WHERE TO STAY
Tasmania offers a wealth of scenic overnight options immersed in the untouched wilderness. The state is a camping oasis, offering you the unique opportunity pull over and make the most of the natural surrounds wherever you choose.
Caravan Parks, also referred to as Holiday Parks or Tourist Parks, in Tasmania offer all the amenities you’ll need for your stay and are reasonably priced and easily accessible. Standard facilities at a caravan park include an amenities block with hot showers, fully-stocked camper’s kitchen, BBQ area, picnic facilities, children’s playground and dump point.
How Much Do They Cost?
Site fees vary between each caravan park. On average you can expect to pay anywhere between $20-$50 for a powered site with fresh water access and a 240 volt power outlet. Powered sites are allocated and you will often be provided with a map to the grounds. This fee can fluctuate throughout the year and will be higher over peak holiday seasons including school holidays, long weekends, public holidays, Christmas and over the New Year. For these peak times, we strongly recommend that you book in advance to ensure availability for your holiday. You can book a caravan park either via the park’s direct website or over the phone.
How Do I know Where to Stay?
Most caravan parks in Tasmania are a safe bet as they are usually just moments from major tourist attractions. On arrival at the depot, Cruisin’ will provide you with a camp ground guide outlining all the caravan parks in the state. Our staff are happy to provide you with their recommendations if you have any further questions.
National Parks & Reserves
Approximately 40% of Tasmania is protected in National Parks and state reserves offering prime wilderness opportunities to all travellers. Regardless of your fitness ability or age, everyone can enjoy breathtaking scenery and adventure activities in Tasmania’s national park environments.
National Parks are large masses of land that are protected by the government due to their diversity of plants and wildlife and their magnificent unspoilt landscapes. Anyone can visit these unique protected areas and learn about the environment, heritage and culture. No visit to the Apple Isle is complete without stepping foot in a National Park.
Most of the major National Parks offer camping options with convenient access to the surrounding bush walks and points of interest. The majority of sites in National Parks are unpowered in Tasmania, however there are a few with powered sites catering to motorhomes and campervans. Many of the free camping areas have limited or no facilities. Facilities may include a shower block, toilets, BBQ area, tap water and power.
All guests visiting the National Parks are expected to dispose of waste responsibly.
Passes & Permits
To enter Tasmania’s National Parks a valid park entry permit must be obtained. This entry fee must be paid to maintain roads, facilities and other infrastructure and to conserve threatened species in their natural habitats. It is your responsibility to purchase the correct pass for your stay.
What Kind of Pass Should I Purchase?
There are a variety of National Park passes available to tourists. The most cost effective of all passes is the Holiday Pass Range which allows entry into all of Tasmania’s National Parks for up to two months and also gives visitors complimentary use of the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus.
If you are a regular visitor to Tasmania the Annual or Two Year Pass is an economical option. These passes allow up to three vehicles and one boat to enter the National Park as long as they are registered.
If you are just visiting one or two National Parks you can buy individual passes on arrival from the office.
Where Can I Purchase a Pass?
Park permits can be purchased from;
- Spirit of Tasmania
- Tasmanian Travel Information Centres
- National Park Visitor Centres
- At the Online Parks Shop (only offers Holiday Passes and Ben Lomond 24 Hour Passes)
- Service Tasmania Shops
For further information please contact Parks Tasmania on 1300 827 727.