Free Camping at Cradle Mountain
Unfortunately, there is no free camping available within walking distance of the entrance to the Cradle Mountain National Park, or in Cradle Mountain day walk area.
While free camping is readily available in many other Tasmanian State forests and National Parks, the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain NP is so environmentally sensitive that impacts from things such as waste disposal have to be tightly controlled. Campers must therefore camp and use toilets and showers and dispose of rubbish at paid campgrounds, to keep the area in the pristine condition we all enjoy and want.
But the good news at Cradle Mountain is that there are plenty of cheap powered and unpowered camping sites tucked away in secluded little alcoves in the bush at the Discovery Holiday Park right opposite the entrance to the park. There are other great benefits to staying at this park, such as use of the huge communal camp kitchens and eating areas, complete with massive log fires, hot water, gas hotplates, kettles, microwaves, BBQ’s, laundries, fabulous hot showers and internet access. And tucked in a grassy opening where wallabies come out to feed there are four wooden permanent tents, romantically called Alpine Lodges. Each has three bunk beds with a comfy mattress and are a bargain at under $20 per night. They are great to sleep in if it is raining and you don’t want to pack up a wet tent, or if you want to make an early start on the Overland Track.
There are some great free campgrounds within easy driving distance of the Cradle Mountain National Park, including at Lake Barrington, on the road to Cradle Mountain. Check them out on the Camping Tasmania’s website .
You can also hire campervans and motor homes easily at Tasmania Campervan & Motorhome Hire Deals, It’s a great way to be independant.
Image: Don Shearman – via Flickr