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Free Camping and Budget Holiday in Tasmania, Australia in a Camper

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Camping at Lime Bay, Tasmania in Camper

Camping at Lime Bay, Tasmania in Camper

There is no better place in Australia to Free camp or budget travel your way around, then Tasmania. This divinely picturesque state offers natural beauty, the freshest air in the southern hemisphere and adventures to inspire the soul.

Tasmanian's have protected our abundance of flora and fauna and our bushlands. We've preserved our natural beaches, rivers, and waterway that cascade down our mountain landscapes.

Cruise through it all in your own Motorhome or Campervan, stop at the many free or low cost attractions. Then at the end of the day, roll into your own free or budget campsite with views to delight the senses.

Travelling around Tasmania, Australia does not have to cost you a fortune. Find out where the free camp sites are. Know what to bring to make your budget holiday in Tasmania, Australia.

A penny pinching joy.

Port Arthur Tasmania Coast line

Port Arthur Tasmania Coast line

Free Camping in Tasmania

Tasmania Australia, Free Camping sites in camper

Tasmania Australia, Free Camping sites in camper

List of All Free Campsites, Campgrounds and Camping Areas Across Tasmania

Free Camping in Tasmania, Australia

Free Camping sites are slowly disappearing all over Australia, due to site degradation and greedy Caravan Park Owners protesting against their existence. Although in Tasmania, Australia we have improved and created free and budget campsites all over the state for use by locals and holiday makers alike.

Self sufficient travelers do extremely well at free campsites, as there are little to no facilities available. Often a pit toilet is provided, but not at all campsites. The other issue is that they often smell, really bad - our dog would not go in there, end of story. (A pit toilet is a rustic tin toilet, similarly shaped to a silver garbage bin with a toilet seat on it, perched over a long, dark ditch or pit dug into the ground. Generally, a ranger will mix a solution into the human waste to assist it breaking it down.)

Free campsites are monitored by rangers whose job it is to make sure people are not squatting or living at the free campsites. Each campsite has a maximum length of time holiday makers can stay. For example 12 weeks at Bay of Fires free campsite.

To keep this dynamic states free campsite's available to everyone, you must clean up after yourself. Before you leave make sure that you have:

  1. Picked up all rubbish and if there are no bins, taken it with you.
  2. Put the fire out - there are severe penalties for campfires left simmering.
  3. Thoroughly, deeply bury and human or pet waste.
  4. Gather loose and left over firewood and twigs together for next camper and bush fires.
  5. Pick up any and all food scraps so wildlife will not consume it.
  6. Drive off the site, stop, get out and scan the site. Have you left ANYTHING.
  7. Cover and compact the soil down around any tire marks or dents, holes from equipment or any damage you or your vehicle may have caused to the site.
  8. Put all rocks back into the bush or a pile, not scattered.

Bay of Fires is one of the amazing free sites available for use by the general public. The beaches' gigantic granite boulders and rocks, are splattered with orange lichen turning the red in the sun. Although the bay was named in 1877 due to the Aboriginals lighting numerous fires along the coast. With 13km's of campsites along the coastline, there is room for locals and holiday makers alike.

Camping Around Tasmania

Camping Around Tasmania

An 83 pages of campsite listings, for all regions and every major National Parks in Tasmania. Explore Australia new range of state camping guides. This light weight book with a practical, flexible cover for camping convenience and it also contains a detailed map at the back, marking out every campsite in the book. The front contains a convenient tips for successful camping and also a complete state index.

Explore Australia's new range of state camping guides follow the successful Camping Around Australia

Budget Camping

Budget camping is defined as paying a small fee to stay in a campsite. These sites are often in National Parks or campsites that are maintained Forestry Tasmania or Hydro Tasmania. Each campsite will be serviced by a caretaker or council ranger.

These campsites will also have facilities such as power poles, cement sites for caravans, camp kitchens, toilets and showers. You may also have wood provided by the caretaker. This is what your fee's provide you with.

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You will need to check the requirements of each campsite as dogs are not permitted in many of them.

Dogs running on Beach, Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Dogs running on Beach, Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Road-trip to Queenstown, Tasmania in Camper

Road-trip to Queenstown, Tasmania in Camper

4wd Tracks in Tasmania

Tasmania boasts some of the best off-road and four wheel driving tracks in Australia. Traversing through deep forests, mountainous tracks and beaches there are off-road and 4wd tracks available for all levels of experience.

Due to the island's small size a keen off-road community, a 4wd vehicle can travel from side to the other within 7 - 10 days. You can literally lay the map out in front of you, put your finger on where you want to be, and arrive there within hours.

The trap though, is that you want to get to the other side too quickly and you miss all the good stuff!

Tasmania, Australia

Great roads in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

Great roads in Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

What Camper van, Caravan or Motorhome Should I Travel In?

If you're planning on a self-drive, free camping holiday you will require a self contained campervan or caravan. This should include:

  • Sleeping facilities - Campervans can sleep up to 3 people and extra's in a tent.
  • Cooking equipment - gas cooker, pots and pans, crockery and plates.
  • Water carrying - either in containers or camping sink.
  • Food storage - containers and fridge facilities
  • Storage - place to store extra items
  • Toilets - optional extra

What to Pack to be Self Sufficient When Free Camping.

ClothesEquipmentFood/Living Requirements

Warm jackets

sleeping bags or blandets

dry food

long pants

hiking shoes


swimming trunks


sunscreen, mossie repellant




First aid kit

Nightime camping in Tasmania, Australia in Camper

Nightime camping in Tasmania, Australia in Camper

Echidna at State Forest in Tasmania camping in campervan

Echidna at State Forest in Tasmania camping in campervan

Must See Attractions& Things to Do in Tasmania

This tiny compact island holds many delights to keep you entertained. There are numerous natural, free attract actions for everybody;

  • The Nut - Stanley
  • Hastings caves
  • Gordon River
  • Port Arthur
  • Cataract Gorge
  • Mount Wellington
  • Flinders Island
  • Freycinet
  • Cradle Mountain

  1. Camping
  2. Fishing
  3. Swimming
  4. River Cruises
  5. Wildlife watching
  6. Bird Watching
  7. Surfing
  8. Bush Gardens
  9. Diving
  10. Bush Walking

Bush Walking For All Fitness Levels

Campsite all alone, Tasmania RV trips in camper

Campsite all alone, Tasmania RV trips in camper


Joel Diffendarfer from Jonesville on December 14, 2014: item for my mile long bucket list! Love it. Great article.

Anne (author) from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS) on September 26, 2014:

Many thanks, hope to see you here one day! Tassie is a lovely place with plenty of room for visitors :)

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on September 26, 2014:

I've never even thought about visiting Tasmania! Great hub!

Anne (author) from Hobart, Tasmania ~ Australia.(The little bit broken off the bottom of AUS) on December 18, 2013:

Thanks very much for your kind words - hope to see you here one day! Out in my own campervan, on the waters edge with no-one around! Bliss is...

Anne Harrison from Australia on November 20, 2013:

A great hub. I haven't been to Tasmania for a while, it's time to go back. Voted up

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