Free Camping Tasmania – 7 Free Campsites Worth Visiting in Tassie

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Are you the type of camper who will drive miles into the wilderness to find the most remote campsite possible? Pity any other campers that dare show up at your patch of paradise. Or do you prefer to camp close to town in a busy campsite to enjoy the company of other travellers? Whatever your preference, we have included a campsite on this list to suit your style. Best of all, they’re free.

 

What Types of Free Campsites Can You Find in Tasmania?

Tasmania is one of Australia’s last wilderness frontiers. What better way to see it than bush camping near the beach, bush or mountain? Some sites are located in national parks and need a pass to enter while others are on a remote track. Basic ablution facilities and potable water are available at some sites, but for others, you need to be self-sufficient for everything.

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Most don’t accept bookings, so it is a first come first served basis. Some bush campsites are more popular than others based on road accessibility, the view, distance from a town and facilities. Some sites allow camping with dogs but many sites are located within conservation and national parks, so you will need to be dog-free to enjoy these sites. Getting in early in the day is the best way to secure a site.

 

Free Bush, Beach & Lake Campsites in Tassie

Here is a mix of free campsites around Tasmania that are located on a beach, a bay, near a mountain, lake or forest.

Friendly Beaches (Isaacs Point)

Location: Friendly Beaches Road, north of Coles Bay Conservation Area

Access: The road in can be corrugated

Suitable for: Tents and caravans

Facilities: Hybrid toilets, no shower, bring your water

Cost: Free with a National Park pass

Tips: Get in early as it’s a popular spot and the sites fill up quick

What to Do/See: This campsite is right on the coast with an easy drive to visit Wineglass Bay. There’s plenty of wildlife here including wallabies, wombats, echidnas and birds.

 

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Policeman’s Point, Bay of Fires

Location: Mouth of Ansons Bay

Access: Ansons Bay is in the mid section of the Bay of Fires and is accessed via Policemans Point or the northern shore of Ansons Bay but not by crossing the outlet of Ansons Bay.

Suitable for: Tents, campervans, caravans

Facilities: BYO toilet and water, no shops in the area

Max Stay: 4 weeks

Cost: Free

Tips: There are eight campsites in the Bay area, Policeman Point is more secluded than some of the others.

What to Do/See: Lagoons with white sandy beaches for swimming or just taking in the view, granite rocks for exploring.

 

Oatlands Campsite

Location: Lake Dulverton, 30 km east of Melton Mowbray

Access:

Suitable for:

Facilities: Water, wood barbeques, tables and flushing toilets

Max Stay: 72 hours

Cost: Free

What to Do/See: The nearby town of Oatlands has the greatest concentration of Georgian era stone buildings including a wind-powered flour mill in working order. If you are a bird watcher, there is an abundant variety on Lake Dulverton. Self-guided walking tours or guided walks of the well preserved 1820s Oatlands town.

 

Reece Dam

Location: 34 km west of Rosebury, 10 km south or Corinna

Access: Sealed road

Suitable for: Tents, camper trailers, caravans, big rigs and boat trailers

Facilities: Large sheltered camp area with fireplaces but no other facilities

Max Stay: 72 hours

Cost: Free

What to Do/See: Fly fishing in Pieman River, ideal if you have a boat as the ramp is located at the campsite or take a canoe trip down the river.

 

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Lower Liffey Reserve

Location: 47 km north of Miena then turn east onto the C513

Access: Turnoff to Liffey Falls is a reasonably wide gravel road then narrow and winding

Suitable for: Tents, camper trailers, not suitable for caravans

Facilities: Picnic tables, toilets and campfires

Cost: Free but national park fees apply if you want to visit the Liffey Falls

Tips: There are 20 campsites available.

What to Do/See: A two-hour walk to Liffey Falls which has claimed a spot as a Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Start at the old timber hauling tramway and be aware of the strenuous climb at the end of the walk. An easier downhill walk is available from the Liffey Falls car park. The campsite is located between two flowing streams. The chirpy Tasman parrots occupy the surrounding trees.  

 

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RV & Caravan Friendly Towns With Free Campsites

Considering the state’s tiny size, there is a good selection of Tasmanian towns that are RV Friendly and provide free facilities for people in caravans and RVs. To be included in the program, a town must provide at least 24-hour parking for caravans or motorhomes, offer a 24 hour medical centre or pharmacy, a mechanic or service centre, potable water, dump point and a visitor information centre.   

Some of the towns offer generous facilities like hot showers in an attempt to draw visitors to the town to spend money on supplies and attractions. Many of the campsites are for a maximum of 24 hours but perfect if you are passing through the area. Some campsites charge a nominal fee and allow campers to stay longer.

Some sites only allow motorhomes or self-contained caravans while other towns welcome all forms of camping. Do your research before you arrive so you know how long you can stay and your camping setup is welcome there.

 

Fingal

The town of Fingal is located in Fingal Valley on the Esk Highway and is an RV Friendly town offering 24 hour free camping.  

Type of Campsite: RV Friendly Town

Location: Talbot Street, Fingal, behind the toilet block

Access: Sealed road

Suitable for: A grassed area for tents, small caravans and campervans.

Facilities: Toilets, showers, BBQ, playground

Max Stay: 1 Night

Cost: Free

What to Do/See: Fingal Valley has the picturesque Ben Lomond National Park to the north and St Pauls Valley to the south. In town, check out the historic buildings on the main street. The tourist centre dates back to the 1850s and houses the wares of the many talented artists in the area.  Fingal is a perfect stop if you are headed to the Freycinet National Park or Coles Bay.

 

Northeast Park, Scottsdale

Type of Campsite: RV Friendly Town

Location: Ringarooma Rd, Scottsdale

Access: Sealed road

Suitable for: Tents, campervans, caravans

Facilities: Toilets, showers, BBQ, dump point

Max Stay: 7 Nights

Cost: Free, showers are coin operated

What to Do/See: Surrounds are beautiful forests and mountains providing plenty of walk opportunities to take in the local flora and fauna which includes platypus, wallabies, pademelon and crayfish. Good base location for day trips to St Helen, Bridport, Ringarooma, Winnaleah and Derby.

 

Free Camping Tasmania Map

The type of map you require will depend on where you are staying. If you are camping in RV Friendly Town sites, you can probably find your way, but if you’re heading to a remote site on a track, it’s wise to carry a map for that area of Tasmania.

Tasmania has some of the country’s most incredible wilderness areas. Make some time to get out and see it for yourself.  We recommend the following maps and guides if you are planning to camp and travel in Tasmania:

Hema Tasmania State Map

Guide to Free Campsites 2018-19

100 Walks in Tasmania