camping tasmania - FAQ

Cant' find an answer to your question? Send us an e-mail and we will try to help! As per most national parks across Australia and the world, dogs and other pets are not allowed into Tasmania's national parks and conservation reserves - even if they are on a lead or within your car. Of course, dogs are allowed in cars travelling on roads which pass through national parks, such as the Lyell Highway, but are not allowed out of your car. Assistance dogs, or dogs that provide support for people with disabilities, are an exception to the regulations and are allowed to accompany their handlers into national parks and reserves in Tasmania. Where possible, Parks and Wildlife Service staff should be advised of the dog’s presence upon entry to the National Park. Dogsa re allowed into may areas outside national parks and conservation reserves where dogs are allowed. Forestry Tasmania reserves are managed for multiple uses, and allow dogs. Full details of these can be found on the Forestry Tasmania web site. Dogs are allowed in some reserves, such as parts of Mt Wellington, which are managed by local councils. So whether you are travelling to Tasmania for camping, bushwalking or any outdoor pusuit both flying and taking the day or overnight ferry are affordable options.

Q. Can I book campsites in Tasmania?

A. Yes and no. It depends entirely on the campsite. Many sites across the state of Tasmania require payment, and whilst it is normally very modest, such sites will often require that you have a booking.

Q. How can I find out if I need to book or not?

A. The best guide is to check each of the campsites listed on this site. We do out best to advise whether bookings are accepted, and what the costs are. A detailed listing can be found at the following link - campsites Tasmania If you can't find the answer you are looking for, send us an e-mail and we will try our best to help.

Q. Can I just turn up to free campsites in Tasmania?

A. Yes, but be aware that many sites are extremely popular and therefore you may arrive and find that there is no camping available.

Q. Is this common?

A. Yes, especially in more popular areas such as Bay of Fires, Coles Bay or Cradle Mountain.

Q. Can I camp wwith my dog or other pet?

A. In some sites yes. Each campsite listed on our site attempts to identify whether pets are allowed or not. Please note, pets are strictly prohibited in Tasmania's National Parks. Rangers patrol these parks, so please ensure pets are never taken into Tasmania's National Parks.

Q. How much are campsites in Tasmania?

A. It varies, but generally costs are quite minimal and there are many free parks. Check our camping guide Tasmania for more information.

Q. How long can we stay in free campsites in Tasmania?

A. It depends; many sites only allow you to stay for a maximum of 4-weeks. Check the listing of the campsite you are interested in for more information.

Q. Can I bring my caravan, camper trailer or motorhome and camp in Tasmania?

A. Many of Tasmania's campsites are large enough to allow yu to bring your campervan, motorhome or camper trailer. Check each individual listing for more information.

Q. Should we book campsites before arriving in Tasmania or can we just arrive and camp wherever we like?

A. Where possibel we always advise people to book in advance of coming to Tasmania. It is a common misconception that Tasmania is 'never booked out'. Many people arrive during peak periods and expect to be able to simply find accommodation, a free campground or camping area and are often left very disappointed and having to travel long distances to seek somewhere to stay.

Q. When is the best time to go camping in Tasmania?

A. Anytime, however we recommend you avoid peak periods such as Christmas, Easter, long-weekends and school holidays if at all possible. Of course, this isn't always possible - especially if you are taking the kids on a camping holiday in Tasmania during school holidays!

Q. What about the weather, I guess we should avoid camping in Tasmania in Winter?

A. Tasmania has 4 distinct seasons so camping at any time will be a unique expereince. Don't be put off by another common misconception that Tasmania is always cold, wet and miserable! However in saying that, if you intend camping in Winter in the middle of Tasmania's central highlands for example, you have to except for the weather to be cold and at times extremely inhospitable.