There’s nothing so good at soothing the soul as getting out amongst nature! Luckily for us, we’re spoilt for choice with lots of beautiful places to go camping. From the leafy shade of the Tasmanian bush to the pristine white sand and turquoise waters of the coast, here are our five picks of spots to pitch a tent over summer.
Cockle Creek, at the end of the southern-most road in Australia, is the ultimate remote getaway. Set up camp at the bottom edge of the country, disconnect and reset fresh for a fantastic 2017. As well as a large camping area around Rocky Bay, there are awesome campsites at Gilhams Beach, Finns Beach and Catamaran River in the Recherche Bay State Recreation Area.
For more info: Southwest National Park
Bruny is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination for locals and visitors alike. There’s heaps to do, including wildlife cruises, food tours and loads of spectacular walks. There are two campgrounds at stunning Cloudy Bay – The Pines (on Cloudy Bay Road) and Cloudy Bay Corner Beach campground (accessed via the beach). Jetty Beach at Cape Bruny is a great choice for families due to the safe swimming and boat launch from the beach. You can also camp at The Neck Reserve, outside the national park (the perfect spot for penguin watching).
For more info: South Bruny National Park
The Tasman Peninsula boasts some of the most spectacular coastlines in Australia, with soaring sea cliffs and stunning beaches. Camp at pristine Fortescue Bay at the Mill Creek or Banksia Campsites to enjoy a little slice of island paradise. Lime Bay State Reserve is also a top spot to soak up the water views and explore the intriguing convict history of the region.
For more info: Tasman National Park | Lime Bay State Reserve
Camping and caravan facilities are located near the entrance to Mt Field National Park, with unpowered and powered sites available. This one has long been a favourite for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts, with the impressive Russell Falls a star attraction. You can also visit the amazing Junee Cave nearby.
For more info: Parks & Wildlife – Mt Field National Park | Mt Field National Park
Lake St Clair
Cynthia bay has unpowered and powered sites available, as well as cabin accommodation. Unwind with a gentle stroll around the lake shore, keeping an eye out for curious wildlife. Enjoy the panoramic views across the lake towards Mount Olympus, the Traveller Range and Mounts Rufus and Hugel.
For more info: Lake St Clair Campsite | Lake St Clair
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