Camping Hobart - a quick guide

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If you are seeking to rough it and go camping , one awesome place that you may consider is Hobart! Located in Tasmania, Australia, Hobart is a prime location for all skill levels of campers who are simply seeking a beautiful, prime location to throw up their tent (or park their RV) and get back to the basics over an open campfire and with some great friends. If this sounds like like what you are striving for, read on for some of the best spots to camp in Hobart.

Discovery Holiday Parks Mornington

A mere 10 minutes from Hobart, Discovery Holiday Parks Mornington is infamous for being able to provide their guests with unmatched views of Mt. Wellington. While is is most certainly a comfortable place to camp, you can be sure to be able to take advantage of all of the incredible things that the area has to offer as well. There are tons of museums in the area if you are a history buff, or you can simply opt to take a river cruise down the Derwent River. Hiking, biking, even going on a cable glide are all available just moments away when you stay at Discovery Holiday Parks.

Dover Beachside Tourist Park

Dover Beachside Tourist Park provides guests with pretty much any option of camping available, such as caravan, cabin and of course, tent camping facilities. Located only an hour south of Hobart, the Dover Beachside Tourist Park is quaintly situated in a perfectly rural setting, that is also directly opposite of a breathtaking sandy beach, and is also only a quick walk to the township of Dover where you will be able to go shopping and have lots of options in terms of restaurants as well.  The picturesque waters of Port Esperance are the prime location for fishing, swimming, boating and kayaking. Port Esperance also has a boat parking area and the ramp is only 2 minutes from the campgrounds. Whether you are planning on combing the beach, golfing, walking the bush, or birdwatching, there is a ton in the area to explore. Some of which includes, but is certainly not limited to: Hastings Caves, the Thermal Pool, Ida Bay Railway, Tahune Forest Airwalk, and so much more!

camping Hobart pirate's bay

Fortescue Bay Camping Ground

With incredibly affordable rates and stunning views all around, Fortescue Bay Camping Ground is a top notch area to stay at in Hobart. Fortescue Bay is a bay that is completely sheltered and allows you access to gorgeous sandy white beaches. With a backdrop of heavy forested, rolling hillsides and is conveniently situated a mere 18 km from Port Arthur and only 12 km from the main gravel road.  The bay is a prime location for boating, diving, kayaking, swimming bushwalks and of course, camping! There are 24 shaded sites located directly on the beach and the area is mainly for tent camping. Though the Mill Creek campground allows for super easy access for campervans, trailers, motorhomes and caravans. There is a small shop on-site to grab anything you may have forgotten, along with toilet and shower access.

Mayfield Bay Conservation and Camping Area

Mayfield Bay Conservation and Camping Area is a picturesque coastal reserve that is located just south of Swansea and offers shaded beachside campsites, with plenty of room for trailers, motorhomes, campervans and caravans! And with convenient boat-launching access you even have the opportunity to take advantage of getting out on the water to catch your next meal! If you are not quite the fisherman, be sure to take advantage of going snorkeling or even checking out the convict-built Three Arch Bridge that was built in 1845! Don’t forget your furry friend, because dogs are perfectly welcomed here as well!

Mount William National Park

Mt William National Park is most certainly one of the most beautiful locations in the Hobart vicinity. And whether you are seeking to take in some fishing, swimming, bird watching or just enjoying the sea views during your camping trip, this is a prime destination to do so! Tents and small to medium sized caravans and motorhomes are welcomed in all of the campgrounds except for one, but be sure to double check the size limitations as the campgrounds and narrow access of tracks are not really suitable to large motorhomes and caravans.

camping Hobart big lagoon

Big Lagoon Camping

Big Lagoon Camping is located in Bay of Fires Conservation Area. Campers are quickly drawn into this breath-taking expanse of pearly white sand and crystal clear, blue seas. The aborigines were the first on this land and it was their campfires that gave the European travellers the idea for a name of the area. Today, it remains one of the most sought after travel destinations, though strikingly you can all too often find that these beaches are quite desolate and you can have them entirely to yourself! The max. time to stay at Big Lagoon is 4-weeks, and you will have to pack in your own water and firewood. There are no facilities on site either.

Wughalee Falls Campground

The vast majority of people who opt to to camp at Wughalee Falls Campground are those who are hiking up to take in the incredible sites of Cape Pillar. The campground is nestled deep in the forest of Mt. Fortescue, it is a bit dark, damp, and doesn’t really offer much for a view… not to mention the mosquitoes and leeches are really bad in the area! However, if you are in fact hiking to take in Cape Pillar, than you aren’t there to really sleep anyway, so this is simply a nice spot to enjoy for the night between hiking. Wughalee Falls offers 6 raised camping platforms to sleep on and you can retrieve water from the rainwater tanks or the creek.

There is so much beauty just eagerly awaiting to be explored when you plan your next vacation getaway to Hobart. The history in itself is astounding, but the breathtaking beauty of the state is plain and simply beyond words. When you travel to Hobart, there are certainly some things that you will not want to forget in your luggage! Here are some of the top items to remember to pack with you to save you the time and hassle of having to find the nearest store to pick up more items!

Packing List

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