Camping St Helens One Night Stand
On September 1 this year, the small North East Coast town of St Helens Tasmania will play host to Triple-J’s One Night Stand. This small, sleepy fishing and tourist town will come alive with an expected influx of up to 7,000 additional people on top of the resident population of just 1,500 permanent inhabitants. As expected, once the announcement was made, all available accommodation in and around St Helens was snapped up in a very short period of time. As also anticipated, there has been a lot of interest from other parts of Tasmania, from interstate and from overseas as to free camping options in or around St Helens. The bad news is that there isn’t any free camping immediately within St Helens itself, but there are several camping options within 15-20+ kilometres of where the One Night Stand will be held. However, we urge people to consider a couple of very important factors if thinking of free camping near St Helens for the One Night Stand. See Camping Tasmania
Firstly, all free campsites are expected to be jam-packed, and potentially very full in the days leading up to the concert. Don’t turn up on Saturday morning and expect a prime campsite near the beach – it simply won’t happen and you will be left with nowhere to stay and with very few to no alternative options in the area. Secondly, the nearest campsites at St Helens Point and Dora Point are at least 15 kilometres outside the township of St Helens and the One Night Stand venue. Roads aren’t great, it will be dark and you will need to be very careful driving on unfamiliar, gravel roads with no lighting. Bay of Fires is a renowned free camping in Tasmania, arguably the best campsites in Tassie or in Australia for that matter, but again are at least 35-kilometres outside of St Helens and accessible only via gravel, twisty and narrow roads and with no lighting.
Don’t even think about drinking and driving – Tasmanian Police will be out in force to ensure rowdy or anti-sociable behaviour won’t be tolerated.
We urge people to consider seeking accommodation in some of the nearby towns to St Helens including Scamander, St Marys, Fingal, Beaumaris, Pyengana and Falmouth. But again, be aware they are not close to St Helen’s and will necessitate commuting of up to 1-hour on dark roads. If considering this option, please ensure you have a designated driver.