This out-of-the-way camping area is in the south of the park, 9 km along Eddystone Point Rd (C846) off Ansons Rd, turning left 3 km before the lighthouse. Camping areas are 3 km along this track. Be sure to detour along Eddystone Point Rd and check out the spectacular sand dunes at Abbotsbury Beach, as well as great views of the lighthouse and Bay of Fires, where camping in a tent is very popular.
Who to contact: PWS Mt William (03) 6357 1043; or PWS St Helens Field Centre (03) 6376 1550 Camping fees: fees payable at deposit boxes in each campground Permits: Parks Pass is required to enter national parks (03) 6233 2621 www.parks.tas.gov.au
Abutting the northern edge of Bay of Fires Conservation Area, this remote coastal park of pure white beaches, deserted granite headlands and sheltered lagoons is also home to an incredible abundance of animal life. A slow drive around the park at dusk will have you convinced that Tasmania’s wallaby population is thriving, and by day the birdlife is delightful. The 1889 Eddystone Lighthouse, situated on a lichen-encrusted granite point in the southern part of the park, is a dramatic sight. In 2012, this headland was returned to the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and it is now known as larapuna. Access to the park is unsealed and tracks into the camping areas are unsuitable for large caravans and motorhomes due to overhanging branches. Bring drinking water and firewood, but gas/fuel stoves are preferred.
The wilderness area of Tasmania is large, beautiful and, initially glimpse, a considerable time dedication for interstate visitors.
But the Tasmanian government is– controversially– trying to alter this by opening up the forests, lakes and rivers of the state to “delicate” tourist. The vanguard for this push is embodied by Pumphouse Point– a much talked about transformed hydro facility on Lake St Clair that is dealing with wilderness visitors who do not want to shiver in a camping tent amid the region’s tempestuous weather.
We set out to see if you can get a taste of Tassie’s wilderness in relative convenience over the course of a weekend.
10am: hot drinks and cake at the Patchwork coffee shop
The drive from Hobart into the heart of Tasmania is an enjoyable one. Hobart is a compact location that fades from view quickly as you leave it– traffic and homes are quickly replaced by rolling hills and winding roads.
Following the Derwent, it doesn’t take long prior to you’re in New Norfolk, a town including a weapon shop on the main drag and an outstanding stop-off point, the Patchwork café, that will ply you with hot drinks and homemade food.
We ploughed into a yummy carrot cake and a pot of tea while 1990s music played reassuringly in the background. You can dwell longer by examining the selection of antiques on screen, consisting of the vintage cars from the front of the café.
11.30 am: a tipple and tour at the Redlands Estate (or perhaps Sullivans Cove rather).
Tasmania is well known for its cheese, wine and, increasingly, whisky. There are a variety of distilleries dotted across the island, from Burnie down to Hobart, including the acclaimed Sullivans Cove.
Eager to sample some of this malted goodness, we pulled into Redlands Estate, a distillery set in a good-looking red brick granary building that was built in 1857.
The weathered feel of the location belies the newness of the operation. Whisky was first casked here in 2013 significance that, due to the law that whisky should be aged for at least 2 years, Redlands is a distillery that has opened itself approximately the public without providing any of the real things it makes.
Rather, Redlands offers tours of the residential or commercial property (for a charge) and provides tastings of other drinks made in-house, such as apple schnapps. However it does not hide the dissatisfaction of the absence of whisky. One to go to in late 2015 onwards, maybe.
1pm: lunch at Jackson’s Emporium.
We visit at Jackson’s Emporium in the town of Hamilton for lunch– a location that features a giant, ornate piece of folding landscapes from the Christmas window screen of Myer in the 1970s. There is a good range of in your area sourced meats and veggies on offer, prepared by the household who run the location. Following lunch, the wilderness beckons. The greenery begins to change in both size and colour, with tall trees and giant ferns becoming the norm.
Simply a couple of hours after leaving Hobart, we’re surrounding Pumphouse Point.
3.30 pm: Pumphouse Point.
Integrated in 1937, the pumphouse that rests on Lake St Clair was built to allay worries that Tasmania’s southern population may run out of water. A flume, now covered by a jetty pathway that leads to the structure, was used, albeit hardly ever in its practical phase, to bring water from the lake.
The pumphouse was decommissioned in the 1980s, with developer Simon Currant consequently going through a 20-year, stop-start procedure to transform the place into accommodation.
Currant lastly prevailed and Pumphouse Point opened on 1 January this year. The costs for the 20 rooms vary from $240 to $480 a night and the wind and rain can lash you even during the Tasmanian summer season, but the pumphouse seems like an appropriately luxurious sanctuary from the elements.
Each room consists of a larder with in your area produced wine, cheese and meats. You can join others in lounge rooms neglecting the water– total with wine supply, wood-fuelled fire and parlor game– and over supper, where there is common dining in the close-by lake home.
Some ecologists aren’t keen on the precedent it sets, but it seems like a sensitive advancement in the world heritage location that may alter a few perceptions of how strenuous Tassie’s wilderness has to be for visitors. Plus, it’s an absolutely charming location to stay.
7pm: dinner at Pumphouse Point.
There’s a set menu at Pumphouse Point, but the lack of range is more than compensated by the quality. The two-course menu modifications each night but the standard does not appear to drop– great Tasmanian hams and beef are on deal, as well as remarkably flavourful vegetarian choices. The brownies are a more than welcome treat if the weather has actually buffeted you on the walk to the dining-room.
9am: stroll Lake St Clair.
After getting the lie of the larder and spotting a space in the angry-looking clouds, we attempt to interact with nature rather than just gawping at its charm.
There are a number of walking tracks around Lake St Clair, a number of which start from the visitor centre on the banks of the lake. This area is the finishing point of the six-day overland trek, so expect to see great deals of tired-looking hikers in sensible, brightly coloured clothing. The Walls of Jerusalem national park is to the north, while mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest point, is nearby.
There’s the chance to take a ferryboat to spy a few of the mainly unattainable mountains that sit next to the take, or you can choose a paddle yourself. Platypus dart through the waters on the northern side of the lake and you might identify one if you’re fortunate.
1pm: lunch at Derwent Bridge Wilderness Hotel.
Close-by Derwent Bridge has a club with an outstanding menu – the emphasize being an array of great seafood – as well as the type of abrupt service you sometimes get in nation pubs. There’s a roaring fire to sit next to, where you can cradle among the great whiskies on offer.
3pm: check out the Wall in the Wilderness.
The town likewise hosts the Wall in the Wilderness– a decade-long project by artist Greg Duncan to carve the history of central Tasmania into 100 huge wood panels. Duncan has a mere six months to go, so it deserves having a look at his progress.
7pm: supper and music at the lodge.
Lake St Clair lodge is one of simply two resorts in Tasmania’s world heritage location, set down on the banks of the lake.
Along with a variety of accommodation, the resort provides dinner and, every week, live music of the guitar range. An excellent location to relax after a day in the aspects.
2 days hardly scratches the surface of Tasmania’s 1.58 m hectare wilderness, however it can provide you an excellent cup and it does not always have to include canvas and campfires.