Bush camping (walk-in camping)
Walk-in bush camping is allowed almost anywhere in the park, except close to roads, in day-use areas or around Osborne and Esperance lakes and Ladies Tarn. You will need to be self-sufficient: bring drinking water and a gas/fuel stove (fires are only allowed in the day-use shelter fireplace). Walkers should carry warm, protective clothing because the weather can turn dangerously cold with little warning, even in summer. To get here, head along the rough (and occasionally snow-covered) Hartz Rd from a signposted left turn off Arve Rd, 15 km from its junction with the Huon Hwy west of Geeveston. A day-use picnic shelter, tables, gas BBQ, fireplace and toilet are near the Waratah Lookout track entrance.
Who to contact: PWS Huonville (03) 6264 8460 Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au Road conditions: Forest and Heritage Centre, Geeveston (03) 6297 1821
This campsite is located in Hartz Mountains National Park
Far from the main tourist route, this World Heritage Area park preserves a spectacular alpine landscape. Uncrowded and with only basic facilities, it has some of Tasmania’s best day walks. Tracks lead to shimmering tarns, cascading waterfalls and dolerite peaks, where the views are truly panoramic. The road into the park is unsealed and subject to snow and ice, so check conditions before travel.
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