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Nearby national parks

  • 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

  • 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

Fishing spots near town

St Helens 47 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

Lake River 97 km

‘Tasmania is in drought, we simply don’t have enough water,’ said my guide Roger Butler as we departed Hobart for Lake River, which joins the Macquarie River south of Launceston. We reached our... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Forest Ecocentre, Scottsdale 19 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

Bay of Fires Walk 49 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

Tamar Island 59 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

Low Head Penguin Tours 80 km

Every night at dusk this comprehensive but inexpensive tour takes visitors to a little penguin-nesting site near the mouth of the Tamar River, where you can watch the penguins waddle ashore to return to their nests. The... Find out more

Diving and snorkelling along Tasmania's east coast 92 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

Golf courses around town

Barnbougle Dunes Links (Lost Farm course) 31 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 32 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 59 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

Boag's (J.Boag & Son) 59 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

Iron House Brewery 66 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

Campsites around town

Branxholm Centenary Park camping area 1 km

Branxholm is a sleepy little timber town on the Ringarooma River, east of Scottsdale. The camping ground is near the Red Bridge in the middle of town, close to the start of the historic Briseis Race walking track, and it... Find out more

Weldborough Hotel Campground 14 km

Tiny Weldborough (blink and you’ll miss it) has shaded, grassed camping sites with good amenities out the back of its delightful historic pub. Before you get too comfortable with a cold beer in the pub, be sure to... Find out more

Northeast Park camping area 19 km

Surrounded by beautiful parkland, trees and lakes, this pretty camping ground is 1 km east of Scottsdale on the A3. There is a playground on-site and you can stay at the park for up to 7 days, giving you plenty of time... Find out more

Blackmans Lagoon camping area 31 km

This camping area is used by duck shooters in season and is suited to big rigs. It is reached along Blackmans Lagoon Rd off Waterhouse Rd, 23 km east of Bridport. Camping is in a pine plantation by a network of lagoons... Find out more

Big Waterhouse Lake camping area 32 km

A few cleared camping sites are provided here on the northern shore of the lake, but there are no facilities at this location. Access is signposted 4 km along Homestead Rd, then it is a further 3 km to the camping area.... Find out more

Griffin camping area 34 km

Along the banks of the South Esk River are pleasant, grassed camping sites close to a network of tracks heading into the North East Forests, so this place is ideal if you are into trail bikes or ATVs. There is good trout... Find out more

Bridport Caravan Park 35 km

This is like one of those caravan parks you remember from the past, when summer was just sun, sand and swimming. Set up camp among the trees, nip over to the beach for a long lazy swim with the kids, then enjoy the... Find out more

Waterhouse Beach camping area 36 km

North of Waterhouse, these campsites sit behind the beach and are sheltered by coastal scrub. Head towards the coast along Homestead Rd, turning left to Croppies Point, then left again at the Y-junction. No facilities... Find out more

South Croppies Point camping area 36 km

These campsites are at the northern side of this scenic point. They have spectacular ocean outlooks but are relatively exposed to the weather. From Homestead Rd, turn left 2 km north of the Big Waterhouse Lake track,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park 46 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

Treasure Island Caravan Park 60 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 70 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

Low Head Tourist Park 79 km

This is an attractive park. There are large grassy areas, and most facilities for the discerning traveller are here. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Kelso Sands Holiday Park 81 km

The park is set on a large expanse of grassy, maintained grounds and includes a small golf course. It has good amenities, a wellstocked store and a great outlook over the broad estuary of the River Tamar. Wombats... Find out more

Bicheno East Coast Holiday Park 91 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 98 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

Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 100 km

With good facilities, this park is about a oneand- a-half hour drive to Cradle Mountain and about half that to Great Lake. There are good bushwalks in the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Port Sorell Lions Caravan Park 100 km

This popular beachfront park is owned and operated by the Lions Club. It is close to the centre of town, adjacent to the boat ramp and ideal for family holidays. It is an easy drive to the Devonport ferry terminal from... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Rainbow Retreat 60 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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