Mount William National Park

Mount William National Park, John Fairhall / Auscape International
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Tucked away in the remote north-east corner of the state, Mount William National Park is fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons River to Musselroe Bay. The landscape is one of rolling hills, rugged headlands and pristine white-sand beaches, some strewn with pink-granite boulders, while in the north a string of marshy lagoons sits behind windswept coastal dunes.

Fact file


From Hobart via Midlands Hwy and A4, or Tasman Hwy, to St Helens then C843; from Launceston via Tasman Hwy, B82 to Gladstone then C843 and C845

Best season



315 km north of Hobart; 130 km east of Launceston

Park information

  • PWS 1300 135 513
  • PWS St Helens (03) 6376 1550


Park entry fee payable


18 440 ha

Visitor information

St Helens (03) 6376 1744

Featured Activities in the National Park

  • Take the Forester Kangaroo Drive at dusk to see the wildlife

    Walk to the Bay of Fires or spend a day beachcombing at Stumpys Bay

    Snorkel around one of the park’s rocky points

    Enjoy some of the state’s best inshore fishing

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A look at the past

The park was created on a former grazing property in 1973 as a sanctuary for the forester kangaroo, Tasmania’s largest native animal. It is a culturally important area for Indigenous people and is possibly the site of the first Aboriginal occupation of Tasmania, some 36 000 years ago. Members of the North-East tribe, these first inhabitants had access to generous food resources of kangaroo, possum, abalone, mussels and other shellfish. The Aboriginal community retains strong links with the Mount William area, and accepts some responsibility for the management of the national park. In 2012 Eddystone Point – the site of the 1889 Eddystone Lighthouse – was returned to the Aboriginal community and is now known as larapuna.

Natural features

The park encompasses a low-lying coastal plain behind the long open beaches of the north-east tip of Tasmania. Like most of the east coast the underlying granite is now exposed and eroded into rounded lichen-painted boulders – its high quartz content is responsible for the area’s famous pure white beaches. Dominating the northern section, the 214-metre Mount William is the highest point.

Native plants

Vegetation is mostly low-growing heath containing a rich diversity of flowering plants, at their best during spring and summer. Eucalypts are the main tree species, with some banksias and she-oaks. The most distinctive plant is the grasstree, which produces its extraordinary flower spike from the midst of its grass-like foliage after fire, or during spring and summer. The wetlands also support some unusual species, such as the erect marsh flower.


A slow drive around the park at dawn or dusk will reveal wallabies, pademelons, brushtail possums and wombats. This is also the best place in the state to see the forester kangaroo, the Tasmanian equivalent of the mainland’s eastern grey. It is usually out grazing at dusk and dawn, preferring to keep out of sight during the day. Wallabies and wombats are very common in the park; less often seen is the spotted-tailed quoll. Tasmanian devils were once here in large numbers but have succumbed in recent years to a rare type of cancer. Research will hopefully find a cure so that these delightfully rambunctious animals can continue to make their home here.

The park’s 100 bird species include pied and sooty oystercatchers, gulls, terns and Australasian gannets. The shy albatross may be seen particularly during winter, while white-bellied sea-eagles are here year-round. Being so close to the Bass Strait Islands, the park is a staging post for migratory species such as short-tailed shearwaters, swamp harriers and tiny silvereyes. The park is home to Tasmania's four species of robin: pink, flame, dusk and scarlet.


Offshore reefs and rocky headlands provide good snorkelling and scuba-diving sites, particularly near Georges Rocks and Eddystone Point. On land there are plenty of walks but root-rot fungus, Phytophthora cinnamomi, is present in the park so boots, tent floors and poles should be cleaned before use in any other natural areas.

Beachcombing and bushwalking

Mount William Summit Walk (1.5 hours return, easy) offers panoramic views of the Furneaux Islands, Eddystone Point and Ben Lomond plateau. Cobler Rocks Walk (2 hours return, easy) crosses flat coastal heath to end at a tiny secluded beach. The exceptionally beautiful Abbotsbury Beach, part of the crescent of white sand that forms the Bay of Fires, is a short walk (30 minutes return) from Eddystone Point Road.


Boats can be launched from a ramp at Eddystone Point or the beach at Stumpys Bay campsite 3; both require 4WD. There are also ramps at the townships of Musselroe Bay and Ansons Bay, outside the park. Bream, Australian bass and flathead are the target fish at Ansons Bay, while off the coast are barracouta, trevally, mackerel, whiting and Australian salmon.

Guided tours

To see the park in luxurious comfort there are fully catered multi-day guided walks traversing its magnificent beaches from Boulder Rocks to an exclusive, ecologically designed, hideaway lodge in the dunes behind the famed Bay of Fires. Gourmet food and wine, camping gear and transport from Launceston are provided.

Horse riding

With a permit from PWS, horse riders can use the 15-kilometre trail leading out from the horse yards on Musselroe Road.


Picnic Rocks caters for day visitors and park campgrounds double as picnic areas, all with tables and fireplaces. There are gas barbecues next to Stumpys Bay campsite 4, beside the lagoon, with the nearby beach offering interesting beachcombing for an after-lunch stroll.

Scenic views

Landbridge Lookout off Forester Kangaroo Drive has panoramic views northwards to the Furneaux Islands. Eddystone Point Lighthouse has commanding views of the coast, north over the park and south across Bay of Fires.


Deep Creek camping area

This out-of-the-way camping area is in the south of the park, 9 km along Eddystone Point Rd (C846) off Ansons Rd, turning left 3 km before the lighthouse. Camping areas are 3 km along this track. Be sure to detour along... Find out more

Stumpys Bay – campsite no. 1

The first of 4 campsites in Stumpys Bay, this one gives access to the middle of the beach. Take the second right turn off Musselroe Rd (C845), 5 km past the self-registration booth, onto Forester Kangaroo Dr. After 2 km,... Find out more

Stumpys Bay – campsite no. 2

Smaller than campsite no. 1, this is the best site for tents and it has safer swimming. Access is off Forester Kangaroo Dr, 400 m past the access track to campsite no. 1. Tent sites are scattered among trees in an open... Find out more

Stumpys Bay – campsite no. 3

If you are planning on boating then head to this campsite, which has the only beach launching site in the Stumpys area. Beach access requires 4WD. Generators can be used here, so you can set up with all mod cons. Take... Find out more

Stumpys Bay – campsite no. 4

This is the most developed camping ground in the Stumpys area, with shady spots for about 25 tents or small vans. The beach is close and there is some excellent beachcombing to be had if you head south towards Cobler... Find out more

Top Camp camping area

There is every chance you will have the beautiful beach next to this campsite to yourself, as few people venture to the northern edge of the park. There are a small number of rather exposed sites behind the beach. Access... Find out more