5 Best Free Campgrounds Tasmania
Narrowing down the best 5 free campsites in Tasmania is no easy task! There are a large number of fantastic free campsites in various parts of Tasmania, and that offer campers very different experiences. There are great free campsites near the beach, inland and in the central highlands lakes district where you can go fishing and camping Tasmania. There are great free campsites in the North-East, the North-West, the West Coast and in Southern Tasmania. Best of lists are of course very personal choices, and we don’t expect everyone to agree. However, we do encourage you to try the following campsites, our 5 best free campgrounds Tasmania, and rate the campsites and let us know your thoughts.
- Swimcart Beach Campground Bay of Fires
The Bay of Fires area of Tasmania is very popular, and offer a range of amazing camping options within a fairly small area. You can relax, walk on beautiful pristine beaches, go fishing, bushwalking, swimming (with care), boating or snorkelling. Stay for up to 4-weeks at no charge, but be warned – all campsites at Bay of Fires get very busy over the Christmas / New Year period.
- Camping Trial Harbour
Trial Harbour is located on Tassie’s Wild West Coast, and when we say wild, we mean wild! This amazing, but very small campground, offers a spectacular setting at Trial Habour near Zeehan and overlooking the ocean where waves crash onto the beach below. Be warned, if planning to camp in a tent, make sure it is well pegged down as the prevailing westerlies can get very, very strong
- Camping Mayfield Bay
Another of many possible contenders on the East Coast of Tasmania, Mayfield Bay offers spectacular views to the Freycinet Peninsula and is suitable for all forms of camping including tents, campervans, motorhomes, camper trailers and caravans. We love this campground, it’s a good size and has excellent, but basic facilities. And whilst it is free to camp, donations are very welcome. From Hobart to Mayfield Beach campground will take you around 90-minutes, with the small seaside coastal town of Swansea just 20-minutes drive north.
- Camping South Bruny Island
Bruny Island is a very popular tourist destination, accessed via Ferry from the small town of Kettering. There are no charges to camp at this great campground, and campsites cannot be booked. Again, please note this campground is bursting to the seams over Christmas, so please avoid over this time. You can launch your boat directly from the beach, and caravan access is possible. There is a pit toilet and a day use area with shelter and an open fireplace. Carry your own firewood and fresh drinking water.
- Lagoons Beach Campground
It’s back to the East Coast for campground number 5. Lagoons Beach campground is large, and arguably the busiest year-round campsite in Tasmania. It is spectacularly located next to a beautiful beach, where fishing for the Australian Salmon is popular. The camping area is set amongst gum trees, and that offer good shelter and shade. The free camping area Lagoons Beach Conservation Area is close to the East Coast town of St Marys East to the east on the A4 Highway. Campers at Lagoon Beach can enjoy bushwalking, swimming, fishing, boating and beach fossicking. Horse riding is permitted in some areas and a 4WD area has been set aside at Peron Dunes, which is located to the North near the town of St Helens.