Camping in Tasmania

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Tasmania has 19 national parks and many more reservesi, all of which encompass the unique unspoiled glory of Tasmania. They include parks like Ben Lomond National Park, Cradle Mountain National Park, Hartz Mountain National Park and Mt William National Park. Below is an overview of two other parks in Tasmania.

Southwest National Park

Forming part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Southwest National Park is the largest national park in Tasmania. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, yet only just over 3 hours drive from Hobart, breathtaking views of rugged mountains can even be enjoyed from the comfort of your car as you drive around the park. There are many camping sites available along the Gordon River Road and Scotts Peak Road.

Evening sun, under clouds over Mount Elizabeth in Southwest National Park, Tasmania

Rocky Cape National Park

Sitting on the north-west coast of Tasmania and only a two hour drive from Launceston, Rocky Cape is easy to get to. The park is small but boasts amazing beaches dotted along the coast of Rocky Cape framed with Banksia-filled hillsides. Swimming, fishing, boating and bushwalking can be enjoyed at Rocky Cape and you can also explore caves that were first occupied by the indigenous population about 8,000 years agoii. Take note that the park itself does not have camping facilities but campsites are offered a short drive away at the Rocky Cape Township or Pegg's Beach Conservation area.

Trip planning

Prepare ahead, plan your road trip and make sure you conduct simple vehicle maintenance. Planning should also include making sure your vehicle is covered by car insurance.

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i Parks and Wildlife Service, 2010, National Parks,

ii Parks and Wildlife Service, 2009, Rocky Cape National Park,