Free camp at Pioneer Lake, Tasmania

Free camp at Pioneer Lake, Tasmania - image by Overland Exposure
Pioneer Lake, Tasmania - image by Overland Exposure

Here’s a free camp in the north east corner of Tasmania – so easy distances from Musselroe Bay, Petal Point or Waterhouse Conservation Area. 

CAMPS Ambassadors Manda and Dan said:

“A rainy day made for a good drive day, we ventured along to Pioneer Lake, just out of Derby 15 or so km, in Tassie. Because the weather wasn’t any good all arvo so we spent most of the time in the van looking out the windows to the view.”

“You can see how beautiful it is in the clouds and a spot of sun, you can certainly imagine this on a stunning day!”

What a location to sit fireside and soak up the views. An old mine site, it was one of the most lucrative tin mines in the country but eventually was closed! Now the dam is stocked with rainbow trout and suitable for small boats and water sports. 

Also, there are plenty of historical sites in the local area, including the Trail of the Tin Dragon.

Other tips

Manda said, “It is a free camp with no facilities and we had it all to ourselves. Additionally, there is no designated area as such and the track is very narrow.”

“Also, one piece of advice is follow the direction on your Camps Australia Wide App as there are other tracks that are challenging 4WD tracks and you wouldn’t want to get caught on one of those.”

Indeed, this site is best suited to travellers with tents and off road camping trailers. 

Derby is famous as the MTB Mecca of Australia, with many other communities across the country aiming to attract cyclists, just as successfully. Travel further east and you’ll be at the Bay of Fires, another beautiful area to explore. 

Images by Overland Exposure.

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