5 of the Best: Roadside Stops in Tasmania

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Tassie, Taz, The Apple Isle, Island of Inspiration…whatever you choose to call this somewhat-forgotten state, there’s no denying its quiet appeal. In fact, once you make the effort to venture down south (preferably aboard the Spirit of Tasmania with your trusty camper in tow) you’re sure to be gobsmacked by Tassie’s overwhelming beauty.

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If you’re looking for some picturesque spots to add to the itinerary, check out the below list of pearlers – ideal for giving the engine a rest, firing up the camp stove and appreciating Mother Nature at her absolute finest.

1. Arthur River

Venture northwest and discover this remote camping spot, home to an abundance of local wallabies, quolls and wombats. With breathtaking views of the wild ocean only a short distance from the camping area, you’ll find it hard to leave. Small, clean toilet blocks are discreetly dotted around the area for your convenience.

After the rain#arthurriver#edgeoftheworld

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2. The Nut – Stanley

The unusually named landmark, discovered by explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798, is an old volcanic plug that rises from Bass Strait behind the picturesque town of Stanley. Beautiful views from the chairlift, delicious fresh crayfish from the co-op and plenty of spots to picnic near the water earn this place an inclusion on your itinerary.

Sunday well spent #sunday #stanley #thenut #tasmania A photo posted by Leah (@leahenglund) on

3. Adventure Bay, Bruny Island

The large eastern-facing bay is located on the prettiest side of Bruny Island with plenty of scenic walking tracks and a beautiful, white sand beach (often frequented by dolphins and migrating whales). Plonk your backside in the sand and enjoy a delicious scallop pie bought at the cute little café opposite.

4. Wielangta Forest

This is the perfect place to stop for a cuppa and enjoy the silence of the bush surrounds. Two stone shelters (once used by Indigenous Australians) provide shelter if needed, plus a walking track allows an opportunity to get amongst the tall trees and trickling streams.

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5. Mayfield Bay

This little gem, about 15 kilometres south of Swansea, is tucked in beside the Tasman Highway and boasts fantastic fishing, swimming and snorkelling sites. The camping area is just off the beach and serves as the perfect spot to sit by the fire (bring your own wood) and enjoy your freshly caught dinner.

(Feature images: Scott Cresswell)

5 of the Best: Roadside Stops in Tasmania was last modified: November 24th, 2015 by Alexandra Oke
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