Every now and then you’ll come across an experience or destination that will land on your ultimate bucket list. Tasmania, or ‘Tassie’ to the locals, is one such natural beauty. From untouched coastlines to challenging multi-day walks, even the most hardened hikers would be impressed. It may be Australia’s smallest state but it offers so much more than many of the mainland states. From rugged mountains and leafy bush, to beautiful coastlines, Tasmania offers a range of grounds perfect for a tent at any time of the year. So avoid missing the unforgettable moment and follow our top five bucket list camping escapes in humble ol’ Tassie.
1. Tasman National Park
Famous for its monumental rock formations and soaring sea cliffs, Tasman National park is an area of natural beauty. Located just two hours’ drive from Hobart and situated on the rugged Tasman Peninsula, this location has a spectacular coastal environment. Offering two campsites at Fortescue Bay with an amenities block and fireplaces provided, expect to nestle in for a toasty night away. Great views can also be found on the park’s many bushwalks and a must do is the Cape Raoul walk. No matter what path you take, packing a back pack that is durable throughout all walking conditions is a must – you’ll thank us later! The bushland gives way to rocky platforms with majestic views over the Tasman Peninsular, all the way down to Bruny Island. Just be prepared to have your breath taken away by the views.
2. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Home to the world famous Overland Track and iconic Craddle Mountain, this is a history trip for the ages. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is one of Tasmania’s most special places, where you can find ancient pines fringed on glacial lakes and icy streams cascading down rugged mountains. This national park is the perfect location for bushwalkers, featuring hikes for all abilities. It is also every photographer’s dream, with alpine landscapes and Cradle Mountain visible in the distance. The park is two hours from Launceston and has numerous campsites available. If you want to get the best vantage points from morning to dusk, set up your camp with a lightweight compact tent that’s easy to carry and set up on the mountain’s peaks. The Lake St Clair section of the park is also a walkers’ paradise, with leisurely lakeside strolls and longer forest walks.
3. Southwest National Park
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life by camping in Tassie’s most remote national park. Found at the end of the state’s most southern reaching road, the untamed country is ideal bushwalking territory, especially for more experienced hikers. There is a lot to do here, with stunning coves for ocean lovers, thermal springs, caves, lakes and mountain ranges. You can camp at Cockle Creek Boltons Green camping area where basic sites are available free of charge. From here, it’s a five hour walk to South Cape Bay where you’ll see magnificent views of the roiling Great Southern Ocean. Put together a day pack, including a picnic rug, plenty of water and food, to give you the chance to stop along the way and take in the area.
4. Mt William National Park
Mt William National Park is located in Tasmania’s far north-east corner and has some of the most scenic hikes on the island. The park is noteworthy for the conservation of Tasmania’s coastal heathlands and colourful plants. Once you’ve experienced all the trails and ocean dips, there are local Forester kangaroos to make friends with and plenty of fishing spots to throw your rod in. You can set up camp at one of four Stumpys Bay campsites, which has basic facilities on hand. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the motivation to do anything other than stroll along the stunning empty beaches strewn with Tassie iconic burnt orange boulders. The best part is that Cobler Rocks walk is an easy two-hour return journey with uninterrupted ocean views. In the same time, you can climb Mt William with a trekking pole for a bird’s eye view of the Bass Strait islands. If you’re keen for a dive in the deep blue, the offshore reefs at Georges Rocks and Eddystone Point are some of the clearest sites in the state.
5. Douglas-Apsley National Park
If you’re after a hinterland adventure, head to the rugged Douglas-Apsley National Park for a number of secluded waterfalls and freshwater pools nestled amongst eucalypt forest. The park offers free bush camping so why not stay the night? The location’s biggest drawcards is its stargazing. Pack a lantern in your camping gear and use it to guide the way along a hike towards viewing platforms overlooking breathtaking gores, or cool off underneath cascading falls.