It is that time of year again… The holidays are upon us and summer time is here.
Do you want to get away with the kids and get into the great Tasmanian outdoors? Are you planning to get away for that long weekend or even just a night?
There are some great camping spots around Tassie. Here are seven of our favourites ready for you to enjoy with your family.
The friendly beaches are about two and a half hours drive from Hobart and is well worth the drive. The beaches are accessible by both vehicles and walking. The beaches you will find in this area may be the most beautiful beaches you will ever come across. A valid parks pass is required to visit Friendly Beaches. At Friendly Beaches, campgrounds are available at Isaacs Point. Some of these sites are free if you have a parks pass. If you intend on camping, you must be aware that Freycinet is a fuel stove only area which means no fires are allowed in the national park. There are plenty of family fun activities to do like fishing, swimming and walking.
Cockle Creek is a place filled with coves and beaches. You will find the water is brown where the river meets the salt water, this is because it is rich in tannins that are trying to reach the ocean. There is an abundance of walks that span from 5 minutes to 2 hours to 6-8 days. A bronze sculpture of a southern right whale is located at Adams Point. You can visit this attraction either by walking or driving. The information here about this historical site is educational. At Cockle Creek, there are two options of camping areas: Southwest National Park (Valid Park Passes required) or Recherche Bay Nature Recreation Area (State Forest). Dogs are welcome on a lead at nature recreation area, but not in the national park. Cockle Creek is approximately a 2-hour drive from Hobart.
Captain Cook Holiday Park
This spot is situated on Bruny Island which is located on the South-Eastern coast about 40 minutes from Hobart. The only way to access the island is by ferry that is caught from Kettering. There are plenty of options for accommodations whether you are camping or would like to stay in one of the beautiful villas. The park is opposite the beach where, if you are lucky enough, you can see pods of dolphins and whales in the bay. There are many attractions close by, like the Bruny Eco Boat cruises, South Bruny National Park, walking tracks as well as the Adventure bay store.
At Arthur-Pieman, there are two serviced campgrounds with toilet facilities. Manuka and Peppermint both have fresh water available on site. There are also several un-serviced camp sites along side the coast with access to a limited amount of fresh water. There are fees to stay at the above-mentioned sites, please visit the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Services for more information. The campground is about a 5-minute drive to Tasmania’s Edge of the world. This attraction is basically like looking of the edge of the world. Many visitors have said that you can get lost here for hours.
The campground at Black River is located approximately 2km west of Peggs Beach Camping area. There are plenty of private spots for you and your family to camp in. This campground is located about 15 minutes west of Hellyer Beach. There is plenty to do here like hiking, fishing, kayaking, bike riding and so much more. There are fees to stay at Black River so be sure to do some research before you go.
Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park
Lake St Clair is part of the Cradle Mountain heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World of Heritage Area. There are a range of short and long tracks to be explored that meander off through ancient rain forests. Over millions of years, Lake St Clair has been carved out by glaciers and is now deemed Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Many things like fishing, overnight walking and swimming can be done here. You can camp at Lake St Clair Camping grounds where you can find beautiful, sheltered camp spots.
Eldee Camp Spot
This camp spot is located in Carlton about 45 minutes from Hobart. Eldee is an unpowered camp spot with natural bush surrounding the area. This spot is close by to dog friendly beaches as well as Dodges Ferry shops. You could take a day trip to Port Arthur as it is only 50 minutes away. Available at the campground are; toilets and showers, camp kitchen with fridge and cooker, as well as exercise equipment. This site is a pet friendly one so the entire family can be included. There is a fee at this spot so be sure to do some research.
So, where will your next family adventure be?