Nelson Bay camping area is located some 11 km south of the main township of Arthur River on the beautiful far West Coast of Tasmania. This camping area is patrolled by a local Ranger and is suitable for fully independent travellers and campers only, noted that there are no facilities at this campsite. Nelson Bay campsite is within the Arthur- Pieman Conservation Area in the renowned Tarkine region of Tasmania. This campsite is one that is very well regarded by those who make the effort to camp at Nelson Bay. However, please note that as Nelson Bay campsite faces west towards the Southern Ocean, winds can be extremely strong and weather changeable and unpredictable meaning you must be very well prepared when camping at Nelson Bay. Permits are not required to access the Nelson Bay campground Arthur River. As you enter the Nelson Bay camping area after leaving the main road, you will see private shacks to the left of the road with a sign clearly marked ‘No Camping Beyond This Point’. At this junction, turn right where you will find grassed camping area on the left of the road close to the beach and a further smaller section on the right of the gravel road. Dogs are OK, but they must be on a lead and kept under control at all times. See also: Manuka Campground Arthur River – Peppermint Campground Arthur River – Prickly Wattle campground Arthur River. The cost to camp is $6 per night for 2 adults. There are no services at Nelson Bay Arthur River.
The Western Explorer route is beyond Arthur River and is a stunning drive for the more adventurous along gravel roads with spectacular scenery. Please note there is no mobile phone reception in this area, and the road can be very rough in sections. This road takes you to the very pretty small town of Corinna on the Pieman River and is app. 100 kilometres in length. If travelling from the North or North West, you can access Arthur River by taking the A2 for 50 km beyond Smithton to Marrawah (see Camping Marrawah) where you will find awesome surfing and walks on windswept beaches, and awesome waves for avid surfers at times. Continue on gravel roads 14 km further south to reach Arthur River.