Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve is a small conservation area app. 15 minutes drive south of Swansea on the East Coast of Tasmania. Mayfield free camping Swansea is approximately 90 minutes northeast of Hobart. Camping is technically free, however, donations are welcome and are used by Parks & Wildlife to maintain this excellent campground. Mayfield Bay’s sandy beach and the coastal area offer excellent free camping, fishing, swimming, surfing, and diving in addition to the beautiful views across Great Oyster Bay to the Freycinet Peninsula. The reserve has shade and toilet facilities but you will need to bring your own drinking water and camping gear. Mayfield Bay Coastal Reserve free camping Swansea is a great spot to break your journey along the east coast when driving north to St. Helens, Scamander, and Bicheno or south to Triabunna, Little Swanport, Orford, Sorell, and South East Tasmania or Hobart. A little further north from the Mayfield Bay free camping area Swansea you will find the convict-built Spiky Bridge. This unusual-looking bridge was built in the 1840s by a convict road gang. The bridge was built from local fieldstone with them placed vertically along the parapet, giving the bridge a spiky appearance. It has been claimed that the spikes were designed to prevent cattle from falling over the sides; interpretation signs will give you some good information about the nearby Rocky Hills Probation Outstation convict ruins. There is plenty of room for large campervans, motorhomes, or other big rigs and there is also a boat ramp if you are into fishing. If not, there is an excellent beach with good snorkelling and diving opportunities. Dogs are OK, but must be on a lead at all times. Swansea is a small coastal seaside village that swells in popularity during busier summer months and school holiday periods. It has shops, an IGA supermarket, bakery, online access centre and is a major tourist destination on Tassie's East Coast. Once you’re set-up, take a walk along the beach; near dusk, you may see seals or penguins. Mayfield's Bay Conservation Reserve is a sandy beach and coastal area offering excellent camping together with a range of beach-related activities and great views across Great Oyster Bay to the Freycinet Peninsula. No bookings are possible at Mayfield Bay campground, all camping is on a first-come, first-served. Campers can stay for up to four weeks, and dogs are OK but must be kept on a lead at all times. The campground is free, but donations are encouraged to help maintain the facilities. Directions to the campground: The entrance to Mayfield Beach Conservation Area is located on the east side of the A3 highway 15 kilometres south of Swansea (55 kilometres south of Bicheno) and 42 kilometres north of Orford (where the A3 crosses the Prosser River). The dirt road into the campground is marked by a sign that reads, “Mayfield Bay Conservation Area campsite and day use.” Coming from the north, you will see campsites below the road before coming to the campground entrance. Please take care turning off the highway into the campground as the entrance is quite narrow - especially if you are towing a big caravan or in a motorhome.