The best camping in Tasmania.
Rugged coastal walks, alpine panoramas, and farm-fresh foodie experiences await adventurers on Australia’s island state.
Hobart and the South
The island capital is a strategic base from which to explore the south coast, Port Arthur, and the Coal River Valley wine region. Spot Tasmanian Devils along the Tasman Peninsula, camp out amid the mountains and waterfalls of Mount Field National Park, or cruise out to Bruny Island to pitch your tent by the beachside and hit the surf.
Jagged mountains, tangled forest trails, and hidden waterfalls tempt intrepid hikers into Tasmania’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed wilderness. Set out from Queenstown and enjoy the spectacular scenery, wildlife-spotting opportunities, and rustic camping sites, where you can get back to nature.
Ready for an epic road trip? Follow the 220-kilometre Great Eastern Drive along Tasmania's East Coast, from St Helens to Orford and break it up with coastal walks, beach strolls, and wine tasting. To the north, the Bay of Fires begs to be photographed, with white sand beaches fringed with bright orange lichen-covered rocks. At the southern end, the pink-hued mountains of the Freycinet National Park provide an idyllic backdrop for bushwalking and camping, with options from basic campsites to luxury glamping retreats.
Launceston and North
Launceston is the gateway to northern Tasmania, where you can hop between colonial towns, sample Tassie wines in the Tamar Valley, or discover sweeping coastal views and diverse wildlife at the Narawntapu and Mt William National Parks.
The glacial lakes and wildflower-carpeted moorlands of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park are the highlight of the north, watched over by the much-photographed peak of Cradle Mountain. Ambitious hikers can also tackle the popular 65-kilometre Overland Track. On the north coast, boats from Melbourne arrive in Devonport, from where you can set out along the coast or whet your appetite following the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.