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16 Best Free Camping Spots in Tasmania

Tasmania is Australia’s smallest state, but it’s the perfect vacation spot! It’s alive with art, has a vibrant food scene, and offers outdoor enthusiasts breathtaking natural beauty. Hobart is an amazing city, with lots of fun activities and great markets. But it doesn’t end there, because once you start exploring Tasmania’s stunning landscapes, that’s when you will fall in love. There are just so many places to visit! Tasmania is definitely a place to add to your bucket list.

In this article we will discuss the 12 best free camping spots in Tasmania where you can stay to visit the whole state. You can use these free camping spots as base set ups to explore the surroundings. 

Is there any free camping in Tasmania?

Yes, there is lots of free camping in Tasmania. And even more very affordable National Park Campgrounds. You will be able to spend months in Tasmania, living on the road, and you won’t get enough of the stunning nature and surroundings. In this article, we’ve mentioned some of our favourite free camping sites, all around Tasmania. So you can drive around Tasmania, and have a place to sleep everywhere you go!

Free Camping Tasmania

1. Spring Bay Hotel

This campground is privately owned by the Spring Bay Hotel and  is available to RVs, Caravans, Camper Trailers and tent camping is allowed too but you must contain your grey water. Make sure you visit the beautiful Spring Beach, it’s only 15kms from the little town and it is absolutely stunning!

There is no set fee however there are two community donation boxes in the bar.

You can stay here for max 4 nights for self-contained vehicles and 2 nights for camper trailers and tent campers. Amenities are very limited but you are right next to the Spring Bay Hotel.

Cost: Donation box
Where: East region of Tasmania, close to Hobart
Directions: Find on map

2. The Pondering Frog

The Pondering Frog is located in the town Bicheno, just 400m from the turnoff to the popular Freycinet National Park. It’s a cute little cafe and ice cream shop, where they sell tea, wine, yummy desserts and great ice cream. There is also a children’s playground next to the cafe, which is a great bonus if you are travelling with small children. Tent are not allowed, just fully self contained RV’s, vans and caravans. Generators are allowed too. There are toilets with a baby change area. But not many more amenities.

Cost: Free
Where: East coast Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

For more free camping options in Bicheno, check out our post about free camping in Bicheno.

3. Friendly Beaches Camping Area

The Friendly Beaches Camping Area is located in Isaacs Point, in the middle of the Freycinet National Park in Tasmania. It combines free camping with a beautiful beach, great for surfing, fishing and swimming. And although the amenities are basic, this place is definitely worth the stay. You can stay here with caravans, motorhomes, campervans and tents. It’s free to camp here, although you do need a valid National Park pass, which is required to enter all Tasmania’s National Parks. There are pit toilets and you can stay for max. 14 nights. There is no reception at this place. Very peaceful!

Cost: Free 
Where: East Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

4. Cosy Corner Campground

There are actually a few good free camping spots around this area. You have Cosy Corner North and South, and you have Bay on Fires just around the corner. For a free camping these places are great. Right on the beach surrounded by calmness and nature. There are toilet, but no shower. But he, you got the ocean!! During school holidays it can get very busy in this region. Witness the spectacular Sunrise each morning from the beach, sit back and relax.

Cost: Free
Where: North East Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

5. Mole Creek Hotel

This is a good free campground right opposite the Mole Creek Hotel. Very handy if you want to be close by some good food and cold beers, but still camp for free. You can camp here in RV’s, caravans and camper trailers, but camping in tents is not allowed. You can view the platypus in the creek next to the hotel, and you can visit the Trowunna Wildlife Park. You can stay here for max. 24 hours, so it’s great when passing through and wanting a good meal at the pub instead of camping cooking. Amenities are very limited, so you need to be fully self contained. 

Cost: Free
Where: North region of Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

6. Railton Self Contained RV Park

The Railton Self Contained RV Park is 25kms from Devonport in North Tasmania. You can stay here for up to 3 days, in fully self contained RV Vehicles and caravans only. Tents are not allowed. It’s right in the city of Railton, so many sure you take a walk down the main street. Very limited amenities onsite, but you can find some public toilets close by. 

Cost: Free
Where:  North region of Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

7. Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel

The Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel is located in between Hobart and Strahan. The hotel allows free camping on their car park like many other pubs and hotels. Close by you can find Lake St Clair, which is very beautiful and definitely worth the visit. You can also visit the popular “Wall in the Wilderness”. There are toilets at this campground but no other amenities. Pets are welcome!

Cost: Free
Where: Centre of Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

8. Sulphur Creek Free Campground

Suphur Creek Free Campground is a free camping with ocean views in the little town called Penguin. It’s an excellent spot and highly recommended for a few nights stop over. It’s easily accessible and the Penguin SLSC is only 150m away. It’s located literally on the spinifex protected by small dunes and sheltered areas. There are showers and toilets available within walking distance.

Cost: Free
Where: North Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

9. Lake Mackintosh

The Lake Mackintosh Free camping area is a true gem, located at Mackintosh Dam. It can be found approximately 65kms from Cradle Mountain, and north of Queenstown. It’s great for swimming in warmer temperatures and you can also fish for Rainbow Trout with a fishing license. There are not many amenities. Only self-contained Campervans, Motorhomes, and Caravans are allowed in the Lake Mackintosh Free camping area. Overall, this is a wonderful spot to camp, have a fire and relax by the lake.

Cost: Free
Where: North West Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

10. Cockle Creek

This free campground in Southwest National Park is perfect for families who want to take their dog camping. It has both leashed- and off-leash areas. The wide variety of watersports available in this World Heritage area will be a hit with humans. A National Park pass is required of course to get to this campground, but once you’re in, camping is free!

Cost: Free
Where: South Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

11. The Pines Campsite

Bruny Island is a popular destination for Taswegians who want to escape the hustle and bustle of life. You can camp free at The Pines campsite on Cloudy Bay Road. You’ll find the sheltered waters of Jetty beach close by, or the glassy breaks of Cloudy Bay corner. Enough beach and water to enjoy for the whole family! although for families the sheltered waters of Jetty Beach are ideal. If surfing glassy breaks is more your thing, try Cloudy Bay corner.

Cost: Free
Where: South Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

For more free camping on Bruny Island, check out this article: Free Camping Bruny Island

National Park Paid Campgrounds

The camping spots mentioned below are not completely free, but they are very affordable and definitely worth mentioning. 

12. Freycinet National Park Campground

The campground spans Richardsons Beach and Honeymoon Bay, as well as Ranger Creek. There are 18 sites that have coin-operated showers and drinking water. There are 21 sites on the sand dunes that are easily accessible to potable water, flushing toilets, and cold water showers. However, our favourite are the six Honeymoon Bay sites located on a hill overlooking the water. Honeymoon Bay sites can only be accessed during Summer holidays and Easter. It is a short walk from the facilities. This area has electric barbecues, picnic tables and non-treated water. Toilets are also available.

Cost: $13 per nigth for 2
Where: East Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

13. Lime Bay

This slice of paradise is nestled into Tasman Peninsula and is a haven for kayakers, snorkelers, and others who love to throw a line. Even better, you can park, drink water, cycle tracks, and – most importantly – toilets. Camping is self-registration. There are no permanent staff on site. This is a truly Tassie way, where you have to come prepared and put the correct amount of money in a money box. 

Cost: From $13 per nigth for 2
Where: East Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

14. Fortescue Bay Camping Ground

This nook of Tasman National Park is perfect for active campers. You can fish, swim, snorkel, kayak and rock climb here. This campground is very well maintained and is highly rated by its visitors. There is lots of wildlife hanging around the area and you’re only walking distance from the beach and beautiful hikes.

Cost: From $13 per nigth for 2
Where: South East Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

15. Maria Island Campground

This Darlington gem is a World Heritage site. History meets nature. You will need your own camping equipment and take a ferry to get there. The campground can be found 500m from the jetty behind Darlington Beach’s dunes. You can also stop by the stone Commissariat Store on your way. It is the oldest building on the island and now serves as a visitor center with information and displays. You can also take a look around Darlington’s ghost town before you head to Fossil Cliffs, an ex-limestone quarry where fossils of ancient creatures have been preserved in the rocks. The awe-inspiring Painted Cliffs will complete your visit.

Cost: From $13 per nigth for 2
Where: East Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

16. Mahoneys Campsite

Do you want to be isolated? We will give you isolation. This beautiful location is located half an hour west of Strahan, Tasmania’s west coast. There is a boat ramp and toilets. You can also kick a ball on a gravel oval at Queenstown. There is lots of wildlife around and beautiful places to explore. Not many amenities, but clean toilets and great camping spots. 

Cost: From $10 per night
Where: West Tasmania
Directions: Find on map

More Free Camping in Tasmania…

For more Free Camping Locations in Tasmania, check out these articles:

Free Camping Launceston

Free Camping Port Arthur

Free Camping Bruny Island

Free Camping Bicheno

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