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Caravan Parks And Camping Spots On The East Coast

Wineglass Bay in Freycinet
Wineglass Bay in Freycinet
Tasmania has everything to suit every taste of campervan traveller. From rugged mountains to lavender farms and historical villages, there is so much to see in every part of this unique state. The east coast of Tasmania is no exception, with pretty coastal towns, scenic drives smiling locals, and shining sea views.

The Tasman Peninsula is known for the famous Port Arthur and the Tasman National Park, home of the Tasman Arch, the Blowhole, the Devils Kitchen, the Tessellated Pavement, the Remarkable Cave and Waterfall Bay. If you are keen to stay a while, the Port Arthur Caravan Park is a four star facility and has fantastic powered sites. White Beach Tourist Park is also located about ten minutes from Port Arthur and has sites close to the beach. Approximately a half-an-hour's drive from Port Arthur, Fortescue Bay Camping Ground - in the Tasman National Park - has a small number of site available for campervans.

One of the first of these beach towns is Orford, renown as the gateway to the East Coast, and the region is great for fishing and swimming, especially at Spring Beach. Another popular day trip is to catch the ferry to the mountainous Maria Island, with its Painted Cliffs and Fossil Cliffs. The convict town of Darlington, located on the island, is also rich in history and worth a visit. In and around Orford are the Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park, and the Gumleaves Bush Holiday Park, and the Eastcoaster Resort Caravan Park, among the other places available for Campervans to stay.

Further north, the lovely town of Swansea has a number of interesting attractions especially for the family. Kate's Berry Farm has local fruit and ice creams, and the Wool centre is educational and a lot of fun. As well as the great fishing in Great Oyster Bay and majestic views of the ocean, Swansea is also a short hop from the beauties of the Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Locally, there is a range of campervan options: the Swansea Holiday Park at Schouten Beach, the Swansea Holiday Park, the Iluka Holiday Centre at Coles Bay, and the Richardsons Beach campsite in the Freycinet National Park. To drive the East Coast from the Bay of Fires through to Maria Island you will be covering over 200 kilometres. If you are driving with Freycinet in mind, it is quicker to leave from Launceston, but both directions will reward you with stunning attractions. There are guided walks available through the Peninsula as well as rock climbing, but most tourists head for Coles or Wineglass Bay. Wineglass Bay is aptly named because it is cupped like a wineglass. Sea kayaking is also popular here, as the bay is flat and peaceful, and there are so many places to explore. North from the peninsula is the fishing town of Bicheno, renown for its great beaches and lookouts, like Whaler's Lookout. There is a walk along the foreshore which takes you to the Bicheno Blowhole and the Rocking Rock. The town boasts several must-see attractions, such as the East Coast Nature world & Devil World, the Motor Cycle Museum, the Sea life Centre Aquarium, fairy penguin tours, deep sea fishing trips and a full range of exciting tours and ocean-based activities. If you want to spend time exploring the area, you can park the campervan at the Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park, the Bicheno Caravan Park & Take Away Shop, or the Seaview at Bicheno.

St Helens is the last town on the east Coast of Tasmania. It has the BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park available for campervans. You should plan to visit the St Helens Point Conservation Area and walk to Beer Barrel Beach and see the spectacular Peron Dunes. Stop in at the St Helens Visitor Centre and History Room and pick up a brochure on the Trail of the Tin Dragon to discover the story of Chinese tin miners who lived and worked in northeast Tasmania during in the 19th century. North of the town is the Bay of Fires, considered one of the world's top ten regions of natural beauty, perfect for the keen bushwalker and hiker. If you're not that athletic, you can take the 15-minute drive to Binalong Bay at the southern end of the Bay of Fires and see the scenery that way. Have a languid time on one of the beaches, soaking up the ambiance.

As you can see, the east coast of Tasmania is not a place to be missed. Everywhere there is gorgeous food available, plenty to see and do, and striking scenery. By taking a campervan holiday you're in charge and you can wander where you like, stop where you fancy, and linger if you so desire. Sounds heavenly? It is.


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