Fancy pitching a tent in the great outdoors? Tasmania is the perfect place to get back to nature.
There are plenty of options to choose from as over 40 per cent of the Island is made up of National Parks.
Here are a few top spots where you can enjoy the stunning scenery Tasmania has to offer, from a more rugged vantage.
Freycinet National Park
This spot is so popular that there is a ballot system to decide who gets to camp here each year. If you want to put yourself in the draw you can apply by email, fax or letter. Applications for the next year's popular summer season close on July 31.
There are a few camping spots available, each with different levels of facilities. For example, in Richardsons Beach, only fuel stoves are available while Honeymoon Bay and Ranger Creek offer electric barbecues, picnic tables and non treated water as well as toilet facilities.
This beautiful park might be so highly sought after as a camping spot because of its scenic coastal area, with stunning granite peaks, gorgeous white sandy beaches and its mild, maritime climate.
It is also a haven for bird watchers, who can spot a wide range of creatures out in their natural habitat, from the white-bellied sea-eagle to the Australian gannet. If you decide to pitch your tent in the bush or forest you may be able to catch a glimpse of the eastern spinebill and the yellow-throated crescent of New Holland honeyeaters.
Maria Island National Park
Whether you want to see some spectacular historic ruins, feast your eyes on some of the beautiful scenery or catch a glimpse of some unusual wildlife, this island is just the spot for you.
Easily accessible by ferry, it boasts both rugged mountains and long stretches of beautiful coastland.
There are no motor vehicles or shops on the island whatsoever, making it the perfect spot to visit if you want to go off the grid for a weekend and connect with nature.
Pitch a tent or stay in the Penitentiary units, which have bunk beds, comfortable mattresses, wood heaters and picnic-style tables and chairs.
If you decide to stay here, you will need to bring your own bedding, food, lighting and cooking equipment such as pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.
South Bruny National Park
If you want to pitch a tent and camp out in an area with beautiful coastal scenery, then South Bruny National Park may be just the ticket.
The park stretches along the coastline of Bruny Island and includes some of the Hinterland between the southern part of Great Taylors Bay and the Hinterland of Fluted Cape.
The park has features such as magnificent towering cliffs, muttonbird rookeries and long sandy beaches, making it a beautiful area to set up camp.
If you head further inland you may also be able to enjoy the views of lush rainforest and can catch a glimpse of some plants native to Tasmania.
The popular park boasts many great activities, with numerous walking trails, and safe swimming beaches available. Wander down to the remains of the historic whaling station at Grass point, or the more difficult Labillardiere peninsula circuit.
Beaches such as Adventure Bay and Jetty Beach are safe, sheltered spots for driving, while Cloudy Bay is popular for more experienced surfers.
Cloudy Bay also features two beautiful campgrounds – the Pines and the Cloudy Bay Corner Beach campground.
The Pines is a small site with uneven ground and a pit toilet only, which is perfect if you want to get close to nature, but not ideal if you are into 'glamping,' or camping with modern luxuries such as plumbing and hot showers.
Cloudy Bay Corner Beach campground needs to be accessed by the beach, so you may need to hire a 4WD if you are keen on this area. Again, it features only a pit toilet and you will need to bring your own water and wood if you are planning on having a fire.
Another option is the Jetty Beach on Cape Bruny. This site has two pit toilets as well as non-treated tank water. Other facilities include picnic tables and safe swimming areas for the kids. There is access for caravans in this area.
Strezelecki National Park
This beautiful park covers 4,216 hectares of the south-western corner of Flinders Island, which is the main island of the Bass Strait and is made up of 54 islands. The park features a wide range of coastal and granite mountains with many endemic species – animals native to Tasmania – as well as rare flora and fauna.
There are a few commercial facilities on Flinders Island such as hotels, shops, petrol stations and a post office in Whitemark and Lady Barron.
The designated campsite is located at Trousers Point and includes a composting toilet, rainwater tank, fireplaces, picnic tables and rubbish bins.
So, pack up your tent and head to beautiful Tasmania to experience the best the islands have to offer.
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