5 FREE oceanside camps near Binalong, in Tasmania’s breathtaking Bay of Fires

Travellers @seaustravl had three incredible days at pet friendly, free camp Cosy Corner North
Travellers @seaustravl had three incredible days at pet friendly, free camp Cosy Corner North

A colourful camping mecca, add The Bay of Fires to your itinerary! 

Just north of beautiful Binalong, not far from St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania, you’ll find 5 stunning beach camps, one after another! All free, and located in the well known Bay of Fires Conservation Area. 

We marvelled at the views, some campers had snaffled up pure oceanfront sites on little coves. Others were only metres from beach paths, with good facilities. In all of the locations, there’s fishing and swimming, you would be lulled to sleep by the waves, and wake up with glorious ocean sunsets. Have you seen those red rocks that The Bay of Fires is named for?

Take the Gardens Road, these sites have to be seen to be believed:

1. Jeanneret Beach

Jeanneret Beach, Bay Of Fires, Tasmania - image Max Clarke
Jeanneret Beach, Bay Of Fires, Tasmania - image Max Clarke

Jeanneret is suitable for caravans, motorhomes, camper trailers and tents – there are accessible toilets and mobile coverage.  It’s really not a spot for large vehicles though and there are no pets permitted.  It can get windy here, but there are sheltered spots available, however you wont get a view of the beach, which is stunning if you can snag one.  This north east section of Tasmania has some of the whitest,  pristine beaches and blue water around.

Jeanneret Beach, Bay Of Fires, Tasmania - image Max Clarke
Jeanneret Beach, Bay Of Fires, Tasmania - image Max Clarke

2. Swimcart Beach

One of the most popular spots in Tasmania, head straight along the gravel road into the campsite.  There are sites all the way along the coastline with beachfront access, crystal clear water, it’s a magic place to camp.  The road in does have some sandy spots, but its fine for 2WD.  Pets are permitted here on lead and there are toilets available as well as mobile reception. Don’t forget the camera!

3. Cosy Corner South

You’ll see some amazing sunrises and sunsets from Cosy South.  These are million dollar views and you’re almost on the beach! It is reasonably protected from the wind and includes toilets, pets are permitted. Varieties of shore birds use the area during spring and summer for nesting. Eggs found unattended are not abandoned. Please do not touch and move away from the eggs and the parents will return.

4. Cosy Corner North

Cosy North is more sheltered from wind, there are toilets and pets are allowed and there is plenty of room for larger vehicles. There’s good access to a beautiful beach for morning walks with views over the orange rocks that give their name to the Bay of Fires.

5. Sloop Reef 

Sloop is a lovely little calm spot with access to a great beach and amazing views, there’s no toilets here so you’ll need to be self contained, and no mobile reception either.  But you can make up for it with views of the rolling waves, where you can swim, surf and snorkel,  and at low tide you’ll find a rockpool to paddle in. 

Remember, at all five sites you must camp only in designated areas.  If you’re not getting a direct beach view there are some elevated spots with views of the shoreline.   Dogs are permitted at all campsites on lead except for Jeanneret and if you require one, there’s a dump point back in St Helens on the corner of Tully and Young Streets.

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