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The Best Family-Friendly Campsites and Holiday Parks in Tasmania.

Planning a family campervan hire adventure in Tasmania? This guide is your ultimate companion to the top campsites and holiday parks, perfect for families exploring the best things to do in Tasmania. Tasmania is an island packed with stunning landscapes, unique wildlife, and endless outdoor activities. Here, we’ll dive into why Tasmania should be your next family holiday road trip destination, the best way to explore its natural beauty, and, of course, where to park your campervan for the night. Whether you’re after a beachside spot or a forest retreat, we’ve got you covered.


Why you should take a family holiday to Tasmania

Tasmania is a playground for families who love the outdoors. You can hike through ancient rainforests, kayak in crystal-clear waters in the Bay of Fires, and get up close with wildlife (including rare species like the Tasmanian devil). The island's diverse landscapes offer a wide range of activities to keep everyone entertained, from the adrenaline junkies in the family to those who are looking for a more laid-back travel itinerary.

Beyond its natural beauty, Tasmania is rich in history and culture. Whether you explore convict sites, engage with Aboriginal heritage or delight in local food and wine, each day promises a new culturally rich adventure. Last (but certainly not least), Tasmania is renowned for its clean air and lack of pollution, thanks to over 40% of this island state being made up of forests and reserves. This makes it an ideal spot for families looking to escape city life for a while. 


What’s the best way to explore Tasmania with your family?

Hands down, the best way to soak in all of Tasmania’s glory is with an Apollo campervan. Why? Flexibility and convenience. A campervan holiday means you wake up to a new view every morning, be it the serene Tasmania beaches or the majestic mountains of Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. You can tailor your travel itinerary to suit your family’s pace and interests without the constraints or inconveniences of hotel bookings or navigating public transport schedules.

Campervan travel isn’t just about getting from A to B; it’s about the adventures you have along the way. Stop at a secluded Tasmanian beach for a picnic, find a hidden trail in the forest, or simply enjoy the landscapes that unfold as you drive. Plus, it’s a budget-friendly way to experience the best things to do in Tasmania. From the iconic Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay to the mysterious caves of Mole Creek to spotting a Tasmanian devil in the wild, hiking the Overland Track in Tasmania, or just gazing at the stars from the comfort of your campsite. With all the essentials on board, you decide where to go and when to stop, making it an unbeatable option for a family road trip.

So, whether you’re looking for the freedom to explore at your own pace, the convenience of having your accommodation on wheels, or the joy of discovering Tasmania’s hidden gems, a campervan holiday ticks all the boxes for an epic family journey. For more ideas for planning your Tasmania road trip, check out our top Tasmania guides below:


The best family-friendly campsites and holiday parks in Tasmania

When planning your campervan hire adventure to Tasmania’s tourist attractions, choosing the right campsite or holiday park can significantly enhance your experience. To help, we have outlined six of our top picks for places to stay in Tasmania in your campervan. Below, we will take a more detailed look at what each of our top picks offers, focusing on the facilities as well as the iconic Tasmania tourist attractions and experiences nearby.

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1. BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park

BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park serves as an ideal launchpad for families eager to dive into Northern Tasmania's treasures. Positioned in the charming city of Launceston, this park gives families easy access to not only urban Tasmania tourist attractions but also nearby Tasmania hikes. A short drive takes you to the Cataract Gorge, where walking trails, a suspension bridge, and the world’s longest single-span chairlift await. For animal lovers, the Tasmania Zoo is a short 20-minute drive, offering close encounters with the famous Tasmanian devils. 

The holiday park itself is home to plenty of great amenities to ensure a comfortable stay for the whole family. Whether you are cooking up a feast at the camp kitchen, playing on the playground, having a blast on the giant jumping pillow with your kids, or taking advantage of the laundry machines on site after a big day of outdoor adventures, this campervan park has you covered.


2. Discovery Parks, Cradle Mountain

Set on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Discovery Parks – Cradle Mountain offers families a unique wilderness experience. The holiday park is the perfect starting point for the famed Overland Track in Tasmania, a must-do for keen hikers. Shorter walks, like the Enchanted Walk, are ideal for families, offering magical forests and the chance to spot wombats, wallabies, and other wildlife meandering near the boardwalk. The park itself integrates seamlessly into the natural surroundings, providing a cozy base with the wilderness right on your doorstep. 

What’s more, this holiday park is an adventurer's retreat that doesn't skimp on comfort. The park offers a communal kitchen perfect for meal times, BBQ facilities for authentic Aussie outdoor dining, and spacious campervan sites. This is one of the best places to visit in Tasmania to find the wilderness on your doorstep without sacrificing the conveniences of home.


3. BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park

For families arriving by air, BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park makes the transition to beginning your Tasmanian road trip as smooth as possible. Its location near the airport cuts down on travel time, giving you more time to enjoy. You're also at the gateway to the best things to do in Hobart, including popular family-friendly Hobart attractions such as the historic and bustling Salamanca Market, Battery Point’s charming architecture, and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. It is also just a short drive to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, where the family can interact with native Australian animals. 

However, it's not just the location that’s convenient; the park boasts a TV and movie room for unwinding, a giant jumping pillow that guarantees laughs, bike hire for exploring the surroundings, and practical amenities like laundry facilities. It's the perfect launchpad for families flying in or out of Hobart for their road trip.


4. NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park

NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park is an exceptional choice for families keen to explore Tasmania’s rich history and stunning natural landscapes. Nestled near the hauntingly beautiful Port Arthur Historic Site, this campervan park offers families a unique opportunity to delve into Tasmania's convict past, surrounded by picturesque Tasmanian landscapes.

The park itself is a gateway to adventure, giving families direct access to explore the historic ruins, interactive tours, and haunting ghost stories of Port Arthur. Beyond the historic site, the area is a haven for nature lovers, with options for bushwalking, kayaking, and exploring local Tasmania beaches. Last but not least, the park's facilities are top-notch, including a playground for the kids, BBQ areas for communal cooking (including a woodfired pizza oven!), and the convenience of laundry facilities. 

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5. St Helens Big 4 Holiday Park

Set on the breathtaking East Coast of Tasmania, St Helens Big 4 Holiday Park is perfect for those looking to explore the beauty of the Bay of Fires. With its prime location, families have the perfect base to explore the stunning local Tasmanian beaches, the famed Bay of Fires, the world-class St Helens Mountain Bike Park and nearby Tasmania hikes.

This park is a paradise for families looking for both relaxation and adventure. Amenities like the playground, recreation lounge, and games room ensure family fun is always within reach. The direct beach access invites you to enjoy swimming, fishing, and beachcombing. The park is also within easy walking distance of town, so you can simply wander on food to grab groceries or treat the family to a meal out. 


6. Freycinet National Park Campgrounds

For families dreaming of a camping experience enveloped by nature, the campgrounds at Freycinet National Park are unparalleled. Here, you can choose from Richardsons Beach Campground, Honeymoon Bay Campground, or Ranger Creek Campground for stunning views of crystal-clear waters and granite peaks.

This is the place to wake up to the breathtaking scenery of Tasmania's East Coast. The park is a treasure trove of natural Tasmania tourist attractions, from the iconic Freycinet National Park’s Wineglass Bay to secluded beaches and scenic Tasmania hikes like the Sleepy Bay Circuit. While the amenities are more basic, reflecting the natural and untouched setting, they are thoughtfully designed to enhance your stay. You’ll find communal BBQ areas perfect for family meals under the stars, clean and accessible toilet facilities, and nearby walking trails that are the perfect way to connect with the wild beauty of Freycinet (this varies from campground to campground). It’s an ideal setting for families looking to explore the outdoors and witness some of Tasmania’s most spectacular and wild landscapes.


Explore more of Tasmania with Apollo

Tasmania is an island of untold beauty and adventure, perfect for exploring with your family in a campervan. From the historical depths of Port Arthur to the natural wonders of Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay to the adventure-filled landscapes of St Helens, there are plenty of things to see in Tasmania on a campervan adventure. With these holiday parks and campgrounds in your campervan holiday arsenal, you are all set to explore these beautiful corners of Tasmania. 

The best part? Booking your Apollo campervan online is easy, and with locations across Australia, including Tasmania, picking up your campervan and starting your journey is seamless. Whether you’re after historic sites, the natural beauty of Tasmania’s beaches, or adrenaline-pumping Tasmania tourist attractions, a campervan holiday offers the flexibility and comfort to make the most of Tasmania’s rich offerings. So pack your bags, gather the family, and get ready for an unforgettable road trip through Tasmania’s stunning landscapes and family-friendly campsites.


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