Top Destination for 2009
Tasmania offers many opportunities for camping in some of the most spectacular countryside; carry your own tent through the Land of a Thousand Lakes, spend the night in the habitats of wombats and wallabies, or camp in a Gondwanan forest – the choice is yours. Tasmania is one of the easiest and most unspoiled places to camp in the whole of Australia. About 40 per cent of the Island is protected as national parks and reserves, but there are plenty of opportunities to camp in these areas. In Tasmania, you have a choice of formal and informal camp sites. Formal camp sites are located inside national parks and forest reserves. They are managed by Forestry Tasmania or Hydro Tasmania. Informal camp sites are marked as such on maps and road signs and you need to be aware of local usage requirements before you set up camp. If you are visiting either type of camp-site, you should check for local fire lighting conditions. Sometimes a total fire ban may be in force so ask the local rangers. Typical prices for staying in a minimal impact campsite in a Tasmanian National Park are: £7.50 per night for a site without power and £8 with power. There is an additional charge from £2.50 to £3.50 for each adult and £1.25 to £1.75 for children between 5 and 17. Families (consisting of 2 adults and 3 children can make block bookings that will cost between £8 and £11. Tasmania is an excellent destination for a camping holiday.