Camping & RV's

The North West Coast of Tasmania is the perfect location to camp or explore in a campervan, motorhome, caravan or tent. You can choose from campgrounds provided by commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites throughout the region. Formal camp sites are listed below with usage requirements at each site, as they do vary. Camping is welcomed in many areas of the South Arthur Forest and has always been a very popular activity for people of all ages, both visitors and Tasmanians alike including backpackers to the region.

For your complete guide to Caravan & Camping in the Far North West  (Download .pdf)

Large numbers of old logging roads and tracks throughout the forest make it possible to find a wealth of special little places where you can pitch a tent and boil the billy in relative seclusion and privacy. When you do choose to camp on Tasmania’s North West Coast, please always take your rubbish with you or place in the bins where they are provided. This protects the region’s unique wildlife and will ensure that people after you also have an enjoyable experience camping in our State Forests. Please remember to tread softly and use rubbish bins provided or take rubbish with you when you leave, protect plants and animals and be considerate of others when camping. Please take a moment to read the CMCA’s Code of Conduct

Welcoming vans and RVS

This grassy, flat expanse with perfect views of The Nut is the ideal place to pull up for a few nights in Stanley. The ground can accommodate approximately 50 fully self-contained vans or RVs. Visitors will enjoy frontage onto Tatlows Beach and the walkway that leads directly into the town centre.

Unpowered sites, drinking water available, no toilets. Must be a fully self-sufficient RV or Caravan. Dump point onsite. (No Bookings Taken) $10 per night $50 per week.

Access from Smithton via the Bass Highway to Marrawah and then on to Arthur River. There are a number of basic camping areas dotted throughout the 100,000 hectares of this beautiful conservation area. Between Arthur River and Corinna you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of outdoor pleasures – boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and boat cruises.

Access friendly toilets, cold showers, BBQ’s, and campfires permitted (Check local fire restrictions). Boat ramp. Dogs on Leads. Dump point at the end of Airey Drive, Arthur River. Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife fees apply.

At the edge of the Tarkine

Superbly located on the northern tip of the Tarkine rainforest, this free camping site readily accommodates vans and motor homes, but is not suited to tent camping. A night or two here makes exploration of nearby Lake Chisolm easy – get lost within a wonderland of old growth myrtle forest and discover a magnificent flooded sinkhole. Note, this site is closed in winter. 

Unpowered sites, no water, no toilets. Dump point at the end of Airy Drive, Arthur River. (No Bookings Taken) (Free)

Nestled by the coast

Two attractive but basic campgrounds are on offer here, both managed by the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service. Whilst close to the Bass Highway, their location on a beautifully wide beach makes them a great place to pause for a night or two. Tent sites are nestled snugly in the coastal vegetation, whilst more open areas can accommodate caravans. Toilets are available but bring your own water. 

Unpowered sites, pit toilets, no showers, boil drinking water fir 3 minutes before consuming, dogs on leads, take own rubbish away. Boat Ramp.  Dump point at Marine Esplanade, Stanley. Self-registration station onsite $13 for 2 Adults, $5 for each extra person per night.

Good things come in small packages

A small, free campsite in a great location! Green Point Beach at Marrawah is renowned for its surfing, so get in early to nab a spot during the warmer months. There is a cold shower and water, but the local still recommend boiling anything you intend to drink. The weather can turn quickly here, so make sure you’re prepared.

Unpowered sites, toilets, cold showers, picnic tables, free electric BBQ’s, boil drinking water for 3 minutes before consuming. Take own rubbish away. Dump point at the end of Airy Drive, Arthur River. (Free)

Tents. Cabins. Spa tree houses.

A beautiful park centrally located between Stanley and Rocky Cape. Offering a choice of luxury treehouse spa accommodation and family cabins, Crayfish Creek also welcomes vans and tents. A range of naturally secluded sites are dotted along the peaceful banks of the creek from which the park takes its name.

Quiet riverside getaway

A spacious and quiet campground located on the banks of the Duck River in Smithton.

Open all year round - except for October when maintenance is conducted. A secluded bush feel with the convenience of power, water and all basic facilities. Cabins also available onsite. 

Friendly parking for self-contained campers

A great place to rest your van on the outskirts of Smithton. Tall Timbers welcomes RVs on site. Enjoy the best of their extensive facilities – restaurant, bottle shop and modern recreational amenities – from the comfort of your own wheels.

Unpowered sites, no water. Must be fully self-sufficient RV or Caravan. Nearest dump point at West Esplanade in Smithton. (Free)

Fees are payable at self registration station. Managed by Parks & Wildlife: 03 6458 1480

Unpowered sites, pit toilets, no showers, boil drinking water for 3 minutes before consuming. Dogs on leads. Take own rubbish away. Boat Ramp. Campfires permitted (check local fire restrictions). Nearest dump point at Marine Esplanade, Stanley. Self-registration station onsite $13 for 2 Adults, $5 for each extra person per night.

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