Douglas Aspley National Park

 

Douglas Aspley National park is situated on Tasmania's beautiful East Coast, a short drive from Bicheno.


The car park gets quite busy on a warm day as the waterhole is a popular spot to cool off and have a swim, so ensure that you get there early to secure a spot.


The water is crystal clear and because there are no trees overhanging the waterhole it gets plenty of sunlight through the day so that the water isn't as cold as you would probably imagine.


From the car park you take a short 10 minute walk through a well made bush track and you will come to the 'free camp spot' amongst some trees to the right.


Walk a further couple of minutes past the turn off the camp area and down about 20 steps and you will arrive at the waterhole.

 


COST: Free

 

PARKS PASS REQUIRED: Yes

 

DOGS: No

 

TENTS: Yes

 

CARAVANS: No

 

TOILETS: Yes - drop toilets (one at the car park and one near the camp area)

 

WATER: No

 

CAMP FIRES: Yes but only during the months of May-September, check signage at camp area for any changes

 

WALKS CLOSE BY:

 

Aspley Gorge walk

 

Leeaberra Track

 

Mount Amos

 

Wine Glass Bay

 

Freycinet Circuit

 

Cockle Creek

Cockle Creek is a little piece of Paradise with its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches.

It’s a great family spot as the waters are still and ideal for kayaking and fishing.

The road into Cockle Creek is unsealed and contains quite a few pot holes.

 

COST: Free

PARKS PASS REQUIRED: Yes

DOGS: No

TENTS: Yes

CARAVANS: Yes

TOILETS: Yes

WATER: Yes

CAMP FIRES: Yes

WALKS CLOSE BY:

South Cape Bay

Fishers Point

TAGS:

South East Tasmania     

South Cape Rivulet

Gowrie Park

Gowrie Park is set at the foothills of Mount Roland. It’s designed for short term stays with a maximum of two nights. 

It’s a nice clean camp spot with a toilet block but not a place you would want to stay long term as it’s not very private from the main road.

The main highlight staying here was watching the sunset over Mount Roland with the every changing colours of the rock, a little bit of Uluru in Tasmania ;-)

 

COST: Listed as FREE but I seem to remember paying $6 per night (Honesty Box)

PARKS PASS REQUIRED: No

DOGS: Yes

TENTS: Yes

CARAVANS: Yes

TOILETS: Yes

WATER: Yes

CAMP FIRES: No

WALKS CLOSE BY:

Mount Roland

 

TAGS: North West Tasmania

Chain of Lagoons

Chain of Lagoons is located a leisurely 29Km north of Bicheno on Tasmania’s spectacular East Coast.

The free camp site is at Lagoons Beach Conservation Area, a sheltered little spot set behind some dunes.

It’s only a 2 minute walk to the pristine white beach and the lagoon.

At the far end of the camp area you will find that it’s not as busy however the constant noise of Cicada’s may drive you a bit stir crazy after a while.  I think this is why this area of the site is not as populated.

When there are no ‘high fire danger’ warnings you can snuggle up of an evening next to the camp fire, you will need to take your own firewood.

Chain of Lagoons is very popular with families.

COST: Free

PARKS PASS REQUIRED: No

DOGS: Yes

TENTS: Yes

CARAVANS: Yes

TOILETS: No

WATER: No

CAMP FIRES: Yes – providing no fire bans in place at the time

WALKS CLOSE BY:

Douglas Aspley Gorge

TAGS: North East Tasmania

Lime Bay

Lime Bay State reserve is a beautiful spot located about 2hrs drive South East of Hobart in Sloping Main.

It’s very popular, especially during holiday periods and long weekends, so you will have to get there early to ensure you get a spot.

The camp area is situated right next to the bay up on a rise.  The bay itself is great for little kidlets as the water is so shallow you can walk out for ages and the water is still only at your knees.

The access to Lime Bay State Reserve is a gravel road. To get here take the C341 from Premaydena. Please note you will get to a small corner store, don’t take the bend to the left instead go straight ahead on the road alongside the shop.

COST: Small fees apply - http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/?base=412#lb

PARKS PASS REQUIRED: No

DOGS: No

TENTS: Yes

CARAVANS: Yes

TOILETS: Yes

WATER: Yes but bring your own as not advisable to drink unless boiled

CAMP FIRES: Yes – providing no fire bans in place at the time

WALKS CLOSE BY:

Convict Coal Mine Circuit

Lagoon Beach

Greens Point Cliffs

 

TAGS:

South East Tasmania

Mayfield

Mayfield Bay Coastal reserve is on Tasmania’s East coast only 15 minutes’ drive south of Swansea.

It is a very small reserve so available spaces are often hard to find.

The beach is located only a short 2 minute stroll from the grounds to the beach.

 

COST: Free

PARKS PASS REQUIRED: No

DOGS: No

TENTS: Yes

CARAVANS: Yes

TOILETS: Yes

WATER: No

CAMP FIRES: Yes – providing no fire bans in place at the time

TAGS: North East Tasmania

Liffey Falls State Reserve

Liffey Falls is a magnificent little spot located less than an hour’s drive west of Perth, Tasmania.

The spacious picturesque camp ground is set beside a fresh water river.

From the campground you can take a short 1hr walk to Liffey Falls which is said to one of the prettiest waterfalls in Tasmania.  The competition is fierce between Liffey and Russel Falls.

Personally I prefer Liffey as it feels more natural and has no safety barriers around it which means you can take off your shoes and have a splash in the cool Tasmanian waters.

The only downside is that we are not the only ones who love Liffey State Reserve, our little waspy friends also love it here so you might come across one or two; so if you’re allergic to wasps it’s probably best to avoid this camp spot.

 

COST: Free

PARKS PASS REQUIRED: No

DOGS: No

TENTS: Yes

CARAVANS: Yes

TOILETS: Yes

WATER: No

CAMP FIRES: Yes – providing no fire bans in place at the time

WALKS CLOSE BY:

Liffey Falls

 

TAGS:  North East Tasmania  Liffey Falls

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