The best camping near Douglas-Apsley National Park

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Discover Douglas-Apsley National Park's serene waterholes and rugged gorges.  

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Kanyini Camp (self contained only)

8 sites · RVs25 acres · Little Swanport, TAS
Just a short turn off from the Great Eastern Drive between Triabunna and Swansea, with easy access to Maria Island and Freycinet National Park, Kanyini Camp is a beautiful and serene piece of land backing on Butlers Ridge Nature reserve with sweeping country views. We are one of only a few farms on a no through road and offer a unique experience of peace and serenity while being close to some of the major attractions the East Coast of Tasmania has to offer. We are located only a 10 minutes drive to one of the most beautiful (secret) beaches in Tasmania and 15 minutes drive to Triabunna where the ferry departs for Maria Island. We live on site (a few acres away across the rivulet) and are delighted to offer 10 opportunities for self-contained campers to camp on our private land and share our passion for the area. This is a leave no trace property that suits self-contained campers who bring everything they need and remove everything they bring. Well behaved dogs and humans are all welcome. We are farmers and this property is where we live and work. Please respect our requirement for self-contained campers only. This includes caravans and campervans with toilets on board. If you have a camper trailer with portable ensuite tent and toilet, please contact us PRIOR to making the booking. Very easy to find & to access, including easy turn around area for 2WD vehicles, camper trailers, campervan and caravans.
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Derby Frasers Flats

7 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Scottsdale, TAS
Beautiful located right beside the Ringarooma River. Fish in the river, swim or just spot a platypus in the river. There is a kayak and a paddle board that you are welcome to use to have a paddle in the water. Property is located a 5 minutes' drive out of Derby. You can cross the river and then you are on the bike track that will take you to Derby or Branxholm, this is a beautiful walking track or carry your bike across river then ride. Suggest site 4 and 5 for best phone TV reception. Quiet location perfect place to stay for a few nights. Awesome quiet spot to get away. Property is on a working dairy/beef farm. We wood available for sale at camp to use in fire pits provided please let me know if you would like this $15 per bag. By arrangement if time permits I can arrange for a cost of $20 per person a look at our dairy during milking.
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Pine Ridge

15 sites · RVs, Tents60 acres · Bicheno, TAS
Pine Ridge has been developed over the years to be a natural park land with a good variety of local vegetation including stands of mature trees. lower scrub has been removed for physical and viewing access and to keep the property more secure and manageable. The vegetation also provides significant protection on windy days compared to many other open places. Native animals and birdlife abound the location. There is a community pergola area beside the substantial water hole which has a small jetty allowing easy access for swimming. There is also a stone barbecue and fire pit area available on suitable weather conditions. There are ocean views from the property's main road areas, which also provide a large area of flat firm ground with large areas providing easy maneuverability and turning. The property is 2-3km from the main highway turn off that leads to the Douglas Apsley National Park. The corner of the property is only 50 meters from the park edge, with the Parks main access several km further along Rosedale Rd. The turn off is only 2 km from the town edge. It is sealed road except for the last 100meters and in good condition. Firewood is available at $15 per bag.
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Craigie Knowe Vineyard

12 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Cranbrook, TAS
Craigie Knowe Vineyard is a working vineyard and cellar door, set on 20 hectares, with 5 hectares under vine. It is the oldest vineyard on the beautiful East Coast of Tasmania. The homestead was built in 1836 and is one of the most photographed houses in Tasmania The cellar door is open 11-4, and offers chocolate and wine pairings, and normal tastings. We also have a restaurant on site open from 11:30 - 3:00 daily during summer. It is a beautiful vineyard with plenty of outside seating. There are also 5 other cellar doors within 10 minutes of the property, so it's a great basecamp for wine lovers! We offer a Big Breakfast Thursday through to Monday. Needs to be booked on arrival. We have plenty of level ground, ideal for pulling up for a night or several. Please note, all campers must be self-contained, with their own toilet, and we kindly ask you take all waste with you. Just outside the property, the Swan River flows past, a great place to cool off on hot days, sometimes there are fish there too. Swansea is 16km away and Bicheno is 26km away. Both towns have IGA supermarkets, bottle shops and restaurants, and plenty of history. Freycinet National Park is 40 minutes, and makes for a great day trip, with beautiful walks, fantastic scenery, and of course iconic Wine Glass Bay.
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WildWing Retreat

5 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · St Helens, TAS
WildWing Retreat is a beautiful 25 acre bush block, located within a 15 minute (1km) walk, to the local surf beach of Four Mile. The property has been created to host retreats centred around nature immersion, movement and connection (i.e yoga, acroyoga, dance, meditation, mindfuness, embodiment practices etc) and in the 'off season' it's available to host hipcampers! Because the space has been designed to host large groups, there are a bunch of facilities available to use, such as compost toilets, a communal kitchen with fresh running water, solar lights and gas cooker, an undercover deck area, hot showers, and a cedar barrel hot tub (refer to the extras section for hot tub use!). We also have a small stream on the property, with a little waterhole for plunging in and are surrounded by native wildlife. The property blooms with native Kunzea bushes, wattles, native cherries and various varieties of eucalyptus. WildWing is also our home, so we have our own set up, on a different section of the property. This means that we are nearby if needed, but that we all have our own space on the property :). There is a beautiful large fresh water river and waterhole just down the road (15 minute walk, or 2 minute drive), and aside from the surf beach down the front, we are also only a 10-15 minute drive from a bunch of other beautiful and popular surf beaches on the east coast. The whole area is great for fishing, boating, surfing, bike riding, walking and short hikes. We are a 10 minute drive from Falmouth, a 25 minute drive from the St Helens mountain bike trails, a 30 minute drive from Bicheno & Douglas Apsley National Park, a 45 minute drive from the infamous Bay of Fires and an hours drive from the Freycinet National Park. We are passionate about outdoor living and supporting the natural environment and have created WildWing with the intention to support others to have unique and beautiful experiences in nature, while caring for the land they inhabit.
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UPPER ESK - TASMANIA

3 sites · RVs18 acres · Upper Esk, TAS
"Best Tasmanian Hipcamp 2021"  2nd Place. LAT 41 SOUTH was created during COVID-19 as a getaway for all to enjoy a camping area for all. Come and rest, relax and enjoy a digital detox and/or quality time with friends and family. If you have a question just ask. This retreat inspires a sense of peace and wonder. Wildlife abounds. Activities on property or close by: - Fishing - Gold Panning - Skiing Ben Lomond Ski fields  - Geocaching  - Bird watching  - Bushwalking  - Personal MTB Riding  - No mobile phone coverage, make all communication via email please. Using the bush as a bathroom is not accepted on my property. As you stay right on the river I will not compromise the integrity of the water and surrounding environment. You must bring your port-a-potty and be prepared to show it to me if I ask you too. Don't take this as a personal insult I am trying to stay a good citizen of the planet. 
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Derby Bush Bath Retreat

3 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Derby, TAS
A relaxing stay near the bush. Short bike ride to the trail head. Has camping hut with fireplace and cooking utensils. Outside bush bath. Fresh drinking water at site. Fire pit with some wood provided. Grassed camping site. Gravel driveway to access site. Great views and plenty of native animals. wedge tail eagles nest close by. Great access just jump on your bike to explore Derby. Two horses on property you are welcome to say hello to Stella and Lilly. Also chickens and kelpie dog Millie. Outside hot tub heated with wood. Fire pit to enjoy being outside and doing some stargazing. Little cabin. Nice walks.
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Paradise Lagoon

6 sites · RVs60 acres · Coles Bay, TAS
Welcome to Paradise Lagoon! Here you can stay 30 metres back from the foreshore of Pelican Bay. Unfortunately you cannot see the beautiful bay view from the campsite. You can simply walk 30 metres and take your chairs and esky and spend the day marveling at the views and bird life, or even grab the kayak and paddleboard for some healthy fun . Pelican Bay is a saltwater tidal lagoon, it's very shallow water for a long way, then gets deep a fair way out. The water is too shallow for Boats , but there is a boat ramp nearby. Wineglass Bay is just up the road in Freycinet National Park.We only welcome guests over the age of 50 who have a fully self-contained vehicle. There are no amenities as yet so you must BYO everything you need and leave no footprint. Thank you.
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Fairview Farm Ringarooma Tasmania

1 site · RV, Tent280 acres · Ringarooma, TAS
Our property runs beef and cultivates crops alongside the Ringarooma river, North East Tasmania. We often host mountain bike riders here to access the world-class trails at Derby. Nearby are many marked mountain trails, and numerous falls. Skiing is 1hr away in the winter. Our camping site is alongside cattle grazing paddocks and the Ringarooma river, and we offer one site only, to one group at a time, so it's yours exclusively. A toilet is available nearby. A gravel track descends to the river with a short steep bank preceding the flats. When the track reaches the river the camping site is just through the gate on the right. One gate and two wire gates may require opening on the way and these gates need to be closed again to prevent cattle from wandering. Electrical fencing is in use and alive - please be careful! Wood for your campfire is available to purchase, $15. I can supply fresh sourdough loaves $6 also fresh eggs $3perhalf doz, and fresh cows milk most of the year $5/2L. Fly fish for trout and cook over the coals for a treat. Welcome to bring your dog along, but please keep them under control.
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Dragon River Campground

2 sites · RVs, Tents36 acres · Branxholm, TAS
Located 1km outside Branxholm, upstream of the Ringarooma River is a 36-acre private business estate where you'll find your Hipcamp on a small, private, stretch of river frontage. This camp provides a scenic, quiet camp away from the chaotic crowd of a caravan park. Fires are permitted, firewood is provided free of charge. Kayaks are provided on request. Please be fully self-contained as there are no toilets or facilities. We ask that you don't wander around the property unless discussed with the owner. This camp is still a work in progress as reflected by the price, please offer constructive criticism and suggestions. Please contact me if you'd like to book additional vehicles.
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Huckaway Stay

10 sites · RVs, Tents6 acres · Goshen, TAS
Huckaway is a little camping oasis just off the Tasman Highway. Green pastures are bordered by forestry land to the East and a river to the South. Go for a bush walk through the forest, a swim or fish in the river, you might even find a trout! This property is the perfect location if you are here to enjoy either the Derby trails or the St Helens trails with some of the shuttles going straight past the front gate! St Helens is a 15-minute drive away and The Bay of Fires is 30 mins. The wide camping area has plenty of open flat space to park any type of caravan or van. Park down near the river, or tuck yourself in beside the forest, up to you. All campers need to be self-contained, with their own camp toilet, and we kindly request you take all your waste with you. There is a dump station in St Helens. Well-behaved pets are welcome also! Please be mindful that dogs do not chase the neighbours cows and please pick up after them.
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Bohemian Beach Retreat Tiny House

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Falmouth, TAS
Our tiny house/shack sleeps 2 people max. It is close to beaches and a lagoon. Relax night and day in a fire pit lounge area crafted with dry stone (large soft cushions included) plus an outdoor fire bath. A small separate shed houses a flushing toilet and gas hot water shower. The block has mains power; solar power and tank water. The block is surrounded by local endemic shrubs, trees and ground covers. We provide firewood, linen for the comfortable double bed, condiments for the fully equipped kitchen that includes crockery, cutlery, a fridge, a gas cooker, air fryer, sandwich toaster, camp oven, water etc. Just bring your clothes and food. The block is in a quiet coastal hamlet (with gravel roads and no street lights) ideal for beach and lagoon activities (surfing, walking, paddling, bird watching). Our 2 person sit on kayak is at the tidal lagoon 5 min walk away. We have crafted this space over a number of years for personal use and now would like others to experience it. Stargazing from the fire bath is a must do feature especially in winter. Dog/pet friendly.
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The best camping near Douglas-Apsley National Park guide

Overview

About

Douglas-Apsley National Park beckons the adventurous at heart with its crystal-clear rivers, diverse forests, and tranquil waterholes. Venture into this Tasmanian gem for a refreshing swim or a challenging hike through picturesque gorges. With bush camping available, immerse yourself in the park's natural beauty overnight.

Notable campgrounds

  • Douglas-Apsley camping – Embrace the wilderness with free bush camping near the Apsley Waterhole, perfect for a serene getaway.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as the free bush camping sites are popular among nature enthusiasts.
  • Visit during off-peak seasons for a better chance at snagging a campsite without the crowds.
  • Keep an eye on park alerts for any campfire restrictions or closures that might affect camping availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Douglas-Apsley is fully booked, ensuring you have a backup plan.

When to go

The best time to visit Douglas-Apsley National Park is during the milder months of spring and autumn, offering pleasant weather for exploring. Summer brings warm days ideal for swimming in the waterholes, while winter can be quite cold, making some activities less enjoyable.

Know before you go

  • Ensure you have a valid parks pass for entry to Douglas-Apsley National Park.
  • Check for any alerts regarding fire bans or park closures before your visit.
  • Be prepared for bush camping with no facilities at the northern end of the park.
  • Carry extra food and be ready to camp in case of unexpected river flooding.
  • Respect the park's wildlife by observing from a distance and not feeding the animals.

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