The North West Coast of Tasmania is the perfect location to camp or explore in a campervan, motorhome, caravan or tent. You can choose from campgrounds provided by commercial operators or formal, and informal free camp sites throughout the region. Formal camp sites are listed below with usage requirements at each site, as they do vary.
Camping is welcomed in many areas of the South Arthur Forest and has always been a very popular activity for people of all ages, both visitors and Tasmanians alike including backpackers to the region.
Large numbers of old logging roads and tracks throughout the forest make it possible to find a wealth of special little places where you can pitch a tent and boil the billy in relative seclusion and privacy.
When you do choose to camp on Tasmania's North West Coast, please always take your rubbish with you or place in the bins where they are provided. This protects the region's unique wildlife and will ensure that people after you also have an enjoyable experience camping in our State Forests.
Please remember to tread softly and use rubbish bins provided or take rubbish with you when you leave, protect plants and animals and be considerate of others when camping. Please take a moment to read the CMCA's Code of Conduct
Arthur River Holiday Units
Arthur River Holiday Units, situated on the banks of the picturesque Arthur River, gateway to the Tarkine wilderness and close to the ocean and beaches. Explore the Tarkine, visit the Edge of the World. Accommodation and River Cruise packages available.
A warm welcome awaits you at the Arthur River Holiday Units situated on the banks of the picturesque Arthur River on Tasmania’s rugged far North West coast. These modest one and two bedroom holiday units with absolute river frontage offers easy access to the river for fishing and boating. All units have fully equipped kitchens, satellite TV and radio, electric or log fires. All linen is provided and continental breakfast provisions are available. Wood and gas barbeques, situated in landscaped gardens are available for guest use. Off street security car parking. The Tarkine is at your doorstep to explore. Visit the Edge of the World and throw a pebble into the Southern Ocean. Fish for salmon or trout. Beautiful beaches to walk and brilliant sunsets to capture.
The Arthur River Shop and River Cruise booking office are both located at these premises.
For a truly unforgettable wilderness experience join your hosts Rob & Kaye on their vessel “M. V. Reflections” for a 6 hour eco-cruise up the beautiful Arthur River. Wilderness, waterfalls, platypus, native quoll, azure kingfishers and the feeding of the white-bellied sea-eagles are just some of the highlights of this Tasmanian cruise.
Accommodation and River Cruise packages available.
(Please note: open fire and wood heaters are in the 2 x 2 family units only)
Much pride is taken by the whole team at Stanley Cabin & Tourist Park. With well maintained gardens and sealed roads throughout. With three types of cabins available, as well as waterfront spa villas overlooking the bay, there is something for everyone. For guests with special needs such as wheelchair access both amenities buildings and one cabin are fully equipped with disabled assist facilities.
We have flat grassy powered and unpowered camping sites that are spacious, clearly numbered and well shaded. All our camping guests have use of all facilities, 2 large amenity blocks that are open 24 hours. Towelling bathmats are provided for the showers and hot water is plentiful. Free electric BBQ’s are available and conveniently located in the camper’s kitchen, which also has microwaves, stoves and a large fridge, TV and ample tables and chairs inside and also outdoors, just across from our games room, making it a great family area.
The laundry is well equipped with 3 washing machines, 2 large dryers, ironing board and iron. Golf club hire is offered at reception and we offer a printing and faxing service along with the use of our wireless internet for laptops in our beautiful conference room, which can also be used for meetings, and for the use of our larger touring groups.
Montagu is located 15km West of Smithton. The coastal location is popular for swimming, boating and canoeing. The campground is 4km North of Montagu township. Suitable for motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers & tents. Bring drinking water & firewood.
Located 2 kms East of the Black River Campground. Camps are close to highway and sites are limited in Summer as popular with locals. Better suited for camper trailers, caravans & tents. Bring drinking water & firewood. Flushing toilets, no drinking water.
Located on the North West Coast. Access is from Smithton via the Bass Highway to Marrawah then onto Arthur River. This large Conservation Area of 100,000 hectares covers the region between the Arthur River and Corinna. There are many activities here including boating, fishing, kayaking, surfing and cruises.
Signposted access along Arthur River Road, 200m before the Rangers Station. Suitable for everything from tents to big rigs. Boil Water first. Bring firewood. Flushing toilets.
Right in the township of Arthur River next to the Rangers Station. Limited trailer and caravan sites, best suited for tent based camping. Boil water first. Bring firewood. Flushing toilets. Cold showers.
Prickly Wattles Campground
Access along the Arthur River Road, 2km South of the Rangers Station. Suitable for tents to big rigs. Boil water first. Bring firewood. Flushing toilets.
Nelson Bay Campground
Along the Arthur River Road 10.7km South of the Rangers Station. Better suited for self sufficient campers as site is near private huts and cabins. Bring drinking water and firewood. Carry own firepot and portable toilet.
Sandy Cape Camping Area
50km South of Arthur River. 4WD access only via Temma or Balfour Track off Western Explorer. Well equipped experienced 4WD only. Contact Rangers Station at Arthur River for track conditions and off road permit. Bring drinking water, firewood and toilet.
Managed by Arthur River Parks & Wildlife Office 03 6457 1225.
Circular Head Council has set aside a site within the Stanley Recreation Grounds for the accommodation of fully self contained recreational vehicles. The RV site fronts Tatlows Beach, overlooking Sawyer Bay. The area can accommodate approximately 50 self contained RV vehicles, adjoins the Stanley Golf Course and fronts a walkway into the Stanley town centre.
Fees are $8 a night or $40 for a maximum of 7 nights.
Fees will be collected by the site manager in the evenings or mornings.
Marrawah is located 51km West of Smithton. The coastline’s rugged headlands receive the full force of the Roaring Forties from the Southern Ocean. The camp area is located 2.4km West of the Marrawah township on Green Point road. Suited for motorhomes, campervans, camper trailers & tents. Bring drinking water. Cold outdoor showers. Bring firewood.
No fees associated with this site. Managed by Circular Head Council: 03 6452 4800
Located 10km East of Kanunnah Bridge on the Tarkine Drive and 600m East of the Julius River Picnic area. Six gravelled sites suited for camper trailer, caravan, motorhome and campervan. Boil water. BBQ and toilet facilities available at picnic area.
No fees associated with this site. Managed by Parks & Wildlife Ph: 03 6457 1225
Tall Timbers Tasmania located on the outskirts of Smithton, North West Tasmania now offers free RV friendly parking for visitors. Tall Timbers is a great venue for guests and travellers visiting the Circular Head region.
Tall Timbers now offers free RV Camping
What: Fully self-contained vehicles only
When: 1 October to 31 May each year, closed June to September
Vehicles are welcome at the property for a maximum stay of 72 hours in a 14 day consecutive period.
Whilst at Tall Timbers also enjoy facilities available:
Recreation facilities including pool, spa & gym
Double tennis courts
Sports Bar and Lounge Bar
Nationally branded Thirsty Camel Bottleshop
Expansive grounds ideal for guests to enjoy a walk or picnic
Located 8 kms East of Stanley Turnoff along the Bass Highway. Will find some bush sites and further in beachside sites. Pit Toilets, no drinking water. Suitable for big rigs, campervans, camper trailers and tents. Bring drinking water, firewood & toilet.