Free camping has become more and more popular over the years, but what exactly is free camping? Essentially, it is when you use land that has no facilities to stay on (not necessarily free of charge all the time). You bring everything yourself or go without – cooking equipment, bathroom facilities. The land you are staying on has nothing except often a great location and a fabulous vibe.
Often the best free camping spots are found by word of mouth – that is, meeting others on the road or through social media channels. Some of these free camping spots in Tasmania do not allow pitching a tent. But if you’re traveling by RV or campervan, then you should have no problem at all. Consider researching the best rooftop tents as well, so you can have a cozy sleeping situation without needing to pitch a tent on the ground.
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Below we have put together 10 of the best free camping spots in Tasmania.
1. Mole Creek
In central north Tasmania you will find Mole Creek and Chudleigh, a diverse area – both above and below the ground. Home of the Mole Creek Caves, there is so much to do in this area, so it is a perfect place to stop for the night. Make sure you allow enough time for the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary to see the unique Tasmanian Devils. The Melita Honey Farm is also a must visit, with over 50 honey products for you to check out. Mole Creek is a great stop over for some relaxing bush walks and a great point to move on for free camping at Cradle Mountain or Deloraine in north west Tasmania. Wildlife spotters are advised to keep a close eye out for platypus in the creek next to the hotel.
Free camping site location: It is a designated free camping ground opposite the Mole Creek Hotel.
Are there any costs? No
Maximum nights for free camping: Vehicles can only park here for 24 hours and stay 1 night. This is plenty to be able to see everything in the area though.
Facilities: No facilities at all, so this is only suitable for free campers that are completely self-contained, including water for all your needs.
Please note: No pets are allowed at this site and pitching tents is also not permitted. You will also need to make sure you take all your rubbish with you.
25 kilometers from Davenport is the small town of Railton and is well known for the main street full of topiaries that depict animals and statue-like figures. Nearby, Sykes Sanctuary you will be at one with abundant birdlife while exploring the walking tracks over 40 acres. Tantalize your tastebuds at the chocolate factory where you can taste and view truffles, fudge, and chocolates being made by hand. Keep going at the nearby Spreyton Cider Co, located on the working orchid. Guests can enjoy a tasting for a fee while being surrounded by stunning scenery.
Free camping site location: Railton Self Contained RV Park, Tasmania
Are there any costs? None for the site
Maximum nights for free camping: Free campers are more than welcome to stay here for a maximum of 3 nights.
Facilities: While there are none at the free camping area, there are clean public toilets around the corner at the Lions Park, Tasmania. A short walk away at Goliath Park, free campers can also utilize hot showers for a cost of AUD $1 for 3 minutes.
Please note: Dogs are allowed at this site but they must be kept on a leash and pitching tents is strictly prohibited.
North-east of Hobart, just an hour drive away, is the gorgeous port side town of Triabunna. With plenty of shops and galleries to explore in town, this is also a great place to experience great water activities like fishing and sailing, as well as being one of the most spectacular dive sites in the world. Make sure you check out the marina to fill your belly with delicious scallops and mussels. The stunning Spring Beach is only 15 kilometers away and it is well worth a visit.
Free camping site location: Located behind the Spring Bay Hotel and is available for all RV’s Camper trailers, caravans as well as tents.
Are there any costs? No, however, there is a community donation box at the hotel bar for contributions.
Maximum nights for free camping: If you are in a self-contained vehicle you can stay 4 nights. If you have a camper trailer or are using a tent, you can stay for 2 nights.
Facilities: None at the sight. There are toilets at a 24-hour toilet block next to the hotel at the information center. Also at the information centers are hot water showers, for a cost, and are available 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.
Please note: This site is pet friendly. The bins are for the use of the hotel only so all rubbish must be taken with you and not left behind.
4. Derwent Bridge
In the heart of Tasmania is the tiny town of Derwent Bridge. Situated five kilometers from Lake St Clair, explore the lake by boat, which is the deepest lake within Australia, and by far one of the prettiest. Being surrounded by the snowcapped peaks within Cradle Mountain National Park, it is hard to believe you are only 147 kilometers away from Hobart when you are surrounded by this much beauty. It is the perfect stop to hike and explore the national park.
Free camping site location: The Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel, Tasmania in the hotel car park; halfway between Hobart and Strahan.
Are there any costs? None
Maximum nights for free camping: None
Facilities: None at the sight.
Please note: This site is pet friendly. There is a conveniently located dump point opposite the hotel and all rubbish needs to be taken with you.
If your plans are to explore Freycinet National Park, then this is one of the best free camping spots in Tasmania. Not only is Bicheno in Tasmania the home to turquoise waters and blinding white sand, you can also enjoy the fishing towns fresh seafood and book a tour to see the fairy penguins at dusk. The free camping site of The Pondering Frog, is a town favorite, known for its creamiest ice cream, yummiest desserts, and extensive wine and coffee menu.
Free camping site location: The Pondering Frog
Are there any costs? Donation
Maximum nights for free camping: 7 nights
Facilities: The site is designed for fully contained campers and RVs only, however the cafe has toilets and baby change facilities for customers.
Please note: This site is pet friendly. Tents are not allowed but if you have a generator, you are more than welcome to use it during your stay. Please ensure you take all your rubbish with you and do not use the cafe facilities for dumping.
6. Isaacs Point
Heading towards Coles Bay on the east coast of Tasmania, off the beaten track is Isaacs Point and one of the best free camping spots called Friendly Beaches. The site is in Freycinet National Park, and you will be required to have a National Parks Pass, and be prepared to take an unsealed road. However, the bumps are worth it when you arrive to overlook the stunning waters and rock formations. It is a great location for fishing, swimming, and surfing as well as relaxing on the soft white sand. Also consider having an air compressor for an RV or campervan when driving along the rugged terrain. It can be a life saver!
Free camping site location: Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park
Are there any costs? Free to camp, but you need to purchase a National Parks Pass.
Maximum nights for free camping: 14 nights
Facilities: Pit toilets are located in the free camping area. Ensure you have plenty of potable water with you.
Please note: This is a first in first served basis, and once it is full it is full. Pets are not allowed to protect the wildlife and all rubbish must be taken with you.
7. Clarence Point
Garden Island free camping is located on Clarence Point on the edge of the Tamar River. It is the perfect place to relax. Enjoy a spot of fishing and admire the seals playing in the water at sunset. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the birds and boats sailing by while you keep an eye out for the land wildlife. It is the perfect stopover to access the famous Tamar Valley Wine Route. Don’t forget to visit Platypus House to admire these exquisite creatures and visit the Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage World for a dose of Australian history.
Free camping site location: Clarence Point, Garden Island
Are there any costs? Free
Maximum nights for free camping: Unlimited
Facilities: No facilities so ensure you are fully self-contained
Please note: This site is pet friendly but always consider the birds and wildlife when you are camping.
Named after the gorgeous bird, this town pays tribute to the giant colony that was discovered here in 1861. The free camping at Preservation Bay is located in the North West of Tasmania and is directly opposite the ocean. The quiet little town is only 17 kilometers from Burnie so it is a great spot to do some great sightseeing in the area. Make sure you take a photo with the big penguin, standing at three-meters tall and depending on the time of year you go, you may even catch a glimpse of the little birds along the water.
Free camping site location: Preservation Bay, next to the Penguin Surf Life Saving Club.
Are there any costs? Donation
Maximum nights for free camping: 48 hours of parking permitted only
Facilities: No facilities so ensure you are fully self-contained. The Surf Life Saving Club facilities are not allowed to be used by free campers.
Please note: This site is pet friendly but be mindful of other pets and wildlife. Pitching tents is not allowed at this free camping site.
9. Mackintosh Dam
Not far from Cradle Mountain, this lakeside free camping site is perfect for those who want peace and quiet and to be one with nature. Free from the hustle and bustle of traffic and a town, this site is only five kilometers from Tullah if you need supplies or want to head out for a meal. Enjoy hiking, bird watching, or trout fishing. Or use this free camping spot as the place that finally gives you enough quiet to read that book you have been wanting to finish.
Free camping site location: Lake Mackintosh
Are there any costs? Free
Maximum nights for free camping: Unlimited
Facilities: Potable water is available so it is best that you free camp here completely self-contained.
Please note: This site is pet friendly but be mindful of having them off the lead as wombats love to roam the area.
10. Binalong Bay
The sunrise is spectacular each morning you are here in Binalong Bay. There is nothing quite like free camping on the beach and this is one of the best spots to do that in Tasmania. Located just outside of St Helens, you can get everything you need for beachside meals and sunset drinks. Wake to the turquoise blue waters each morning, and explore the stunning Bay of Fires red rock formations.
Free camping site location: Bay of Fires Swimcart Beach, Binalong Bay
Are there any costs? Free
Maximum nights for free camping: 28 days
Facilities: Toilets are available only. Ensure you have plenty of water for overnight stays. There are no rubbish facilities so take all your rubbish with you.
Please note: Pets are welcome here but it is advised to keep them on a lead as much as possible.
PLEASE NOTE: Before heading to Tasmania, ensure you are with a phone network that covers where you are going. There are several spots around the state that are only covered by the Telstra Network, and some areas have no phone coverage at all.
While free camping can be daunting when you start, by picking a spot that suits your needs, such as a playground for the kids, or peace and quiet for a solo traveller or couple, you will see how easy and wonderful it can be. Plus, you have the chance to meet a little community that is also loving this type of travel. In addition, once you have the right gear and equipment you will have access to some of the finest accomodation spots within Australia and for the adventurous, around the world.
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