If you’ve camped at Stumpys Bay in the north east of Tasmania, you’ll already know what a find it is.
Off the Tasman Highway, travel to Gladstone and follow the signs towards Musselroe Bay, it is gravel all the way with a hint of bitumen, but don’t get excited, it doesn’t last long. The road is subject to flooding so plan ahead.
It is all very well signed along the way. I initially had three bars of Telstra signal here, but it disappeared quickly as I entered Mt William National Park and no Optus at all.
There’s an information bay just off Forester Kangaroo Drive and the campsites are in four separate areas, known as Stumpys 1, 2, 3 and 4 are about 5 km further along and you’ll need a parks pass to enter.
There’s a couple of corners that will come up on you fast! It’s corrugated, so if you’re travelling at night or dusk take it easy.
Stumpys 1 is lovely, plenty of flat ground, toilets, picnic tables, and firepits, direct beach access and the colour of the water is amazing. There’s an undertow off the beach at Stumpys One and a sign advising not to swim here.
You’ll find a bore pump at two of the campsites, here and the forester kangaroos that frequent the area seem unbothered by their human visitors.
Stumpys 2 is a canopy of trees and twisted branches, so you can’t bring a caravan or high vehicle in and no fires in here at any time of the year because of the Casuarina. The ground here is uneven as well and like all the campsites, there’s picnic tables, direct access to the beach.
Stumpys 3 has separate more private campsites. There’s a bore pump here as well as a natural boat ramp. I think this site would have to be my pick for fishing as you can get out onto the rocks as well as beach fish.
There’s plenty of shade at Stumpys 4 and private sites, sheltered from any wind. Every site has a picnic table and I spoke to a ranger here who mentioned they’ve installed new toilets at some camps (always good news).
As a bonus beside Stumpys 4 there is a Day Use picnic area, right on the lagoon leading to the beach, with toilet, a large shelter, picnic tables, bbq and non potable water.
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