Richardsons Beach (the Sand Dunes) camping area
In the dunes behind the southern end of Richardsons Beach are 25 tent sites (fewer in winter), allocated by ballot for the peak summer season each year. These are lovely sites with tracks to the beach and space for 1 car in each. There is no shortage of things to do, with many of the park’s superb walking tracks starting 2 km along the road, as well as summer activities and an outdoor cinema at the visitor centre. Boil or treat the water before use. Access is off Freycinet Dr, past the visitor centre.
Who to contact: PWS Freycinet Visitor Centre (03) 6256 7000 Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au
This campsite is located in Freycinet National Park
Tasmania’s first national park is also its most spectacular. Even driving towards the park is a visual treat, as soaring granite peaks come into view. Once there you will be mesmerised by the park’s spectacular cliff-top lookouts, azure water and pure white beaches, especially the iconic Wineglass Bay. Camping sites for the summer and Easter holidays at Richardsons Beach and Honeymoon Bay are allocated by an online ballot drawn on 1 Aug each year. Tracks lead into the park from a trailhead at the end of Coles Bay Rd, ranging from a 1 hr return walk to the Wineglass Bay lookout to a climb up Mt Amos. Both are rewarded with bird’s-eye views over Wineglass Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula. The 3-day, 30 km Freycinet Peninsula Circuit heads to glorious beaches and the mountainous southern part of the peninsula. The park is a gas/fuel stove-only area and although water is available it should be boiled or treated before drinking. Brushtail possums and wallabies are common in the park and likely to raid your food if it isn’t stowed securely.
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