National Parks in Tasmania - Campervan Guide

Which are the best National Parks to visit in Tasmania?

Tasmania is known for its rugged wilderness, stunning landscapes, and abundant wildlife. A visit to Tasmania's national parks is a must-see for any avid traveller, as they offer a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and diversity of this special holiday destination.

Tasmania is home to 19 National Parks. Here is our Top 10 list of national parks in Tassie that will be sure to take your breath away:

  1. Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair
  2. Freycinet
  3. Mount Field
  4. Ben Lomond
  5. Southwest
  6. Douglas Apsley
  7. Tasman
  8. Bay of Fires Conservation Area
  9. Walls of Jerusalem
  10. Blue Tier Forest Reserve
How much is campervan entry to a National Park in Tasmania? Are any permits required?

A valid park pass is required to visit any of the 19 National Parks in Tasmania.

The Parks & Wildlife Service Tasmania charges an exorbitant single-entry day pass fee of $41.20 per vehicle for almost all its national parks. The exception is Cradle Mountain, which costs $25.75 for the day.

But shoe stringers needn’t lament. The price structure is merely a ruse to steer sales towards the national park holiday pass. For $82.40, you can get two months of vehicle entry into every Tasmanian park. Therefore, the holiday pass will pay for itself if you visit at least two protected areas.

Tasmanian park pass options are:

  • $41.20 per vehicle for a daily pass valid for up to 24 hrs (excluding Cradle Mountain)

  • 82.40 per vehicle for a holiday pass valid for up to 2 months (including Cradle Mountain)

Annual and two-year passes cost slightly more and include discounts for seniors. No discounts are available on the holiday or single-entry passes.

  • Pro tip: It’s cheaper for a pensioner to purchase a discounted annual pass than a two-month holiday pass.

Most Tasmanian national park campgrounds are free. The exceptions cost between $7 and $16 per site per night, paid in person with cash upon arrival. Honeymoon Campground in Freycinet is so popular you must enter a ballot system to snag a spot during peak season (Christmas, New Year, and Easter).

Popular National Parks in Tasmania

The Bay of Fires

Known for its bright orange lichen-covered rocks and turquoise waters, the Bay of Fires is great for swimming, boating, fishing, and kayaking.

Marvel at the dramatic landscapes of Freycinet National Park

With its pink granite cliffs and crystal-clear waters, Freycinet National Park is one of Tasmania’s most picturesque spots.

Cradle Mountain

Known for its mountains, rivers and glaciers. The hiking trails here are some of the most popular in Tasmania, offering some of the best views in the state. You can also go trout fishing in the lake or take a horseback ride through the surrounding countryside.