Friendly Beaches Campground Freycinet National Park Coles Bay Beach camping Tasmania Australia

Friendly Beaches Campground is a primitive campground in Freycinet National Park on Tasmania’s east coast just north of the town of Coles Bay. While the campground lacks many comfortable features like picnic tables, fire rings, and running water (there is a toilet at least), the campground is located on an undeveloped coastline surrounded by light sand beaches, which makes it a very desirable place to camp.

The campground begins where Friendly Beaches Road reaches the car park at the start of the Friendly Beaches Walk. From here, the dirt road turns north up the coast and continues for half a kilometer. There are a few campsites spaced out along the road that resemble grass parking spots, along with larger areas to camp in on dirt turnout. Just a short way up the road there is a toilet for the campground. Farther up, there is a beach access path leading down to a small beach at the center of the campground. At the end of the road, there is another access path to a beach that runs north for 1.8 kilometers and from the main car park, you can walk south down the beach for close to 8 kilometers to fully explore the Friendly Beaches.

Friendly Beaches Campground
A campsite at Friendly Beaches

A national park entrance fee is required to visit Freycinet National Park. A single day pass will cost $24 or you may purchase an 8-week pass good for all of Tasmania’s National Parks for $60 (all prices in Australian Dollars as of 2017). Aside from this National Parks Pass, there is no additional fee to camp at Friendly Beaches Campground. There are a couple dozen camping spots within the primitive campground, and each site is first-come first-served (no reservations). The maximum stay at any site is two weeks. There is no rubbish collection at this campground, so pack out all of your garbage and do not litter. There are no fire rings, picnic tables, or running water. Campfires are not allowed, but fuel stoves are permitted. Dogs and other pets are not allowed (even in vehicles) and chainsaws and firearms are banned too.

Friendly Beaches Campground
Friendly Beaches

While staying at the campground, you’ll have easy access to Friendly Beaches, the epic stretches of sand on this untarnished coastline that are perfect for long private strolls. At no extra charge to National Parks pass holders, Friendly Beaches Campground is a great camping option for those willing to sacrifice standard campground amenities for great oceanfront scenery.

Directions: Take Tasman Highway (A3) 11.3 kilometers south of Bicheno to Coles Bay Road (C302). Take this road southeast toward Coles Bay for 8.5 kilometers and turn left onto Friendly Beaches Road. Take this dirt road for 4 kilometers to the car park at the beach and bear left to enter the campground. Coming from Coles Bay, you will drive 17.5 kilometers up Coles Bay Road to reach the marked turn for Friendly Beaches.

Campground address: Friendly Beaches Road, Freycinet National Park, Friendly Beaches, TAS 7215, Australia
Campground coordinates: -41.991682, 148.286531 (41° 59′ 30.05″S 148° 17′ 11.51″E)

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