and be in another world. Don’t forget to pack your fishing rod. Please note a small charge does apply.
  • Number 3: Staying on the West Coast, the small campground Trial Harbour is simply sensational. Pitch your tent on the edge of the world and listen to the waves. Be warned, it can get very windy!
  • Number 4: Heading South this time, and into the forest. We really love to go camping at Arve River, where if you are lucky you’ll see a platypus or catch a fresh brook trout.
  • Number 5: Back to the East Coast, and at number 5 we have Mayfield Bay camping near Swansea. Plenty of room for bigger rigs and a beautiful beach for walks and fossicking. If you’re lucky, you may have it all to yourself!.
  • Number 6: At #6 is Fortescue Bay campground in the South East of Tasmania, near Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula. Lots of superb walks in this area and the views are incredible. Bookings required, a small fee applies.
  • Number 7: We’ve gone offshore for #7 and have picked camping Yellow Beach Flinders Island. Getting to Flinders Island is not straightforward, but trust us it’s worth the effort for the amazing scenery.
  • Number 8: Also ‘overseas’ but this time much easier to reach- Bruny Island and in particular camping South Bruny Island. No camping trip to Tasmania is complete without a visit to Bruny and a few nights in a tent under a cloudless Tassie night sky.
  • Number 9: At number 9 we’ve headed into the central highlands of Tassie for a spot of fishing and chosen camping Penstock Lagoon. Admittedly, you’d probably not chose this campsite unless you were into trout fishing, but trust us you’ll want to camp at this amazing location right next to the Lake if you are visiting Tassie to chase a wild brown or rainbow trout.
  • Number 10: And to round out our top 10, we recommend camping Myrtle Park in the central northeast of Tasmania, and easily reached from Launceston in 30-35 minutes. So much to do, so much room – sit back with a wine or beer and let the kids run free! A small charge applies.