Tassie, the next Camping Destination4/20/2018
From the pristine, white beaches to sky-piercing mountains, Tasmania can be described as “nature at its best”. Get away from the hurly-burly and tensions of life and dive into the beautiful nature that Tassie has to offer. Melburnians are blessed by sailing the “Spirit of Tasmania” to the island. You can travel overnight or making it into a day-trip. I personally recommend the day-trip as you can enjoy and explore more rather than sleeping throughout the night. So get your camper trailers ready and book your cruise to Devonport.
After the journey, you might start looking for places to visit and you might have already seen Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay etc. But campers, there are tons of other camping sites worth visiting, away from the crowd. Here are five tips you can consider on your next trip to Tasmania.
Mt Field –
“Land of the Giants Caravan Park” is a 1-hour drive from Hobart and easy to reach with your camping trailer. The place is welcomed by Russell Falls, which is the main attraction of this park. In winter, you can visit Lake Dobson known for its snow covered fields and skiing. You can park your trailers closest to the rivers. A quite tranquil and one of the best spots for camping in my opinion. From spotting a Tasmanian Devil to watching glow-worms at night, this park is a must-visit.
Friendly Beaches –
If you are looking for some quiet and peace for yourself or with your partner or family, then Friendly Beaches is where you should be heading. It is at the entrance of the Freycinet National Park however most tourists drive past it, straight to the famous destination ‘Wineglass Bay’. So pulling up here for a night or two is a win-win for you. You can go skinny-dipping on the white sandy pristine beaches or just camp at the park. Even driving up to the beach is a visual treat and a fun off road adventure.
Maria Island National Park –
Maria Island is the best place to go bird-watching. It holds twelve endemic birds found only in Tasmania including the endangered Forty-Spotted Pardalote. Other threatened species like Forester’s Kangaroos, Bennett’s Wallabies and Tasmanian Devils can also be spotted here. The location is rich with nature offering patterned sand-stone formations. Fossil Cliffs is a walk where the cliff takes you to the edge plunging into the sea. The limestone quarry holds immortalised animals’ fossils and you visit painted cliff best at low-tide.
Chasing aurora, Southern Lights –
A lot of people visit places like Scandinavia, Canada, Norway etc. just to see the Southern Lights. But did you know that Aurora Australis is one of the best places in the world to see these lights? Margaret Sonnemann, was the woman who first spotted these Southern Lights when she was driving from Launceston to Hobart. Today, her Facebook page “Aurora Australis Tasmania” presents all the activity of this light phenomenon. More than worth having a look. Camping while watching the Southern Lights is a life experience beyond words.
Cockle Creek –
Cockle Creek is a two-hour drive south of Hobart. It has a rich indigenous history, wildlife, abandoned tramways, coves and a beautiful view on the sunset at the Recherche Bay. A track to the South East Cape leads us to breath-taking views of the Southern Ocean and Maatsuyker Island. A quite peaceful walk along the Recherche Bay is after all the exploration during the day and camping overnight, the perfect way to end your day.