Camping the West Coast Tasmania as your driving along the rugged west coast you will have a new surprise around each corner. You will find beautiful forests, amazing lakes and epic waterfalls. There is a few amazing free camp spots along the west Coast. When we explored Gordons dam we unhooked the caravan and just took the car down and slept in the car for the night, we love having the choice as it’s not always convenient to take the caravan along some of these crazy windy roads. In this Blog I have put together all the campsites we stayed at when we travelled to the west coast of Tasmania.
New Norfolk campground Located at the Glen Derwent tea house in new Norfolk it’s an easy walk over the bridge to the start of the river walk. It was a very nice base and a beautiful place to camp for a few nights. Whilst your their make sure you go to pulpit Rock Lookout and peppermint Hill Lookout we also did the cliff River walk. It had toilet facilities and fresh drinking water, it also offered powered sites. It was $15 per night.
Their is a couple of sites here to stay try your luck at Mt field national Park campground no bookings are required the campsites are on first come, first served. Prices start from $10 for one person in a unpowered site and for 2 people it’s $16 per night. The campground offers amazing facilities, such as a toilet and shower block with coin-operated washing machines and clothes driers, and a communal cooking shelter with free electric barbecues and a sink with hot water.
The next option would be left of field this campground has a unique 18 hole golf course, regular live music and generous space to camp on. They have a wood fired bush bath and allow camp fires. The Facilities include powered and unpowered sites, toilets, hot showers, a camp kitchen and a dump point. It is dog friendly and is accessible to RVs, camper trailers, caravans and big rigs. Camping in tents is allowed. It’s $15 pp per night.
There is two campsites teds Beach or serpentine dam. Ted’s Beach is just before the town of Strathgordon offers a campsite right on the lake. The road in to the campground is all a sealed road and is well sign posted it is a free camp although a national parks pass is needed for this area of tasmania. The facilities offered are there is a Boat ramp, toilets, non-treated drinking water, picnic facilities, free electric barbecues and shelter. Strictly fuel stoves only And no pets allowed.
Serpentine dam campground
Just before Gordon’s dam I believe this an unofficial campground but when we arrived there was other campers here. This campground doesn’t offer any facilities. But offers amazing views over the lake. You can camp at the boat ramp or as you head towards the dam wall there is a few spots you are able to pull into camp. A national parks pass is required in this area of south west Tasmania and no dogs are allowed.
Has 4 main lakes all connected through a canal to each lake. We stayed at tutingah campground and amazing campground right on the tutingah lagoon. There is no facilities or fresh drinking water here but it offers a relaxing few days to camp and make sure to stop by Tarraleah waterfall and lookout. This waterfall I believe isn’t very known but it is well worth a short 2km 45 minute return walk. You will notice a old tree top walk as you walk through the forest then follow the path all the way to the lookout looking down to the waterfall. The other campgrounds in this area are Bradys Lake which others a toilet and dumping point Bronte lagoon and lake binney offers no facilities.
Derwent Bridge wilderness hotel Free camp with toilet facilities this campground is for fully self contained vehicles no camping. There is also a campground at Lake St clair which has a basic camp kitchen and coin operated BBQ’s,there is shared amenities block,with hot showers at a charge of $1 for six minutes. There are also coin operated laundry facilities located in the shared amenities block. Unpowered sites are from $37 and Powered sites are from $43 per night.
There is 3 Campsites at this quirky town Lake Burbury, Queenstown oval and Queenstown cabin and tourist park.
Lake Burbury is a beautiful spot on the lake. There is no facilities but is only a 15 minute drive into queenstown, 5 minutes drive from Horsetail falls and Iron Blow lookout and 15 Minutes to Nelsons falls. It is a great camp and a great location.
Is for fully self contained vehicles only there is no facilities. It is situated on the local footy oval. There is a small grass patch you can park your van on. It is perfectly located only 1km 10 minute walk to main street in Queenstown. $5 donation per night.
Queenstown cabin and tourist park
Unpowered sites from $20 for two people and powered sites from $30 for 2 people. They also offer cabins from $90 per night. The caravan park offers a communal laundry, an amenities block with hot showers, a BBQ area and a kitchen area. They also offer gas refills for $15 for the 4.5kg and $25 for the 8.5kg.
We camped at the Tullah jetty right on Lake Roseberry. You can also camp at the Tullah lodge where there is campsites with power and water. These sites start from $15 per night or the ensuite suite sites start from $35 per night. There is fresh water at the Wee Georgie wood steam Railway just at the back near the playground where you can fill up your motorhome or caravan.
We visited the Lake mackintosh dam and the bastyan dam.
This campsite was by donation. Jarrah the owner was very nice and greeted us when we arrived at camp. There is a camp kitchen, power and water at his property. It also is central to town where you can walk to the lake in the evening you may be lucky to see platypus in the lake. At Waratah besides the falls in the centre of town we also walked to Philosophers falls a 10 minute drive out of Waratah, it was totally worth the drive out and it is a short and fairly easy 2.6km return walk it took us just over an hour to complete with lots of photo stops.