Pack your tent or hook up your caravan for off-the-beaten-track adventures throughout Tasmania.
Break away from the Bay of Fires throng by driving a little further south to Dora Point. Sheltered sites and easy access to the water make this a great spot to pitch a tent. A wander across white sand dunes brings you to secluded beaches, lagoons and rock pools all waiting to be explored. Birdwatchers, be sure to pack binoculars.
170km east of Launceston, toilets, showers, caravans.
Don’t worry – there are no snakes! This low-lying islet sits off the coast of North Bruny Island. To get there, take the vehicle ferry from Kettering to Bruny, hire a kayak and paddle out to Snake Island for some thoroughly secluded camping. 41.7km south of Hobart, no amenities, no permits needed.
The Neck is a sandy isthmus connecting north and south Bruny. From the lookout, campers enjoy panoramic views of white-sand beaches and sheltered coves. Wildlife is abundant on the island and fairy penguins can be observed retreating to the dunes at dusk. 55km south of Hobart, toilets, camping fee.
Once a whaling and logging settlement, Cockle Creek is now part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The most southern point of Australia accessible by car, with tranquil coves and sandy beaches, its remoteness and lack of man-made light make it one of the best spots to catch a glimpse of the Southern Lights.
120km south of Hobart, minimal facilities.
For those with a four-wheeldrive – this one’s for you! Sandy Cape is home to Tasmania’s largest sand dunes and a pristine, untouched stretch of coastline. If you can’t make it as far as Sandy Cape, try the campsites at Arthur River, and experience the Wild West Coast on horseback.
The Sandy Cape track begins 50km south of Arthur River. Arthur River is 195km west of Devonport.
4WD only, toilets, camping fee.
Stargazing in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area