Camping Etiquette Tasmania
BASIC CAMPING ETIQUETTE FOR CAMPERS: THE GENERAL CAMPING RULES TASMANIA
Before going camping it is important to understand the rules for the campground you will be staying at. For example, check fire regulations, check when generators can be used, understand what the campground quiet hours are, check in and check out times, etc if this is applicable. This will help you plan ahead and be prepared for your Tasmanian camping adventure.
FOLLOW CAMPGROUND QUIET HOURS
This helps provide a quiet time for everyone camping – by being loud, loutish and obnoxious you are creating an unpleasant atmosphere for other campers around you which can lead to altercations. Please be courteous to others when camping in Tasmania, and remember that in some cases unruly behaviour, damage to infrastructure and hooning can lead to criminial charges. Don’t play loud music that interferes with the enjoyment of the campground for other campers, and if you are travelling with dogs, please don’t let them roam around and bark incessantly.
FOLLOW LOCAL CAMPGROUND RULES
This will help you keep your family and friends safe and secure, your campground neat and tidy, and create a positive environment everyone. If you are camping at a Tasmanian National Park or State Reserve it is important to make sure that National Parks Passes have been paid and that you fully understand all rules for the particular national park. At some National Parks Tasmania you can find a more detailed information on notice boards with everything that you need to know about the rules for the Park.
CHECK IN TIMES AND TRAVEL TIMES
May people visiting Tasmania to camp for the first time underestimate travel times in Tasmania. Therefore, it is important to plan ahead when travelling in Tasmania. While many campgrounds don’t require check-in or allow late check-ins, it is very important to arrive as early as possible. This again is particularly important in Tasmania noting that many remote campgrounds will have very limited signage and it will be dark. Arriving late or leaving way too early can also interfere with fellow campers. It also makes it harder for you to set up your tents or caravan or take down and remove all your camping equipment when it is dark. Arrive in time to setup sop you can relax with a coldie around the campfire.
ALWAYS PUT ALL FOOD AWAY
Please never feed native animals in Tasmania such as possums, wallabies, pademelons and kangaroos. Likewise, please don’t feed native birds or leave food out that can be accessed. Leaving food out, even on picnic tables, can attract unwanted visitors such as rats and mice. It is important to put food away properly when not cooking or before going to bed to ensure that animals don’t wake you or even in some cases enter your tent and scare you and children.
LEAVE THE CAMPSITE BETTER THAN WHEN YOU ARRIVED
Before you leave make sure to do a last walkthrough around your campsite. Put water on your fire and make 100% sure there are no embers. Pick up any trash you see and place in bins or remove with you.
Leave No Trace
Tasmania offers amazing camping in many cases at no cost for camping for up to 4-weeks including at camping Bay of Fires. Someone has to maintain these amazing facilities, meaning there are costs involved. The more campers mistreat campgrounds, the more pressure that will be placed on the bodies responsible for maintaining to charge for camping to cover costs of operating and repairs. PLEASE, treat with respect and leave no trace.