Narawntapu National Park

Narawntapu National Park, Dave Watts / Auscape International
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First proclaimed in 1978, the national park received its current name in 2000 and encloses a 20-kilometre strip of coast with long sandy beaches, dunes and freshwater lagoons, dissected by a sandstone range rising to 392 metres at its highest peak. The first park in the state to adopt its Aboriginal name, Narawntapu's human history goes back 30 000 years as a site of shellfish collection and tool production. Vegetation is largely heath and coastal wattle, commonly known as boobyalla, with patches of tea-tree and silver banksia around the lagoons. One of the prettiest plants is the rare, miniature trigger plant. Wildlife is highly visible, with forester kangaroos, Bennett's wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, Tasmanian devils and wombats.

Ranger-led walks and talks are a highlight in summer. Springlawn Nature Trail (1 hour return), leads to a bird hide and the chance to see ducks, swans, herons, coots, bitterns, grebes and cormorants. Archer’s Knob walk (2 hours return) has fantastic views along Bakers Beach to Badger Head and across Port Sorell. West Head Coastal Track (2 hours return) winds around West Head to Pebbly Beach, with views across the Tamar River mouth to Low Head. Springlawn, Bakers Point and Badger Head are well set up for picnics, there is excellent fishing offshore or in the estuary, and a section of Springlawn Beach is reserved for waterskiers from November to April. Bakers and Badger beaches offer safe swimming. A 26-kilometre horse trail can be accessed from Springlawn, but a permit is required. Horse Yards has camping for riders. Family camping is popular and bookings are essential. Firewood is provided, but generators cannot be used.

Fact file


Springlawn, Koybaa, Bakers Point, Horse Yards


85 km north of Launceston via West Tamar Hwy and C721 (east end); or via West Tamar Hwy to Exeter, B71 to Frankford, then C740 (main entrance)

Park information

  • PWS 1300 135 513
  • PWS Mersey Field Centre (03) 6428 6277


4350 ha

Visitor information

Port Sorell (03) 6428 7920

Launceston 1800 651 827

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Bakers Point camping area

On the point by Springlawn Beach, this large camping area has 36 sites – 16 suitable for larger rigs – a portable toilet waste collection point and a boat-launching area. There’s excellent fishing in... Find out more

Horse Yards camping area

A 26 km horseriding trail leads from this camping area, but you must camp nearby and give the ranger 48 hours notice before you can bring your horse into the park. Narawntapu is 40 km east of Devonport via the B71, or 85... Find out more

Koybaa camping area

This camping area at Griffiths Point, 4 km past the ranger station, has 12 small sites surrounded by scrub. They are only suitable for tent-based camping because you have to carry your gear in past a row of... Find out more

Springlawn camping area

This is the place to head to in the park if you have a large rig and need power. It also has the best facilities and is only 100 m past the ranger station and visitor centre, so it is just a short walk to join one of the... Find out more

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