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Near the pretty town of Strahan is the Macquarie Heads campground, offering unpowered bush camping on the shores of Macquarie Habour. Located 15kms town, the campground is accessed by both sealed and gravel roads, with unpowered bush sites available for a fee.
A public boat ramp, toilets, rubbish bins, and a dump point are available at the large car park near the caretaker’s office. Campers need to bring in their own water and firewood. 4WD enthusiasts can access the beach here to drive up Ocean Beach on low tide.
Thanks to a tip from the friendly campground caretaker, we found ourselves a large and fairly private site with water views, and enjoyed the variety of wildlife that came through our site during our stay – wallabies, possums, and numerous birds.
We stayed over the Easter long weekend, and enjoyed mostly clear days with some rain at night and cool temperatures. I will also offer a word of warning for the busy periods (public holidays and long weekends) – there is some noise from motorbikes and 4WDs during the day, due to the beach and 4WD tracks available here. This didn’t worry us (hello, three kids!), but I’d imagine that some campers could find it bothersome.
Address: Macquarie Heads Road, Strahan, Tasmania
Cost: $15 per night
- Pets allowed
- Non-drinking water
- Dump point
- Picnic tables
- Rubbish bins
- Fire pits allowed (except during fire bans)
- Boat ramp nearby
- Limited/spotty mobile phone reception
- Suitable for 2WD, caravans, camper trailers, motorhomes, buses, and tents