Camping in Tasmania

Looking for a place to camp in Tasmania? Explore multiple options below including free camping, caravan parks, glamping options and other popular choices.

Popular Campsites in Tasmania

Frequently Asked Questions

Is free camping allowed in Tasmania?

Free camping is only allowed in designated areas in Tasmania. As with the rest of Australia, overnight parking is generally prohibited.

National parks are a popular place to free camp. The Tasmania national parks website has a list of sites and the rules associated with each.

In order to enter national parks in Tasmania, you must purchase the appropriate pass, which can be purchased at the park office or other designated sites.

Staying at a holiday park or caravan park will generally cost $15–$50 (AUD) per night.

Can I stay overnight in a national park in Tasmania?

Camping in conservation areas is only allowed in designated campgrounds. Information on popular national park camping sites can be found on the Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service website.

Tasmania vs. New Zealand for a camping holiday – which should I choose?

The two locations have similarities and are often compared. Tasmania has a distinctly Australian feel, while New Zealand is more unique in its flora and fauna. Excluding flight costs, accommodation and food in New Zealand may be a little cheaper than in Tasmania. However, travel distances are longer in NZ, meaning more kilometres travelled and higher fuel costs.

A visit to New Zealand may also require a longer itinerary, as there are more places to visit – especially if visiting both the North and South Islands. A camping trip to both places will be a rewarding experience.

What is glamping?

The word glamping is a combination of the words “glamorous” and “camping”. It is a style of camping that focuses on luxury and comfort.

Usually, glamping accommodations include features such as electricity, hot water, comfortable beds and expanded kitchen setups. This allows to experience the outdoors while still retaining the comforts of home.

What is the difference between a campervan and a caravan?

A caravan is usually a home or living space attached to a trailer. This means a caravan requires another vehicle such as a ute or larger car to be mobile. Caravans are joined to motor vehicles via a towing connection.

With campervans (or motorhomes) the living space is part of the vehicle itself. Usually the interior of a van or larger vehicle has been fitted out for living and sleeping. This means campervans are fully mobile and do not require another vehicle to transport them.

Is free camping allowed?

It depends on the destination. Some countries, such as Norway, New Zealand, the UK, and the US, have relatively welcoming free camping policies. In others, such as Australia and Canada, free camping is generally not allowed except for designated places.

Check our country and location pages for more details on rules in specific areas and for caravan park, holiday park, and campsite recommendations.

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