Winter Camping Tasmania
Non-Tasmanians will most likely bulk at the thought of visiting Tasmania during Winter to go camping. It’s very common for people to simply say it’s too cold, which in many instances is absolutely correct. They’s prefer to jump in the caravan and head north to warmer climes of sunny Queensland, Darwin or New Western Australia. However, we believe there is a certain charm in going camping in Tassie during Winter, albeit with a few caveats. We aren’t strong advocates for camping in tents in the more exposed or elevated parts of Tassie during Winter (ie, Central Highlands or Southwest National Park). It can be bloody cold, and often snow, heavy rain or strong winds are common. However, on the East Coast of Tasmania camping in tents is perfectly acceptable, assuming you are well prepared. This includes having an appropriately rated sleeping bag, a tent that is designed for Winter camping, warm clothes, hats, gloves and thermals. One of the questions we regularly receive, is ‘can we have a campfire ..’. Unfortunately during Summer, it is very common to have either partial or full fire bans meaning that even on cooler nights fires are not permitted. However, during Winter there is musch greater opportunity to create a great campsite, where you can sit around and enjoy a cold drink and marvel at the amazing clear night skies. Not all campgrounds allow fires, and in most cases you need to take your own wood, but it is definitely worth the effort. If you are travelling in Tasmania during Winter in a modern caravan, campervan or motorhome, a campground that allows you to have an open fire will be something you’ll remember for a long time. Again, always follow local rules, dress appropriately and always fully extinguish your fire before leaving the area.
Do your research – camping in cooler conditions may simply not be your thing. However, if you want a different experience and indeed want to avoid crazy crowds over Summer, consider a week or two in Tassie during Winter.