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Nearby national parks

  • Douglas–Apsley National Park

    Situated between the Douglas and Apsley rivers, this national park spans rugged hills of superb dry sclerophyll forest. Its tranquil...more

  • Mount William National Park

    Tucked away in the remote north-east corner of the state, Mount William National Park is fringed with gorgeous bays stretching from Ansons...more

  • Ben Lomond National Park

    Ben Lomond National Park, enclosing the largest alpine plateau in the state, is a mountain environment with extensive and dramatic dolerite...more

Fishing spots near town

St Helens 14 km

Most mainlanders once regarded Tasmania’s east coast seaport of St Helens as a gamefishing destination, and little else. Anglers came here to head offshore in search of marlin, tuna and sharks. However, the... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Diving and snorkelling along Tasmania's east coast 47 km

Although diving might not be your first thought when you head south to Tasmania, the temperate waters usually provide much greater visibility than tropical waters, and offer a surprisingly rich and diverse range of flora... Find out more

Bay of Fires Walk 47 km

A deluxe four-day walk along the magnificent north-east coast at the edge of Mount William National Park, staying in solar-powered accommodation designed for sustainable living, is one of the newer ecotourism treats in... Find out more

Forest Ecocentre, Scottsdale 71 km

The uniquely designed building is probably the key attraction here. Designed to use 20 per cent less energy than conventional structures, it has a building within a building, with a central funnel and large fan. Learn... Find out more

Freycinet Adventures 75 km

One of the best ways to experience the Freycinet environment is a morning paddle with Freycinet Adventures. You glide across Great Oyster Bay to a beautiful secluded beach, indulging in a scrumptious morning tea with... Find out more

Tamar Island 94 km

This important wetland habitat just 10 minutes from the heart of Launceston features a great bird-viewing hide, 3.2 kilometres of easy walking tracks and an interpretation centre.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Barnbougle Dunes Links (Lost Farm course) 85 km

When Barnbougle Dunes opened for play in 2004 it did have a few critics who suggested it was too far away from the golfing masses to be financially successful. How wrong they were. If a golf course is good enough,... Find out more

Barnbougle Dunes Links 85 km

Bridport used to be a sleepy fishing village on Tasmania’s north-east coast. That all changed in 2004. In December of that year Barnbougle Dunes Links opened for play on the eastern outskirts of town – and... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Purple Possum Wholefoods and Cafe 15 km

Purple Possum is in the great little town of St Marys, midway between St Helens and Bicheno. The cafe is wholly vegetarian, and you can take away a range of organic fruit and vegetables and locally grown supplies.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Iron House Brewery 14 km

When White Sands Resort came on the market a few years ago it proved too tempting for Devonport businessman John White, who already runs several companies bearing his surname. Rebranded as White Sands Estate, the... Find out more

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 94 km

With several different owners over the past 100 years, J. Boag and Son typifies the sometimes turbulent history of Australian brewing and the minor miracle of surviving at all into the 21st century. Scotsman James Boag... Find out more

Campsites around town

Shelly Point camping area 2 km

This camping area has sheltered sites which suit smaller caravans and campervans. There are not many facilities, but this beautiful place is well worth a stopover to soak up uninterrupted ocean views and explore beaches... Find out more

Trout Creek camping area 4 km

This leafy camping area beside Trout Creek has perfect spots to set up your deckchair for an afternoon’s fishing in comfort. With a bit of luck you will have a nice bream, trout, mullet or cocky salmon to throw in... Find out more

Paddys Island camping area 7 km

With white-sand beaches stretching to the horizon north and south, this camping area between the highway and the sea is ideal if you love long beach walks. All along this coast there is evidence of Aborigines having... Find out more

Dianas Basin camping area 9 km

This lovely camping area has a lagoon on one side and Beaumaris Beach on the other. Swim, surf, fish or head north or south along the beach for hours of beachcombing. You may bring your dog to the camping area but not to... Find out more

Moulting Bay camping area 19 km

There is space here under the trees for the biggest of big rigs and, with the convenience of a boat-launching place, this is a fantastic spot to set up camp close to the excellent fishing in Georges Bay. Bring water and... Find out more

Dora Point camping area 20 km

This delightful camping area looks out over the Georges Bay narrows to St Helens Point. There are plenty of sheltered sites next to a safe swimming beach, and the kids will love exploring the rockpools at low tide. Come... Find out more

Grants Lagoon camping area 22 km

This is an open, grassy area with boat access to the lagoon and sites suitable for larger rigs. Nearby is a day-use area with access to the beach. Head along Binalong Bay Rd (C850), turning left after 8 km to the... Find out more

Lagoons Beach camping area 22 km

Between a long lagoon and a beautiful white beach, this extensive camping area has enough sites to accommodate everyone and is rarely full. Although it is very popular with families, the beach is wide and you will still... Find out more

Jeanneret Beach camping area 24 km

This gorgeous cove has secluded and well-sheltered camping sites at its northern end, nestled in the trees at Round Hill Point. These sites are accessible to larger vans. Swim and snorkel to your heart’s content,... Find out more

Swimcart Beach camping area 25 km

There are sandy camping sites accessible to smaller vehicles all along this renowned surf-fishing beach, and a picnic area at the northern end near a small lagoon. Take care swimming as the beach drops away steeply.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park 13 km

This is a good quality establishment 1.5 km south of town. The park is a popular holiday destination and bookings are required in peak periods; a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas, Easter and long weekends.... Find out more

Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park 47 km

This is a good quality tourist park with a larger number of sites. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over public holidays.... Find out more

Ross Caravan Park 91 km

Close to the centre of town, on the banks of the Macquarie River and adjoining historic buildings, this small, appealing park is one of the better parks in the midlands. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Treasure Island Caravan Park 94 km

Launceston has just this one caravan park. It is about 2 km south of the city centre and is easily accessible from the freeway when approaching from the south. The park has good facilities and is a good base to use when... Find out more

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 96 km

This park, with good amenities, is located on the banks of the Macquarie River, only a few hundred metres from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rainbow Retreat 13 km

The owners of this 30-hectare nature reserve at St Marys are wildlife carers who rehabilitate then release wildlife on the property, so there are plenty of their old friends wandering around, including wombats,... Find out more

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